Volunteer Opportunity: Canada Summer Games Trials June 23-25

Volunteer Opportunity

Approximately 150 volunteers needed for the event taking place at the York Lions Stadium at York University.

Dates/Times for Volunteering: 
  • Friday June 23rd:   Start time 5:30pm; Depart time 9:30pm;
  • Saturday June 24th:   Start time 8:30am; Depart time 7:30 pm*
  • Sunday June 25th:   Start time 8:00am; Depart time 6:00 pm*
    *Some events may end earlier or later than anticipated, due to factors including inclement weather. Flexible shifts also available.

Please RSVP by email to volunteer@athleticsontario.ca or sign up at: http://athleticsontario.ca/volunteering/ or call or leave a message at 647-352-7211 if you are interested and available. Meet new friends and cheer on some of Canada’s future Olympians!



May 23, 2017

The AO Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Doreen Thompson and Bruce Simpson as AO Harassment Officers.

Doreen Thompson has a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies (BSc), a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), and a Doctorate in Education (ED.d), with a Major in Organizational Leadership and a Minor in Conflict Resolution. She currently works as an Instructional Coach at secondary schools across the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) in addition to being the Z Club Chair of the Zonta International District 4 Board. As a former athlete, Doreen enjoyed competing in the high jump, long jump, 200m, and relays. Today, she continues her involvement in the sport as an AO Technical Official.

Bruce Simpson has been practicing law for the past 38 years, predominantly in the area of insolvency. Bruce is a former pole vaulter and Canadian record holder. He placed 5th at the 1972 Olympic Games and won gold medals at the 1978 Commonwealth Games and the 1979 Pan Am Games. Bruce also picked up a bronze medal the 1971 Pan Am Games and a silver medal at the World Student Games.

The AO Harassment Policy can be found at http://athleticsontario.ca/policies/. To file a harassment complaint, please review the policy then forward your written complaint to one of AO’s Harassment Officers:

For more information, or any questions pertaining to the Harassment Policy, please contact:

Ross Ste-Croix
Executive Director Athletics Ontario



May 23, 2017

The ON Sport Recognition Policy is an initiative of Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan, which articulates the provincial government’s sport priorities, identifies the measures that will be taken to achieve them, and provides clarity about the roles and responsibilities between the provincial government and the sport sector. The sport plan is designed to be athlete-centered and results-oriented and focuses on three priorities for amateur sport: participation; development; and excellence.

Athletics Ontario (AO) plays an important role in the sport system by developing Athletics across Ontario and encouraging participation in recreational and competitive sport programs. AO is responsible for: developing the sport; providing a competitive pathway for athlete development; selecting provincial teams; recruiting and training coaches, officials and volunteers; conducting provincial championships; and ensuring operation within Athletics Canada as a member Branch.

AO successfully met the criteria established by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) and on April 5, 2017, was granted recognition as the Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) for Athletics (Track & Field, Race Walking, Cross Country, Road Running and Trail Running) in Ontario.

The ON Sport Recognition Policy outlined mandatory requirements for PSOs in the areas of governance, individual policies, safety and programming in order to be recognized. AO has now implemented a series of new or amended policies (September 2016 to March 2017), in addition to fulfilling its governance requirements.  All individual AO members and AO member clubs are required to comply with these new or amended policies.

The policies and required governance documents (listed below) can be found on the AO website at: http://athleticsontario.ca/policies/.

  • AO’s elected Board of Directors
  • By-laws, Operational and Financial Policies
  • Minutes of Annual General Meetings
  • Policies:
    1. Accessibility Policy
    2. Concussion Management and Return to Play Guidelines
    3. Discipline Policy
    4. Dispute Resolution Policy
    5. Equity and Inclusion Policy
    6. Harassment Policy
    7. Member Codes of Conduct (General, Board of Directors, Coaches, Officials and Athletes)
    8. Membership Policy
    9. ON Team Selection Policy
    10. Privacy Policy

AO is grateful to its Board of Directors, staff and volunteers, as well as the MTCS for the roles they played in developing new or amending existing policies.

Please ensure that this information is communicated to all club members including athletes and their parents.

For more information, or any questions pertaining to the new or amended policies, please contact:

Ross Ste-Croix
Executive Director
Athletics Ontario


2017 North American Indigenous Games – Call for Volunteers

The Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (July 16 to 23, 2017) – Call for Volunteers!

From July 16 – 23, 2017, the City of Toronto will be the proud Host City to the 2017 North American Indigenous Games – expected to be the largest sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous people, welcoming more than 5,000 athletes from across North America.

Get Involved – Join the Movement!

It will take more than 2000 volunteers to deliver a successful 2017 NAIG, and to ensure that all of the athletes, participants, and spectators, have an enjoyable and memorable experience.  The North American Indigenous Games are looking for volunteers in a wide range of areas from sport specialists, to protocol, to medical volunteers, IT specialists and photographers, to name a few. Volunteers will work together and be stationed at various venues across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Hamilton Region and Six Nations of the Grand River.

Support TRC Call to Action 88 and be part of #Team88.

Interested in volunteering?  Please go to this link to fill out our application to volunteer at  http://naig2017.to/en/get-involved/volunteers/.

Have questions about volunteering?  Find out more in the FAQs on their site:  http://naig2017.to/en/get-involved/volunteers/faqs/.

Find out more about the North American Indigenous Games at http://naig2017.to Past, Present, Future. #AllOne


2017 Summer Run Jump Throw Wheel Athletics Camp



Live in the Toronto area?


Whether you’re new to track & Field or looking to improve, this program combines technical development and FUNdamental techniques to maximize participation! The fundamentals of body positioning, stride, proper stretching, and cool-down techniques as well as sprints, hurdles, jumping and throwing are all covered in this unique program. This fun filled day will feature a half day of track and field and half day of pool and various game play opportunities to maximize fitness!!! Participants will put it all together for one fun-filled day at the end of the week at a track meet! Space is limited so sign up fast!


Athletics Ontario is hosting a Run Jump Throw Wheel camp over the March Break (March 14-18, 2016). Campers will receive an introduction to track and field with activities targeted to develop their progressive motor skills combined with physical strength training and cardiovascular training.



Week 2:

Date: July 10-14, 2017

Time: 9am-4pm  *additional $40 for late/early pickup 8am-5pm

Location:  Monarch Stadium (1 Parkmount rd, Toronto)
Ages: 5-13

Price: $250

Week 4:

Date: July 24-28, 2017

Time: 9am-4pm  *additional $40 for late/early pickup 8am-5pm

Location: Variety Village (3701 Danforth Ave. Scarborough)
Ages: 5-13

Registration: to come

Price: $250

Week 6:

Date: Aug 8-11 * Short Week

Time: 9am-4pm  *additional $40 for late/early pickup 8am-5pm

Location:  Monarch Stadium (1 Parkmount rd, Toronto)
Ages: 5-13

Price: $200 * Short week


Week 7:

Date: Aug 14-18, 2017

Time: 9am-4pm  *additional $40 for late/early pickup 8am-5pm

Location: Variety Village (3701 Danforth Ave. Scarborough)
Ages: 5-13

Registration: to come

Price: $250


Staehli and Esselink take Ontario 10,000m championship titles

Julie-Anne Staehli (Physi-Kult Kings) took the Women’s 10,000m Provincial Championship title with a time of 34:12.17, while, in the Men’s race,

Evan Esselink of Speed River TFC took the gold with a time of 29:49.14. The Championships were hosted at Western Stadium in London on Saturday May 13 by London Runner Distance Club. This was the 12th consecutive year in which LRDC has hosted this prestigious event.


Full results below:

Licensed to London Runners Distance Club
                                      HY-TEK's Meet Manager 2017-05-14 02:02 PM
                         RCLDS #1: The London 10,000m                          
                     TD Stadium, London, ON  - 2017-05-13                      
Women Open 800 Meter Run Open
    Canadian: * 1:57.02  2016-08-20  Melissa Bishop, Canada                    
     Ontario: R 1:57.02  2016-08-20  Melissa Bishop (88), Ottawa Lions         
       RCLDS: ! 2:05.74  2011-05-24  Melissa Bishop, Ottawa Lions TFC          
    Name                    Year Team                    Seed     Finals  Points
Section  1  
  1 Charlotte Ward            96 Speed River Tfc      2:09.35    2:14.33  
  2 Sarah Welch               97 Speed River Tfc      2:14.42    2:20.38  
  3 Kara Blair                98 Physi-Kult Kings     2:13.00    2:21.60  
  4 Francesca Maltais         98 Speed River Tfc      2:16.00    2:22.89  
Women Open 1500 Meter Run Open
    Canadian: * 4:00.27  1985-09-30  Lynn Williams, Canada                     
     Ontario: R 4:02.29  2005-08-28  Carmen Douma-Hussar (77)                  
       RCLDS: ! 4:06.82  2015-06-21  Nicole Sifuentes, Unattached              
    Name                    Year Team                    Seed     Finals  Points
  1 Katelyn Ayers             95 Speed River Tfc      4:20.00    4:26.02  
  2 Brogan MacDougall         00 Physi-Kult Kings     4:28.00    4:26.77  
  3 Carise Thompson           92 Speed River Tfc      4:20.00    4:26.86  
  4 Sophia Watts              94 Unattached N         4:20.00    4:33.29  
  5 Philippa Aukett           84 London Runner Di     4:40.00    4:41.75  
  6 Bettina Boucher           96 Unattached Ontar     4:37.00    4:43.52  
  7 Jessica White             92 Unattached Ontar     4:50.00    4:47.93  
  8 Sarah Wismer              96 Speed River Tfc      4:39.00    4:48.54  
  9 Julia Cameron             02 Toronto West         5:07.00    5:07.39  
 10 Skyler Bonk               05 London Legion TF     5:15.57    5:15.95  
 11 Arielle Aitken-Guignard   03 London Legion TF     5:28.00    5:28.23  
 12 Cerena Aitken- Guignard   05 London Legion TF     5:42.00    5:46.27  
Women Open 10000 Meter Run Open
    Canadian: * 31:41.59  2015-05-02  Natasha Wodak                            
     Ontario: R 31:44.74  2003-05-02  Courtney Babcock (72)                    
       RCLDS: ! 33:10.47  2011-05-08  Megan Brown, Athletics Toronto           
    Name                    Year Team                    Seed     Finals  Points
  1 Julie-Anne Staehli        93 Physi-Kult Kings    33:45.00   34:12.17  
  2 Kait Toohey               88 Unattached Ontar    37:20.00   36:19.30  
  3 Katrina Allison           94 Speed River Tfc     33:20.00   36:40.82  
  4 Molly Steer               95 Physi-Kult Kings    38:30.00   37:48.30  
 -- Claire Sumner             95 Physi-Kult Kings    34:06.00        DNF  
Men Open 800 Meter Run Open
    Canadian: * 1:43.68  2008-07-29  Gary Reed, Canada                         
     Ontario: R 1:43.95  2016-07-22  Brandon McBride (94), Windsor Legion      
       RCLDS: ! 1:47.23  2015-06-28  Anthony Romaniw, Speed River TFC          
    Name                    Year Team                    Seed     Finals  Points
  1 Mostafa Elkurdy           96 Speed River Tfc      1:53.00    1:51.80  
  2 Tommy Land                94 Speed River Tfc      1:48.82    1:55.01  
  3 Caleb Main                98 Speed River Tfc      1:54.00    1:55.29  
  4 Alex Broekhuyse           99 Monte Cristo         1:55.87    1:56.76  
  5 Sam Wyatt                 00 Huron-Perth          1:57.00    1:57.19  
  6 Jacob Smith               90                      1:55.00    1:57.76  
  7 Joshua Zelek              01 Huron-Perth          1:59.00    1:59.83  
  8 William McBurney          08 London Runner Di     3:10.00    3:06.71  
  9 Griffin Wick              07 London Runner Di     3:30.00    3:34.16  
Men Open 1500 Meter Run Open
    Canadian: * 3:31.71  2000-06-30  Kevin Sullivan (74), Windsor Legion       
     Ontario: R 3:31.71  2000-06-30  Kevin Sullivan (74), Windsor Legion       
       RCLDS: ! 3:37.51  2012-06-22  Taylor Milne, Speed Rivert Track Club     
    Name                    Year Team                    Seed     Finals  Points
  1 Ryan Harmer               01 Huron-Perth          4:30.00    4:31.29  
  2 Stephen Robinson          00 London Runner Di     4:40.00    4:32.74  
  3 Ben Miske                 02 Toronto West         4:30.00    4:35.05  
  4 Owen Peters               03 London Runner Di     5:00.00    4:48.72  
  5 Heath McAllister          04 London Runner Di     5:15.00    4:54.27  
  6 Tanner Atkinson           04 Windsor Legion T     4:40.00    4:55.10  
  7 Gary G Cassel             68 Jamcan Inter         5:00.00    5:03.47  
  8 James Koch                03 Huron-Perth          5:03.00    5:05.86  
  9 Seth Sommerfreund         05 London Runner Di     5:30.00    5:29.39  
 10 Simon Veitch              06 London Runner Di     5:30.00    5:30.04  
 11 Hayden Agar               04 London Runner Di     5:45.00    5:31.02  
 12 Ian McAllister            05 London Runner Di     5:40.00    5:36.77  
Section  2  
  1 Josh Kellier              97 Speed River Tfc      3:51.00    3:46.54  
  2 Kyle Madden               98 Speed River Tfc      3:52.50    3:47.51  
  3 Connor Black              96 Speed River Tfc      3:48.00    3:48.04  
  4 Christopher Dulhanty      92 Speed River Tfc      3:46.00    3:53.01  
  5 Delohnni Nicol-Samuel     91 Speed River Tfc      3:46.20    3:53.32  
  6 Hunter Andrin             93 London Western T     3:51.00    3:54.74  
  7 Michael Styba             94 U of Toronto TC      3:51.56    3:55.67  
  8 Phil Parrot-Migas         93 London Western T     3:51.00    3:55.71  
  9 Eric Macpherson           93 Newmarker Huskie     3:59.00    3:56.18  
 10 Ciaran Callaghan          95 Newmarker Huskie     4:05.00    4:05.68  
 11 Mitchell Heyink           98 London Western T     4:10.00    4:12.05  
 12 Aaron McQuaid             96 Newmarker Huskie     4:07.00    4:15.08  
 13 Stuart Wilcox             97 Unattached Ontar     4:10.00    4:15.86  
 14 Aidan Attema              97 London Western T     4:07.99    4:17.06  
 15 Ali Ghadghoni             93 Newmarker Huskie     4:07.00    4:17.81  
 -- Mark Patton               97 Speed River Tfc      3:44.80        DNF  
Men Open 10000 Meter Run Open
    Canadian: * 27:07.51  2015-05-29  Cameron Levins                           
     Ontario: R 27:30.00  2017-05-05  Mohammed Ahmed (91), Niagara Olympic Club
       RCLDS: ! 28:58.90  2015-05-10  Kelly Wiebe, Saskatchewan                
    Name                    Year Team                    Seed     Finals  Points
Section  1  
  1 Evan Esselink             92 Speed River Tfc     28:55.00   29:49.14  
  2 Kevin Blackney            91 London Western T    30:50.00   29:57.81  
  3 Sami Jibril               89 Newmarker Huskie    29:43.00   30:00.50  
  4 Hussein Hashi             91 Speed River Tfc     30:20.00   30:05.01  
  5 Brayden Seneca            94 Speed River Tfc     30:00.00   30:24.61  
  6 Eric Wynands              95 Unattached Ontar    30:40.00   30:38.58  
  7 Robert Kanko              96 Physi-Kult Kings    30:40.00   30:39.38  
  8 Ben Workman               97 Speed River Tfc     30:10.00   31:02.52  
  9 Mark Schmidt              96 Physi-Kult Kings    30:38.00   31:05.36  
 10 Joey Stel                 96 Newmarker Huskie    31:45.00   31:27.90  
 11 Jonathan Favero           97 Unattached Ontar    31:30.00   31:28.81  
 12 Graeme Law                90 Running Room        31:30.00   31:42.03  
 13 Jelmer Van Den Hadelkamp  96 Caltaf Athle        31:40.00   31:54.19  
 14 Brett Crowley             94                     32:30.00   32:09.37  
 15 Michael Gill              77 Lions Valley        32:29.00   32:32.04  
 16 Derek Patterson           98 Lakehead Run        32:30.00   32:47.83  
 17 Esteban Clavijo           91 Newmarker Huskie    32:59.00   32:57.48  
 18 Jamie Tarling             94 Newmarker Huskie    32:45.00   33:56.81  
 19 Simon Rayner              64 U of Toronto TC     36:00.00   36:00.82  
 20 Jeremy Walsh              75 London Runner Di    35:30.00   36:54.66  
 21 Walter Faion              60 U of Toronto TC     40:00.00   42:25.01  
 -- Christopher Dulhanty      92 Speed River Tfc     29:59.99        DNF

The London 10,000m

London Runner Distance Club will be hosting The London 10,000m on Saturday May 13, 2017. Registration is now open. For all up to date information, including the technical package and tentative schedule, please visit the championship website by clicking the link below.


For a preview of the race visit the link below:



IMPORTANT UPDATED: Please disregard the incorrect entry deadline on an email sent by us on Wednesday May 3, 2017. The correct early entry deadline, is on Monday May 8 at 11:59pm EST. All information about the meet can be found at the link above. 


Recommended accommodations are at Ontario Hall: www.stayatwestern.ca

Elite Accommodations

The host club will cover shared accommodations for a limited number of elite athletes travelling more than 3 hours to race in London. To be eligible for free accommodations, athletes must:

  • Have run under the following times at a sanctioned track meet or record eligible road race since January 1st, 2016
  • Contact the meet director by Monday, May 1st, 2017
  • Register for the London 10,000m by Monday, May 1st, 2017

Senior Men: sub-30.40 10,000m/31:00 road 10k
Senior Women: sub-36:30 10,000/36:50 road 10k
Junior Men: sub-31:40 10,000m/32:00 road 10k

Eligible athletes will receive:
*1 night accommodations if travelling 3-5 hours to London
*2 night accommodation if travelling >5 hours to London


Mohawk Sports Park Track Renewal

The Golden Horseshoe Track & Field Council is pleased to announce a recent collaborative partnership between the City of Hamilton and local track & field groups who support the upcoming infrastructure renewal of the current Mohawk Sports Park, outdoor track & field facility.

Local groups including the Hamilton Olympic Club (celebrating 90 years); Hamilton Special Olympics; Hamilton CANUSA Games; HEAT Athletics; Stoney Creek Athletics; Monte Cristo Track & Field Club; Sport Hamilton; and the Hamilton Accessible Sports Council, have been meeting with City of Hamilton staff over this past year to share their vision and expertise towards this project which represents the only public facility of its kind in the City of Hamilton.

Project Co-Chairman, Bill Urie, who currently sits on the Board of Directors with the Hamilton Olympic Club as well as serving as a Director with the 91st Highlanders Athletic Association (Hamilton Indoor Games) emphasized the need to “get this project right”. “Having this work completed will not only lead to a more safe and inclusive public space but will also result in greater accessibility for both athletes and spectators”. “Our ultimate goal is to have the capability of hosting quality regional, provincial and national events including seeing the return of evening twilight meets”. The proposed changes will result in expanded and new program opportunities for our community including a proposed PARA Athletic and Special Olympics Program.

Co-Chairman, Kevin Gonci, SportHamilton and Hamilton CANUSA Games, explained how the various community groups came together to support this initiative when City Staff announced plans to finally move forward with the project. “It was apparent that the various stakeholder groups all had a common vision and identified barriers to the existing facility which needed to be overcome and the best way to approach it was to work in collaboration with city officials in whatever capacity we could contribute”. “Initially we were extremely disappointed that the project budget did not allow for accessibility improvements, given the performance of our Canadian PARA Athletes at the recent RIO Olympics and  PAN AM Games, it was obvious to us that these features needed to be included in the facility upgrades”.

Phase one of the project will occur this summer with the installation of a new high performance track surface along with a new discus/hammer cage and accessibility features that have been identified. Depending on the success of our fundraising efforts we anticipate that additional work will be completed during Phase two (2018) and will include infield lighting; spectator seating; new shot put area; and shared use storage space. “Our ability to host high caliber competitions will result in a major economic impact for our city and will have a positive influence on the long term athlete development of athletes both locally and across the region”.

Our subsequent meeting with City Councillor Tom Jackson resulted in a further $100,000 towards the project with an additional $100,000 matching contribution if our group made an effort to contribute to the project. “This type of arrangement is not that uncommon, the Hamilton Olympic Club for instance made a $17,000 purchase for new steeple chase barriers which will be used for the first time this season and most of the current equipment on site, with total value of over $150,000, is owned and maintained by the local clubs and used by the various community groups and school boards during competitions and training”. City staff are quite aware that any contribution on our part will depend on the success of local fundraising efforts including various grant applications which we might qualify for. One such grant has already secured a $10,000 contribution from the Toronto based William Pearson Family Fund which will be used to help replace the former discus/hammer cage.

In addition to establishing a GO Fund Me Page (Mohawk Sports Park) we are offering corporate advertisement opportunities for local businesses and all donations will be eligible to receive a tax receipt. We are also in contact with city staff regarding the possible renaming of the track & field facility after local track & field legend, Ray Lewis. “Hamilton has always had a well respected and established reputation in Athletics and an informal poll conducted recently at the Hamilton Olympic Club’s 90th Gala Celebration would tend to support the naming of the facility after Mr. Lewis”

For additional information regarding donations and corporate advertisement opportunities please contact Project Co-Chairman, Kevin Gonci at kgonci4@gmail.com  (905) 317-9381.


Athletics Ontario summer student employment opportunities

Athletics Ontario has 5 student positions available. Please see the attached job postings for more information including tasks and responsibilities, requirements, qualifications and eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Athletics Ontario gratefully acknowledges the Government of Canada for the funding provided to support the following job opportunities:

Athletics Ontario gratefully acknowledges Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for the funding provided to support the following job opportunity:

Please note: The application deadlines for all positions above is May 21, 2017.

Note: Revised as of May 10, 2017
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