Nice result for Woodward in Nice @NewWestNews

September 18, 2013

September 17, 2013

New Westminster News Leader – Staff Writer

NEW WEST NEWS – Krista Woodward’s throw of 52.82 metres earned her the gold medal in women’s javelin at the 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie in Nice, France.

Canadian athletes won 22 medals, including six gold, eight silver and eight bronze, at the games which involves competing from more than 60 French speaking countries in eight disciplines.

Burnaby’s Curtis Moss also won a silver in the men’s javelin with a  throw of 76.04 metres.

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Sammons, East share top Peninsula Track award @VictoriaNews

September 18, 2013

September 17, 2013

By: Danny Daniels — Contributor

VICTORIA NEWS – Although they are separated by 60 years in age, young Ben Sammons and Masters competitor Les East have one thing in common — exceptional performances in the sport of track and field.

At the season-ending barbecue and picnic for the Peninsula Track and Field Club, Sammons, 13, and East, 74, were named as joint winners of the Inspirational Athlete Trophy for 2013.

Their names will go on the trophy to join with those from previous years, including Olympic bronze medalist Angela Chalmers, sprint champion Tom Michell and decathlete Greg Dingle.

Sammons set a career high of 38 personal best performances in both hurdles and flat races on the track, as well as in many jumping and throwing events.

East was a gold medalist in both throwing and jumping events at the BC and Canadian Masters Championships and at the B.C. Seniors Games.

Sarah Gibson, Julia Irwin and Meagan Peterson shared the Fiona Clarke (girls) award, given for performance excellence and sportsmanship, while the boys award went to Finn Battersby.

Oliver Adam, Matteo Hilton and David Johnson will have their names engraved on the Eleanor Richardson Memorial Trophy for participation, cooperation and dedication.

In the specific event categories, Conor Loughnane and Connor McCoullogh received the Runner of the Year trophies, and Julia Peterson was named Jumper of the Year.

Another Masters athlete, Carl Jensen, was given the Thrower of the Year trophy for his prowess in the Island series meets and at the Victoria Highland Games.

At opposite ends of the sport, first-timers Blake Furtado, Alyssa Jensen and Olivia Lucas were acknowledged at Outstanding Novice Athletes, while the Outstanding Masters Athlete trophy went to Anne Murfitt in recognition of her six gold medals from the Canadian Masters Championships.

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Armstrong places third overall on Diamond League circuit @KamThisWeek

September 10, 2013

September 10, 2013

KAMLOOPS THIS WEEK – Dylan Armstrong finished tied for third in the overall 2013 Diamond League shot-put standings after the last event on the circuit was held in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday, Sept. 6.

He placed fourth on Friday with a toss of 20.76 metres.

Ryan Whiting of the U.S. threw 21.45 metres to win gold and lock up first place in the overall standings.

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VIDEO: Liam Lindsay athlete spotlight #CowichanValley #LongJump #TripleJump

September 10, 2013

By Don Bodger – September 8, 2013 

COWICHAN NEWS LEADER PICTORIAL – Liam Lindsay jumped into the track and field circuit in a big way in 2013. Lindsay, 17, a Grade 12 Cowichan Secondary School student, just missed a medal in fourth place for the triple jump at the Legion national youth meet and finished 10th in the long jump.

“It was different and it was one of the biggest things I’ve ever done,’’ he said of the meet last month in Langley. “There’s also a certain amount of pressure representing Team B.C., but I think overall it was a great experience.’’

Nursing a leg injury along the way created an extra challenge.

“Triple jump, it was tough being able to train but being able to stay healthy as well,’’ Lindsay said. “I had some coaches helping me do that and worked my way through it and did as best as I could.’’

Lindsay’s personal best in the triple jump is 13.28 metres from the Team B.C. qualifying meet in Kamloops this year.

His 6.25 metre personal best in the long jump came during the provincial high school meet in Langley.

“I’m looking to start training full seasons starting in September and do some ground work and strength training before we move on to technique later in the season,’’ Lindsay said.


NorWesters sail to gold at Youth Track Nationals #LegionNationals @NorthShoreNews

September 9, 2013


Emma Rastad of the NorWesters Track and Field Club leaps into first place in U16 long jump at the Legion National Youth Championships held in August in Langley. (Photograph by: supplied)

September 4, 2013 – by Andy Prest 

NORTH SHORE NEWS – A pair of long jumpers led the way as four athletes from the North Shore’s NorWesters Track and Field Club took home medals at the Legion National Youth Championships held last month in Langley.

Emma Rastad won gold in the girls U16 long jump with a leap of 5.61 metres while Diana Voloshin claimed the girls U18 long jump with a 5.56 m attempt.

James Elson won a pair of medals, finishing second in boys U18 high jump after clearing 2.01 m and earning bronze in triple jump with a leap of 13.42 m. Nima Parsakish rounded out the medal haul with a silver medal showing in the boys U16 1,500-m racewalk, clocking a time of 9:41.47. Kate Weaver placed fourth in girls U18 heptathlon.

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TWU Track & Field adds former BC High School Athlete of the Year @TWUSpartans

September 3, 2013

LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western track and field team added a massive piece to their puzzle as Spartans coach Laurier Primeau announced the signing of sprinter and long-jumper Sabrina Nettey (Surrey, B.C.), who was the 2007 BC Sports Female High School Athlete of the Year, Tuesday.

The 5-foot-6 Nettey, who graduated from Johnston Heights Secondary in 2007, arrives at TWU with personal best times of 11.75 in the 100m, 23.99 in the 200m and 6.26m in the long jump.

By comparison, at the 2013 CIS championships, Calgary’s Rachel Machin won long jump gold with a jump of 6.01m, while the Canada West long jump record is 6.10m, which was set by Saskatchewan’s Vanessa Monar in 1993.

“The addition of Sabrina to our women’s team does so much, both in terms of performance outcome and community uplift,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau. “I have followed her career for a number of years as we attended the same elementary and high schools, albeit many, many years apart, and we have had some of the same teaching and coaching mentors. Sabrina’s jumping and sprinting abilities are self-evident, but I know that our team is going to be equally excited about both her faith commitment and team-first mentality.”

Nettey, who was also the 2007 BC High School Track and Field Most Outstanding Female Performer, most recently competed at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, where she finished eighth in her qualification group after jumping 6.22m.

She will enter her second year of CIS eligibility this fall.

“I’m excited to complete my degree at such a close knit campus where I will get the opportunity to interact with other believers both in the classroom and on the field,” said Nettey, who plans to study psychology at TWU.

The Spartans first track and field meet of the 2014 season is January 12 in Seattle, Wash. at the University of Washington Preview.


Contact: Mark Janzen

Assistant Sports Information Director, Trinity Western University

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KSS’s Riva on track for good things @ParksvilleNews #Interview #jcg2013

August 29, 2013



Oceanside’s Thomas Riva, above on the podium in Quebec at the Canada Summer Games after receiving his gold medal for finishing first in the 1,500m event, also mined silver in the 800m (Submitted photo by François Nadeau)

August 29, 2013 – By James Clarke 

PARKSVILLE QUALICUM BEACH NEWS – Further to our story last week on Qualicum Beach standout Thomas Riva, who made history in these parts recently when he garnered gold and silver medals at the Canada Summer Games, The NEWS caught up with the dedicated athlete to get his take on raising the bar.

Played Aug. 2-17 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, the national showcase, held every four years, featured over 1,200 athletes competing in 17 sports.

“It was great — the city of Sherbrooke did a fantastic job hosting it, and it was kinda cool to be around so many different types of athletes,” Riva, 21, recounted from Victoria when we finally caught up with him.

“Oh yeah — I definitely wanted to medal,” he answered quickly when asked if he had any expectations heading into the games, adding “I thought the 800m was my better event, but I thought I definitely had a good shot in the 1,500 final as well.”

As it turned out it was the 1,500m event in which he won gold (with a personal best time of 3.45:87), and his silver came in the 800m (1:48.91), an event in which he is currently ranked fourth in Canada.

The 1,500m race was decided on the home stretch when he pulled away in the last 100 meters, knocking a full four seconds off his previous best time.

“It was close but I just kicked it into high gear. It was pretty sweet,” he chuckled.

Riva, a Kwalikum Secondary grad and the younger of two siblings, honed his skills with Oceanside Track & Field for about eight years.

“I pretty much grew up with the sport,” he said.

The Canada Summer Games capped off a season — his third with UVic — that started indoors back in January. Riva is part of a UVic Thunderbirds track and field team of around 18 young men and women.

“It was a really good stepping stone for competing in multi-sport games and for representing Canada,” he said.

Riva, an engineering major, will now get a few weeks off to recharge the batteries before starting cross country in September.

Contacted via email (from Europe), UVic cross country/track head coach Brent Fougner had great things to say about his Oceanside standout.

“Thomas has a great work ethic and his determination to excel combined with natural talents make him a pleasure to coach,” said Fougner, who was a track coach for Team Canada at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, and is an eight-time CIS Coach of the Year heading into his 25th season leading UVic’s middle distance program.

He added, “Thomas came to UVic from a very successful youth program in the Parksville Qualicum area where knowledgable coaches guided him, developing his speed and running technique. Thomas’s unassuming and humbling nature is necessary in a successful runner where hours of running each week, most of the time alone, is not a sport for the prima donnas.

“His recent success this past year has come from his ability to gain self confidence in his races, allowing his competitiveness to take over,” said Fougner, who added, “Thomas has all the tools to go a long way in the sport.”


Two other OTFC graduates have competed at the Canada Summer Games:

Olympic high jumper Mike Mason from Nanoose Bay is the only other OTFCer to medal — gold in 2005 in Regina.

Parksville’s Alycia Butterworth, currently attending the University of Idaho on a track and cross country scholarship, competed in the 2009 games in Charlottetown, placing fifth in steeplechase.

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Tight race for Peninsula runner @WhiteRockNews

August 29, 2013

August, 28, 2013 – By Sarah Massah

PEACE ARCH NEWS – Ocean Athletics club member and South Surrey resident Deon Clifford was half a second away from nabbing a medal at the Pan-American Junior Championships held in Medellin, Colombia last weekend.

The 18-year-old clocked a time of 9:25:87 in the men’s final 3000-m steeplechase Saturday, just .30 seconds behind Colombia’s Nelson Andres Blanco, who came in third.

According to Jim Clifford, Deon’s father and a coach at Ocean Athletics, the Peninsula runner followed a conservative race strategy because of the high altitude of the venue, going out near the back of the pack for the first few laps and slowly working his way through the runners.

With 500 metres to go, Clifford was in third place, picking up the pace as he neared home.

Despite the final push, Clifford was unable to match the speed of gold medal winner Yuber Echeverry (9:16:37) and Canadian Antoine Thibeault (9:17:09) who took home silver.

In the final lap, Clifford ended up in a close race with Blanco, who took home bronze with a time of 9:25:57.

According to Jim, Clifford was pleased with his effort, but could not find the energy on the last lap when he felt the effects of the thin air.

“He just felt the altitude effect, felt pretty weak and struggled over the last lap and the other Colombian caught up to him,” Jim said. “It was pretty exciting, pretty darn close.”

Clifford will now prepare for the Canadian Cross-Country Championships slated for Nov. 30 in Vancouver.

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Law a track champ at BC Senior Games #BCSeniorsGames @TheProgress #Chilliwack

August 29, 2013

August 28, 2013

CHILLIWACK PROGRESS – Chilliwack athletes produced 33 individual and 21 team medals at the 2013 BC Senior Games, held August 20-24 in Kamloops.

Silvia Law was a big winner, reeling in five medals in track and field.

Competing in the women’s 80-84 division, she won gold in the weight throw, silver in discus and bronze in shot-put, pentathlon, javelin and hammer throw. Fellow track athlete Jim McIsaac (men’s 55-59) won silver in discus and shot-put.

