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:


2017 Manure Sale Information

18th Annual Thunderbirds Track and Field Club Manure Sale Information















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 

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!



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: 




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



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. 

Festival of Cross Country, South Surrey.

The Thunderbirds had another successful weekend of Cross Country racing on Saturday at the Festival of Cross Country held at Crescent Park, in South Surrey BC. A number of top five finishes took place, highlighted by eleven year old, Maya Baechler taking the overall 2km win in 8:27.20 alongside teammate Adam Rentz in 8:28.20. Sophie Forsyth showcased her dominance as well, in the twelve year old girl's race, running 11:59.50 over 3000 metres. Midget teammates Dylan Uhrich (11:04.90) and Christian Petersen (11:11.80) placed first and second respectively among all 14 year old boys (grade 8) and third and fourth overall for grades 8-10, while Ella Symon took 2nd in the Girls 13 year old division, followed in 6th by a fast improving Makena Baechler. Gabriella Barton took second in the Girls 9 year old event, and Cole Griffin, Chloe Symon, Justin Verbanic, Francis Sadleir, Coco Clement all took 5th in their respective events. Anna Kruk finished 4th. 

Full results for the Festival of Cross Country meet can be found here .


South Fraser XC & Vancouver Spirit Run Results

The Thunderbirds had some great performances last weekend (September 23rd and 24th) at both the South Fraser Cross Country Meet, and the Vancouver Spirit Run held at Jericho Beach Park. Numerous wins, second place finishes, and most importantly, strong efforts from all! Special congrats to Maya Baechler, Sophie Forsyth, Adam Rentz, Marcus Britnel, and Christian Peterson for their individual wins at the South Fraser meet. Elite Thunderbird, Rachel Cliff claimed the women's title at the Vancouver Spirit Run (8km) in her first Cross Country race of the 2016 season. 

The Full results for the South Fraser Meet can be found here   

Full results for the Vancouver Spirit Run can be found here   

Next up is the Crescent Park Cross Country Meet in Whiterock on Saturday, October 1st. 

Pinetree Classic 2016

TBirds had a great start to the cross-country season at the Pinetree Classic. Thunderbird athletes;  Christian Petersen, Sophie Forsyth, Maya Baechler, Adam Rentz, and Michael Caddick all won their respective races, taking 5 out of the 20 available titles.


Dylan Uhrich, Ella Symon and Francis Sadleir picked up 2nd place finishes, and newcomer Chloe van Schalkwyk picked up a third place.


Skye Higgins, Libby Dabbs, and Ruby Forsyth had strong runs to pick up 4th place finishes and Finley Butler (6th), Makenna Baechler (7th), Gabriella Barton (7th), Brayden Horlock (10th) and Mira Eden (12th) all had good runs to start the season.


Next up are the South Fraser Meet (Saturday in Surrey) and The Spirit Run (Sunday at Jericho)



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Junior Development Track and Field Championships

Thirty-one TBirds took part in the Junior Development Track and Field Championships at The

South Surrey Sports Complex in White Rock.

As a team we recorded six gold medal, twelve silver and 10 bronze medal finishes and most

notably fifty-four personal bests over the 3 days of competition.

Gold medal performances came from Marcus Britnell, in the 2000m (6:29.54), Cristina

Banducci, in the 1000m (3:26.33), Susanna Mattman in the Discus (13.65m), Alexander

Tucakov in shot (9.36m); all of which came with personal best performances. Maya Baechler

scored two wins in the 600m (1:47.28) and the 1000m (3:12.84) to extend her unbeaten streak

throughout the season.

Miranda Stephens (300m - 46.71), Sophie Forsyth (800m - 2:36.52), Clare Logan (600m -

1:48.53), Cristina Banducci (600m - 1:54.09), Ella Symon (1200m - 4:00.82), Paul Van

Raamsdonk (1200m - 3:49.54), Sofia Kuzmanovic (High Jump - 1.25m), Sophie Riftin (Long

Jump - 4.01m), and Madeline Britnell (Discus - 19.57m) all earned silver medals. Matthew

Uliana earned two silvers in shot (9.33m) and Discus (28.57m), while Susanna Mattman earned

a silver in shot to go with her discus gold.

Bronze medals were awarded to Sophia Aitken (300m - 46.86), Paul Van Raamsdonk (800m -

2:28.23) despite losing a shoe just after the start, Marcus Britnell (1200m - 3:41.28), Gabriella

Barton (Long Jump - 3.20m), and Emily Franke (Discus - 17.84m). Noelle Yau threw for two

bronzes in Javelin (21.44m) and Shot (7.75m). Clare Logan added two bronzes to her silver with

third place finishes in Shot (7.71m) and High Jump (1.30m), and Ella Symon added a bronze in

the 800m (2:32.94) to the silver earned in the 1200m.

