BIG Upcoming Coaching Opportunity

2017 IAAF/USATF Academy for Sprints or Youth Specialization

Date: December 3-9, 2017
Location: IMG Academy – Bradenton, FL

More information on the course is available here.


  • Certified at Level 3 or Competition Development certified (CC# required)
  • Three to five year’s experience working with athletes competing at the national level
  • Branch endorsement (Athletics Canada will contact your provincial branch upon receipt of your application)
  • Statement of coaching philosophy and explanation of how concepts presented at this seminar will be shared with others upon your return to your club/school/province
  • A coaching resume outlining coaching assignments, athletes you are currently coaching or have coached and their performances, etc.


October 17, 2017


Toronto, Ontario – October 17, 2017

Athletics Ontario (AO) is pleased to announce that Kolton Kowalchuk will be joining the AO staff in the role of High Performance Manager on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

Kowalchuk’s previous experience in high performance sport has given him the skills and abilities to take on this role. His primary responsibilities will be managing the Quest for Gold and Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative athlete support programs. He will also be responsible for developing a high performance strategy to ensure we are giving Ontario athletes and coaches the best opportunities to succeed on a national and international level.

Prior to joining AO, Kolton worked at Golf Canada as the High Performance Sport Coordinator, where he was the primary point of contact for more than 25 Team Canada athletes. He managed the Athlete Assistance Program, Quest for Gold, and other Sport Canada/Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport athlete funding programs. Additionally, while studying in University, he assisted with Special Events and Game Day Operations for the Carleton Ravens, including OUA and CIS sanctioned events.

Kowalchuk has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law from Carleton University where he spent his four years playing for the Raven’s men’s golf team, heading up that team as Captain in his final two years.

“I am thrilled to welcome Kolton to the team here at Athletics Ontario”, said Ross Ste-Croix, Athletics Ontario’s Executive Director. “His experience in the Canadian sport system, particularly in his work with high performance athletes will serve him well in this role. The addition of a high performance manager will give AO much needed capacity to better serve our current HP athletes as well as plan for the future.”

– AO –

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

For more information, contact:

Ross Ste-Croix
Executive Director


Athlete Testing & ID

Athletics Ontario would like to invite athletes to participate in an Athlete Testing Workshop for the purposes of creating an athlete database and draw interest with the Ontario Summer Games being held Aug 2-5 in London. The data will be shared with coaches and athletes to be used as a tool for training.

Athletes will be put through an array of field tests to assess balance, power, speed, coordination. The testing will not over exert the athletes and they will rotate through the tests fairly quickly, taking no more than five minutes per athlete.

This will also be a great opportunity for coaches to learn more about their athlete’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as to attend afternoon clinics led by Dr. Thomas Lam from FITS Toronto.  Coaches do not require athletes in attendance to attend the clinic themselves.

This opportunity is open to all coaches, and bantam and midget aged athletes.

Athlete testing includes (but is not limited to):

  • Various functional movement patterns to evaluate strength/flexibility imbalances
  • Speed/Reactive testing
  • Event Specific Field testing

Tentative Itinerary

Time Athletes Coaches
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Warm-up

Location: Track

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Testing (see Testing Protocols)

Location: Track

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch – Lunch will NOT be provided (please pack your own!)
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Athlete Seminar 1
FITS STAFFResults of Tests and What to Do
Coaches Seminar
Dr. Thomas LamTechnology and Field Tests all coaches can use to help your athletes improve performance and prevent injuries.

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Athlete Seminar 2
Dr. Judy GossPsychology



2018 Ontario Summer Games


The Ontario Games Program started in 1970 in Etobicoke as a showcase for amateur sport. They have now become Ontario’s largest multi-sport event, including both team and individual sports. U14 and U16 Ontario athletes qualify through a regional selection process and are then selected to an East vs West Team and compete to be crowned “Best in Ontario.”  For many athletes, this is their first team event and helps introduce a competitive experience to help with athlete development.

To provide bantam and midget-aged athletes appropriate Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) opportunities, AO has devised TeamO East vs. TeamO West for the 2018 Ontario Summer Games. Each team will consist of 80 athletes and each athlete will compete in two to three events (Heats and Timed finals).