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Another Diamond League Medal for Armstrong @KamThisWeek #DiamondLeague

August 29, 2013

August 28, 2013

KAMLOOPS FREE PRESS – Dylan Armstrong claimed bronze in shot put at a Diamond League event in Zurich, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

The Kamloops product threw 21.13 metres.

Ryan Whiting of the U.S. won with a 22.03-metre toss and David Storl of Germany was second, throwing 21.19 metres.

The meet was the second last on the Diamond League circuit, a series of events sanctioned by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

Armstrong will compete in the last event of the series in Brussels on Sept. 6.

After the season is over, Armstrong said he will, “take a little time off and catch up with the business side of things, then get back to the grind.”


Seniors golden at games #BCSeniorsGames @pgfreepress #PrinceGeorge

August 29, 2013

August 29, 2013

PRINCE GEORGE FREE PRESS – Prince George Track and Field Club (PGTFC) members did most of the local gold mining at the BC Seniors Games, held last week in Kamloops.

Prince George athletes picked up 30 golds over the five days, with 20 of them coming in track and field. The Zone 9 North Central team, which includes Prince George, won 124 medals in total, including 52 gold, 43 silver and 29 bronze.

The North Central zone placed seventh in team standings, with Fraser Valley leading the way.

Tom Ukonmaanaho led the way for Prince George, winning six medals in track and field, including four gold. He topped the charts in the men 65-year-old 100 metres, 100 metre hurdles, high jump and pole vault.

Two other PGTFC members won three golds each. Suzanne Sharp won the women 55-59 800m, 10k road race and 5k power walk, while Keith Taylor won the men 80-84 10k road walk, 5k power walk and high jump. Arna Kristian doubled up in the women 75-79 division, winning the hammer throw and pentathlon, with David McGraw also winning a pair of golds in the men 70-74 100m and 200m.

Club president Brian Martinson took the spot in the men 55-59 800 and 1500.

Other gold medals were claimed by Cris MacDonald (women 70-74 triple jump), Ewing McLaren (men 85-89 pentathlon), Linda Meise (women 60-64 high jump), and Dick Voneugen (men 80-84 2k optional power walk).

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‘I just wanted a medal’ @LangleyTimes @Geeorrgiaa

August 28, 2013


Langley’s Georgia Ellenwood clears the high jump bar during the Pan American junior track and field championships in Colombia on Aug. 24 and 25. Ellenwood won the bronze medal in the heptathlon (photo Liga De Atletismo De-Antioquia)

By Gary Ahuja – August 27, 2013

LANGLEY TIMES – For Georgia Ellenwood, it was all about the medal.

“I remember thinking I didn’t even care about a PB (personal best), I just wanted a medal,” she said.

And it was mission accomplished for the 18-year-old as Ellenwood captured the bronze medal in the heptathlon over the weekend at the Pan-American junior championships in Medellin, Colombia.

The championships are for track and field athletes ages 19 and under.

She did manage a personal best, scoring 5,493 points, which was 32 points better than her previous best.

Her latest score also ranks her 10th in the world junior rankings and third on the all-time Canadian junior list.

The gold and silver went to Cuba’s Yusleidys Mendieta Valasquez and the United States’ Kendell Williams, who scored 5,627 points and 5,572 points, respectively.

“It was kind of surreal,” Ellenwood said.

“I was standing on the podium, thinking this is the first time I have been up here (at an international event) in front of all these people.

“And looking at the athletes next to me, I was thinking these girls are what I used to look up to and now I am standing right next to them.

“That was a really cool experience.”

This was Ellenwood’s third time representing Canada.

In 2011, she attended the world youth championships in Lille, France and then last year she was at the world junior championships in Barcelona, Spain.

“Both times I didn’t even come top 10, so this was a big move,” she said.

Ellenwood was ranked third or fourth heading into the competition.

“I knew I could medal (but) everyone is just so tight in the heptathlon, it could go any way,” she said.

“I just knew I had to keep consistent and keep on medal pace and on PB pace.”

Heading into the final event of the seven-event heptathlon, Ellenwood was sitting third.