Personal bests were earned by the following athletes in these events:

60m – Chloe Symon (9.99); 2000m - Marcus Britnell, (6:29.54); 300m - Chloe Cady (47.09),

Makenna Baechler (54.10), Miranda Stephens, 04 Vancouver Th 46.7, Sophia Aitken (46.86);

80mH - Caroline Ho (15.99); 60mH - Emily Franke (11.77), Carolyn Uhrich (13.04); 800m - Ella

Symon (2:32.94), Marcus Britnell (2:23.66), Paul Paetzel (2:32.97), Paul Van Raamsdonk

(2:28.23); 600m - Clare Logan (1:48.53), Cristina Banducci (1:54.09), Luca Spinu (2:00.69),

Gabriella Barton (2:07.39); 100m - Amelia Geheran (14.00), Caitlin Adams (14.78), Caroline Ho

(15.39), Carl Lemer (13.90), Carolyn Uhrich (16.79), Luca Spinu (15.80), Kai Martland (15.36),

Chloe Symon (15.86); 200m - Amelia Geheran (28.72), Spencer Terry (28.35), Sophia Aitken

(29.02); 1000m - Clare Logan (3:19.94), Cristina Banducci (3:26.33); Gabriella Barton (3:48.07);

1200m - Ella Symon (4:00.82), Makenna Baechler (4:45.41); 200m Hurdles - Ella Symon

(33.96), Spencer Terry (30.95), Paul Van Raamsdonk (32.49); High Jump - Spencer Terry

(1.40m), Clare Logan (1.30m), Sofia Kuzmanovic (1.25m); Long Jump - Sophie Riftin (4.01m),

Alexander Franke (3.80m), Carolyn Uhrich (3.19m), Cristina Banducci (3.35m), Luca Spinu

(3.20m), Gabriella Barton (3.20m); Discus - Amelia Geheran (20.46m), Matthew Uliana

(28.57m), Emily Franke (17.84m), Susanna Mattman (13.65m); Javelin - Alexander Franke

(22.92m); Shot – Matthew Uliana (9.33m), Susanna Mattman (6.46m), Alexander Tucakov


Congratulations to all of the athletes that took part in the championships, to those that earned

medals and personal bests for to all for representing the Thunderbirds so well. Have a great

summer vacation!

TBIRDS earn seven top 8 finishes and a gold and silver at JD Pentathlon Championships in Chilliwack

In the Girls 9 Year Old Event Chloe Symons and Gabriella Barton finished 6th and 4th respectively, Gabriella missing a bronze by just 21 points, earning a 2nd in shot and 4th in the 600m run.

Nyla Tukker took 1st in the 10 year old girls event; taking 2nd in hurdles, 4th in shot, 2nd in high jump, 1st in long jump, and 3rd in the 600m enroute

In the Girls 11 Year Old competition Clare Logan, Emily Franke and Maya Beachler finished 3rd, 10th and 6th respectively; Clare showing strongly in the long jump and Maya taking the 600m.

Brayden Horlock finished 19th in the 6 Boys 11 Year Old competition.

In the Girls 12 Year Old event, Jessica Kieffer took 4th in the hurdles, 3rd in High Jump, 5th in Long Jump and 2nd in the 800m to finish 4th overall.

The Boys 12 Year Old event saw Francis Sadleir jump a huge PB in the high Jump with 1.27m to finish 10th overall.

In the 13 Year Old Girls Amelia Geheran and Ella Symon finished 9th and 10th respectively, Amelia taking 5th in shot, and Ella taking 5th in the 800m.

In the Boys 13 Year Old Spencer Terry and Alexander Franke finished 8th and 11th respectively, Spencer earning 3rd place in the Long Jump.

Thunderbird JD's burn up the track!

BC Elementary Meet – Richmond – May 27, 28, 29

The Thunderbird JD’s showed their depth and versatility at the Minoru Arena achieving in total 81 personal bests over the three days of competition.

Highlights included:

A 1, 2, 3 sweep in the 60mH by Madeline Waraich, Nyla Tukker and Anna Kruk, Caden Ferguson earning a 3rd place in his 80mH event

Libby Dabbs taking top honours in the 60m, a feat match by Miranda Stephens in the 100m; Sophia Aitken taking 3rd, and Sophie Taylor took 2nd in the 200m

Miranda Stephens added a second gold finish in the 300m with Sophia Aitken moving up to second spot, and Sophie Taylor taking third in the 13 year old 300m

The 600m saw Libby Dabbs and Maya Baechler both earning first place finishes, Cristina Banducci taking a second spot and Kai Martland earning a third place finish

Maya Baechler doubled with a win in the 1000m and the TBird team took first place in the 60m Shuttle Relay

In the field the trio of Sofia Kuzmanovic, Nyla Tukker, and Libby Dabbs swept the long jump, Clare Logan earning a second place in the older age group.

In high jump, Sofia Kuzmanovic, John Izdebski, Clare Logan, May Baechler and Emily Franke took gold, two silvers, and bronze and 4th place in their respective age groups.

Not to be outdone our throwers picked up two firsts (Madeline Britnell – shot, Alex Tucakov – shot), a second (Emily Franke – discus) and three thirds (Sophie Aiken – discus, Noelle Yau – discus, and Caden Ferguson)

Matthew Uliana (2004) achieved 2nd in the discus (26.15m) and 4th in the shot put (7.98m)

The JD Tbirds get stronger and stronger and we look forward to more great performances as the season progreeses.

Big thanks to all Thunderbirds and their families!

The Longest Day road races and the Harry Jerome Track Classic are now behind us, the press is saying one of the most successful Jerome's in recent years; none of this would have been possible without the help of the athletes and their families volunteering their time over the past two weekends. Unfortunately the Club does not have any influence in picking the date of the Harry Jerome meet, so this year we were busy for consecutive weekends.

Both of these events contribute valuable funds to the Club, that allow us to run our core programs and continue our OUTREACH programs to the community.

Don't forget we are the host club for the inaugural Americas Masters Games track and field competitions taking place at UBC on 27-31 August 2016.

Thanks again!


The Club wishes to thank Emma Nutall for all her help over the last two years in keeping our social media presence active. Emma has returned to her native Scotland after completing her degree at Trinity Western; we wish her every success in both her career and pursuit of her athletic goals.
Kendra Pomfret has taken over Emma's role, and can be reached at

Norwesters and Golden Ears Meets

The Thunderbird JD athletes continued their awesome start to the season by posting impressive performances at the Norwesters and Golden Ears Meets. A total of 62 TBIRD athletes competed at these meets, so this is just a snapshot of the results. Congratulations to all of our athletes, your efforts, focus and determination has been a pleasure to watch.

Maya Baechler posted double wins in the 600m & 1000m, recording seasonal bests at each meet. Continuing on the distance run side, Marcus Britnell won the Mile and placed 3rd in the 800m in Maple Ridge (with a big PB in the later) and ran to 3rd place in the 1200m at Norwesters. Not to be outdone, Paul Van Raaamsdonk won the 1200m at Golden Ears with a strong show of front running to follow up a 2nd place finish a week earlier in the 800m. Sophie Forsyth has been running excellently, finishing strongly in each race and looks set to make big improvements.

Our hurdlers have been sharpening their skills and achieving excellent results: Juliette Levy-Gay earned a 2nd in hurdles at both meets and scored a best in long jump in Maple Ridge, Amelia Geheran, Sophie Taylor and Virginia Spencer ran neck and neck at Norwesters, all posting good times; and Nyla Tukker and Amelia Kristen also had strong showings over the sticks.

At jumps, Amelia Kristen, Nyla Tukker, Carl Lemer, Emily Franke, and Spencer Terry all had two three finishes in their high jump events; Amelia, Nyla, Libby Dabbs, John Izbebski, Christina Banducci, Caden
Ferguson emulating that feat at long jump.

Our throwers also excelled: Noelle Yau scoring a 1st and 2nd in javelin and 2nd in shot, Casden Ferguson took a 2nd in both shot and discus, Emily Franke and Madeline Britnell took 1st in Javelin and discus respectively, and Spencer Terry (javelin), Alexander Franke (Javelin), and Dar Jankovic (shot) all had top three throws.

In the sprints, Sophie Taylor, Nyla, Kai Martland, Chloe Symon and Carl Lemer have been leading the way and our relays teams have scored a number of wins.

All-around performers have been Finley Butler, with 3 season’s bests in Maple Ridge, a feat emulated by Francis Sadleir, and Nyla Tukker looks set for a great pentathlon, earning top 4 finishes in a range of events.

VOC Richmond Meet, Thunderbirds show their winning ways

April 22nd/23rd

The Thunderbird JD’s had a banner day at their first track meet of the season, the VOC Meet held at Minoru

Arena in Richmond. Representing either their schools or the club they came away with 12 first place, 16 second

place, 15 third place finishes, as well as 96 top 8 finishes. Truly impressive. Congratulations TBirds!

First place finishes came from: Nyla Tucker (60m, 60mH, LJ), Alex (Sasha) Tucakov (Shot), Maya Baechler

(600m, 1000m), Emily Franke (HJ), Sophie Aitken (100m), Paul Van Raamsdonk (800m), Caden Ferguson

(80mH), Sophie Forsyth (1200m), Finley Butler (HJ), Chloe Cady (300m).

Ruby Forsyth (1000m), Sofia Kuzmanovic (60m), Libby Dabbs (100m), Cristina Banducci (1000m), Anna

Kruk (LJ, HJ), Emily Franke (Shot), Finley Butler (800m), Francis Sadleir (1200m), Sophie Rifkin (LJ), Caden

Ferguson (Shot), Ella Symon (800m), Alex Sikorsky (Shot), Hnna Pawlik (LJ)All earned second place finishes

Nyla Tucker (100m), Libby Dabbs (600m), Anna Kruk (60mH), Susanna Mattman (Shot), Maya Baechler

(200m), Clare Logan (600m), Sophie Aitken (200m), John Izdebski (80mH, HJ), Caden Ferguson (LJ), Jessica

Kieffer (LJ), Sophie Taylor (100m), Virginia Spencer (200mH), Amelia Geheran (TJ) all gained 4rd place


Thunderbird relay teams performed well with placing second three times in the 2007 Girls 4*100m, 2004 Girls

Medley, and 2003 Girls 4100m, and third in the 2006 Girls 4100m.

Way to go Tbirds!