Triple Gold for Dadson at BC Provincial Championships Jamboree

Ocean Athletics Track and Field Club played host to the 2017 BC Athletics Track and Field Championships Jamboree July 14-16th, 2017, at Percy Perry Stadium. Thunderbirds Track and Field club had an outpour of fantastic performances over the weekend, which are summarized by training groups below. We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Ocean Athletics and BC Athletics for hosting such a well run meet, and for providing our athletes with the opportunity to experience a high-caliber competition environment. These meets would not be possible without the countless hours of preparation and volunteer work that go on behind the scenes to ensure things run smoothly for all athletes, coaches, and parents! Thank you!

Performance of the Meet, Thunderbirds Track and Field Club

With THREE Provincial gold medals hanging around her neck, two new personal bests, and an automatic bid to the Legion National Championships, representing Team BC, Thunderbirds’ weekend performance highlight goes without question to midget athlete, Michelle Dadson. On Friday, July 14th, Dadson won the midget girl’s hammer throw in a new personal best of 45.24m. The following day, she added an additional gold medal in the shot put (13.19m), as well as a gold medal in the discus with a new lifetime best of 34.49m. Dadson will represent Team BC at Legion National Championships held in Brandon, Manitoba from August 11-13. Congratulations Michelle, and coach Don! Teammate, Lucas Ilicic also reached the podium, throwing a personal best of 43.27m in the discus, earning silver in the men's youth division. 

On the endurance side, coach Stan Jang and Sean Dawson had a number of impressive results to close out a fantastic outdoor season:

  • Manon Plouvier broke the 5 minute curse over the 1500m, running a new personal best time of 4:57.41 in the girl’s 16/17 year old age category and placing 7th behind teammate Bridget Baziw, 6th in 4:57.03

  • Dylan Uhrich capped off a great season with two personal bests in the men’s 14-15 year old 1500m steeplechase (bronze, 4:37.51) and silver in the 2000m (PB, 6:08.20). Jumping on the PB band-wagon, Uhrich’s teammates Christian Peterson, and Riordan Miya placed 6th and 7th in the steeplechase, and 4th/8th over the 2000m, respectively.

  • Quinton Braziller capped off a stellar season with an 11 second personal best in the men’s 16/17 1500m (4:21.78) as well as a lifetime best in the 800m (2:04.22).

  • After a big breakthrough performance last month, Ian Robinson ran yet another personal best over 800m in 2:05.04, with teammate Calum MacKenzie crossing in a PB of 2:05.70. Also in the 16/17 men’s 800, Benjamin Ross knocked 9 seconds off his 800m personal best over the last month, running 2:06.17 at the Jamboree.  

The endurance group will now take a much deserved break over the next two weeks, and resume base training in August with the first official Cross Country practice beginning September 5th, 2017.

Coach Andrew Cooke’s Power/Speed athletes dominated the podium:  

  • Midget, Logan Fung earned silver in the women’s 200m tying her previous personal best time of 12.97, and won bronze in the 300mH with a massive personal best of over 1.5 seconds, running 46.14.

  • Midget, Terence Cheung placed 4th in the men’s 100mH in a personal best of 14.99 seconds, as well as 4th in the 300mH with a personal best of 42.43 seconds.

  • Youth athlete Sam Prevost ran a personal best time of 22.23 over 200m.

Highlights from our Senior Power/Speed Athletes, coached by Laurier Primeau include:

  • Stephen Abosi, silver in the 100m with a new personal best time of 10.62, and gold in the 200m with a new PB of 21.99!

  • Kenneth Schultze, winner of the Senior Men’s decathlon.

  • Tanya Motsi, silver in women’s 100m hurdles.

  • Kyle Nielsen, winner of the men’s javelin.

  • Jackson Cheung, gold in the 110 hurdles.

  • Bogdan Pavel, silver in the 110 hurdles.

Coach Larry Blaschuck’s jump athlete highlights:

  • Jesse Taylor, 8th place in midget girls high jump, 1m45’.  

  • Gia Groenewegen, 10th place in midget girls High Jump, 1m45’.

  • Andrea Hui, 4th place in the youth women’s High Jump, 1m50; 8th place in long jump, 4.45m.

  • Luka Poljak, silver in the youth men’s high jump, 1m75’; 5th place in long jump, 5.80m.

A huge congratulations as well to Sarah Cathcart, who won the Junior Women’s Heptathlon with 3494 points, representing the Vancouver Thunderbirds!

A complete list of results can be found here.

Congratulations to all athletes on a fantastic weekend, and best of luck to our Junior Development athletes competing at their provincial championships this coming weekend, as well as all Midget/Junior athletes who have qualified for Legion Nationals! Go Thunderbirds! 

Symon & Uliana, Thunderbirds Athletes of the Month

June was a busy month of track and field competition across Canada, as athletes prepare for their Provincial and National Club Championships. The Thunderbirds had a number of noteworthy performances over the last four weeks, however, our performers of the month go to standouts Ella Symon, and Matthew Uliana.

During her first showing at the BC High School Track and Field Championships, Symon placed first in the preliminary rounds of the grade 8 girls 800m, running a new personal best time of 2:25.71.  Just seven hours later, Symon came back to earn a silver medal in the finals, running another lifetime best of 2:23.17 and scoring a number of points for her school (Lord Byng). This silver medal and two personal bests in one day came after running 4:55.18 in the 1500m (4th) just one night prior! Congratulations Ella and Coach Stan Jang on a very successful BC High School Championships, and for earning Athlete of the Month honours! 

Matthew Uliana is the Thunderbirds Track and Field Club Male Athlete of the Month (June, 2017)

Matthew Uliana is the Thunderbirds Track and Field Club Male Athlete of the Month (June, 2017)

13 year old Matthew Uliana, coached by Don Allemeersch, is a prime example of how hard work and consistent dedication to the sport pay off. Uliana is improving rapidly in the hammer, shot put and discus events. Coach Don credits his recent personal bests to "Matthew's commitment to showing up at every practice; his amazing work ethic, and the additional training sessions he puts in on his own, working on strength & conditioning as well as athletic performance." Most recently, Uliana threw at the Ocean Twilight Series on June 27th, where he earned a HUGE lifetime best in the hammer throw of 41.69m, as well as a PB in the shot put, 12.83m. To put things in perspective, Uliana's recent shot-put PB  is nearly a full meter further than his prior PB (11.99m) at the BC Junior Olympics Meet, in Bear Creek Park, BC, on May 21st. Additionally, Uliana currently holds St. George's School records for shot put and discus (39.93m). Congratulations Matthew, and keep up the great work!

Honorable mentions for June Athletes of the month are credited by coach Stephen Abosi to athlete, Saif Zaman - who ran 11.56s in the 100m in his very first race EVER - a time that helped him make the Canada Summer games trials Final at the Jesse Bent Meet.  Well done!

Lastly, Thunderbirds pole-vault coach, Gordon Poljak returned to competition last week, earning two medals at the BC Masters Championship in 50-54 years age group:
Gold, long jump, 4.40m
Silver, pole vault, 2.95m

Congratulations to all! #gothunderbirdsgo 

REGISTRATIONS STILL OPEN FOR PRE JEROME DEVELOPMENTAL TRACK MEET

Registrations are still open for the 2017 Pre Jerome Developmental Meet, held Tuesday, June 27th at UBC Track. Spectator entry is FREE! This is a great taste of competition leading into the SOLD OUT 2017 Jerome International in Coquitlam, BC, the following evening. We hope to see you on Tuesday evening at UBC! Go Thunderbirds Go!!!

2017 PRE JEROME DEVELOPMENTAL TRACK MEET

When: June 27th, 2017

Where: UBC Rashpal Dhillon Track, at the University of British Columbia: 2329 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Meet Director: Nicole Lacis

Meet Website: http://www.gothunderbirds.ca

Events: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 100mH(w), 110mH(m), 400mH, 5000m.  Separate races for men and women.  Note: Winners of the men’s and women’s 800m and 1500m will advance to the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 (Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam, BC). *Note, advancement will remain dependent on time qualification, under the final discretion of the Jerome meet director.

Entries: Only online entries (Direct Athletics) will be accepted.

Entry fee: All events are $US20.00 and are payable by credit card.  All entries done online via Direct Athletics: https://www.directathletics.com/

Entry deadline: June 24th, 2017 at 11:59pm.

Limited late fee after June 24th - $C40 per event.  Accepted on competition day at the track. All athletes entering this meet must have a current BC Athletics membership, or equivalent, from another province or country.

Check-in Procedures:

All athletes are to check in at least 30 minutes prior to the start of their event at the check in table.

Technical Notes:

Contact: Nicole Lacis – nicole@thunderbirdstrack.org cell: 778-385-7971

Youth and Junior hurdle heights will be accommodated upon request.

Track Schedule: (Final schedule will be posted on meet website by 6/25/17)

4:30pm – Women’s 400mh

4:35pm – Men’s 400mh

4:40pm – Women’s 1500m

4:48pm – Men’s 1500m

4:56pm – Women’s 100mh

5:04pm – Men’s 110mh

5:12pm – Women’s 100m

5:18pm – Men’s 100m

5:24pm – Women’s 400m

5:30pm – Men’s 400m

5:36pm – Women’s 800m

5:44pm – Men’s 800m

5:52pm – Women’s 200m

5:57pm – Men’s 200m

6:02pm – Women’s 5000m

6:22pm – Men’s 5000m

 

Thunderbird throwers thrive at Langley Pacific!

