Sultana Frizell, Guest Speaker

2014 AO Hall of Famers inducted and award winners announced this past weekend

Saturday September 27 featured a sunny and warm late afternoon, outside, as well as inside, as more than 250 people showed up to celebrate a tremendous year for Ontario athletes, and to honour several individuals for their contributions to our […]

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Athletics Ontario announces finalists for Annual Awards Gala

Athletics Ontario is pleased to announce the finalists (please see list below) for the annual athlete of the year awards. The awards will be presented to the male and female winners in each of the following categories: Sprints/Hurdles, Distances, Jumps, […]

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TTFC currently CLOSED for track upgrades

The Toronto Track & Field Centre (TTFC) is currently closed for track upgrades, and continues to work with all parties involved. Athletics Ontario has been notified that the facility, previously scheduled to open on Tuesday September 2, will remain closed […]

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Quest for Gold program is now “Open” for receiving applications

Athletics Ontario is pleased to announce the release of the 2014 Quest for Gold Selection Criteria, and Athlete Application, for Athletics. Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program 2014 (OAAP) is funded by the Government of Ontario, through the […]

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Athletics Ontario Awards Gala; 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees announced, Sultana Frizell as Guest Speaker, Kate Van Buskirk returns as Emcee, and Nomination information

Athletics Ontario is pleased to announce the 2014 Inductees in to the AO Hall of Fame. The ceremony is to take place at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites on Saturday September 27, in conjunction with the Athlete of […]

 

2014 AO Hall of Famers inducted and award winners announced this past weekend

Sultana Frizell, Guest Speaker

Saturday September 27 featured a sunny and warm late afternoon, outside, as well as inside, as more than 250 people showed up to celebrate a tremendous year for Ontario athletes, and to honour several individuals for their contributions to our sport at this year’s “Celebrating Excellence in Athletics” Awards Banquet & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The gala, held at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites, featured numerous outstanding presentations.  A special thanks goes to Kate Van Buskirk, who was the evening’s emcee for the 4th consecutive year. Kate also received the award for the most outstanding distance runner in the Sr. Female Distance category. Our evening’s special guest speaker, Sultana Frizell, added energy, humour and positivity to all in attendance. (ok, well, not necessarily to the runners, but hey, you can’t please everyone ;) Read more »

2015 Championship Dates Set, Bid Kits Available

The 2015 AO Championship dates have been established and are available by clicking [Championship Dates for 2015].

For clubs wishing to host any of AO’s championships in 2015 please click the following to gain access to the bid kit: [Bid Application Form] [Appendix for Track & Field Events] [Appendix for Off-Road Events].  Dates for 10,000m Track running race, and the two road walking events are open to suggestion by bidding groups. Read more »

Eric Gillis and Rachel Hannah win Canadian 10k Championships; BC and Ontario win Timex Series

Toronto – Eric Gillis of Guelph, Ont., and Rachel Hannah of Toronto, Ont., won national titles today at the Canadian 10k Championships held as part of the Canada Running Series Oasis Zoo Run.

In the men’s race Eric Gillis won the national title in a time of 29:52.6, Kip Kangogo of Lethbridge, Alta., won silver in 30:18.3 and Sami Jibril of Toronto, Ont., won bronze in 30:32.4. Jibril won bronze at the Canadian 5k Championships help September 7.

In the women’s race Rachel Hannah won the national title in 33:07.8, Lanni Marchant of London, Ont., took silver in 33:29.6 with Natasha Lebeaud winning bronze in 34:25.8. Hannah was second a few weeks ago at the Canadian 5k Championships. She also won the Canadian Half Marathon Championships earlier this season in Montreal, Que. Read more »

Olympic Stream Carding Applications: Due September 30th

This is a reminder that Olympic Stream Carding Applications are due September 30th 2014. Please click here for the carding criteria submit applications before the deadline to carding@athletics.ca or mail it to:

Corey Dempsey
2445 St. Laurent Blvd Suite B1-110
Ottawa, Ontario
K1G 6C3

Please let me know if you have any questions

Thanks in advance,

Canadian 10k Championships and Timex Series Finale Saturday at Oasis Zoo Run

The 2014 Canadian 10k Championships and Timex National Road Race Series Finale take place Saturday in Toronto, Ont., as part of the Canada Running Series Oasis Zoo Run.

