APRIL 26 – The Man with the Plan

Jeff May was in the eleventh grade when he first learned of wheelchair racing.  At the time he was using an electric scooter and casually working out in his school’s weight room. His friends on the track team playfully joked that he should equip his scooter with a bigger motor and enter the wheelchair 1500m. “Wait, there are wheelchair races in track?” queried Jeff. Empowered with this new found knowledge, he acquired a day chair and set his sights on the track. Jeff was the first person in Chatham-Kent to race the wheelchair 1500m, but he would certainly not be the last.

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Reminder – Entry/Registration deadline for AO 10,000m Track Championships Monday April 29 by 3pm

A reminder to all athletes, coaches and club administrators that the AO registration/meet entry deadline for the 2013 Ontario 10,000m Track Championships is 3:00 pm on Monday April 29. The Athletics Ontario 10,000m Championships will, once again, take place at the TD-Waterhouse Stadium in London, on Sunday May 5, as part of the first meet in the 2013 Runners’ Choice London Distance Series. The London 10,000m will feature 2012 Ontario 10,000m Champions Sami Jibril of Athletics Toronto and Leslie Sexton of London Runner. 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. The event is hosted by the London Runner Distance Club. Continue Reading →

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Speed River Track and Field Club Welcomes Jason Kerr As Associate Coach

The Speed River Track and Field Club is thrilled to announce the hiring of Jason Kerr as the club’s new Associate Coach. Kerr brings a wealth of experience to the club having helped build the Western University Mustangs program into a sprints powerhouse. “Speed River TFC has had many great achievements over the years, and I feel bringing Jason on board as a full-time coach is one of the best things we’ve ever done.” Commented Speed River Track and Field Club Head Coach Dave Scott-Thomas. “We had a terrific pool of applicants and Jason simply blew our search committee away with his understanding of the sport and our unique local culture. He has real feel: passionate, intuitive, sharp as a tack and lot of fun to have around. We’ve got a super-star on the way up and he adds a ton of fire-power to our team. I can’t wait to have Jason on the ground, rolling up his sleeves and getting to work.” Continue Reading →

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Central Toronto Athletic Club Seeks Part-time Assistant Coach

The Central Toronto Athletic Club (CTAC) is looking for a Part Time Assistant Coach (Distance). The successful candidate will provide coaching services primarily for the Bantam and Midget members of CTAC. The Assistant Coach may also provide coaching services to other selected members of CTAC as arranged with the Head Coach from time to time.

This is a one year part-time contract position, renewable annually and will begin this fall. A job description for the position is attached, the deadline for applications is May 22, and applications should be sent to davidchristiani@centraltorontoac.ca

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APRIL 25 – Anything He Can Do She Can Do Too

Renee Foessel was six years old when she first discovered sport. Her parents came across an advertisement in their local newspaper for “Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled” and decided to see what it was all about. They subsequently discovered a club that offered an array of parasports including sledge hockey, wheelchair basketball and track and field. Their daughter started in sledge hockey before gravitating toward the track and field world at the age of ten. She hasn’t looked back since. Continue Reading →

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APRIL 24 – Partners in the Pursuit of Excellence

Jason Dunkerley and Josh Karanja are the ultimate teammates. They set goals as a team and execute their training as a team. They are motivated by one another and are invested in their mutual success. While this may seem like a generic, albeit idealistic description of many teammates, Jason and Josh share a camaraderie that is anything but ordinary.  Their partnership requires a degree of synchronicity that is unparalleled in any other sporting event because Josh is, most literally, Jason’s eyes. Continue Reading →

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APRIL 23 – Wheelchair Athletes Push Each Other

Wheelchair racer Curtis Thom has been racing for nearly two decades. He has competed in two Paralympic Games, holds the Canadian record in the T54 class 400m and has been named the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association’s Athlete of the Year three times.  He has competed internationally amongst the best racers in the world, but he still remembers how he started in wheelchair racing like it was yesterday. Continue Reading →

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