The 38th Annual Pacific Invitational Track & Field Meet was held this past weekend (July 16th and 17th) in Langley, BC. Thunderbirds would like to recognize some outstanding results from our throwers, listed below. Special praise to Sr. Javelin thrower, Kyle Nielsen who is having a fantastic season thus far. Coached by Laurier Primeau, Nielsen is currently the number one ranked Javelin thrower in the nation, with a personal best throw this season of 76.13m, which is also a current Thunderbirds Track and Field Club record. 

(Archived) Kyle Nielsen competing at the 2016 Jerome International, at Swangard Stadium. 

(Archived) Kyle Nielsen competing at the 2016 Jerome International, at Swangard Stadium. 

 

Additional highlights go to Thunderbird thrower, Noelle Yau, coached by Don Allemeersch, for two personal bests in both shot put and discus this past weekend! 

Vancouver Thunderbird Throwing Results

Women 14-15 Shot Put 3k 

2nd Place/ Yau, Noelle 14 Vancouver TH 9.74m/ New Personal best!

Women 14-15 Discus Throw 1k

2nd Place/ Yau, Noelle 14 Vancouver TH 26.72m/ New Personal Best!

Women 14-15 Javelin Throw 500g

4th Place/ Yau, Noelle 14 Vancouver TH 22.74m 

Women 18-34 Shot Put 4k 

3rd Place/  Cathcart, Sarah 19 Vancouver TH 6.99m 

Women 18-34 Javelin Throw 600g 

3rd Place/  Cathcart, Sarah 19 Vancouver TH 18.90m 

Women 10 Year Olds Javelin Throw 

5th Place/ Barton, Gabriella 10 Vancouver TH 10.95m

Men 10 Year Olds Shot Put 2K

3rd Place/ Yeterian, Roman 10 Vancouver TH 6.32m 

Men 13 Year Olds Shot Put 2k 

3rd Place/ Uliana, Matthew 13 Vancouver TH 12.07m

Men 13 Year Olds Discus Throw

1st Place/ Uliana, Matthew 13 Vancouver TH 37.85m

Men 13 Year Olds Hammer Throw 3k 

3rd Place/ Uliana, Matthew 13 Vancouver TH 35.54m

Men 20-34 Javelin Throw 800g

 1st Place/ Nielsen, Kyle 28 Vancouver TH 68.92m 

For a complete list of results from the Langley Pacific Meet, click here: 

Podium Sweep in Senior Boys 400m highlights Tbirds success at BC High Schools.

Left to right: Quinn, Mary, Paul, Egidio.

Left to right: Quinn, Mary, Paul, Egidio.

A number of personal bests and podium finishes were earned last weekend at the BC High School Track and Field Championships in Langley, BC. The most significant highlight for the Thunderbirds Track Club, however, was the 1-2-3 podium sweep in the Senior Boy's 400m on Friday, June. The bronze medal position, with a new personal best time of 49.96 was May's Thunderbird Athlete of the month, and 2017 Commonwealth Youth Team member, Paul Fisher. Inching ahead in the silver medal position, also in a life-time best of 49.27 was teammate, Egidio Cantarella. And finally, with a dominating overall win, the gold was presented to Thunderbird athlete, Quinn Litherland, with a season's best time of 47.85, also good for a Pan-Am Junior team qualifying mark. All three boys are coached by Thunderbird's Club coach, Mary Chewning. 

The trio’s success did not end here. Fisher followed his zone championship win in the 400mH a few weeks back, by winning the provincial title, clocking 54.74, to take home his second medal of the meet. In the 200m, Cantarella added a second personal best, this time over 200m in 22.63 to place 4th, while additionally contributing to his school's 4x100m relay victory, in a new meet record time. Litherland added a pair of silver medals to his gold in the 400m, placing 2nd in the 200m with a season's best time of 21.95, (also a qualifying standard for the Canada Summer Games,) and a second in the 4x400m.

Highlighting success for the Thunderbird's on the women's side was Michelle Dadson, who had a fantastic weekend, posting three personal bests in shot put (13.56m, 1st place), discus (33.70, 3rd) and hammer throw (42.35m, 4th).  Dadson is coached by head Thunderbird's throws coach, Don Allmeeresch. 