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The women’s field is particularly stacked, starting with Canadian marathon record holder, and defending champion in the 10k championship, Lanni Marchant of London, Ont. Joining Marchant at the start line are Rachel Hannah of Toronto, Ont., and Rachel Cliff of Vancouver, B.C., who finished second and third respectively at the Canadian 5k Championships on September 7. Victoria Coates of Newmarket, Ont., (fourth at the 5k Championships), Catherine Watkins of Vancouver, B.C., (fifth at the 5k Championships), and Kim Doerksen of Gibson, B.C., (2014 BMO Vancouver Marathon winner) will ensure the 2014 women’s 10k Championship is one of the most competitive in recent history. Also in the field is Lioudmila Kortchaguina of Thornhill, Ont.; she took bronze in the championship last year.

Eric Gillis of Antigonish, N.S., leads the way in the men’s elite field. Gillis, who lives and trains in Guelph, Ont., represented Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games in the marathon. Gillis finished second in the event last season. Sami Jibril of Toronto, Ont., won bronze at the 5k Championships and placed sixth at the 2013 10k championship.

The Timex Series Finale will see athletes from seven provinces battle it out for individual and provincial team championship titles.

For more information on the Oasis Zoo Run visit http://www.canadarunningseries.com/zoorun/.

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Athletics Ontario announces finalists for Annual Awards Gala

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Athletics Ontario is pleased to announce the finalists (please see list below) for the annual athlete of the year awards. The awards will be presented to the male and female winners in each of the following categories: Sprints/Hurdles, Distances, Jumps, Throws,  Combined Events. Additionally, there will be the following Para Awards: Outstanding Track Performance and Outstanding Field Performance. In most cases there will be one winner for each age group.

The gala, “Celebrating Excellence in Athletics”, is to take place at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites on Saturday September 27, in conjunction with the 2014 AO Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

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Hannah, Jibril, Nixon, O’Connell headline field at first-ever Canadian 5k Championships

Toronto, Ont. – The inaugural Canadian 5k Championships hosted by the Bang & Olufsen Yorkville Run takes place Sunday September 7 in Toronto’s Yorkville district. The elite field will see over 30 athletes battle it out for the first-ever Athletics Canada Canadian Championship titles in the 5km road race distance. The event also serves as the national championship event for the Canadian Masters Athletics.  Read more »

2015 National Team Volunteer Staffing Call

Dear Branches, Coaches and Staff,

We are now inviting expression-of-interests letters from volunteer event coaches and managers for the 2015 National Team Events. This year, the staffing call will be available on-line where you can click on the following link and select the priority sequence, based on how you feel your skills and experiences would positively contribute to the success of the team.

I would like to ask all branches, coaches and staff to pass this along to anyone that would be interested in applying for the volunteer positions listed on the link below. Read more »

TTFC currently CLOSED for track upgrades

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The Toronto Track & Field Centre (TTFC) is currently closed for track upgrades, and continues to work with all parties involved. Athletics Ontario has been notified that the facility, previously scheduled to open on Tuesday September 2, will remain closed until further notice.  Stay tuned for updates as they become available. An announcement regarding the opening date is expected to be made on Wednesday September 3. For details, please contact the TTFC Main Line at 416-392-2522.

Quest for Gold program is now “Open” for receiving applications

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Athletics Ontario is pleased to announce the release of the 2014 Quest for Gold Selection Criteria, and Athlete Application, for Athletics. Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program 2014 (OAAP) is funded by the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS), and operated through the Sport, Recreation & Community Programs Division.  The overarching goal of the Quest for Gold – OAAP is directly related to the High Performance Sport goal of the Canadian Sport Policy – that Canadians are systematically achieving world-class results at the highest levels of international competition – by improving the performance and number of Ontario athletes performing at the national and international level, thereby contributing to the improved performance of Canada at international competitions. A fully completed application form and written proof of all cited performances must be submitted no later than October 17, 2014

For full instructions, application form and appeals template, please visit the Quest for Gold page at: