Team Ontario Athletes Selected for Canadian Cross Country Championships

We are excited to announce the athletes who have been selected to represent Team Ontario at the Canadian Cross Country Championships this weekend on Saturday November 25, in Kingston ON. Join us in wishing these, and all of our other Ontario athletes, the best of luck at the Championship!

Athletics Canada is offering a live stream for those who are unable to attend the event. Click here to go to the Athletics Canada TV page and view the stream.

The athletes are as follows:

Youth Women
Remy Cattell
Aleksa Gold
Eliza Jane Boston
Anna Workman
Tiana LoStracco
Maya Hannagan

Youth Men
Campbell Lee
Joshua Zelek
Evan Burke
Noah Costa
Mathew Lampard
Patrick Dean

Junior Women
Lilly Tuck
Zoe Burke
Hannah Russell
Jocelyn Chau
Cameron Ormond
Martha MacDonald

Junior Men
Edward Hayfron
Brad Sheeler
Cameron Circa
Nick Mota
Thomas Witkowicz
Max Turek

Senior Women
Natalia Hawthorn
Leslie Sexton
Laura Desjardins
Sasha Gollish
Julie-Anne Staelhi
Claire Sumner

Senior Men
Blair Morgan
Andrew Nixon
Kevin Blackney
Phil Parrot-Migas
Trevor Hofbauer
Bonsa Gonfa


2017 AO Cross Country Championship

This past weekend we hosted our annual Cross Country Championship at Morrison Meadows in Bracebridge, ON. We saw nearly 900 athletes come out and compete for medals despite the wet and slippery conditions. The day kicked off with the Ontario Masters 5km race, where we saw athletes aged 35-85 years competing against one another. This was followed by our bantam, midget, youth, junior and senior men and women’s divisions, as well as a community run which took place mid-day and was open to anyone.

We want to give special thanks to our hosts, Muskoka Algonquin Runners, FITT Events, and Morrison Meadows for having us, we could not have put on the event without the use the of their facility. Additionally, a thank you to the officials and volunteers, as such an event could not take place without their support. Lastly, we want to thank the clubs, for training and providing us with such talented athletes who were eager to compete.

We would also like to extend congratulations to the Newmarket Huskies Track Club for winning the overall Cross Country Club Champion title. The full list of results can be found here.


We are continuing to take feedback on all our championships. Please take the time to complete the following survey: The Survey will be available to complete until November 26th. 


Following are the medalists for each age division:



Gold – Christian Barida, University of Toronto Track Club

Silver – Badhasa Abbas, University of Toronto Track Club

Bronze – Heath McAllister, London Runners Distance Club


Gold – Aysia Maurice, 310 Running

Silver – Lexy Rivard, Central Toronto Athletic Club

Bronze – Elizabeth White, Central Toronto Athletic Club




Gold – Mathew Lampard, Central Toronto Athletic Club

Silver – Dakota Goguen, Newmarket Huskies

Bronze – Liam McKelvey, University of Toronto Track Club


Gold – Cassandra Williamson, The Gazelles

Silver – Abby Ylipahkala, Newmarket Huskies

Bronze – Sophie Coutts, Central Toronto Athletic Club




Gold – Nicholas Mota, Newmarket Huskies

Silver – Joshua Desouza, Newmarket Huskies

Bronze – Campbell Lee, Niagara Olympic Club


Gold – Jocelyn Chau, University of Toronto Track Club

Silver – Cameron Ormond, Newmarket Huskies

Bronze – Remy Cattell, Central Toronto Athletic Club




Gold – Paul Sagriff, Kingston Achilles

Silver – Edward Hayfron, Phoenix Athletics Association

Bronze – Brad Sheeler, London Western Track and Field Club


Gold – Lilly Tuck, Greater Uxbridge Road Runners

Silver – Zoe Burke, London Western Track and Field Club

Bronze – Hannah Russell, Greater Uxbridge Road Runners




Gold – Trevor Hofbauer, Speed River Track and Field Club

Silver – Andrew Nixon, Speed River Track and Field Club

Bronze – Bonsa Gonfa, Toronto Olympic Club


Gold – Natalia Hawthorn, Newmarket Huskies

Silver – Leslie Sexton, London Runners Distance Club

Bronze – Laura Desjardins, Newmarket Huskies




AO 2017 Cross Country Championship Preview

Get ready to run!

Our Annual Cross-Country Championship is taking place this Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Morrison Meadows in Bracebridge, ON. We have almost 900 athletes registered to compete on this beautiful course.

Important note regarding parking: Please take note that you can only do drop offs at the site of the Cross-Country Championships. Parking will be located just west of the championships by the JD Lang Activity Park. Shuttles will be available all day long to and from the Championship site.