On the endurance side, coach Stan Jang and Chris Johnson had some impressive results from their athletes:
- Grade 8 Ella Symon has found her event, finishing 2nd in the 800m and running PB's in both the prelims and finals; she was also 4th in the 1500m.
- Skye Higgins was close behind finishing 5th in the 800m and 8th in the 1500m
- Junior Bridgett Baziw was 6th in the girls 1500m and 5th in the 3000m
- Senior Sydney Des Brisay finished 8th in the girls 1500m steeplechase, her first provincial steeplechase race.
- Junior Quinton Braziller raced aggressively to finish 12th in the boys 800m and score a big PB
- Always difficult for grade 9's in the junior events racing against grade 10's, Dylan Uhrich raced hard with PB's in both the 1500m and 3000m finishing 19th and 12th; He was the the top finishing grade 9 in both events.

Additional Thunderbird Highlights from BC High School Championships include:

Eden Eisses - 400m 1:04.60, 13th (PB)  -- LJ 4.67, 7th  --  TJ 9.84, 6t

Benjamin Ross - 400m - 54.10 19th (PB)

Skye Higgins - 800m - 2:27.37, 5th

Luka Poljak HJ 1.80m 9th --- Polve Vault 3.15m, 6th

James Black 1.75m HJ, 16th.

Luc Ilicic, 34.57m 9th Sr. Boy's Discus.

Bert Wan, 12.32m Sr. Boy's Shot put

Noelle Yau, 9.29m 5th place Grade 8 Girls shot put.

Annika Austin, 800m: 2:24.93, 9th ; 1500m: 4:52.08, 10th; 3000m: 10:35.06, 10th. 

For a complete list of results from the 2017 BC High-school Track and Field Championships click here.

Next up for the Vancouver Thunderbirds will be the Jesse Bent Track Meet, this weekend in Coquitlam, BC. 

New to 2017: Thunderbird Athletes of the Month!

New to 2017, we are pleased to introduce our first ever “Thunderbird Athletes of the Month". Each month, Thunderbirds’ management and coaches will highlight one male, and one female club member who have demonstrated outstanding performance, strong leadership, and/or significant athletic progression. We are proud of what our club represents, our trained and dedicated coaching staff, and the work ethic of our athletes. As such, we look forward to showcasing some of our local talent, and hope to encourage others to develop a sense of personal-achievement  through the sport of track and field.

Male Athlete of the Month: Paul Fisher

Age: 17

Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Provincial affiliation: BC Athletics

Thunderbird Club Coach: Mary Chewning

Personal Best: 54.55 400mh

Athletics Canada Profile: http://athletics.ca/national-team/our-team/455628/#sthash.7WOw6J1V.Yjk1H7wx.dpbs

17 year old Paul Fisher has been awarded with the title of Male Thunderbird Athlete for the month of May, after an outstanding month of competition. Born and raised in Vancouver, BC., the senior at Tupper High-School recently qualified for Athletics Canada’s Commonwealth Youth Games Team, in Nassu, Bahamas, July 19-23. Lowering his personal best by over one second from the 2016 outdoor season, Fisher blasted a 54.55 second 400 meter hurdle performance at the UBC High Performance Meet on April 26th , securing his first national team selection.. Showing impressive consistency, Fisher topped his competition, winning both the 400mH and 400m dash at Vancouver Public School Zone Championships. Fisher will compete this weekend at BC High-School Provincial Championships with high hopes for a similar podium performance in both events. Well done, and good luck Paul!

 Female Athlete of the Month: Maya Baechler

Age: 12

Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Provincial affiliation: BC Athletics

Thunderbird Club Coach: Graeme Fell and Stan Jang

Personal Bests: 2:21.01 800m, 3:50.78 1200m.

Our Thunderbird Female Athlete for the month of May is highlighted by 12 year old, Maya Baechler. With an impressive series of personal best performances already in 2017, including an 18:54 clocking at the West Van 5k road race in March, Baechler has excelled into shorter, and even speedier distances on the track. On May 6th, Baechler ran 3:50.78 over 1200m, putting her 3rd on the top 10 all time list within BC athletics, for her age group. The speed did not stop here however! Over three competitions in May, Baechler dropped consecutive personal best times in the 800m of 2:38, 2:24, and finally an outstanding 2:21 on May 13th at the Eagle Classic in Maple Ridge. To put things in perspective, while only in the 6th grade, this 800m time would typically place within the top 8 at BC High School Provincial Championships!  Further, Baechler’s 2:21 ranks her in the top 4 all time BC Athletic performances for her age grouping, in a very competitive field. Next up for Maya is the Jesse Bent Memorial, on June 11th. Congratulations and good luck Maya!

 

 

BC Elementary School Championships Recap

Tbird athletes had a great weekend in Richmond at the BCEC.

