Mar 25 2015 - SJTC Fun Meet
Congrats to all who competed at our fun meet last night.
Full results at the link below.
Also check out the video on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SJTrackClub
or YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciAixeH5F5I&feature=youtu.be
Mar 22 2015 - Atlantic Indoor Champs 2015
The Atlantic Indoor Track and Field Championships took place this past Saturday at the CEPS indoor running track on the Université de Moncton campus. The competition was the last of the indoor season, and with over 200 athletes and 7 provincial records set, it was certainly
Ben Fowler of Saint John broke the provincial junior record in the pentathlon with a score of 3029, beating Canada Games
double medalist Mitch Quigg's record of 2959 set in 2010. Ben accomplished a time of 9.04 in the 60m hurdles, a leap of
6.00m in the long jump, a distance of 11.21m in the shot put, a height of 1.74m in the high jump, and a time of 3:10..03 in the
Other SJTC Athletes to note....
- Bruce Rosvall of Rothesay broke his own provincial masters 50-55 record in the 200m with a time of 27.39. This beats his former record of 27.46 set just last month! Rosvall also won the masters 400m earlier in the day, and palced 2nd in the 800m.
- Paul Gautier of Rothesay broke his own provincial masters 50-55 record in the shot put with a distance of 13.66m, beating his former record by just 14 centimeters. Gautier also won the weight throw with a distance of 15.99m, missing his provincial record by just 11 centimeters.
- Brady Graves of Saint John won both the youth 800m and the 1500m with times of 2:03.77 and 4:14.80, respectively.
- Imrich Kiraly won both the master's 65-70 shot put and weight throw with distances of 9.51m and 10.32m, respectively. The latter of performances missed the provincial record by just 42 centimeters.
Mar 20 2015 - Outdoor Track 2015
Outdoor season information now available at the following link.....
We have faith the snow will eventually end....
Outdoor Program Information
Mar 19 2015 - Field house proposal brought back to life with city funding
KARISSA DONKIN Telegraph-Journal
Field house proposal brought back to life with city
SAINT JOHN • A $21-million field house project at Exhibition Park that once seemed dead is now one step closer to reality, thanks to a cash promise from Common Council.
On Monday, council promised to give the project $4.2 million over three years, as long as Exhibition Park assumes any future operating debts and secures funding from other partners, including the provincial and federal governments. The money will come from the city’s capital budget, though it’s unlikely any funding will flow this year.
The guarantee has given Bill MacMackin, the project’s leader, a boost. But he knows there’s lots of work to be done, including getting other levels of government on board.
“I had felt (council was) there, but the longer the budget was put off, the more I wondered,” MacMackin said during an editorial board with the Telegraph-Journal on Wednesday. “Self-doubt came in. (On Monday) I was very excited. I do think is a really unique opportunity.”
The field house would include two 60-metre by 30-metre soccer fields that can be used year-round and a 200-metre six-lane indoor track that could be used for walking or competitive track meets. There’s also space for a daycare addition, health services such as a sports medicine clinic and three courts.
“There’s not a facility like this east of Montreal,” said MacMackin, who has been involved in track and field for decades as an athlete, coach and volunteer.
He argues that would put the city in the position to host about 20 events each year, including one national event per year. That, he said, would pour money into nearby hotels, restaurants and shops and would connect with Discover Saint John’s focus on sports tourism.
But it’s the second phase of the project that sets the new field house proposal apart from the one being floated by Exhibition Park as many as five years ago.
When MacMackin presented the project to council last fall, he was approached by city staff and councillors who asked how he might be able to incorporate rinks into the design. Eventually, the city could close some of its aging rinks and move to a two- or four-plex model, as recommended in PlaySJ, the city’s recreation master plan. The plan says the city should look to consolidate recreation facilities as it turns its focus from quality rather than quantity.
The field house has been designed so when that day comes, new rinks could be constructed on site and integrated into the complex. That would take the city out of the business of maintaining rinks.
“This becomes much more of a broader sport use than just the field house,” MacMackin said.
He got involved in the project about two years ago after finding Exhibition Park’s proposal had all but died, in part because of a weak economy.
Since then, he’s sunk in much of his own time and money trying to figure out how to make it work. He estimates he’s had more than 120 meetings with potential users, from soccer clubs to lacrosse teams. He’s also visited 34 facilities across the country to learn how they operate.
From that, he’s built a business plan that outlines how the field house would operate. It starts with the creation of a non-profit foundation that will be separate from Exhibition Park. That foundation, with a new board, will oversee the construction and operation of the field house project. In turn, Exhibition Park will give the land to the foundation, along with more than $4 million in cash.
In addition to the $4.2 million from council, MacMackin is banking on $5.5 million each from the provincial and federal governments. The foundation would also launch a $3-million capital campaign to raise money for construction and operating costs. It’s not clear whether the suburban communities, such as Rothesay, Quispamsis and Grand Bay-Westfield, will be willing to chip in, even though some of their groups could be using the facility.
Construction could take as long as two years, and MacMackin estimates shovels could be in the ground as early as next year.
Once the facility opens, MacMackin believes it could pay for itself. After speaking with groups that would use the facility, he found lots of interest. Many, he said, have been wanting to expand programming but without a place to offer it, haven’t been able to do that.
He expects the facility will cost about $540,000 to $580,000 a year to run, with three to four employees and little upkeep other than lighting and heating the facility. Through rentals, he estimates the field house would generate $680,000 to $750,000 in revenue each year. Those numbers assume the facility won’t be used during the summer, though he expects some groups will want to use it on rainy days.
If revenue falls short, MacMackin said Exhibition Park has committed to helping pay the difference.
“We feel fairly comfortable we’ve got our operating costs nailed down to the extent the concept is developed,” MacMackin said. “It’s clear to us this operation can pay its own way.”
That doesn’t mean it’s smooth sailing for the field house proposal. Getting a funding promise from council was the first step, MacMackin said, but that money requires the cash-strapped provincial government and federal government get on board. Without the support, the project will be put back on the shelf. MacMackin knows it won’t be easy.
But he’s optimistic the field house would offer something you can’t find elsewhere in New Brunswick.
“There’s a lot of work to be done to get to the end of this road, more than we’ve already put in,” he said. “It was (excitement) but now we’ve really got to get at it.”
Mar 17 2015 - City of Saint John - Approves funding for field house
SAINT JOHN • Common Council has approved a $20.5-million capital budget that includes money for necessary upgrades at the City Market, Aquatic Centre and road work etc.
Within this budget the city has also put its seal of approval on projects like a field house that’s been proposed by the Exhibition Association, a face lift at Loyalist Plaza and work on Partridge Island. There likely won’t be any money spent on these projects this year – the money will come from a contingency fund that will see the money doled out only if the projects receive funding commitments from other partners, and in the case of the field house, if there’s a cap placed on the city’s responsibility to pay future operating debt.
This is an exciting step forward for this project and lays the foundation for securing the rest of the funding needed.
Mar 16 2015 - SJTC Athletes Compete at CIS National Champs
This past weekend two Saint John Track Club athletes took part in the CIS National Championships. This was the final meet of the university season and is always one of the most exciting track meets of the year.
Matt McNeil, competing for Dalhousie University, ran the 3000m. He finished in 10th place with a time of 8:31.19.
Daniel Brown, competing for the University of New Brunswick, ran the 300m. He finsihed in 12th place with a time of 36.08.
10 other NB athletes took part in the event. Click here for ANB's full NB recap.
For full meet results you can click here. http://windsortiming.com/LiveResults/2015/CIS_Championships/
The Univeristy of Toronto won the women's competition and the Univeristy of Windsor won teh mens.
Mar 8 2015 - Summer Employment opportunity with SJTC
This summer the SJTC will be hiring a summer student to help with program coordination.
This job would be open to someone in grade 12 or University, with a valid dirvers licence and occasional access to a car.
See Job Responsibilities
Applications close March 23rd.
If you are interested in this opportunity please email Bill MacMackin at SaintJohnTrack@gmail.com
Mar 2 2015 - Atlantic University Championships
SJ Region /2015 AUS Champs Recap and high lights
Members of the Saint John Track Club (SJTC) and region were well represented at the 2015 Subway AUS Track and Field Championships being held in Moncton on February 28th and March 1st. A number of athletes from the Fundy region who are also members of the Saint John Track Club competed for the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds and Dalhousie Tigers track and field teams.
Daniel Brown (Hampton - UNB) won the gold medal in the 300m, silver medal in the 600, and silver medal in the 4x400m relay.
Matt McNeil (Saint John - Dalhousie) won the gold medal in the 3000m and finished 5th in the 1500m.
Artabaz Nazari (Saint John - UNB) won the silver medal in the 60m and a bronze medal in the 4x200m relay.
Mike Whitcomb (Saint John - UNB) won the silver medal in the 4x400m relay, bronze medal as part of the 4x200m relay, and finished 4th in the 60m.
Jake Hayes (Rothesay - UNB) won the bronze medal as part of the 4x200m relay and finished 10th in the 60m.
Katie Robinson (Saint John - UNB) won the silver medal as part of the women’s 4x800m relay and was also 4th in the women’s 3000m.
Ben Fowler (Grand-Bay - UNB) won the Bronze medal in the 60m hurdles and finished 6th in the pentathlon.
Anne Ugabi (Rothesay - UNB) won a bronze medal as a member of the 4x200m relay and also finished 7th in the 60m.
Clayton Holteen (Hampton - UNB) finished 4th in the 4x800m relay, 14th in the 600m, and 10th in the 1000m.
Joshua Shanks (Chance Harbour - UNB) finished 4 in the 4x800m relay, 10th in the 1500m, and 7th in the 3000m.
Resident of Saint John Kyle Lefort - UNB, originally from Cheticamp, NS, won the silver medal in the pentathlon, 4th in the 60m hurdles, 6th in the high jump, 7th in the triple jump.
Resident of Saint John Victoria Oduneye - UNB, originally from Nigeria, was 4th in the weight throw and 10th in the shot put.
Full results of the meet can be found at: