Upcoming Comprehensive Officials Clinic

Are you looking to get involved and give back to our sport? Consider becoming an Official. Come to our Officials Comprehensive Clinic on Tuesday April 24 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at York Lions Stadium. You will learn from experienced Officials about some of the requirements to become certified, in order to be eligible for Officiating at Sanctioned Meets and Championships.
Clinic Information
Date: Tuesday April 24, 2018
Location: York Lions Stadium
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Registration: click here

Speed River Twilight #1 Meet: CANCELLED

We have officially received confirmation that Speed River has cancelled their Twilight meet that was scheduled for tonight, Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

Any questions or concerns that you have in regard to this cancellation, please direct them to the club.

You can email the club contact by clicking here, or call them: 519-763-2928


13 Medals for Team Canada – Athletics at 2018 Commonwealth Games

The 2018 Commonwealth Games took place in Queensland, Australia from April 4-15, 2018. The Athletics portion of the event has concluded, and we are excited to announce that Team Canada has earned 13 medals (G – 3, S – 6, B – 4).

Of the 13 medals earned, eight (8) of those were awarded to Ontario athletes.

Alysha Newman, earned a Gold medal in the Women’s Pole Vault final! Her third attempt jump of 4.75m was good enough to claim the gold as well as a Commonwealth Games record. Mohammed Ahmed, took home a silver medal, in both the Men’s 5,000m and 10,000m. A number of huge performances from Pierce Lepage in the Men’s Decathlon led to a points total of 8,171, and earned him the silver medal!

In the field, Tim Nedow and Brittany Crew both took home bronze medals in the Shot Put. Also in the field, Shawnacy Barber earned a silver medal in the men’s pole vault with a jump of 5.55m. Last, but not least, on the track, Aaron Brown was upgraded to a silver medal in the men’s 200m, with a time of 20.34 seconds.  


We also want to congratulate the other Team Canada athletes who brought home medals:

Christabel Nettey, Long Jump – Gold

Alexandre Dupont, Men’s T54 1,500m – Gold  

Nina Schultz, Heptathlon – Silver

Django Lovett, High Jump – Bronze

Diane Roy, T54 1,500m – Bronze

For the full results, you can visit the
Commonwealth Games website.


RESCHEDULED! Try It! Parasport Coaching Course

IMPORTANT UPDATE: We have rescheduled the Clinic due to the storm that hit the GTA last weekend.

The Clinic will now take place on Sunday April 22, 2018, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, the time has not changed.

Athletics Ontario, in association with Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled, will be hosting a “Try It” day for coaches looking to learn the ins-and-outs of coaching seated throws and wheelchair racing. Coaches are invited to partake and assist in a practice with the Cruisers, and then spend time with Ken Hall learning coaching styles, proper form, and will even have the opportunity to get into the chairs themselves!

Interested in attending this course? Register here!

Travel subsidies will be available based on need. The event will take place at Variety Village.


HASC Athletics Program Information

HASC Athletics Program Information:

The HASC Athletics program is free for both able bodied athletes and athletes with a disability; equipment will be provided if needed.

Where: Mohawk Sports Complex Track – 1100 Mohawk Road East Hamilton ON

When: Sunday May 6th 2018 – Sunday August 26th 2018

(The program will run on Sunday mornings, except on holidays or long weekends)

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Feel free to visit our website for more information: https://www.hascouncil.com or contact the HASC Athletics Coordinator, by email, at hasccoordinator@gmail.com



The Hamilton Olympic Club (Canada’s oldest track & field organization) is currently seeking volunteer coaching staff for a new Pole Vault program launching this summer at Mohawk Sports Park, Hamilton. Our facility has recently received over a million dollars in infrastructure improvements in addition to capital funding worth $56,000 which will be directed towards the purchase of new pole vault equipment and training.

For additional information, please contact Program Coordinator (Kevin Gonci) at kgonci4@gmail.com or by calling (905) 317-9381.


JOB OPPORTUNITY: Head Coach, Men’s & Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country

Reporting to the Manager, Varsity Athletics, Leadership & Community Outreach, the incumbent coordinates the planning and implementation of the Men’s & Women’s Track & Field and Cross-Country teams for the Varsity Sport Program at York University. The coach will work in consonance with Department and University goals and objectives and is expected to foster a high-performance environment that contributes to student and team success. This includes coordinating the coaching staff and various competitions; recruiting and retaining student-athletes; instructing/coaching Varsity athletes; and developing financial support for the team through alumni and parent relations and other fundraising activities. This position requires commitment and adherence to the values and principles of Athletics & Recreation as expressed in the mandate of the department.

The full job description and application process can be found here.



The Hamilton Olympic Club (HOC) the oldest track and field organization in Canada, has recently received a $150,000 Capital Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. These funds will be directed towards the ongoing development of the Mohawk Sports Park, Track & Field Complex, the only public outdoor track & field facility in the City of Hamilton. Combined with the original project budget of $650,000, HOC has been successful in securing additional funding from various levels of government including grants, donations and corporate sponsorship which will reach a total investment of nearly $1.5 million dollars by this time next year. Most of these funds have been directed towards capital infrastructure improvements which includes a new high performance track surface (Beynon BSS–1000); installation of a new discus/hammer cage; and accessibility improvements to various evet areas. This latest round of funding will be directed towards further infrastructure improvements including equipment storage facilities; electronic timing and result board; and $56,000 towards new pole vault equipment.

This was a collaborative project and in addition to the City of Hamilton, the Golden Horseshoe Track & Field Council represented nearly a dozen community stakeholders who provided a shared vision and long term plan to make this a sustainable public facility to meet the needs of our local track & field community. Our members include the Hamilton Olympic Club; Stoney Creek Athletics; Hamilton Elite Athletic Team; Monte Cristo Track Club; Hamilton Accessible Sports Council; Hamilton Special Olympics Track & Field Team; Hamilton CANUSA Track & Field Team; Dundas Valley Track Club; and the 91st Highlanders Athletic Association.


Welcoming Paul to Athletics Ontario

Welcome Paul!

On behalf of myself, and the Board of Directors, we would like to officially welcome Paul Osland, who started this week as Athletics Ontario’s Chief Executive Officer. We are very excited to have such a highly regarded member of the athletics community joining our organization.

As previously mentioned, Paul brings extensive business development and corporate experience combined with his entrepreneurial venture capital experience, which 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. He will be responsible for leading AO’s success in fulfilling the vision, mission, and strategic priorities to ensure that AO remains on track in becoming a national leader in the athletics community.

Following is a list of our current staff, along with their contact emails, for your convenience:

Paul Osland, Chief Executive Officer

Anthony Biggar, Manager, Programs and Services

Randolph Fajardo, Technical Manager

Kolton Kowalchuk, High Performance Manager

Melissa Johnstone, Communications Coordinator

Sheryl Preston, Road Running Coordinator

Shehara Vanniasinkam, Office Manager

Lisa Ferdinand, Chair of the Board of Directors
Athletics Ontario


Ontario Summer Games Coach Application Extension

As of today, we will be extending the application deadline for coaches to participate in the Ontario Summer Games. The event will take place in London, ON, on August 2-5, 2018, and we need various coaches to support the athletes who will be attending.

Take a look at the selection criteria, and submit your application before April 16, 2018 to be considered for this opportunity.

Additionally, athletes, don’t forget that the early deadline to declare your interest is April 30, 2018. The athlete selection criteria is available here, and if you are eligible, declare here.

Full event information can be found on our site here.

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