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Jun 30, 2012 - Shayne Dobson collects two more golds at Canadian T&F Championships

Congratulations to Shayne for his two gold medals in the T37 1500 meter and a the T37 400 metres. Next up is to wait and see whether his Canadian record in the T37 1500 metre will get him a qualification on the 20 athlete para team going to the ParaOlympics.


Jun 28, 2012 - ASEA Athletes shine in day 1 at Nationals

CALGARY — Riverview’s Michael LeBlanc (ASEA) posted the fastest men’s 100 metre qualifying time Wednesday at the Canadian track and field trials.

LeBlanc, who finished third in the event in 2010 and sixth last year, won the heat in 10.41 seconds.

LeBlanc qualified for the semifinals on Friday. The final will also be held on Friday.

Moncton’s Chris Robertson (ASEA) placed second in the high jump portion of the men’s decathlon on Wednesday. Robertson’s jump of 1.94 metres was second to only Jamie Adjetey-Nelson of Windsor, Ont. (2.06 metres).

Robertson ran a season-best time in the 100 metres in 11.67 and finished 10th. He also came in seventh in the 400 metres in 52.52, ninth in the long jump with a jump of 6.39 metres and 11th in the shot put with a toss of 10.89 metres.

With five events remaining, Robertson sits in eighth place overall in the decathlon.

Pierre Landry (ASEA) of Saint-Louis-de-Kent came in sixth in men’s long jump qualifying with a jump of 6.75 metres. He did not qualify for the final.

Campbellton native Shayne Dobson (ASEA) won the men’s T37 1,500 metre event in a time of 4:59.87 to become a Canadian champion for the second straight year. He claimed the T37 800 metres event last year.

James Brace (ASEA) of Petitcodiac finished eighth in the men’s wheelchair T54 100 metres in 18.62.


Jun 27, 2012 - ASEA Athletes at 2012 Canadian Track & Field

LeBlanc chases Olympic dream

Michael LeBlanc has never felt so good on the track.

The timing couldn’t be better.

LeBlanc, a 25-year-old sprinter from Riverview, returns to the Canadian track and field trials, which open Wednesday in Calgary. The stakes are higher than normal this year.

Athletics Canada uses the national championships to help selects its teams that will represent the country at the London Olympics and London Paralympics later this summer.

“This is a very important meet for me every year, but it’s impossible to downplay the extra weight that comes with the Olympic year,” said LeBlanc, who trains out of Syracuse, N.Y.

“The people in the sport pay attention and we’re always concerned about it, but the public at large really only lifts their heads up when it’s an Olympic year and that causes us to be a little more dialed in.

“People will always say there’s something special about the Olympic year. People show up hoping to do things that they don’t normally do, performances that are out of their character.”

LeBlanc expects a top-three finish and a strong time — the Canadian qualifying standard in the men’s 100 metres is 10.18 seconds — would land him one of the three spots Canada has for the event in London.

“This is an exciting time. I guess it sounds cliché, but I don’t get that nervous. I don’t get the race scared feeling,” said LeBlanc, a former standout at Syracuse University.

“It’s a positive pressure. I like the feeling that what you’re doing matters. It’s substantial, it’s not for nothing. I think it’s a good thing. And obviously, if you don’t succeed, it’s harder to take. But that’s a trade I’m willing to take.”

LeBlanc, one of nine New Brunswickers competing in Calgary this week, finished sixth in the 100 metres at last year’s Canadian trials, a disappointing performance after placing a career-best third in 2010.

His expectation this year?

“To win. I think I would always say that — and I think anyone should say that because what else are you racing for? — but deep down no matter what you tell yourself I think there is an awareness of what you’re expecting or capable of, but this year I would actually be disappointed if I don’t win,” LeBlanc said.

LeBlanc had a positive feeling heading to Calgary. He’s ranked sixth in the 100 metres in Canada this year — his season-best time of 10.28 seconds came in Ottawa last month — but has been more impressed with his results in practice.

“The things I’ve been doing in meets don’t necessarily add up to what I’ve been doing in practice. Right now, I am empirically — based on what I’m doing in practice — the best I’ve ever been,” said LeBlanc, who will run for Metro Moncton’s Athlétisme Sud-Est/South-East Athletics in Calgary.

“I feel very good going into trials. I just got back from a workout 30 minutes ago and I don’t think I could have done any better in what I did for my final workout,” he said earlier this week. “I think I’m exactly where I have to be.”

LeBlanc had received a bye through Wednesday’s 100 metre qualifying heats, but has opted to run instead to get in a tuneup after recovering from a minor back injury. The semifinals and final follow on Friday.

LeBlanc is also entered in the 200 metres, but the 100 is his top priority. If he feels fatigued during the meet, he may drop out of the 200 metres. He has a season-best time of 21.31 in the 200 metres.

LeBlanc’s 100 metre competition in Calgary includes the likes of Toronto’s Aaron Brown, who has run the fastest Canadian time this season in 10.18, Justyn Warner, also of Toronto, and defending champion Sam Effah of Calgary.

“I think it will be tough. People are ready to run from what I see. I have all the respect in the world for those guys. I know a lot of them, I’ve beaten a lot of them, some of them have beaten me,” LeBlanc said.

“No one is going to make it easy for anyone else. It’s an Olympic year and people want to get on the team. People show up for trials. Nothing really matters before trials and I certainly have the upmost respect for the competition and I don’t think any of them are going in unprepared.”

Also competing in Calgary is Moncton’s Geneviève Lalonde, who will run the women’s 3,000 metre steeplechase on Saturday. She will try to improve on her third-place finish at last year’s national championships.

