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: 

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

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