Island runner Levins leaves world track and field championships empty-handed #TimesColonist

August 13, 2013

The ever positive Cameron Levins is turning his focus to next years’ Commonwealth Games in Glascow and looking to peak at the right time for Rio. Good luck Cam, we’re always cheering for you! – BCA


August 12, 2013 – By Cleve Dheensaw, Times Colonist

It was a memorable summer personally for Cam Levins, who got married on Canada Day in Victoria at St. Ann’s Academy.

But it was highly forgettable on the track.

The runner from Black Creek, who will be among the big Canadian and Island hopes at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, has dropped out of today’s 5,000 metres at the 2013 IAAF world track and field championships in Moscow after his disappointing 14th-place finish in the 10,000 metres Saturday.

“It was a big transition year for me and a lot of things changed,” said Levins by phone from Moscow. “I got married and also had breathing and health issues that affected me. The training was not there.”

Little known coming out of G.P. Vanier Secondary in Courtenay, Levins only got a U.S. NCAA offer after scouring the Internet. He seemed to come out of nowhere last year with Southern Utah to sweep the 2012 NCAA titles in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres before making the finals in both those events at the London Olympics.

“I didn’t feel overbearing pressure to have another campaign this year like I did last year,” said Levins. “I just want to continue to move in the right direction. But sometimes you have off years.”

Now training under the former great runner Alberto Salazar, he doesn’t plan on having any more of those.

“The Commonwealth Games next year [in Glasgow] are going to be very competitive and another test to see where I’m at. Ideally, this all works up to where I’m in a position to be a medallist in Rio [2016 Summer Olympics].”

Meanwhile, fellow Islander and Olympic finalist Mike Mason of Nanoose Bay begins competition in the high jump qualifying rounds today with the final scheduled for Thursday. Only a quivering bar, that eventually dropped, denied the graduate of Parksville’s Bellenas Secondary a bronze medal last year at the London Olympics.

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#Sherbrooke2013 Canada Summer Games – National Broadcast & Webcast Schedules @CanadaGames

July 30, 2013

National Broadcast Schedule

Athletics will be featured in the National Broadcast coverage of the Canada Summer Games on TSN: Thursday, August 15th from 15:30 – 16:30 EST*

TSN will be featuring the Men’s and Women’s 100m and 400m.*

*Schedule subject to change

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Webcasting Schedule

Over 800 hours of webcasting coverage will be made available during the games through the Canada Games portal, The portal allows users to interact via twitter, view live webcasts and watch archived Games footage for the 2013 Games and from past Games editions.

Coverage will begin with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 2 at 7 pm EST

Athletics coverage is scheduled on on: Mon Aug 12, Tues Aug 13, Thurs Aug 15 and Fri Aug 16. Check schedule for times. 

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World Record and IPC Gold for Michelle Stilwell #Lyon2013 @AthleticsCanada

July 25, 2013

AC – July 25, 2013 

Lyon, France – Another big day for Team Canada in Lyon, France as Michelle Stilwell of Nanoose Bay, B.C., won gold at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championship in a World Record time while Ilana Dupont of Clarenceville, Que., won bronze.  Three Canadian Records were also established on day six of the IPC Athletics World Championship.

The day got off to a hot start for Canada with a World Record and gold medal performance by Michelle Stilwell in the women’s T52 wheelchair classification 800-metres. “Fantastic!” Stilwell exclaimed. “I had so much pleasure while racing. I couldn’t have dreamt better, a World Record and a gold medal. This is a very good start to the day for Canada!” Her time of 2:14.79 bested the previous World record of 2:16.71 set in 2005 by Canadian Lisa Franks.

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Kelowna’s Stroda dominates at B.C. Track and Field #kamloops2013

July 23, 2013

Aaron Stoda

Kelowna’s Aaron Stroda won four medals in throws at the B.C. track and field championships. (contributed photo)

July 22, 2013 – Kelowna Capital News

It was a weekend to remember for Kelowna’s Aaron Stroda who topped all youth competitors with four medals at the B.C. Track and Field Championships in Kamloops.

The 17-year-old OKM student won gold in hammer throw, shot-put and discus, and a bronze medal in javelin.

In the hammer throw, a sport he only took up 15 months ago, Stroda improved on his previous best mark by 4.50 metres, to 57.30m.

“I was expecting a throw over 55 metres and was very happy to find quickly into the competition with my first win of the day,” said Stroda.

Stroda then came close to his personal best in shot put, winning the gold medal in the male competition with a toss of 16.13m, one meter ahead of closest competitor. “I expected to win with a distance of over 16m. My next goal is to come close to the 17m. We’ll see what is possible for the rest of the season.”

On Day 2,  Aaron secured a bronze medal in javelin (51.36m), then finished the weekend off with his third gold medal win—this time in discus with a toss of (48.76m).

“Aarons overall performance this weekend was remarkable,” Stroda’s coach, Verena Stroda. It is paying off to train Aaron multi-faceted all winter and during the season. His overall fitness helps him to perform well during those weekends. It’s a joy to watch him having fun at a high level.”

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B.C.’s Top Athletes Headed this way for Track & Field #kamloops2013

July 18, 2013

Thurs, July 18 – The Kamloops Daily News 

More than 500 athletes are expected to compete in the B.C. Track and Field Championships Jamboree at Hillside Stadium this weekend.

The provincial championships, which run Friday, Saturday and Sunday, are for athletes ages 14 and up. There will be able-bodied and para-athletics as part of the competition, and scheduled to compete are B.C. athletes who have competed in Olympics, world championships and university championships.

Among the national team members expected to compete is Abbotsford’s Mike Mason, a 2012 Olympian in the high jump. There are 11 athletes who recently competed at the world youth championships in Ukraine, along with four who competed at the World University Games in Russia.

There also will be five 2013 Canada Summer Games para-athletes.

Kamloops hammer thrower Kibwé Johnson, who competed for the U.S. at the London Olympics, also is scheduled to compete — his competition includes Kamloops throwers Nolan (Trey) Henderson, Adam Keenan and Ryan Jensen. The 18-19 women’s hammer throw will include two Kamloops women — Breanna Derker and Samantha Hayes.

Among the other Kamloops athletes scheduled to compete are Avery Marshall (15-year-old 100 and 200 metres); Alana Giesbrecht (16-17, 200m); Soleiya Tremblay-Mason (14, 800m and 1,200m); Kala Stone (18-19, 800m); Ian Polos (20-plus, 800m); Ty Fuoco (16-17, 1,500m); Kendall Fitzgerald (15, 2,000m and 1,500m steeplechase); Bryce Turner (15, 2,000m and 1,500m steeplechase); Faryn Brown (20-plus, 5,000m); Daniel Elke (18-19, 110m hurdles); John Saari (20-plus, shot put and discus); Mason Kereszti (18-19, javelin) and pole vaulters Alex Smith (16-17), Braden Derker (16-17), Emily Schultz (20-plus) and Spencer Allen (20-plus).

The action starts Friday, 5:30 p.m., with 300m and 400m semifinals, steeplechase events and the 5,000m, along with triple jump and hammer throw finals. Johnson, Henderson, Jensen and Keenan are to compete in the men’s hammer final at 7 p.m.

Saturday’s competition will begin at 7:45 p.m., and run all day until around 5:50 p.m. On Sunday, the races start at 8:30 a.m., with the last event to begin around 4:20 p.m.

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Royal City Track and Field Club wins big at the BC JD Track and Field Championships in Nanaimo

July 17, 2013


Lauryn Savela, javelin

Photograph by: Contributed photos, The Record

Wednesday July 17, 2013 – The Royal City track club won the B.C. Athletics junior development provincial championships in Nanaimo last weekend.

The provincial meet followed a winning weekend at the Trevor Craven Memorial track meet at Swanguard Stadium in Burnaby, where club athletes performed exceptionally well, winning a total of 41 medals including 15 gold, 12 silver and 14 bronze, along with an additional 45 top-eight finishes in preparation for the provincials.

This past weekend 18 Royal City athletes, between the ages of nine and 13, reached amazing heights in Nanaimo with many personal-best performances.

The club walked away from the championships and a total of 50 awards, including 18 medals and 32 additional top-eight finishes.

Silver medals were won by Grace Fetherstonhaugh in the 2,000 metres, Devin Strome in high jump, Jenevieve Patry-Smith in javelin, Ryan Jensen in the 80m hurdles, Jeremy Belcher in the 100m dash, 200m hurdles and long jump, Emmanuel Dadson in the pole vault and Tomas Ward in shot put.

The 11-year-old girls’ distance medley relay team made up of Michelle Dadson, Anaiyah Bernier, Lauryn Savela and Elizabeth Bowles also won silver.

Bronze medals were won by Katelyn Stewart-Barnett in both the 600m run and high jump, Fetherstonhaugh in the 1,200m, Patry-Smith in shot, Michelle Dadson in discus and Jensen in the 200m hurdles.

The 10-year-old girls’ 4×100 relay team made up of Kaia Polanska-Richardson, Annette Scott, Malena Kalisch and Stewart-Barnett took bronze, as did the boys’ 13-year-old relay team made up of Belcher, Jensen, Ward and Dadson.

There were an additional 32 top-eight finishes achieved by the following club athletes: Bernier, Malena Kalisch, Bowles, Amanda Scott, Fetherstonhaugh, Strome, Patry-Smith, Michelle Dadson, Brianna Bates, Joelle Pinvidic, Lauryn Savela, Jensen, Emmanuel Dadson, Belcher and the 13-year-old girls’ relay team made up of Brianna Bates, Fetherstonhaugh, Scott and Strome, which placed fourth in both the distance medley relay and the 4×100.

This was an outstanding finish to a very successful season for the Royal City Track Club athletes.

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