She had finished second in the long jump (5.81m) and third in the javelin (35.61m). She also tied for third in both the 100m (14.43) and the high jump (1.74m). And she was sixth in both the shot put (10.44m) and the 200m (24.87).

All that remained was the 800m, but the competitor who was directly behind Ellenwood, Argentina’s Fiorela Chiappe, is a strong 800m runner. Ellenwood knew that if she could just keep within three seconds of her counterpart, the bronze medal was hers.

“I just stuck to her the whole race,” she explained. “By the last 50m, she started pulling ahead … I just had to stay with her as much as I could.

“At the end, I knew that I had.”

Chiappe was first to cross the finish line among the eight competitors, but Ellenwood was just over a second behind.

Ellenwood said she was at first tired immediately following the race, but that soon subsided and was replaced with relief, and finally excitement to stand on the podium.

“This probably  ranks as my highest accomplishment yet,” she said. “This is my first international (event) I have placed that highly in. My next goal will probably be next year’s world junior championships.”

She is no stranger to winning medals, both at the provincial level and national level.

This past June, she set a new record in becoming the first athlete to capture four consecutive B.C. high school track and field provincial heptathlon titles. For her high school career at Langley Secondary, Ellenwood won 10 gold and three silver.

The long-time member of the Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club also earned herself a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin, where she will compete for the Badgers at the NCAA Division 1 level.

When Ellenwood spoke to The Times on Tuesday morning, she was tired from a busy travel schedule. She had gone from Langley to Toronto and then to Colombia and back again and was now busy packing for her impending move to Madison, Wisc. for her freshman year of university.

Ellenwood was scheduled to leave yesterday (Wednesday) morning.


George and Yee represent Canada at Pan American Junior Champs

Two members of the Trinity Western Spartans track and field team were also at the Pan American junior championships as part of Team Canada.

And second-year Spartan sprinter Nathan George of Coquitlam helped the Canadian 4×400 relay team take bronze. George ran the opening leg.

Meanwhile, incoming Trinity Western athlete Regan Yee of South Hazelton, B.C. finished seventh tin the 3000m steeplechase in Colombia.

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George helps Canada to Bronze at Pan American Juniors @TWUSpartans

August 28, 2013

LANGLEY, British Columbia – Second-year Trinity Western sprinter Nathan George (Coquitlam, B.C.) will be coming home from the 2013 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships with a little heavier luggage as he returns from Medellin, Colombia with a bronze medal after helping Canada to a third place finish in the 4x400m relay this past weekend.

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George ran the opening leg for a Canadian quartet that crossed the finish line in 3:07.61 to capture one of Canada’s 19 medals at the event. The USA earned gold in 3:06.57 and Brazil came in second in 3:06.94.

Individually, George, after qualifying for the 400m final with a time of 48.23 in the semifinal, finished seventh overall in the final with a time of 48.26. Canadian Brandon McBride, who anchored the 4x400m relay team, earned gold with a time of 45.89.

Meanwhile, incoming Spartan Regan Yee (South Hazelton, B.C.), who won the 2000m steeplechase at the Canadian junior championships in July, finished seventh in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 11:13.61. Her time had her just one tenth of a second behind the fifth place finisher and just over a second behind the fourth place finisher. The winner finished in 10:28.94.

The Spartans cross country teams open their season Aug. 31 when they compete in the Lake Padden Relays in Bellingham, Wash.

The track and field teams open their season Jan. 12 at the University of Washington Preview.



Mark Janzen

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Summer Games takes athletes to next level #jcg2013 #2013athletics

August 27, 2013

By Don Bodger, August 27, 2013

COWICHAN NEWS LEADER PICTORIAL – Canada Summer Games competition in Sherbrooke, Quebec proved productive for four athletes from the valley.

Agnes Esser, the valley’s No. 3 Youth Athlete of the Year for 2012 and Frances Kelsey Secondary grad in June, made a strong showing in female throwing events.

Esser won a gold medal for the discus with a toss of 46.16 metres that was way ahead of the 44.62 mark recorded by runner-up Kelly Kirstin Gribbons of Ontario.

Esser had a personal best in the event of 49.75 during the season.

She also just missed a medal in the shot put, placing fourth at 13.71.

Jamie Ashcroft, a Kelsey grad in 2012, finished 11th overall in the women’s 100 metre sprint with a time of 12.75.

Ashcroft has posted a personal best in the event of 12.09, which is just back of the winner’s 12.02 clocking.

Para female track events resulted in bronze medals in the shot put and discus for Jessye Brockway.

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Riva takes the 1,500m event #jcg2013 #athletics2013

August 26, 2013


Oceanside’s Thomas Riva in action at the Canada Summer Games in Quebec at the Canada Summer Games after receiving his gold medal for finishing first in the 1,500m event and silver in the 800m (François Nadeau photo)

By James Clarke – August 22, 2013

PARKSVILLE QUALICUM BEACH NEWS – Oceanside standout Thomas Riva is back from the Canada Summer Games where he capped off his season by taking gold in the 1,500m event and silver in the 800m.

Simply put, “Thomas had an outstanding meet,” confirmed Oceanside Track and Field coach Kim Longmuir.

Played out Aug. 2-17, the 2013 Canada Summer Games were held in Sherbrooke, Quebec, where more than 1,200 of our country’s best competed in 17 sports.

Riva wasn’t available for comment, but the Kwalikum Secondary School grad was in great form at the Games where he was competing in Athletics, and was a force in the 1,500m when he lopped three seconds off his personal best time for the win at 3.45:87.

In the 800m final last Friday he finished second in a time of 1:48.91. He’s currently ranked fourth in Canada in the 800m.

In both events he qualified for the finals out of a field of 22.

Thomas, 21, is heading into his fourth year at UVic where he’s majoring in engineering.

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Nationals bring out best in Penticton athletes @PentictonNews #LegionNationals

August 21, 2013


PENTICTON ATHLETIC CLUB four-some Hunter Dufty, Haven Dufty, Megan Avery and Zoe Simourd placed fifth during the 37th Legion National Youth Track and Field Championship in Langley. Pictured, Avery hands off the baton to Hunter Dufty. Submitted photo

By Emanuel Sequeira, August 21, 2013

Penticton Western News – Surpassing personal bests was the focus for four members of the Penticton Athletics Club during the 37th Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships in Langley Aug. 7 to 13.

Haven Dufty finished fourth in the triple jump as she leaped past her previous best of 10.81 metres to finish with 10.92. In the long jump she placed 11th overall.

Her sister Hunter was 10th in the under-16 shot-put setting a new personal best at 10.89, besting her previous mark of 10.64. In the hammer throw, Hunter was ninth achieving a distance of 36.83, blowing past her previous best of  32.81.

Blair Dufty, assistant coach and president of Penticton Athletics Club said their performances were amazing.

“Anytime you can go to a national and set personal bests, it’s just a tremendous accomplishment,” said Blair. “That is when all the pressure is on you. If you can do it in those, you know you’re progressing. Absolutely exciting to see.”

The relay team consisting of the Dufty sisters along with Megan Avery and Zoe Simourd placed fifth. They broke their previous best time of 54.49 by posting 53.88 seconds. Achieving a personal best was especially important in the relay said Blair because it’s an event the athletes didn’t work on a lot.

“This is only the third time they have run together as a team,” said Blair, adding that it’s a great result for a group going up against under-16 teams.

Haven said she performed the best she could.

“The other athletes were amazing,” said Haven, who also placed 15th in the B finals of the 200-m hurdles. “It was just astonishing to watch them jump.”

Being at the Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships was a great experience for Haven, similar to last year in Prince Edward Island. Haven said being there was nerve-wracking and exciting.

“I’m very happy that I was able to have a personal best at one of the biggest meets of the season,” said Haven.

Armstrong thrilled with historic medal #moscow2013 @KamThisWeek

August 21, 2013

By Marty Hastings, August 20, 2013

Kamloops This Week – Dylan Armstrong took time to reflect on his bronze-medal win in shot put at the World Track and Field Championships in Moscow before making his way across Europe.

