AO 2017 Cross Country Championship Preview

Get ready to run!

Our Annual Cross-Country Championship is taking place this Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Morrison Meadows in Bracebridge, ON. We have almost 900 athletes registered to compete on this beautiful course.

Important note regarding parking: Please take note that you can only do drop offs at the site of the Cross-Country Championships. Parking will be located just west of the championships by the JD Lang Activity Park. Shuttles will be available all day long to and from the Championship site.


We have some incredible talent coming to the meet, here are some athletes to watch for:

Christian Barida: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Athletics Ontario winner of the Bantam Boys Long-Distance Athlete of the Year Category

Jocelyn Chau: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games 1500m finalist

Sophie Coutts: Central Toronto Athletic Club, Finished 2nd in the Midget Girls category at the 2017 OFSAA Cross Country Championship

Joshua Desouza: Newmarket Huskies, Athletics Ontario award winner of the Youth Boys Distance Category, Silver in the 3000m at Commonwealth Youth Games

Anne Forsyth: Speed River Track & Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games 1500m finalist

Dakota Goguen: Newmarket Huskies, Finished 3rd at the 2017 OFSAA Cross Country Championship

Abdullahi Hassan: Phoenix Athletics Association of Ontario, Athletics Ontario Award Winner for the Midget Boys Distance Category

Ed Hayfron: Phoenix Athletics Association of Ontario, Placed 6th in the Men’s Atlantic Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 800m

Trevor Hofbauer: Speed River Track and Field Club, first Canadian man to finish the Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Marcus Kemp: Speed River Track & Field Club, 7th at Commonwealth Youth Games in the 1500m

Campbell Lee: Niagara Olympic Club, Finished 3rd at the OFSAA 2017 Cross Country Championship

Brogan McDougall: Physi-Kult Kingston, Bronze in the 3000m at Commonwealth Youth Games

Nicholas Mota: Newmarket Huskies, Finished 2nd in the OFSAA 2017 Cross Country Championship

Katie Newlove: Ottawa Lions T.F.C., Ontario, Finished 5th at OFSAA Cross Country 2017

Aurora Rynda: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games Bronze medalist in the 800m

Leslie Sexton: London Runners Distance Club, first Canadian woman to finish the Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Kyle Smith: Blue Devils AC, Canadian record holder in the 4x800m, previous AO staff member

Thomas Witkowicz: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games finalist in the 3000m


Additional Important Information

Please note the distances offered for the 2017 AO Cross Country Championship this year. Girls and Women will be offered slightly longer distances in our effort to get male and female distances equalized. Full details available in the technical package.
  • U14 Girls: 2 km
  • U16 Girls: 4 km
  • U18 Girls: 5 km
  • U20 Women: 6 km
  • 20+ Women: 8 km
There are no changes to boys/men distances.
Masters (30+) will run 5km.
Waivers: Clubs that have power of attorney may sign off for all of their athletes while others will need to sign off on their waiver when they pick up their bibs. Waiver forms can be found on the championship website.
Live Results during the meet can be found here.
There is NO PARKING on site at the race venue at 1177 Fraserburg Rd or along Fraserburg Rd.
Please park at JD Lang Activity Park (approx 1 km from venue) and take the shuttle bus. The shuttle bus will run continuously on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Round trip should be approx. 10 minutes.
Participant drop off on-site will be available when traffic conditions allow it. Please limit your drop off to 2 minutes max to avoid congestion.
No dogs are allowed on site at the race venue. Please leave your pets at home.
Hot food, bottled water, coffee and tea will be available on site.
Cash, credit cards and debit accepted.
Official XC Championships Merchandise
Long sleeve t-shirts $25
Hoodies $45
New Balance jackets $65
They can be personalized with your team name or nickname. Taxes extra.
From the South:
Follow HWY 11 North to Cedar Ln/Muskoka District Road 37 in Bracebridge. Take exit 184 from HWY 11 North.
Follow Cedar Ln to Fraserburg Rd/Muskoka District Road 14.
Shuttle Parking is on the left at JD Lang Activity Park before you cross HWY 11.
From the North:
Follow HWY 11 South to Taylor Rd/Muskoka District Road 42 in Bracebridge. Take exit 189 from HWY 11 South.
Turn Right on /Muskoka District Road 42.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Cedar Ln.
Follow Cedar Ln to Fraserburg Rd/Muskoka District Road 14.
Turn Left.
Follow Fraserburg Rd.
Shuttle Parking is on the left at JD Lang Activity Park before you cross HWY 11.

Community Development Grant Application

Applications for community programs that will start between January 1, 2018 and April 30, 2018 will be accepted to review until Friday, November 10 at 11:59PM EST. Successful applicants will be advised in December 2017.

To submit a Community Development Grant application, please click here and select the ‘Apply’ tab.

As part of the application, you must upload a detailed budget using the template provided here. Please download the fillable PDF budget template and complete prior to your submission.

Our application system is designed to automatically close at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, November 10 at which point applications will no longer be accepted for programs that will run between January 1, 2018 and April 30, 2018.

The table below outlines the application periods for future programming:

Community Program Period: Grant Applications Open Grant Applications Close
Programs starting between May 1 and Aug 31, 2018 Monday, Jan 1, 2018 Thursday, Feb 1, 2018 at 5pm EST
Programs starting between Sept 1 and Dec 31, 2018 Monday, Feb 5, 2018 Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 5pm EST
Programs starting between Jan 1 and April 30, 2019 Monday, May 7, 2018 Monday, Oct 1, 2018 at 5pm EST
Programs starting between May 1 and Aug 31, 2019 Monday, Oct 8, 2018 Friday, Feb 1, 2019 at 5pm EST

Your Jumpstart Regional Managers will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Celebrate Ontario 2018 Grant

This is a reminder that the application deadline for Celebrate Ontario 2018 is THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017 AT 5:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time).
Celebrate Ontario is an annual funding program that helps festivals and events enhance their programs, activities and services. This support helps grow tourism in the province by making it easier for event organizers to offer new and improved experiences that will attract more tourists and increase visitor spending.
Information on how to apply to the Celebrate Ontario 2018 program can be found here.
Your Regional Advisor can also help you with any questions that you might have about your application.
When you submit your Celebrate Ontario 2018 application through the Grants Ontario web portal, you will receive a confirmation notice.
If you do not receive confirmation of your submission within 24 hours, please contact Grants Ontario Customer Service.

AO Student Volunteer Program

This year, we’re introducing a Student Volunteer Program. We will take 50 students, across London, Windsor, Toronto and Ottawa and offer them the chance to obtain their 40 volunteer hours as well as a Level 1 Official Certification.

What the students gain from this experience:

  • Communication Skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Strategic and Critical Thinking
  • Leadership Skills

Program Details:

  • 3-4 hours in class and on-field clinics
  • Minor official at a local track meet
  • Mentorship with a Level 3 Official
  • Videos, discussions and presentations
  • Mini-quizzes
  • Officiating at a Championship
  • Graduate as a Certified Level 1 Official

There is no cost to participate.
Students will receive:

  • AO Officials t-shirt
  • Documentation, program booklet
  • AO membership included
  • IAAF Rule Book

Program Agenda (*Subject to Change)

Week 1: Track and Field 101, Officiating 101, Preferred event to be an official at for the next meet (3-20 hours)
Homework: Find a video that an athlete or team was disqualified. What was the reason for the disqualification? What could the athlete have done to prevent it? (1/2 hour)

Week 2: Minor Official at a local track meet; introduced to mentor for the meet; take note of roles and learn rules (3-20 hours)
Homework: Presentation on rules for each event: students to present one event and to go through the rules of each event, and then give an example through experience at the meet, or a video example (1/2 hour)

Week 3: Follow up on track meet, presentations; Mini-quiz for Level 1 quiz (2 hours)