We have some incredible talent coming to the meet, here are some athletes to watch for:

Christian Barida: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Athletics Ontario winner of the Bantam Boys Long-Distance Athlete of the Year Category

Jocelyn Chau: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games 1500m finalist

Sophie Coutts: Central Toronto Athletic Club, Finished 2nd in the Midget Girls category at the 2017 OFSAA Cross Country Championship

Joshua Desouza: Newmarket Huskies, Athletics Ontario award winner of the Youth Boys Distance Category, Silver in the 3000m at Commonwealth Youth Games

Anne Forsyth: Speed River Track & Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games 1500m finalist

Dakota Goguen: Newmarket Huskies, Finished 3rd at the 2017 OFSAA Cross Country Championship

Abdullahi Hassan: Phoenix Athletics Association of Ontario, Athletics Ontario Award Winner for the Midget Boys Distance Category

Ed Hayfron: Phoenix Athletics Association of Ontario, Placed 6th in the Men’s Atlantic Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 800m

Trevor Hofbauer: Speed River Track and Field Club, first Canadian man to finish the Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Marcus Kemp: Speed River Track & Field Club, 7th at Commonwealth Youth Games in the 1500m

Campbell Lee: Niagara Olympic Club, Finished 3rd at the OFSAA 2017 Cross Country Championship

Brogan McDougall: Physi-Kult Kingston, Bronze in the 3000m at Commonwealth Youth Games

Nicholas Mota: Newmarket Huskies, Finished 2nd in the OFSAA 2017 Cross Country Championship

Katie Newlove: Ottawa Lions T.F.C., Ontario, Finished 5th at OFSAA Cross Country 2017

Aurora Rynda: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games Bronze medalist in the 800m

Leslie Sexton: London Runners Distance Club, first Canadian woman to finish the Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Kyle Smith: Blue Devils AC, Canadian record holder in the 4x800m, previous AO staff member

Thomas Witkowicz: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games finalist in the 3000m


Additional Important Information

Please note the distances offered for the 2017 AO Cross Country Championship this year. Girls and Women will be offered slightly longer distances in our effort to get male and female distances equalized. Full details available in the technical package.
  • U14 Girls: 2 km
  • U16 Girls: 4 km
  • U18 Girls: 5 km
  • U20 Women: 6 km
  • 20+ Women: 8 km
There are no changes to boys/men distances.
Masters (30+) will run 5km.
Waivers: Clubs that have power of attorney may sign off for all of their athletes while others will need to sign off on their waiver when they pick up their bibs. Waiver forms can be found on the championship website.
Live Results during the meet can be found here.
There is NO PARKING on site at the race venue at 1177 Fraserburg Rd or along Fraserburg Rd.
Please park at JD Lang Activity Park (approx 1 km from venue) and take the shuttle bus. The shuttle bus will run continuously on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Round trip should be approx. 10 minutes.
Participant drop off on-site will be available when traffic conditions allow it. Please limit your drop off to 2 minutes max to avoid congestion.
No dogs are allowed on site at the race venue. Please leave your pets at home.
Hot food, bottled water, coffee and tea will be available on site.
Cash, credit cards and debit accepted.
Official XC Championships Merchandise
Long sleeve t-shirts $25
Hoodies $45
New Balance jackets $65
They can be personalized with your team name or nickname. Taxes extra.
From the South:
Follow HWY 11 North to Cedar Ln/Muskoka District Road 37 in Bracebridge. Take exit 184 from HWY 11 North.
Follow Cedar Ln to Fraserburg Rd/Muskoka District Road 14.
Shuttle Parking is on the left at JD Lang Activity Park before you cross HWY 11.
From the North:
Follow HWY 11 South to Taylor Rd/Muskoka District Road 42 in Bracebridge. Take exit 189 from HWY 11 South.
Turn Right on /Muskoka District Road 42.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Cedar Ln.
Follow Cedar Ln to Fraserburg Rd/Muskoka District Road 14.
Turn Left.
Follow Fraserburg Rd.
Shuttle Parking is on the left at JD Lang Activity Park before you cross HWY 11.

Community Development Grant Application

Applications for community programs that will start between January 1, 2018 and April 30, 2018 will be accepted to review until Friday, November 10 at 11:59PM EST. Successful applicants will be advised in December 2017.

To submit a Community Development Grant application, please click here and select the ‘Apply’ tab.

As part of the application, you must upload a detailed budget using the template provided here. Please download the fillable PDF budget template and complete prior to your submission.