These athletes will be presented with developmental opportunities including:
– Provincial and National Level Coaching
– Subject matter experts in areas such as: Nutrition discussions, recovery
– Learning to compete Opportunities: Mental preparation, visualization, team building

Cost: TBA
Athlete Selection Criteria: To be released soon
Location: TD Waterhouse Stadium, University of Western Ontario, London, ON

Coach Declaration: We will require 18 coaches to oversee these teams  To be released soon

Long Term Athlete Development
Stage Five
: Train to Train
Ages: Bantam (U14) and Midget (U16)

In alliance with Sport Canada’s LTAD model, AO looks to provide athletes the opportunity to gain Provincial and National experience and exposure. Through the TeamO East vs. TeamO West provincial model, bantam and midget athletes will have the opportunity to compete against higher caliber athletes. This will further prepare athletes to represent Ontario at future Provincial and National Championships.

More information on attending/competing in the Games coming soon!


Hall of Fame Members, as of Sept. 30, 2017

We are proud to announce that after our most recent Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, we now have more than 100 members in our Athletics Ontario Hall of Fame. These outstanding individuals have contributed to our sport as athletes, builders and coaches and deserve many congratulations on their successes.

For the full list of members, see below:

Name Year Inducted Category
Jeff Adams 2015 Athlete
Ian Anderson 2013 Builder
Katie Anderson 2015 Athlete
Ed Archibald 2017 Athlete
George J. Arnold 2010 Builder
Donovan Bailey 2009 Athlete
Dave Bailey 2012 Athlete
Angela Bailey 2014 Athlete
Florence Isabel Bell 2009 Athlete
Catherine Bond-Mills 2017 Athlete
Mark Boswell 2012 Athlete
Cal Bricker 2013 Athlete
Hal Brown 2011 Athlete & Builder
Ethel Mary Catherwood 2009 Athlete
Carlton Chambers 2010 Athlete
Myrtle Alice Cook 2009 Athlete
Captain John Richardson Cornelius 2010 Builder
Charmaine Crooks 2011 Athlete
William Frederick Crothers 2009 Athlete
Eva Dawes 2010 Athlete
Don Domansky 2012 Athlete
Jerome Drayton 2009 Athlete
Phil Edwards 2017 Athlete
Dana Ellis-Buller 2017 Athlete
Robert Esmie 2010 Athlete
Dennis Fairall 2015 Builder
Perdita Felicien 2016 Athlete
Fred Foot 2009 Builder
Alexandrine Gibb 2010 Builder
Glenroy Gilbert 2010 Athlete
George Henry Goulding 2009 Athlete
George Gray 2012 Athlete
Jane Haist 2014 Athlete
Bob Hancock 2013 Builder
Bill Heikkila 2014 Builder
Andy Higgins 2011 Builder
Abigail Hoffman 2010 Athlete & Builder
Graham Hood 2015 Athlete
Leighton Hope 2013 Athlete
Mike Illingworth 2017 Builder
Robert Kerr 2009 Athlete
Bruce Kidd 2011 Athlete & Builder
Elaine Lake 2012 Builder
Ken Lake 2012 Builder
Denis Landry 2017 Builder
Ray Lewis 2016 Athlete
John Wilfrid Loaring 2009 Athlete
Tom Longboat 2016 Athlete
Priscilla Lopes-Schliep 2016 Athlete
Margaret Lord 2011 Builder
Rolf Lund 2014 Builder
Gerard Mach 2016 Builder
Nancy Mackay 2011 Athlete
Atlee Mahorn 2012 Athlete
Peter Manning 2012 Builder
Orlando Martini 2011 Builder
Nancy McCredie 2016 Athlete
Robert Malcolm McFarlane 2015 Athlete
Mark McKoy 2014 Athlete
Grant McLaren 2013 Athlete
Donald Mills 2009 Builder
Arthur Morton 2013 Builder
Viola Myers 2011 Athlete
Alex Oakley 2013 Athlete
Larry O’Connor 2013 Athlete
George Washington Orton 2009 Athlete
Milt Ottey 2011 Athlete
Marita Payne-Wiggins 2014 Athlete
Ann Peel 2014 Athlete
Lloyd Percival 2016 Builder
Chris Pickard 2012 Builder
Paul Poce 2009 Builder
George Puce 2017 Athlete
Glenda Reiser 2013 Athlete
Melville Marks Robinson 2009 Builder
Fannie Rosenfeld 2009 Athlete
Silvia Ruegger 2014 Athlete
Bryan Saunders 2013 Athlete
Yvonne Saunders 2014 Athlete
Paula Schnurr 2015 Athlete
Ian Seale 2013 Athlete
Vital Shank 2017 Builder
George Shepherd 2015 Athlete & Builder
William Sherring 2010 Athlete
Bruce Simpson 2013 Athlete
Ethel May Smith 2009 Athlete
Cecil Smith 2010 Builder
Michael C. Smith 2010 Athlete
Randy Starkman 2015 Builder
David Lee Steen 2010 Athlete
Kevin Sullivan 2016 Athlete
Elizabeth Gardner Taylor 2010 Athlete
Jenny Thompson 2009 Athlete
Enrico Toscano 2014 Builder
Jason Tunks 2017 Athlete
Ken Twigg 2012 Builder
Bob Vigars 2017 Builder
George Walters 2017 Builder
Betty & David Watson 2016 Builder
Jenny Wingerson-Meldrum 2012 Athlete
Doug Wood 2015 Athlete
Joseph R. Young 2009 Builder

AO’s 10th Annual Awards Gala and Hall of Fame Induction

On Saturday September 30th, Athletics Ontario and Ontario Masters Athletics hosted the 10th Annual Awards Gala and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto.

The evening featured the induction of eleven new members into our Hall of Fame, the presentation of our Athlete Awards, including our Athlete of the Year, and the recognition of some important individuals.

Throughout the night, we inducted some of the provinces best athletes, builders and coaches into our Hall of Fame. Phil Edwards, the most decorated Canadian Olympian in the sport of Athletics, was one of our Inductees this year.

Our other Inductees included: George Walters, Bob Vigars, Mike Illingworth, Vital Shank, Denis Landry, Jason Tunks, Catherine Bond-Mills, Dana Ellis Buller, George Puce, and Ed Archibald.

You can read more about this years’ inductees here.

We had athletes from across the province come together to celebrate their accomplishments from the year. Special thanks are necessary for Olympians Aaron Brown and Khamica Bingham who volunteered their time to be our emcees for the evening. They did a fantastic job and deserve incredible thanks.

We want to recognize our wonderful photographers from the evening as well, Famida lakhi and Khadijah Bijabhai. You can find them on Instagram: @PatchouliCo, and we would not have the memories we have without their presence at the event, so thank you again.

We also want to give a special thanks to our sponsors. The night would not have been possible without their generous donations.

Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners. A complete list can be found below:


BANTAM BOYS: Benjamin Brewer
MIDGET BOYS: Jeremy Elliot
YOUTH BOYS: Cole Belkwell
JUNIOR MEN: Joseph Maxwell and Mark Bujnowski
MASTERS MEN: Bill Pearson
MIDGET GIRLS: Alexandria Webb
YOUTH GIRLS: Trinity Tutti
JUNIOR WOMEN: Grace Tennant
SENIOR WOMEN: Brittany Crew
MASTERS WOMEN: Doreen Garner


BANTAM BOYS: Phanith Ray
MIDGET BOYS: Marcus Renford
JUNIOR MEN: Ryan Taylor
SENIOR MEN: Shawnacy Barber
MASTERS MEN: Zoltan Sara
BANTAM GIRLS: Lucinda Pollitt
MIDGET GIRLS: Jillian Catton
YOUTH GIRLS: Autumn Bigger
SENIOR WOMEN: Alysha Newman


BANTAM BOYS: Dylen Belanger
MIDGET BOYS: Nifaiya Robinson
YOUTH BOYS: Liam Mather and Myles Misener-Daley
JUNIOR MEN: Karson Kowalchuk
SENIOR MEN: Andre De Grasse
MASTERS MEN: Chris Warburton
BANTAM GIRLS: Reyne Rodrigues
YOUTH GIRLS: Sharelle Samuel
JUNIOR WOMEN: Ashlan Best and Xahria Santiago
SENIOR WOMEN: Crystal Emmanuel
MASTERS WOMEN: Karla Del Grande


BANTAM BOYS: Christian Barida
MIDGET BOYS: Abdullahi Hassan
YOUTH BOYS: Joshua Desouza
JUNIOR MEN: Kyle Madden
SENIOR MEN: Mohammed Ahmed
MASTERS MEN: Paul Osland
BANTAM GIRLS: Aysia Maurice
MIDGET GIRLS: Jardine Lam-Colling and Petal Palmer
YOUTH GIRLS: Brogan MacDougall and Aurora Rynda
JUNIOR WOMEN: Lucia Stafford
SENIOR WOMEN: Melissa Bishop

Combined Events

BANTAM BOYS: Liam Miller
MIDGET BOYS: Owen McDonald
YOUTH BOYS: Caleb Timm
JUNIOR MEN: Joshua Mather
SENIOR MEN: Damian Warner
MASTERS MEN: Peter Zowkewych
MIDGET GIRLS: Izzy Goudros
YOUTH GIRLS: Lexi Kundlacz
JUNIOR WOMEN: Dallyssa Huggins

Para Track Athlete of the Year

MEN: Jason Dunkerley
WOMEN: Marissa Papaconstantinou

Para Field Athlete of the Year

MEN: Ryan Bennett
WOMEN: Renee Foessel

OMA Athlete of the Year

MEN: Paul Osland
WOMEN: Karla Del Grande

AO Athlete of the Year

Mohammed Ahmed

Volunteer of the Year

Brian McClelland

Official of the Year

Ken Giles

Coach of the Year

Richard Parkinson

If you attended this year’s gala, please fill out the survey below so we can gather your feedback and make changes for next year: Click here to take the survey


Board of Directors Application

We are looking for candidates for our Board of Directors.

If you think you have the skills and time to help set the strategic direction of the organization and provide guidance to the staff in areas such as revenue generation, risk management, governance and human resources, please consider applying to be a member of our Board.

We have extended our deadline to Sunday October 15th, 2017.

You can read a fully detailed job description here.

You can review the Athletics Ontario By-law No. 7.

The application form can be found here.


Coach and Volunteer of the Year Nominations

We are excited to announce our nominees for the awards of Coach and Volunteer of the Year. The nominees are as follows:

Coach of the Year
1. Randy Brookes
Randy was a former sprinter from UCLA and is now the Head Coach of The Gazelles Track & Field Club with training locations in Clarington, Durham, Scarborough, Markham and Peel.  Randy is also the owner of Running For Your Life Sports Performance Group.

2. Sean Doucette
Sean is a coach with the Brantford Throws Club. His athletes have had nothing but good things to say about him, and he is extremely driven to help them achieve their best.

3. Derek Hackshaw
Derek is a coach with the Newmarket Huskies Track Club and was head coach for this year’s successful Canada Summer Games team.

4. Ken Hall
Ken has been a para-athlete coach for many years, and has been working with the Peel Halton Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled Club.

5. Terry Radchenko
Terry has coaches with the University of Toronto Track Club since 2004, guiding various Varsity Blues stars to incredible heights. His primary focus has been junior development, middle distance and cross-country athletes.

6. Richard Parkinson
Richard was a national level thrower in his day, and has since turned his life-long passion into a career. He has successfully coached provincially, nationally, and internationally, including 9 national team coaching assignments.

Volunteer of the Year

1. Irko Lemecha
Irko has volunteered at various indoor and outdoor AO meets, in various capacities, including track, hurdles, pole vault. He additionally has helped recruit a half dozen other friends and members of his community to volunteer as well. Irko and several friends have also begun the process of becoming an official.

2. Brian McClelland
Brian volunteered his time to assist with the development of AO policies, and he has officiated at several AO meets.

3. Irma Orzeck
Irma has volunteered at several AO outdoor meets and helped with registration.

4. Joel Osei
Joel has volunteered at numerous AO meets, and took a volunteer lead role at the Canada Summer Games Trials.

5. Trevor Parkinson
Trevor volunteered his time as a photographer at many AO indoor and outdoor meets.

6. Jake Thomson
Jake has volunteered his time at several AO indoor and outdoor championships as an announcer.

Congratulations to the nominees, we look forward to seeing you at this year’s Awards Gala and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony where we will announce one winner from each category.

Tickets can be purchased until Wednesday September 27, 2017: click here.


JOB POSTING – Interim Head Coach, Cross Country

A position has recently become vacant at George Brown College, and they are looking for an Interim Head Coach for the Cross Country team. The position is urgent as the school year begins next week so the closing date is this Friday, September 8th at 5:00 pm.

If this sounds like a position that might be of interest to you, you can view the full job description here.

Should you feel you are qualified for this position, submit your application to:
Melanie Gerin-Lajoie
Manager, Athletics and Recreation
George Brown College
200 King St. E, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3W8

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