In total, whether participating for club or school, TBird athletes took: 15 first places, 12 second places and 13 third places.

Sophie Aitken took 1st in the 100m in 13.46, 2nd in the 200m, 3rd in the 300m and 4th in the 80M Hurdles. Also on the sprinting front, Loren Eisses claimed 2nd in the 100m, 3rd in the 300m, and 2nd in shot. Christina Banducci took 3rd in the 600m and matched this in the 100m. Gabriella Barton ran 3rd in the 1000m and 2nd in High Jump. TBirds swept the discus with Madeleine Britnell winning, Clare logon 2nd and Emily Frank in third place;  Clare taking the shot title. Coco Clement had a big PR’s in the 100m and 1000m and high jump (1.20). Libby Dabbs took 3rd in the 200m 3rd, 2nd in 1000m, 2nd LJ, and 4th in the 100m, all PB’s. Katie Evans had a major breakthrough in High Jump going 1.35m (a 10cm improvement) and Caroline Ho also getting a PB at 1.25m.

Back on the track Ruby Forsyth snatched 3rd in the 600m and 1st in the 1000m, while sister Sophie notched a double win in the 1200m and 2000m. Distance runners Kai Martland (2nd in both the 600m and 1000m), Adam Rentz (3rd in the 1200m) and Paul van Ramsdonk (3rd in the 1200m) all looked strong, as did Harris Boomer and Michael Caddick in winning their respective 1000m runs; Harris also taking 4th in the 60m Hurdles and Michael getting PB’s in hurdles and shot.

More throwing success came for Matthew Uliana in winning both the shot and discus, Jacob Leader taking 3rd in discus. In high jump Nyla Tukker won the High Jump, leading Sophia Kuzmonovic, and Coco Clement to a 1,2 3 sweep. Cole Griffin took second in his high jump and John Izdebski took 3rd in the with a new PB of 1.50m. In long jump, Clarence took 1st and then 3rd in hurdles, a position matched in both the 100m and long jump before winning the 600m. Anna Kruk took 1st in her long jump with 3.80m. Also in long jump, Caden Ferguson took 2nd with a big PB, 2nd in the triple Jump, and 1st in hurdles. Madeleine Waraich and Nyla Tukker took 1, 2 in the 60mH.

Finally, some really promising results from Natalie Franke – 4.62, Cloe Symon, 4th in 60mH in a PB, Chloe van Schalkwyk who took two fifth places and Brayden Horlock recorded Pb’s in 3 events. Ekam Randhawa, running her first race as TBird, and Fransceca Hayes, her second, both showed the potential to run much faster with additional practice.

Our next meet is Jesse Bent on June 10th and 11th.

- Graeme Fell, JD head coach. 

Thunderbirds poised for success at BC High School Provincial Championships

May continues to be a busy month for the Vancouver Thunderbirds, as our Midget and Senior athletes across all disciplines prepare for BC High School Provincial Championships, on June 1st, 2017.  Below are some recent highlights of our club's progression thus far! 

Stan Jang - Head coach of Thunderbirds High-School Endurance Group:

"Thunderbird high school endurance athletes have been very busy this month with their high school zone finals. Most of them have qualified for events at the BC High School Championships in June. Highlights include:

  • Lyndsey Bryden had the fight of her life in the juvenile girls 400m winning by 0.03s
  • Ben Ross had an great run in his junior boys 400m victory
  • Bridgett Baziw had a very busy meet earning silver in the juvenile girls 800m, 1500m, 3000m and 4x400m
  • Ella Symon made her presence felt in her first high school track season winning the bantam girls aggregate, winning her 800m, 1500m and 3000m races. On Ella's heels, was teammate Skye Higgins who finished 2nd in the bantam girls 800m, 1500m and 3000m. 
  • Manon Plouvier had a busy meet running the 800m, 1500m, 3000m and 4x400m relay highlighted by a 2nd place finish in the 1500m.
  • Quinton Braziller's junior boys 800m, 1500m and 3000m races all came down to the wire requiring a ferocious kicks. Braziller was successful in two of the races, winning the 1500m andthen the 800m, by just 0.08s over fellow Thunderbird teammate, Ian Robinson.
  • Dylan Uhrich repeated as the juvenile boys individual aggregate with victories in the 1500m and 3000m, and 2nd in the 800m.
  • Christian Petersen, coming back from a layoff in the early spring, finished 2nd behind Dylan in the 1500m and 3000m
Thunderbird endurance runner, Dylan Uhrich wins JV Individual Aggregate at Vancouver Public School Zone Championships. 

Thunderbird endurance runner, Dylan Uhrich wins JV Individual Aggregate at Vancouver Public School Zone Championships. 

Similar success leaked over to Thunderbirds sprint and hurdle athletes, with numerous personal best performances and podium finishes at their respective Zone Championships. 

Sprints and Hurdle coach, Andrew Cooke, credits the following athletes for their recent performance highlights:

  • Grade 11, Alex Pescitelli placed second in the both the Senior Men's 100m(11.30) and 200m (22.19, personal best) at Vancouver Private School's Zone Championships, qualifying him for BC Provincial Championships on June 1st. 
  • Grade 11, Logan Fung also won the women's 100 (13.18) and 200m events at the Private School Zone Championships. Fung raced to a personal best time in the 200m, clocking 26.38 and qualifying her for both events. 
  • Grade 11, Sam Prevost ran a 400m PB of 51.60 at Vancouver Public School Zone Championships, also qualifying him for Provincial Championships. 
  • Grade 12, Danielle Miller qualified for Provincials after winning gold at Public Zone Championships in the 200m (26.98 PB), and Long Jump (5.13m). 
  • Grade 8, Terence Cheung earned gold in the 100mH race, punching his ticket to Provincials, while also running a large PB in the 200m (24.98) to capture double gold. Cheung's previous PB was 25.90. 

Rounding out Cooke's athlete success is first year SFU sprinter, Katherine Lucas. Katherine ran a 11.82 PB in the 100m, which is the second fastest time run in GNAC history. In the 200m, another PB was earned in 22.41 seconds. In just her first year with SFU, the freshman qualified for NCAA Division II indoor nationals in the 200m, won the GNAC 100m and 200m outdoor championships, and holds current PBs of 12.13 (100) and 24.68 (200). 

Finally, coach Don Alleemersch highlights Thunderbird thrower, Michelle Dadson's performance at the High Performance Langley Mustang's throws competition, back in April.  On April 30th, Dadson threw a PB and Thunderbird's Club record of 13.05m in the shot put, followed by 30.70m in the discus, and 32.31m in the hammer throw. 

Congratulations to all athletes on their recent success. We wish all Thunderbirds the best of luck heading into Provincial Championships, and look forward to continued success throughout the summer track and field club season! Go Thunderbirds Go!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JD Athletes Continue with Mid-Season Success

It has been a busy month for the Vancouver Thunderbirds Track and Field Club as the outdoor season is well under-way. Below is a recap of our Junior Development program's recent success, compiled by head coach, Graeme Fell. 

Vancouver Olympic Club Track and Field Meet:

At the first meet of the year, VOC meet, held at Swangard Stadium, the club had 40 of its JD members competing, either as members of their school teams or as part of our club. Those competing for the club notched up a first place finish amongst club teams beating out Ocean Athletics and VOC by a significant margin. Individualy, the athletes notched up 19 first place, 18 second place and 17 third place finishes, together with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd in relays. A great start to the season!

Norwester's Track and Field Meet

At the second meet of the season, the Norwesters Meet, again at Swangard, TBirds achieved 10 first place, 15 second place and 8 third place finishes, with notable performances from Loren Eisses (wins in both the 100m and 20m to match her VOC meet result), Maya Baechler (2.24 in the 800m), Clarence Cheung (4.74 in the long-jump), together with strong performances from our distance runners (Miller, Kai, Michael, Griffen, Brayden, Adam, Gabbi B, Kate, Libby, Ruby, and Christina B) all showed good early season form. High jumpers, Emily Frank, John Izdebski, Oskar Purcell all jumped well and Sophie Aitken and Miles Mantle had wins in the 20mH. Our sprinters all competed well as did our mixed relay team in winning their 4*100m.

Maple Ridge

At the Maple Ridge Meet, the 20 TBirds that took part again excelled, achieving 38 season best performances, including: Maya Baechler, 800m and Javelin, winning both; Gabriella Barton, 600m and High Jump; Coco Clement, 100m, 600m and high jump; Libby Dabbs, 200m, 600m, and long jump; Katie Evans, 800m and high jump; Sofia Kuzmanovic, 600m and High Jump; Juliette Levy-Gay, 100m; Kate Logan, 60m, 600m,long jump and shot put; Hannah Olund, 60m and high jump; Myah Olund, 100m and long jump; Chloe van Schalkwyk, 600m; Madeline Waraich, 600m and long jump; Madeleine Yee, 100m; Harris Boomer, 600m; Clarence Cheung, 100m, 200m and shot put; Miller Dabbs, 100m, 600m and long jump; John Izdebski, high jump; Adam Rentz 1200m and javelin; and Francis Sadleir, high jump.

The next meet is at Minoru Oval in Richmond on May 26th to 28th.

 

 

Thank you Volunteers for your help with our 2017 Manure Sale!

To our valued athletes, parents, and coaches, 

Another year has come to and end for our manure club fundraiser!! 

A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make it a success throughout the various stages of the sale. Whether you delivered flyers, loaded a vehicle, or helped with onsite deliveries, without you the fundraiser would not have been possible. Volunteers are everything within a track club, and we are very fortunate to have had everyone pitch in, in some way, shape, or form. An extended thank you to all the UBC student-athletes who leant a hand this weekend as well. Undoubtably, we were able to cover a lot more ground, more quickly, because of your additional manual labour and enthusiasm!

We are looking forward to a great outdoor season filled with personal bests, provincial and national team pursuits, and a continued growth of our program. Please keep your eyes pealed to the website for upcoming information on Summer Camps, and outdoor competition schedules! 

Thank you again for your time and commitment to the Thunderbirds Track and Field Club! Go Thunderbirds!!

Manure contact for all matters/concerns: kendra@thunderbirdstrack.org

 

2017 Manure Sale Information

18th Annual Thunderbirds Track and Field Club Manure Sale Information

ONLINE, PHONE AND EMAIL ORDERS BEGIN:

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH (AT 9AM)

(CLICK HERE TO PLACE ORDER)

EARLY BIRD PRICING - $6.85/BAG:

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH (9AM) - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH, 2017 (AT MIDNIGHT)

REGULAR PRICING - $7.35/BAG: 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH (9AM) - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2017 (12:00 AM)

LATE PAYMENT FEE - $7.85/BAG:

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28 - THURSDAY MARCH 2ND, 2017.  *IF ANY BAGS ARE REMAINING ON THESE DATES

MANURE DELIVERY DATE IS:

SATURDAY, MARCH 4TH, 2017 (AND SUNDAY, MARCH 5TH, 2017 IF NECESSARY.)

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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR MANURE SALE FUNDRAISER.


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: 

Each bag contains 38 litres (approximately 40 lbs).

Composted mushroom manure plus compost, this is a high quality all natural fertilizer and soil conditioner. The blend consists of composted mushroom manure and composted food & green waste. 

The product has no chemical fertilizers or additives. 

The soil conditioner will enrich your garden and flower beds. All products are lab tested and fully composted. 

The composting temperatures gives the end product a 100% pathogen kill. 

 

Best in the West 2017 HAWAII Cancellation

Greetings, and Happy New Year to all! 

Unfortunately, due to lack of registration numbers, the 2017 Best in the West Track and Field tour to Honolulu, Hawaii has been cancelled. 

Best in the West tours will regroup to offer an alternative tour for High School athletes in 2018. Location and dates are to be determined. Thank you all for your patience, and best of luck in your 2017 track and field seasons!

Season's Greetings & Management Update

Greetings to all Thunderbird Track and Field members, 

This message is to notify/introduce to you our new Manager of Administration, Kendra Pomfret. Kendra will be taking over from Larissa Warrington, effective immediately. 

Should you have any questions or concerns involving management duties or administration affairs, please direct them now to Kendra at kendra@thunderbirdstrack.org 

We had an extremely successful 2016, and we look forward 2017 with the same energy and enthusiasm that carried us through this year. !

The Vancouver Thunderbirds Track & Field Club wish you and your family a safe and Happy Holiday! 

Bring a Friend to Practice Week!

THUNDERBIRDS WEEK OF FRIENDSHIP

NOVEMBER 28TH - DECEMBER 4TH, 2016

In an effort to encourage physical literacy, track and field participation, and the promotion of Vancouver Thunderbird's Club membership, allcurrent JD athletes are encouraged to bring a friend to practice during the week of November 28th-December 4th, 2016. Within this week, athletes have 2-3 practice options available to invite their +1 to at no cost. We are proud of what our club represents, our trained and dedicated coaching staff, and the work ethic of our athletes. As such, we look forward to using this hands on approach; encouraging others to develop a sense of personal-achievement through the sport of track and field.  

Aside from our usual Thunderbird coaches, UBC Varsity athletes will volunteer to guest-coach each practice, and help out with the surplus of anticipated athletes.  

NOTE: All current club athletes who bring a friend to practice will receive a free thunderbirds T-shirt with the logo: 

"THUNDERBIRDS WEEK OF FRIENDSHIP. I BROUGHT A FRIEND!" 


JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT ENDURANCE/SPRINTS/JUMPS GROUP

HEAD COACH: GRAEME FELL

Available training days to bring a friend (no cost or registration needed). 

1. Monday, November 28, 5:45pm – 7:15pm
Location: Lord Byng Gym.    

2. Wednesday, November 30, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: UBC Track (map

3. Thursday, December 1, 5:45pm – 7:15pm
Location: Lord Byng Gym. 

For more information on Graeme Fell, refer to his coaching bio by clicking here


JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT THROWS GROUP

HEAD COACH: DON ALLEMEERSCH

Available training days to bring a friend (no cost or registration needed).

1. Monday, November 28, 4:30 - 5:30pm. 

Location: UBC Track (map

2. Thursday, December 1, 4:30-5:30 pm. 

Location: UBC Track  

3. Saturday December 3, 2:00pm-3:00pm. 

Location: UBC Track 

For more information on Don Allemeersch, refer to his coaching bio by clicking here

BC Cross Country Championships, Nanaimo.

 

For the first time in club history, the TBird JD Cross-Country squad earned first place team honours at the BC Cross-Country Championships. Tbirds amassed 45 points, followed in second place by Ocean’s Athletics with 27 points.

All of the team performed admirably despite difficult slippery conditions.

In the 2007 race, Michael Caddick finished 2nd followed by Griffen Cole in 5th place. Michael looked set for a certain first place finish if it had not been for an unfortunate fall on the slippery last hill.  In the girls event, the quartet of Gabriella Barton, Ruby Forsyth, Chloe Symon and Kate Logan packed impressively in 2nd 3rd, 6th and 10th.

In the 2006 event Kai Martland picked up a bronze medal, while in the girls event Libby Dabbs and Coco Clement finished in 4th and 8th

Maya Baechler earned gold in the 2005 race followed by Clare Logan in 3rd. Adam Rentz had a strong race to take 2nd in the boys event

Sophie Forsyth powered to a 1st place finish in the 2004 race and Paul Van Raamsdonk and Francis Sadleir finished strongly for 4th and 6th place.

2004 athletes Ella Symon 3rd, Skye Higgins 5th, and Makenna Baechler 12th , all continued their strong season. In the Midget races, Emily McGowan 10th, and Dylan Ulrich 13th, ran well in competitive fields. All five athletes will compete at the BC High School Champs this coming weekend in Peachland.

In the senior division, Ross Proudfoot from Speed River had a dominating victory, with Thunderbid’s Luc Bruchet placing 6th, and Theo Hunt in 10th, and Christian Gravel in 15th. On the women’s side, Rachel Cliff led a strong field for the first two laps of the race, finishing 3rd behind Trinity Western’s Lisa Brooking (1st) and Regan Yee (2nd). Robyn Mildren placed 9th overall.  Both Luc and Rachel have earned spots on Team BC and will compete next month at the Canadian XC National Championships in Kingston, Ontario. This event will double as the 2017 XC World Qualifier for Team Canada. 

Full results can be found here

Frank Reynolds Cross Country Meet 2016

Over twenty TBirds athletes, representing either the club or their schools participated at the Frank Reynolds Meet held at Cates Park in North Vancouver, earning five first place, 2 second place and 4 third place finishes.

In the Girls 8 Year Olds 1500m race, Natalie Franke, Natalie finished 6th. The Girls 9 Year Olds 1500m saw Gabriella Barton, Lucy Oosen-Kapoor, Chloe Symon, Ruby Forsyth, Chloe Vanschalkwyk, and Olive MacDonald finished 5th, 7th, 8th 9th, 11th and 13th respectively in a great demonstration of team depth.
The Women 10 Year Old race saw Libby Dabbs finished 2nd just nine seconds behind the winner, with Susanna Mattman finishing in 10th place.

Maya Baechler continued her winning ways in the 11 year old race, followed in 4th and 10th places by team-mates Clare Logan and an improving Emily Franke.

Sophie Forsyth dominated the Girls 12 Year Old 3k race, winning by 35 seconds, with Miranda Stephens and Finley Butler following in 4th and 10th places.
In the Girls 13 Year Olds 3k race Ella Symon missed out on 1st place by a second, Makenna Baechler finishing in 4th place.

On the boys’ Michael Caddick and Griffen Cole finished 1st and third in the 9 year olds, Kai Martland picking up a third place in the 10 year old race. The 11 year old race saw the trio of Adam Rentz,
Justin Verbanic, and Brayden Horlock pick up 1st, 4th and 13th. Francis Sadleir finished third in the boys’ 12 Year Old 3k race just 8 seconds out of first place.

In the high school events, Marcus Britnell won the 13 year old race, Dylan Uhrich finished third in the 14-15 year old race, and Sebastian Mattman finished 4th in the 16-17 year old race.

TBird parents also participated; picking up two 1st - Stephen Symon and Carina Blafield, and a second; Krista Levesque.