Officiating Clinic Level 1 Course: February 3rd, 2018.

Anyone interested in earning their Level 1 in the National Officials Certification Program can do so by attending the Officials Clinic Level One Certification presented by BC Athletics on February 3rd in Richmond, BC. 

This workshop is required for advancement to Level 1 in the National Officials Certification program. This workshop prepares novice officials for successful participation and future upgrading. Basic rules and best practices for individual track and field events. Dress for comfort and light activity. Handouts will be provided, but participants should come prepared to take notes. There is no fee for this workshop.

8:30AM - 10:00AM

Richmond Olympic Oval, 6111 River Rd., Richmond

Hosted by BC Athletics Officials Committee and the Achilles International Track Society

Registrar:  John Cull

For more information and registration, visit: http://www.bcathletics.org/News/officials-clinic-level-1-richmond-feb-3-2018/2710/

Forsyth debuts with Top 5 finish at BC High School XC Championships

Conditions were unseasonably cold for the lower mainland athletes but the course at Jericho was in fine shape having dried up from Thursday's rain storm. Snow flurries began to fall just as the first race was about to begin creating a pleasant, wintery atmosphere.


Grade 8 Sophie Forsyth (York House) had a great race in her first ever BC HS Championships, placing 4th in the Junior Girl's (Grade 8-10) competition in a field of nearly 250 athletes. Her finishing time was 18:10, just ten seconds back from the overall winner, Anna Maslechko , a 10th grader from West Point Grey Academy. Coincidently, Maslechko competes for the Thunderbirds during the track season, while opting to run Cross Country with her school team. Both girls are coached by Stan Jang and Sean Dawson. 

An incredible fourth place finish from 8th grader, Sophie Forsyth in her first ever BC XC High School Championships!

An incredible fourth place finish from 8th grader, Sophie Forsyth in her first ever BC XC High School Championships!

On the Junior boys side, the highlight performance from the Thunderbirds came from Riordan Miya. Miya has improved dramatically through the season culminating with an 8th place finish, and leading the Kitsilano Secondary School's Junior Boys to a 1st place team title. Miya was followed soon after by Thunderbird athlete Dylan Uhrich (Tupper Secondary) in 9th and Christian Petersen (26th).

Thunderbird Athletes Riordan Miya (far right) and teammate Christian Peterson (second in from the right) of Kitsilano Secondary School placed 9th and 26th respectfully to help earn an overall team title for the Junior Boys BC XC Championships. 

Thunderbird Athletes Riordan Miya (far right) and teammate Christian Peterson (second in from the right) of Kitsilano Secondary School placed 9th and 26th respectfully to help earn an overall team title for the Junior Boys BC XC Championships. 

Thunderbird Results from BC XC High School Championships:



Jr Girls
4 - Sophie Forsyth
42 - Ella Symon
45 - Paige Ingram
48 - Skye Higgins
52 - Maya Kroll
109 - Amielle Ko
133 - Maia Brittingham
141 - Lyndsey Bryden
165 - Lily Kuropatwa

Jr Boys
8 - Riordan Miya
9 - Dylan Uhrich
26 - Christian Petersen
28 - Marcus Britnell
54 - Paul Van Raamsdonk
105 - Cameron Healey
169 - Miles Mantle
172 - Kieran Healey
176 - Francis Sadleir
255 - Zachary Mullin

Sr Girls
5 - Anika Austin
42 - Emily MacGowan
49 - Sydney Desbrisay

Sr Boys
43 - Quinton Braziller
104 - Eero Gaffeny
115 - Paul Fisher
116 - Ben Ross
157 - Luke Mantle
163 - Ian Robinson

Full Results from BC High School XC Championships can be viewed here. 

Race replays as well as top 3 post race interviews can be viewed here, courtesy of Athletics Illustrated. 

Baechler wins BIG at Nike Portland's Cross Country Pre-Nationals.

7th grade Cross Country standout, Maya Baechler, toed the line at the Nike Pre-Nationals this weekend in Portland, Oregon.  This was Baechler's first ever race, south of the border. Asked about her experience, Baechler replied "on the start line with 400 girls was pretty crazy. I had a great start and went with the front pack, then pressed the leader with 500m to go."

Baechler, who typically races in co-ed races throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, competed in the all girl's middle-school race (grades 6,7 and 8). She beat out over 400 athletes to take the victory in the 3km distance in 10:45, a new lifetime best and over five seconds clear of 2nd place.

A full replay of Maya's race can be viewed with a RunnersSpace+ Account by clicking here. 
American 1 mile record holder (3:46.91), Alan Webb, interviews Thunderbird XC Star, Maya Baechler after winning the 3km XC Nike Pre-Nationals Race in Portland, Oregon.  

American 1 mile record holder (3:46.91), Alan Webb, interviews Thunderbird XC Star, Maya Baechler after winning the 3km XC Nike Pre-Nationals Race in Portland, Oregon.  

Congratulations, Maya and best of luck in the rest of your season! 

 

Thunderbirds add Master's Throw Program, October 2017.

The Vancouver Thunderbirds Track and Field Club are pleased to announce the start of our Master's Program, beginning October 16th, at UBC Rashpal Dhillon Track

In addition to our Master's Power Speed Program (coached by Andrew Cooke) which will focus on 100-400m events (including hurdles), Coach Don Allemeersch will lead a throw specific program for Master's athletes interested in shot put, discus, hammer throw, and/or javelin. (Athletes interested in events outside of the above listed, will be assessed on an individual basis.) 

Originally from Vancouver, Andrew Cooke (left) is a Level 3 NCCP certified coach for Sprints & Hurldes. He is a UBC track alumni who competed at the national level and uses these experiences to help athletes grow and meet their potential.
Don Allemeersch (right) is a well-rounded throws coach and certified fitness and Stretch Band instructor. He is an active masters throws athlete and current Canadian and BC Masters M55 record holder in discus and shot put.

 

Master's throw practices will be held Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:30pm-8pm weekly, beginning October 16th. All athletes are welcome to trial one week of free training with Don, prior to committing to a membership. All new annual memberships are currently on sale, with memberships expiring December 31, 2018. If interested in a free trial, athletes are encouraged to notify Club manager, Kendra Pomfret via email: kendra@thunderbirdstrack.org 

Annual membership ($450.00) *does not include BC Athletics Membership. Click here for details.

We look forward to the continual growth of our club, by offering more track and field programs and resources to all! See you at the track!  #gothunderbirdsgo