“I celebrated with a few friends from various countries,” Armstrong told KTW from Slovakia on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

“I feel great. I am extremely happy I got a medal for Canada. It was great to add another one from worlds [silver in 2011] and I feel I made the right choices this year and listened to every detail my coach laid out for me.”

His coach, as many Kamloopsians know by now, is Anatoliy Bondarchuk, an intriguing 73-year-old fellow from the Ukraine who coaches in the Tournament Capital at the National Throws Centre.

Armstrong threw a season-best 21.34 metres to capture bronze at Luzhniki Stadium on Friday, Aug. 16.

The medal was one of five earned by Canadians in Moscow — making it the most successful showing in the country’s history at the world championships.

Armstrong said there are about eight European competitions left to attend on this year’s schedule, including two International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League events, the next one scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 29, in Zurich, Switzerland.

After the season is over, Armstrong will, “take a little time off and catch up with the business side of things, then get back to the grind.”

The Kamloops Blazers are interested in honouring Armstrong’s accomplishments at a game this season.

With the International Olympic Committee expected to award Armstrong with retroactive bronze from the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, the WHL club will likely wait until that happens to hold a ceremony.

The last Diamond League event of the 2013 season will be held in Brussels, Belgium, on Sept. 6.

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Four BC athletes competing for Canada at the Pan American Junior Championships @AthleticsCanada

August 21, 2013

August 21, 2013

51 athletes set to compete at the Pan American Junior Championships 

Ottawa – The 2013 Pan American Junior Championships begin Friday in Medellin, Colombia featuring a Canadian contingent of 51 athletes. For many of these athletes the three day competition will be their first taste of international competition and their first opportunity to take on some of the best in the world with an eye on a podium finish.


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Four athletes from BC will be representing Canada:

Deon Clifford 3000m SC White Rock, BC Lynn Kanuka
Georgia Ellenwood Heptathlon Langley, BC Kim Chapdelaine
Agnes Esser Shot Put / Discus Duncan, BC Sheldan Gmitroski
Nathan George 400m Coquitlam, BC Tara Self
Regan Yee 3000m Steeplechase Hazelton, BC Neal Currie

Good luck everyone!!


Canada Summer Games Results from Thursday’s competition #jcg2013 #2013athletics

August 16, 2013

Today marks the last day of Athletics competition at the Canada Summer Games. Follow the competition, visit the: CANADA GAMES WEBSITE 

Looking back at Thursday August 15, some highlights from yesterday’s finals include Team BC’s 1-2 in the men’s 1500m race, with Thomas Riva and Luc Bruchet earning the gold and silver respectively.

The throws competitors took to the field earning 2 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze. Agnes Esser won gold in the women’s discus competition, Adam Keenan won gold in the men’s hammer, and Sam Kennedy finished with silver in the women’s hammer just ahead of BC Teammate Lauren Stuart who earned the bronze.

Wheelchair Para athlete Tristan Smyth finished yesterday with a gold medal in the men’s 1500m wheelchair Para race and a silver medal in the men’s 400m wheelchair Para race.

Thursday August 15 Athletics Medals:

GOLD             Thomas Riva, 1500m Male

GOLD             Tristan Smyth, 1500m wheelchair Para Male

GOLD             Django Lovett, High Jump Male

GOLD             Agnes Esser, Discus Female

GOLD             Adam Keenan, Hammer Male

SILVER           Ben Ayesu-Attah, 400m Male

SILVER           Luc Bruchet, 1500m Male

SILVER           Tristan Smyth, 400m wheelchair Para Male

SILVER           Sam Kennedy, Hammer Female

BRONZE        Lauren Stuart, Hammer Female

Thursday August 15 Results Round-up:

Keefer Joyce, 100m Male – 4th

Whitney Krista Rowe, 100m Female – 8th

Jamie Jean Ashcroft, 100m Female – 11th

Jake Hooper, 100m Special Olympics Male – 7th

Matthew Williams, 100m Special Olympics Male – 12th

Laura Strauss, 100m Special Olympics Female – 6th

April Armstrong, 100m Special Olympics Female – 9th

Brendan Restall, 400m Male – 6

Raquel Natasha Sophia Tjernagel, 400m Female – 6th

Casey Atkin, 400m Female – 7th

Lindsey Michelle Butterworth, 1500m Female – 7th

Kendra Pomfret, 1500m Female – 13th

Seb Adugalski, 400m Hurdles Male – 10th

Meghan Palesch, 400m Hurdles Female – 4th

Sarah Ann Sawatzky, 400m Hurdles Female – 8th

Djami Diallo, 400m wheelchair Para Female – 4th

Eddy Solla, 1500m wheelchair Para Male – 7th

Djami Diallo, 1500m wheelchair Para Female – 4th

Team BC, 4x100m Male – 8th

Team BC, 4x100m Female – 4th

Vlad Moldavanov, Triple Jump Male – 8th

Julia Hawkins, Triple Jump Female – 11th

Kathryn van Ryswyk, Pole Vault Female – 4th

Tyler Geoffrey Kostiuk, Javelin Male – 6th

Mason James Kereszti, Javelin Male – 7th


Bains national meet’s top female athlete #LegionNationals

August 14, 2013

By Don Bodger – August 14 

COWICHAN NEWS LEADER PICTORIAL – Chicago Bains stood out among all the females during the prestigious Legion Canadian youth track and field championships in Langley while the other six valley athletes entered all attained a measure of success.

Bains was honoured as the winner of the LeRoy Washburn Award as the most outstanding female athlete of the national competition and also received recognition as outstanding female B.C. Team member at the meet.

“I know as I am still in a state of disbelief of what transpired, she must be overwhelmed,’’ noted coach John May of Black Creek.

Bains was due back from the Lower Mainland on Tuesday afternoon.

She created considerable fanfare with three gold medals that caused eruptions from a large personal and Team B.C. cheering section.

Mom Karmyn didn’t get to see Bains  compete in P.E.I. last year so she was obviously ecstatic to have this opportunity. “It was unbelievable,’’ said Karmyn. “I’ve never witnessed the support like that.’’

Retired former teacher/principal of George Bonner School, Herb Jawanda, now living in Delta, even stopped by to see some of Chicago Bains’ magic for himself. “I applaud Chicago’s parents for making the extra effort to get her the coaching and training to give her the opportunity to bring out the best of her ability,’’ noted Jawanda.

Bains won the gold medal in the U16 80-metre hurdles in 11.48 seconds, breaking the meet record of 11.60 dating back 31 years to 1982.

Bains also won gold in the 200 hurdles in 27.91 and ran the opening leg for the victorious U16 4×100 relay team that included Ladysmith’s Rachel Jerome.

Rounding it out for Bains was an eighth place in the 200 metres.

Sprinter Taryn Smiley got into the act with two bronze medals in the U18 girls’ 4×100 and 4×400 relays. Smiley was also in the running for top placings in the individual events, finishing sixth in the 200 in 26.05 and seventh in the 100 in 12.48.

Smiley had an unfortunate situation of being required to run the heats twice due to a timing malfunction. She won her heat both times anyway, but her schedule was thrown off by not having time for a lunch break.

Injury restricted Tia Baker to two U18 running events. She was part of the 4×400 U18 club relay team that finished fourth and wound up 20th in the U18 400 metres in 1:00.23.

Casey Heyd and Nicole Lindsay also performed well in U16 girls’ events. Heyd came fifth in the 100 metres in 12.81 and did the 4×100 on a third-place finishing team that also included the valley’s Nicole Lindsay. Lindsay was 14th in the U16 300 metres in 43.09 seconds.

Ben Williams just missed a pair of medals in boys’ U16 events. He was fourth in both the high jump (1.75 metres) and the triple jump (12.84 m). Williams made Team B.C. but then was pulled due to a statistical error, but still attained strong results on a national scale under the CVAC Jaguars’ banner.

Liam Lindsay claimed fourth place in the U18 boys’ triple jump with a leap of 13.25 metres and 10th in the long jump, reaching 6.09 m.