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TORONTO, Ontario — February 14, 2018 — The Board of Athletics Ontario (AO) today announced the appointment of Mr. Paul Osland to the role of Chief Executive Officer, effective April 2, 2018.

Mr. Osland joins AO from GS1 Canada, where he is Vice President of Industry Relations. GS1 Canada is a not-for-profit organization committed to fostering the continuous development and adoption of global supply chain standards in Canada. Prior to his seventeen years with GS1, Mr. Osland held the position of Director, Professional Services for an e-Commerce firm and the position of Senior Manager, E-Commerce/Support Services with a major Canadian retailer. Over his fifteen-year career at this retailer, Mr. Osland was responsible for their e-commerce systems as well as identifying web-based solutions to optimize business processes.

Mr. Osland brings extensive business development and corporate experience combined with his entrepreneurial venture capital experience will enable him to help drive the continued development and promotion of the sport of athletics in Ontario. In addition, he has 25 plus years of progressively responsible leadership roles in both the business world and athletics community.

“His proven track record for translating vision into action will significantly bolster the Association’s efforts to meet and exceed its strategic priorities”, said Lisa Ferdinand, Chair of AO’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Osland was a member of the Canadian national team (1987 – 1992) at the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games and many other international events. He holds the Ontario Open Indoor 600m record, which he set back in 1985, and continues to truly exemplify the belief in ‘athletics for life’. Since competing at the Masters level, Mr. Osland has won 16 World Masters Indoor and Outdoor Championship medals. In 2017, he won gold in both the 800m and 1500m at the World Masters Indoor Championships in Daegu, South Korea and was named Ontario Masters Athlete of the Year.

As an active member within the athletics community, Mr. Osland has been the President of Canadian Masters Athletics (CMA) since 2009; Vice-President of Ontario Masters Athletics (OMA), 2007-2009 and Vice-Chair of Athletics Ontario Board of Directors from 2014-2016.

“There is enormous potential for Athletics Ontario ahead, and we couldn’t be happier with Paul joining our team. We are delighted to have found an individual with his background, skills and passion for the sport of athletics to lead the Association to new levels of success. His experience and leadership skills will be key to our drive towards making a profound and positive impact on athletics in Canada; providing significant value to our members and the athletics community; and ensuring future sustainability and growth for our organization,” commented Ms. Ferdinand.

“I’m excited to be part of Athletics Ontario’s already strong team and to contribute innovative ideas to an organization devoted to delivering outstanding results,” said Mr. Osland.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, Mr. Osland will be responsible for Athletics Ontario’s success in fulfilling its vision, mission, and strategic priorities to ensure AO is on track to become a national leader in the athletics community.

– AO –

Athletics Ontario is the not-for-profit sport governing body for Athletics (Track & Field, Road Running, Cross Country, Trail Running, and Race Walking) for the province of Ontario.
Athletics Ontario

March Break Camp

Athletics Ontario will be offering a march break track and field based camp at Variety Village, open to children aged 5-12.

Registration is open, click here to access the form.

– $225 for Variety Village members
– $275 for non-Variety Village members


2018 Hershey Canadian Indoor U18 / U20 Championships

Athletics Canada hosted the 2018 Hershey Canadian Indoor U18/U20 Championships this weekend in Montreal. We are excited to share that our Ontario athletes brought home a grand total of 87 medals!! Amidst setting new personal bests and breaking Championship records a total of 27 Gold, 24 Silver, and 36 Bronze medals were awarded to our athletes.

In one of the first events of the weekend, Audrey McCarthy of Peterborough Legion Track Club broke the meet record for the youth girl’s 3000m race walk, with a time of 16:18.94. The previous record was set last year by Anne St-Amand of C. A. Université Laval, a time of 17:15.85. Additionally, Audrey’s new time set a new provincial record.

Taking home two gold medals this weekend was Skyy Diop of the Gazelles! Her performances in both the junior girls 200m and 400m earned her the first-place spot amongst her competition.

Additionally, Trinity Tutti of SISU Throws Club, set a new meet record in the junior girl’s shot put. Her throw of 13.66m won her a gold medal in the event and allowed her to surpass the previous record.


We want to wish congratulations to all of our athletes who competed this weekend.

Athletics Canada has published results from the event, and you can find those here. For a full breakdown of which Ontario athletes won medals, and in what events, that information is as follows:

Track Events:

Youth Girl’s 3000m Race Walk:
Gold – Audrey McCarthy, Peterborough Legion Track Club, 16:18.94 (new Championship record).
The previous record, 17:15.85, was set at last years meet by Anne St-Amand of C.A. Université Laval.

Junior Girls 200m:
Gold – Skyy Diop, The Gazelles, 25.77 seconds

Youth Boys 200m:
Silver – Miles Misener-Daley, Hamilton Olympic Club, 22.44 seconds
Bronze – Javon Sheriff, Etobicoke Track Club, 23.27 seconds

Junior Men’s 200m:
Silver – Aaron Paynter, Etobicoke Track Club, 23.101 seconds
Bronze – Jemini Archer, Project Athletics, 23.108 seconds

Youth Girls 3000m:
Bronze – Ireland Robertson, Central Toronto Track Club, 10:34.42

Youth Boy’s 3000m:
Silver – Rory McGarvey, Unattached Ontario, 9:23.48
Bronze – Ben Battaglia, Central Ontario Rogues, 9:23.82

Midget Girls 800m:
Gold – Krissy Petrou, The Gazelles, 2:26.78
Silver – Andriana Erotocritou, The Gazelles, 2:27.11

Youth Girls 800m:
Gold – Remy Catrell, Central Toronto Athletic Club, 2:17.04
Bronze – Petal Palmer, Variety Village, 2:20.48

Junior Girls 800m:
Gold – Charlotte Wood, Central Ontario Rogues, 2:16.34
Silver – Hannah Frazer, Central Ontario Rogues, 2:22.38
Bronze – Natalie Whitten, Central Ontario Rogues, 2:24.30

Midget Boys 800m:
Bronze – Dylan Popejoy, Brockville Legion Track Club, 2:07.39

Youth Boys 800m:
Gold – Liam Rivard, Central Toronto Athletic Club (new Championship record), 1:56.17
Silver – Matthew Larkin, Central Ontario Rogues, 1:57.83

Junior Boys 800m:
Gold – Cade Kochals, Central Toronto Athletic Club, 2:04.18
Silver – Sam Frotten, The Gazelles, 2:08.59

Junior Girls 60m Hurdles:
Gold – Tyra Boug, Invictus Athletics, 8.98 seconds
Bronze – Nike Abiodun, Invictus Athletics, 9.77 seconds

Midget Boys 60m Hurdles:
Gold – Ryder King, Etobicoke Track Club, 9.98 seconds

Youth Boys 60m Hurdles:
Gold – Adam Exley, Invictus Athletics, 8.201 seconds
Bronze – Nils Diederik, Invictus Athletics, 9.70 seconds

Junior Men’s 60m Hurdles:
Silver – Cameron Bruce, Durham Dragons, 8.61 seconds
Bronze – Michael Liberto, The Speed Academy, 9.01 seconds

Youth Girls 400m:
Bronze – Shaleah Colaire, Durham Legion Track Club, 58.67 seconds

Junior Girls 400m:
Gold – Skyy Diop, The Gazelles, 58.11 seconds
Bronze – Eden Senior, Project Athletics, 1:00.17

Youth Boys 400m:
Gold – Liam Rivard, Central Toronto Athletic Club, 51.48 seconds
Bronze – Zachary Bowness, Brockville Legion Track Club, 52.76 seconds

Junior Boys 400m:
Silver – Jemini Archer, Project Athletics, 50.90 seconds

Youth Girls 1500m:
Silver – Petal Palmer, Variety Village, 4:45.62
Bronze – Gracelyn Larkin, Central Ontario Rogues, 4:53.67

Junior Girls 1500m:
Gold – Charlotte Wood, Central Ontario Rogues, 4:40.17
Silver – Lily Meek, Brockville Legion Track Club, 4:47.56

Youth Boys 1500m:
Gold – Matthew Larkin, Central Ontario Rogues, 4:09.15
Bronze – Mathew Lampard, Central Toronto Athletic Club, 4:16.13

Midget Girls 60m:
Gold – Trinity Miller, The Gazelles, 7.89 seconds

Junior Girls 60m:
Bronze – Tyra Boug, Invictus Athletics, 7.90 seconds

Midget Boys 60m:
Silver – Tyreak Holgate, The Gazelles, 7.36 seconds
Bronze – Benjamin Jonah, The Gazelles, 7.37 seconds

Youth Boys 60m:
Silver – Myles Misener-Daley, Hamilton Olympic Club, 7.01 seconds

Junior Men’s 60m:
Bronze – Vincent Irobun, Hamilton Olympic Club, 7.14 seconds

Youth Girls 4x200m:
Gold – Brantford T.F.C. (Georgina Pickard, Pearl Vannooten, Leandra Mitchell, Ella Stowe), 1:57.27
Silver – Brantford T.F.C. (Erika Kunej, Emily Siemens, Mackenzie Campbell, Mya Allen), 1:57.78
Bronze – Brockville Legion Track Club (Lexi Kundlacz, Regan Bathurst, Tegan Bondi, Marieke Van Spriel), 1:58.68

Junior Girls 4x200m:
Gold – Invictus Athletics (Dana Sherwood, Nike Abiodun, Lryic Sargeant, Jordyn Waters), 1:48.92

Youth Boys 4x200m:
Gold – Etobicoke Track and Field Club (Shemar Meay, Joshua Owusu, Erik Johnson, Javon Sheriff), 1:35.79
Bronze – Brockville Legion Track Club (Zachary Bowness, Tanner Gibson, Benayo Olak, Jackson Charman), 1:44.16

Junior Boys 4x200m:
Gold – Hamilton Olympic Club (Randy Tshikuna, Marqus Rookwood, Vincent Isobun, Myles Misener-Daley), 1:32.61

Field Events:

Youth Girls High Jump:
Bronze – Tia Luke, Mississauga Olympians, 1.53m

Junior Women’s High Jump:
Bronze – Jessica Faiella, York University, 1.30m

Youth Boy’s Long Jump:
Gold – Aaron Barton, Brantford T.F.C., 6.25m
Silver – Solomon Arase, Etobicoke Track Club, 5.93m
Bronze – Domenic Barresi, Hamilton Olympic Club, 5.60m

Junior Boy’s Long Jump:
Silver – Aaron Paynter, Etobicoke Track Club, 6.59m

Youth Girls Shot Put:
Bronze – Billie Martin, Saugeen Track and Field Club, 12.08m

Junior Girls Shot Put:
Gold – Trinity Tutti, SISU Throws Club, 13.66m (new Championship record)
Bronze – Kailee Cherewka, Brantford T.F.C., 10.68m

Youth Boys Pole Vault:
Silver – Jackson Charman, Brockville Legion Track Club, 3.00m

Youth Girls Triple Jump:
Bronze – Cassandra Williamson, The Gazelles, 10.85m

Youth Girls Weight Throw:
Silver – Alexa Windle, Brantford T.F.C., 14.32m
Bronze – Madura Muraleetharan, United Tamil, 12.44m

Junior Girls Weight Throw:
Silver – Kailee Cherewka, Brantford T.F.C., 12.92m

Youth Boys High Jump:
Gold – Benayo Olak, Brockville Legion Track Club, 1.90m
Silver – Tawsif Kamal, Etobicoke Track Club, 1.70m
Bronze – Haran Ravindran, United Tamil, 1.60m

Youth Girls Long Jump:
Bronze – Hayley Manners, Etobicoke Track Club, 5.33m

Youth Boys Weight Throw:
Silver – Callan Saldutto, Brantford T.F.C., 19.18m
Bronze – Ryan Jacklin, Saugeen Track and Field Club, 18.54m

Junior Boys Weight Throw:
Gold – Cole Belkwell, Brantford T.F.C., 18.22m
Silver – Matthew Martin, York University, 11.36m

Youth Girls Long Jump:
Bronze – Ashley Langelier, Unattached Ontario, 5.07m

Youth Girls Pole Vault:
Gold – Maya Fetic, Bolton Pole Vault, 3.20m
Bronze – Lauren King, Bolton Pole Vault, 2.60m

Youth Boys Shot Put:
Gold – Lucas Woodhall, Brockville Legion Track Club, 17.67m
Silver – Jeremy Elliott, Saugeen Track and Field Club, 15.10m
Bronze – Callan Saldutto, Brantford T.F.C., 14.60m

Junior Men’s Shot Put:
Gold – Cole Belkwell, Brantford T.F.C., 14.53m

Youth Boys Triple Jump:
Gold – Aaron Barton, Brantford T.F.C., 14.09m
Bronze – Benayo Olak, Brockville Legion Track Club, 13.02m

Combined Events:
Youth Boys Pentathlon:
Silver – Juan Pablo Medina, York University, 2,488 points

Junior Boys Pentathlon:
Bronze – Andrew Chartrand, Brockville Legion Track Club, 2,131 points

Youth Girls Pentathlon:
Bronze – Mariya Suchoplas, Unattached Ontario, 2,654 points


Photos courtesy of Athletics Canada.


Job Opening: Assistant Coach, Track and Field, UTTC

The University of Toronto Track and Field Club (UTTC) seeks a highly motivated and experienced full time assistant coach (Sprints/Hurdles) who is committed to elevating the Junior Development (JD) and Elite program within the University of Toronto Track Club to be one of the preeminent power speed programs in Canada. The successful candidate will be a proven leader, motivator and coach, committed to the development of our student athletes both on the track and in the classroom. A demonstrated ability to work with an inspired coaching staff team is essential to the success of the program, as they will support the head coach in advancing our vision of a high performance track and field program that is recognized provincially, nationally and internationally. Committed to an athlete centered philosophy and a vision driven by excellence, the sprint/hurdle coach will recruit, train and mentor Junior Development student athletes within the context of an internationally recognized Track and Field Program and research and teaching university. The coach will be supported by the high performance mandate of the University of Toronto Track and Field program.

Send your resume and three references to, Manager Intercollegiate Sport, no later than February 23rd 2018. Interviews are scheduled for the week of February 26th 2018. This is a three year full‐time contract. Salary will be commensurate with experience and education. Only those offered an interview will be contacted. A valid criminal police check will be required upon hire.

Click here for the full job description.


ON vs. QC Midget Dual Team Announcement

We are excited to announce the athletes who have been nominated to the ON vs. QC Athletics Ontario Midget (U16) Dual team!

We received an incredible amount of interest from our athletes and are pleased to have had such talent to choose from. Following is the list of nominated athletes, whom you can learn more about by clicking on their name.

Last Name First Name Club
Abbott Hailey Meaford Coyotes
Barresi Domenic Hamilton Olympic Club
Belanger Dylen St. Thomas Legion
Bilenko Alina Project Athletics
Brewer Benjamin Saugeen TFC
Bryce Emily Saugeen TFC
Buck Jessie South Simcoe Dufferin
Catton Jillian Brampton Track Club
Celestine Jade Durham Legion TFC
Cortes Connor Laurel Creek TFC
Davies Max University of Toronto TC
Desousa Tayah St. Thomas Legion
Erotocritou Andriana The Gazelles
Ferguson Jaheim Durham Legion TFC
Fraser Desmond Bullets Track Club
Gomes-John Zaria Centro Scuola TFC
Goudros Izzy Unattached Ontario
Hayhoe Kelsey Bolton Pole Vault
Henry Aidan Brockville Legion TFC
Hurst Jr. David Mississauga Olympians
Ilerbaig Pau University of Toronto TC
Jelaca Justin 310 Running
Jonah Benjamin The Gazelles
Jozin Annika Unattached Ontario
Jull Abilene York Region Runners Club
Kamal Tawsif Etobicoke Track Club
Layne Naomi Boost Athletics
Linington Josh Brantford TFC
Lucki Sophia Toronto West Athletics
Martin Harley Saugeen TFC
Maurice Aysia 310 Running
McKenzie Nicole Boost Athletics
Miller Trinity The Gazelles
Mironov Roman Toronto West Athletics
Pentland Ethan Meaford Coyotes
Petrou Krissy The Gazelles
Reader Daniel Hamilton Olympic Club
Reid Hailey Monte Cristo TFC
Reimann Paige Brockville Legion TFC
Rodrigues Reyne Durham Legion TFC
Rose Jadon Mississauga Olympians
Rose Jalon Mississauga Olympians
Sharpe Breagha Athletiques International 2
Sivachandran Shankari United Tamil Sports Club
Skerl Mark Monte Cristo TFC
Stanat Arthur St. Thomas Legion
Vygunthavasan Raveena United Tamil Sports Club
Windle Alexa Brantford TFC
Zeppetella Hayden Thorold Elite Track Club

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Darl Sutherland, Sir Sandford Fleming College

Sprints Coach: Tom Bereza, Monte Cristo Track Club

Throws Coach: Laura Sivers, Brockville Legion Track and Field Club

Jumps Coach: Chris Timm, Laurel Creek Track Club

Endurance Coach: Brian Hilbers, Saugeen Track and Field Club


If anyone has any questions or concerns, you can contact Kolton Kowalchuk, High Performance Manager, by email or phone (647-352-7210).


Call for Nominations: Athletics Canada Board of Directors

Call for Nominations: Athletics Canada Board of Directors

There are three Director-at-Large positions to be elected to the Athletics Canada Board of Directors by the Members at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 26, 2018.

Who are we looking for to join the Board?

We seek to develop a Board of Directors that reflects the diversity of gender, life experience and background that we see at an athletics competition. Directors should share the vision and commitment of Athletics Canada to integrity, excellence and innovation, as described in the strategic plan. The ideal candidates will have leadership experience and expertise in some of the following areas:

  • Board experience
  • High performance sport
  • Participation/sport development
  • Paralympic sport
  • Financial management
  • Risk management
  • Human resources
  • Legal/Governance
  • Non-profit/Public sector management
  • Strategic planning
  • Media/PR
  • Government relations
  • Contact network (Corporate, foundations etc)


Nominations must be received by Judy McCallum at the Athletics Canada office by: 5:00 p.m. on March 27.

What is Expected of Directors?

Directors meet in person three to four times per year, including at the Semi-Annual General Meeting (SAGM) in early winter and the AGM in summer. Directors are expected to sit on one or two board committees (committee terms of reference may be found in the AC Rules and By-Laws on the website). Directors are also expected to be committed to the development of athletics in Canada.

Nomination forms are below:

English | French


TWO New Records!

TWO new records were set by our athletes this weekend at the Dr. Sander Invitational at the Fort Avenue Washington Armory in New York City!

The first new record was set by Kate Van Buskirk. She broke the previous Canadian record in the mile with a new time of 4:26.92! Her time was a 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships standard, a world-leading time, and, a personal best. The previous Canadian indoor record for the mile was 4:27.02, set by Sheila Reid in 2013.

The second record was set by Aurora Rynda. Her new provincial record time of 1:30.69 in the Indoor 600m smashes the old record of 1:32.58! Congratulations to both of these incredible women!


AO Search for Working Groups

Athletics Ontario has established three new working groups to address priority areas within the organization. These working groups will focus on coaching, road running, and marketing. Chairs have been appointed for these working groups and we are now looking for interested individuals who have the expertise, time and interest to contribute to the work of these groups. Each group will meet monthly or bi-monthly and report to the AO Board of Directors through their staff liaison. Individuals interested in joining one of these working groups should send their resumes to by end of day, February 9, 2018.


AO’s Race Director’s Summit

This past weekend, 60 Ontario running Race Directors gathered at Acme Works in Toronto for Athletics Ontario’s first Annual Race Director Summit. Sheryl Preston, Athletic’s Ontario’s Road Running Coordinator spearheaded and organized what turned into a hugely successful event.

The day was what felt like a large reunion to some, and a new beginning to others. We had an overwhelmingly positive response from the nearly 60 race directors in attendance. The day was saturated with highly educated speakers, with an emphasis on the sharing of knowledge to help to cultivate not only safe and accurate races, but races that become a lifelong memory to Ontario’s running population.

Emcee’d by Steve Fleck, one of Canada’s top race announcers, the day began with Chris Troyanos, who is the medical director of the Boston Marathon and the Executive Director of the International Institute of Race Medicine (IIRM), in Boston Massachusetts. Chris, partnering with his coworker Dr. Lowell Greib, who also works with IIRM and out of the Sport Lab in Huntsville, spoke on highly important details of Risk Management from the medical perspective in running races. This was followed up by a further conversation on how by Jason Robinson of Toronto, an Associate at the sports Law and Strategy Group on Toronto who also spoke about event Risk Management from his angle. The focus shifted to effective marketing and social media advertising, and creating partnerships with two enlightening and informative speeches both by Kris Mychasiw, Managing Partner of the Surin Group in Montreal, and followed up by Brandan Laan, VP of Sales at Race Roster.

The afternoon was filled with race-specific conversation, beginning with Peter Donato of Good Times Running and Road Race Results, followed up with Jeff Moyle from the Army Run. They both highlighted the importance of standing out of the crowd, and thinking outside of the box to create a unique experience for participants at an event or challenge. We were honoured to also have Alan Brookes and Charlotte Brookes, who are Race Directors with the Canada Run Series (CRS) speak about the absolute essentials that Race Directors must practice. This was followed up with Erin Roza, of CRA, who led an informative discussion about the Volunteer experience and volunteer retention methods. We finished the day off with John Lofranco of Athletics Canada, who gave feedback from past survey’s and introduced the importance of Provincial Sport Organizations such as Athletics Ontario in the sport of running. Lastly, from Athletics Ontario, Sheryl Preston and Ross Ste-Croix, Executive Director, discussed the upcoming increased involvement which Athletics Ontario plans to have in helping our road running community.

The Athletics Ontario Race Director Summit was what felt like the official start of a new and revived era for Athletics Ontario’s involvement in Road Running. As we always have, we plan to continue to offer sanctioning, insurance and membership to our running community to ensure the safety and quality assurance of our running community. We are in the process of making these programs more accessible and advantageous to clubs, races, and participants.

We would like to give special thanks to all of our event partners; Race Roster, who was the title sponsor of the the event. Additionally, The Printing House did fantastic work with a banner and name-tags, and our additional partners: Good Times Running, Road Race Results and Henley Financial and Wealth Management.


COACH PARA Summit – Making Parasport Leadership Stronger

COACH PARA Summit – Making Parasport Leadership Stronger

Abilities Centre, Whitby, Ontario  – Sunday February 25, 2018, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

The Coaches Association of Ontario is inviting people to a professional development opportunity for COACHES interested in coaching people with a disability. Those who have coached AWAD or have never coached AWAD are welcome to attend this learning and networking opportunity. There is one session in particular we want to draw your attention to “Opening the Door to the World of Parasport”. We want this session to be a one-stop shop for new coaches looking to be involved. It will have real people representing their sport and/or organization to be able to speak to any questions someone might have. It will be informative, but also motivational and hopefully excite coaches about the different sports and opportunities. In addition, we will have a few celebrated Para Coaches in Canada to talk about their journey. We are also honoured to have 5x Paralympian Benoit Huot from swimming, as our Emcee for the day.

The cost for coaches to register is $15 and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Those who attend will be given a $25 Petro-Canada Gift Card at the end of the day.

Also at this event we are hoping to assemble CLASSIFIERS from different sports in the afternoon. They will be invited to participate in a dedicated facilitated Forum / ThinkTank discussion. Information about the Classifier involvement is also attached.

Attendance to the CoachPara Summit is subsidized by our ParaStrong grant from the Government of Ontario. We appreciate the support.

The Agenda for the day can be found here. Please share this link with people you think might be interested.

More general information about our current ParaSport Coaching initiatives can be found here.

If you have any questions about the event or suggestions, please contact Mercedes Watson.

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