Complete assigned duties at a track meet (3-20 hours)

Week 4: Minor-Official at a Championship (required 6 credits for Level 1 to be completed by this week) (8-16 hours)

Week 5: Level 1 quiz and submit application for Level 1 (2 hours)

*Weeks subject to change, depending on location and availability of meets

Graduation and Closing Social

Dates for Indoor Meets at the Toronto Track and Field Centre:

January 13-14: Indoor Combined Events and Relay Championships w/Prep #1
February 17-18: Indoor Youth Senior Championships
March 3-4: Indoor BMJ Championships


Performance Coach Weekend

The Performance Coach certification is for coaches who are actively coaching year round, 40 or more weeks a year and 5-10 sessions a week. Coaches are recommended to have athletes that are competing at the Canada Summer Games level or higher.  The main focus of this course is annual planning, periodization and is an introduction to international competition. Prior to registering please ensure you meet the criteria.

Date: Nov 16-19, 2017
Location: Toronto Track and Field Centre (
Time:  9:00am-7pm
Schedule: to come

Requirements for Performance Coach

  • Current member of Athletics Ontario or other Provincial Branch of Athletics Ontario
  • Yearly Training Plain
  • You will be required to complete all pre-required e-Learning modules( 4-5hours) prior to attending the course. Failure to complete will result in removal from the course
  • Club coach (Level 2) Certified or in the process of completion

Coaches will also need to complete some Multi-Sport modules through the Canadian Coaches Association of Canada (CAC).  It is recommended that these courses be done prior to the weekend course.

  • These courses will be an additional cost and online (home study) options are available.
  • Managing Conflict (4 hours and the online evaluation)
  • Leading Drug Free Sport (3.5 hours and the online evaluation)
  • Make Ethical Decisions (3 hours and the online evaluation)

Coach Certification (NCCP) Number    

 Athletics Canada (AC) Number   


If you have any questions, please contact Kyle Smith (


Passing of Dave Northey

We are saddened to share the news that long-time distance runner Dave “Python” Northey passed away at the age of 68 on September 11, 2017. He will be remembered as a well-respected and talented member of his community. He has a number of accomplishments from throughout his career, and along with his passion for running, he had a passion for music. Dave was an excellent musician, playing both the guitar and banjo, and he loved to play and listen to Bluegrass music.

Athletic Achievements: 

National Cross Country Championship – 1970 – 12K – 2nd place
National Cross Country Championship – 1971 – 12K – 3rd place
Half Marathon – 1972 – 1:08 – Puerto Rico
Berwick Marathon (9 mile ) – winner and record holder – 1971 and 1978 – 44:03
Around the Bay 30K – 1977 – 1st place – 1:36:54
Springbank International Road Races – 12 mile – 1976 – 3rd place – 55:56; 1977 – 3rd place – 56:56
Marathon – 1983 – Huntsville, Alabama – 2:16:01
10 mile – 1977 – 48:52
10 km – 1978 – 29:45
Ottawa Marathon 1978 – 4th place – 2:18.55

Dave won a number of cross-country and track races while he was attending the University of Waterloo, also winning individual and team OUAA Championships. He was named Most Valuable Athlete in 1970 for the University of Waterloo. While on the roads, he either won or finished at the top in a number of road races, including but not limited to: the Toronto Star Trek 20K, the Ottawa Marathon, and the Berwick Marathon 9 miler.

No one is sure of the origin of his nickname “Python,” but that’s what everyone called him and he will truly be missed.

For further information about Dave’s life and career, click here.


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

Athlete Seminar One

Athlete Tests and What to Do

  • More info to come!

Athlete Seminar Two

Sports Psychology

  • More info to come!

Coach Seminar One

Technology and Field Tests

  • Importance of single leg control, leg symmetry, and special support strength
  • Using Velocity-Load Profile to enhance athleticism – emerging research
  • How technology is validating the importance of sprint technique
  • Hamstring Development for speed, injury prevention, and injury management

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!


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

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