Campbellton native Shayne Dobson, who trains out of ASEA, will try to defend his national title in the T37 800 metres and will also compete in the 1,500 metres. Dobson holds the national record in both events and will try to qualify for the London Paralympics.

The rest of the New Brunswick contingent competing in Calgary includes Chris Robertson of Moncton (decathlon), James Brace of Salisbury (wheelchair T54 100 metres and 200 metres), Jean-Marc Doiron of Collette (800 metres), Pierre Landry of Saint-Louis-de-Kent (long jump), Adam Gaudes of Fredericton (800 metres) and Sarah MacPherson of Fredericton (1,500 metres).


Jun 27, 2012 - Shayne Dobson of ASEA Breaks Canadian Record

 

Dobson sets national track record

Campbellton’s Shayne Dobson, running for Metro Moncton’s Athlétisme Sud-Est/South-East Athletics, set a new Canadian record in the men’s 18+ 1,500 metre T37 event at the New Brunswick Royal Canadian Legion youth track and field championships Saturday at Stade Moncton 2010 Stadium.

Dobson blazed an incredible pace, finishing the three and a half laps in 4:34.74.

Several provincial records were broken under wet conditions at the meet.

Notable performances on the women’s side included Emma Edmonds of Halifax’s YHZ Track Club winning the midget girls 1,500 metre steeplechase in a time of 5:11.32. Mackenzie Amos of Fredericton Fast Tracks set a New Brunswick record finishing second in 5:27.61 and Alexondra Kiely, also of Fredericton, also broke the previous record, finishing third in at 5:44.77.

Katie Robinson of the Saint John Track Club set a new female youth 2,000 metre steeplechase record, finishing in 7:42.91 and breaking the previous record of 7:54.16, set by Rebecca Barton back in 2008.

Melissa Pellerin of ASEA not only set a new provincial girls 14-15 javelin record, but also a 16-17 record with a throw of 33.15 metres.

Elizabeth MacDonald of Halifax broke the Nova Scotia record in the women’s hammer throw with a toss of 52.87 metres. Luisa Schwars of Fredericton Legion Track Club broke the New Brunswick girls 14-15 2,000 metre record with a time of 6:44.98.

Noella Klawitter of the Ottawa Lions broke the national record for the 800 metre visual impaired (T12) in 2:28.79.

Paul Tremblay of the Saint John Track Club set a new record in the midget boys 1,500 metre steeplechase, finishing in 4:46.32. Tremblay broke the previous record of 4:53.39 by nearly seven seconds.

Jason Bouchard of Fredericton Legion Track had a great day, winning both the 100 metres and 200 metres with times of 11.28 and 22.29, respectively, despite very strong head winds.

Joey Boudreau of ASEA won the wheelchair shot put (5.32 metres), discus (10.54 metres) and javelin (11.57 metres).

Nick MacMackin of Saint John and Mike Tate of Antigonish, N.S., ran an incredible race in the men’s 16-17 1,500 metres. They raced neck in neck and finished tied for first with a time of 4:01.13. MacMackin also won the 800 metres in 1:56.98.

Final selection for the New Brunswick team headed to Royals Canadian Legion youth championships in Charlottetown in August will take place at the New Brunswick outdoor track and field championships next month in Saint John.


Jun 20, 2012 - Logo Unveiled for 2013-14 Canadian Track & Field Championships

MONCTON - The official logo for the national senior track and field championships, to be held in Moncton in 2013 and 2014, was unveiled at a press conference today in Moncton. “We are just a year away from hosting the country’s most important track and field event” said Local Organizing Committee chairman Doug Robertson “and we are very proud today to present the logo which will be emblematic of our branding over the coming two years”. Joining Robertson for the announcement were members of the local organizing committee, including vice-chairman Jeff Kelly, and representatives of the city of Moncton, Athletics South East, Athletics New Brunswick and Universite de Moncton.

The Canadian Track and Field Championships is Athletics Canada’s premier event and we are very excited to welcome the nation to Moncton in 2013 and 2014," said Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc. "This event will be another feather in our cap and proves once again how Moncton can host world class events." The Mayor was joined on the podium by a very special guest for the unveiling of the logo. The Local Organizing Committee has brought back Sporti, the popular mascot from the 2010 world junior championships, to serve as official mascot for the 2013-14 nationals.

In a message from Athletics Canada, Chief Executive Officer Rob Guy said “Athletics Canada is excited to bring the 2013 and 2014 Canadian Championships to Moncton. The 2013 edition will be especially exciting as it will serve as the World Trials for our team heading to the World Championships in Russia,” He added “The community has shown that it can stage world class track and field events as evident by the wildly successful World Junior Championships. With the 2010 World Juniors, the upcoming 2012 National Track League Hub City Classic, and then nationals in 2013 and 2014, Moncton is quickly becoming known as Track Capital of the East.”

A highlight of the logo launch was the introduction of several area athletes who will be competing in this year’s national championships in Calgary next week. Speaking on behalf of Athletics New Brunswick, Gabriel LeBlanc said “We are seeing excellent growth in the sport with a growing number of high performance athletes as evidenced by the strong contingent the province is sending to Calgary. It is the ultimate measure of success for most athletes to compete to be national champions” he added. “Next year our superb young athletes get to do that at home and that just makes it all the more special”.

In outlining some of the local organizing committee’s key objectives, Robertson emphasized the opportunity hosting these championships presents for the continued development of track and field in the region. “We have a great legacy to build on from our experience with 2010”, he said. “We have the fastest track in the country, the best stadium in the country and a group and a community committed to hosting the best national championships ever in Canada.”

Contacts:

Doug Robertson, 2013-14 Local Organizing Committee 850-0417

Jillian Cormier, Events Coordinator, City of Moncton


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