Our application system is designed to automatically close at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, November 10 at which point applications will no longer be accepted for programs that will run between January 1, 2018 and April 30, 2018.

The table below outlines the application periods for future programming:

Community Program Period: Grant Applications Open Grant Applications Close
Programs starting between May 1 and Aug 31, 2018 Monday, Jan 1, 2018 Thursday, Feb 1, 2018 at 5pm EST
Programs starting between Sept 1 and Dec 31, 2018 Monday, Feb 5, 2018 Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 5pm EST
Programs starting between Jan 1 and April 30, 2019 Monday, May 7, 2018 Monday, Oct 1, 2018 at 5pm EST
Programs starting between May 1 and Aug 31, 2019 Monday, Oct 8, 2018 Friday, Feb 1, 2019 at 5pm EST

Your Jumpstart Regional Managers will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


JOB POSTING: U of T Coaching Opportunity

University of Toronto – Track and Field Programs

We’re seeking bright and energetic coaches who wish to be a part of the University of Toronto Track and Field family. Our club has 500 athletes, across every event group and ranges in age from 13 to 85.


  • We are seeking coaches with a range of previous experience, please include all details in your coaching resume
  • NCCP trained coaches are preferred but not required initially if you can demonstrate commensurate experience and a willingness to enter coach training going forward
  • Will need an up to date Standard First Aid and CPR and a Valid Police Background check once hired


This is a volunteer position, with coach education supported and an invaluable opportunity to learn and grow in a positive, supportive environment.

Application Process

Please email your coaching resume with a cover letter to, University of Toronto Bob Westman:


JOB POSTING – Alternate Commissioner for Athletics Canada

Position: Alternate Commissioner

Term: January 2018 to December 2019, renewable

The Commissioner’s Office of Athletics Canada has been in place since 2015, acting as an independent decision-maker in four areas affecting athletes – carding, selection, eligibility and discipline. In addition, the Commissioner’s Office hears complaints pursuant to the Athletics Canada Code of Conduct and Ethics. Justice Hugh Fraser is the Acting Commissioner.

Athletics Canada seeks an Alternate Commissioner to serve a two-year renewable term from January 2018 through December 2019.

The Alternate Commissioner will participate fully in the discussion and deliberations regarding the Commissioner’s Office. The Alternate may be asked to support or replace the Acting Commissioner when there is a complex case, a conflict of interest exists, her/his primary language is better suited to the case, multiple cases are under review at the same time, or if the Acting Commissioner is unavailable.

For the full job description, click here: English / French.


Team Ontario Coaching Opportunity

The Canadian Cross Country Championships will be hosted in Kingston, Ontario on Nov 25, 2017. Athletics Ontario is pleased to announce this important competitive opportunity for coaches who are actively coaching athletes in the Youth, Junior and Senior divisions. AO is seeking two (2) coaches to act as head coaches for Ontario’s men’s and women’s team at the National Championships. We are extending the deadline to Monday, November 6, 2017.
You can view the selection criteria here.
Please apply by sending a resume, to include AO membership number, NCCP certification level, and experience and region (East or West), by email with the subject line 2017 Canadian XC Championship, to Kolton Kowalchuk;

Celebrate Ontario 2018 Grant

This is a reminder that the application deadline for Celebrate Ontario 2018 is THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017 AT 5:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time).
Celebrate Ontario is an annual funding program that helps festivals and events enhance their programs, activities and services. This support helps grow tourism in the province by making it easier for event organizers to offer new and improved experiences that will attract more tourists and increase visitor spending.
Information on how to apply to the Celebrate Ontario 2018 program can be found here.
Your Regional Advisor can also help you with any questions that you might have about your application.
When you submit your Celebrate Ontario 2018 application through the Grants Ontario web portal, you will receive a confirmation notice.
If you do not receive confirmation of your submission within 24 hours, please contact Grants Ontario Customer Service.

Hall of Fame Nominations due November 26, 2017

Athletics Ontario is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our 11th Annual Awards Gala and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in the fall of 2018. As a part of this event each year, we induct new members into the Athletics Ontario Hall of Fame.

Athletics Ontario is proud to recognize past outstanding achievements and contributions to athletics (track and field, road running, cross country, and race walking) in Ontario. These contributions are not limited to athletic achievements, but may also represent dedication in the areas of coaching, officiating, or builders of the sport.

We are currently accepting nominations for the Hall of Fame (open and 2001-2010 decade category) until November 26, 2017.

For more information, please see here: Selection Criteria – Hall of Fame Inductees

To Nominate an individual, please click here: 2018 Hall of Fame Nomination Form.

The deadline is November 26, 2017.

List of all Hall of Fame Members (2009-2017).

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