Week 4 winner of TITFG TRIVIA announced; Do you know the answer to this week’s question?

Ademiju Oyebanjo-Odofin, a junior athlete with Project Athletics Track & Field Program, was the Week 4 winner of TITFG Trivia and won 2 tickets to the Toronto International Track & Field Games, taking place on June 11 at the University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium. Ademiju correctly answered the TITFG Trivia question: Which athlete placed top five in her event in all Toronto International Track & Field Games? Hint: She should be CTV’s track and field reporter; answer: Perdita Felicien. This week’s question is: Who was the male athlete crowned “Ontario’s Fastest Kid” at the 2012 Toronto International Track & Field Games?

A new trivia question will be displayed each week from April 8th to June 7th. That’s 9 weekly draws! So, be sure to come back each week for your chance to win! Draws take place each Friday afternoon and the lucky winner will be announced on the Athletics Ontario web site the following Monday. TITFG Trivia Contest is open to Athletics Ontario members only!

Last year the 2012 The Toronto International Track & Field Games featured athletes from 13 countries and 18 Canadian Olympic Team members. With only 2 years away from the Pan Am Games in Toronto, athletes are gearing up and the TITFG is a major stop on the NTL circuit. Click now on the TITFG Trivia web banner and answer this week’s question for your chance to see International Track Stars live and up close!! For complete contest rules & regulations see link on entry page.

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Ontario 10,000m Track Championships

The 8th edition of the London 10,000m (inc. Athletics Ontario 10,000m Championships) proved to be the strongest competition yet, as 7 athletes ran under the Canadian Championships 10,000m qualifying standard, including 2 women under the Francophone games standard. The mens race was exciting throughout, as eventual winner Hussein Hashi (Central Toronto Athletic Club) and bronze medalist Sami Jibril (Athletics Toronto) battled early on, while silver medalist Kyle O’Neill (London Runner) worked his way through the field and almost caught Hashi, who was able to respond strongly to secure the victory. Continue Reading →


AO Summer Job Opportunity

Job Opportunity * – Sport Administrator

* Pending Successful Receipt of Grant Application for Summer Experience Program (“SEP”)

Position: Sport Administrator (Application deadline: May 13, 2013)

Athletics Ontario is looking for one (1) limited-term (7.25 hours per day over 34 days) student. The successful candidate will assist in sport administrative functions in the Provincial Sport Organization’s (Athletics Ontario) head office. The Sport Administrator will report to the Manager of Communications & Public Relations.

Summer Experience Opportunity Summary

The Sport Administrator will assist Competition Directors and office staff with respect to the coordination of various tasks for the Toronto International Track & Field Games (TITFG), AO Championships and sanctioned events, TIMEX races and other track and field competitions in Ontario or involving high performance athletes from Ontario. The TITFG is seen as a flagship event for the Association and will promote the province as a premier destination for high calibre sporting events that showcase some of Ontario`s finest athletes. One component of the event in which the Sport Administrator will assist is a legacy program called ‘Finding Ontario`s Fastest Boy and Girl’. Continue Reading →


Sarah Wells LIVE in person this weekend

Sarah Wells, 2012 Olympian and Canadian Champion in the 400m Hurdles, will be at the Toronto International Track & Field Games (TITFG) booth to meet fans and sign autographs at the Toronto Marathon this weekend (Friday from 4-6pm and Saturday from 2-4pm). The TITFG booth will be in the Direct Energy Centre building, Booth E4/E6.


AO 10000m Track Championships set to take place this Sunday

London Runner Distance Club will be hosting the AO 10,000m Track Championships this Sunday May 5 at the TD-Waterhouse Stadium at Western University in London, ON. This will be the 8th year that London Runner will be hosting the AO/OTFA 10,000m Championships and this is the largest field during that time, and may prove to be the strongest.

All three 2012 AO 10,000m Champions return: Sami Jibril, Leslie Sexton, and Dominique Alagnon. Jibril recently won the Harry’s Spring Run-Off 8k in Toronto, while Sexton had a strong showing (34:18) at the Vancouver Sun Run 10k.

Additionally, there are 3 Quebec athletes from the Montreal Olympic Club, who came down to compete in the Team Challenge that required a minimum 3 athletes with 1 of each gender; others contenders in the Team Challenge are Athletics Toronto (the favourites!) and London Runner, who will field both an A and B team.

For more information on the event, please visit: http://athleticsontario.ca/ao-10000m-track-championships-rclds-1/


Adrienne O’Donnell, Week 3 winner of TITFG TRIVIA; Do you know the answer to this week’s question?

Adrienne O’Donnell, a coach for Supreme Athletics, was the Week 3 winner of TITFG Trivia and won 2 tickets to the Toronto International Track & Field Games, taking place on June 11 at the University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium. Adrienne correctly answered the TITFG Trivia question: Who is the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting? He was the first to achieve a ”double double” by winning 100m and 200m at consecutive Olympic Games; answer: Usain Bolt in the 100m. This week’s question is: Which athlete placed top five in her event in all Toronto International Track & Field Games?  Hint: She should be CTV’s track and field reporter. Continue Reading →


Gillis and Duchene win national half marathon titles in Montreal

Krista-w-flag-at-BS21KdeMtl13-IMG-20130428-00381OTTAWA – Eric Gillis of Antigonish, N.S., and Krista Duchene of Brampton, Ont., were crowned 2013 Canadian Half Marathon Champions today in Montreal, Quebec at the ScotiaBank 21k.

“I came to race for the win today”, said Gillis. “Perfect weather and a flat course made it a big marathon workout. It felt good to compete in just my second race since the London Olympics, served as great preparation in my lead up to the Ottawa Marathon (May 26).” Gillis finished in a time of 1:05:56.

Silver went to Rejean Chiasson of St-Isadore, N.B., in a time of 1:08:03 and Amor Dehbl of Montreal, Que., took bronze in 1:09:19.

In the women’s race Krista Duchene finished first to earn the Canadian title in 1:12:27 with Dayna Pidhoresky of Tecumseh, Ont., taking silver in 1:16:38 and Lisa Avery of Orillia, Ont., took bronze with 1:17:07.

“It was an excellent race with great weather”, commented Krista. “My coach and I set conservative goals for the race so I was prepared and able to execute my own race. My next race is the Ottawa 10km in May as I prepare for the Moscow World Championships later this summer. I have lots of training over the next few months.”

For the complete results visit:
http://www.canadarunningseries.com/results/2013/monthalf/monthalfchamps.htm. >> – AC –


APRIL 28 – Raising the Bar

Cody Solomons began high jumping in grade school. His teachers would leave mats out for him between classes so that he could spend recess breaks practicing. Between the 7th and 8th grades, he improved his personal best by a colossal 30 centimeters. Others quickly recognized his talent and encouraged him to join the London-Western Track and Field Club. There he would train alongside his able-bodied peers. “You may have a disability but you can still be active,” says Cody. This mentality was engrained at a young age and allowed Cody to focus on his ability rather than disability.

He has trained and competed in an integrated environment with able-bodied athletes since his introduction to the sport in grade school. A few years ago Cody was introduced to para-athletics and realized there was a system where he could compete against other athletes like him. He is classified as a T44 athlete (single leg amputee) and has been nationally carded. Cody is coached by Chris Williams and is training for the 100m and 200m track events in addition to high jump. He is most excited for the upcoming National Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Cody’s future in track and field is very bright. He would encourage others to try the sport: “You are not limited by your disability. Join a club and get started!” He stresses the importance of focusing on what you can do rather than what you can’t do: “ If I had made excuses and said, I can’t do anything because I have a prosthetic leg, I would never have started this great sport”.

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