Monday, August 8, 2016

NLAA Athletes shatter 8 provincial records, and Evan Knight brings Gold, Silver, Bronze medals from the Legion National Championships!

Bright future for the Provincial Track and Field Programs in NL!

NLAA Provincial Team athletes competed successfully at two major National Championship this past weekend (August 5-7).

The Provincial U18 and U16 teams competed at the Legion National Youth Track & Field Championships, Ste-Therese/Blainville, Quebec; and the U23 at the Eastern Canadian Espoir Championships, Moncton, N.B.

Provincial Records:

  • Evan Knight (St. John's) won three medals at the Legion Nationals - gold in the boys 800m (2:00.06), silver in the 2000m (5:48.32), and bronze in the 1200m (3:14.42). In the process, Even set a provincial midget record in all of his events!
  • Camryn Bonia (St. John's)  set a new provincial record in the midget girls 800m by finishing 4th with a time of 2:15.55!
  • The Provincial Legion Team finished 4th in the Midget Boys 1600m Medley Relay (400-200-200-800) with a new provincial record of 3:53.73: 1) Eric Knight (St John's); 2) Mark Ford (St John's); 3) Nick Butt (Stephenville); 4) Evan Knight (St John's)
  • Shae Ledevehat (Mount Pearl) set a new Midget record in the Outdoor Pentathlon for 6th place with 2577 points.
  • Jennifer Boland competed at the Eastern Canadian Espoir Championships and finished 4th in the women 100m sprint in the senior division. Jennifer Boland set new junior and senior records in the 100m with a time of 12.43!

Other NLAA athletes top 8 finishers at the Legion Nationals:
Camryn Bonia  (Midget Girls) 1200m 6th 3:45.24
Josh Hamilton (youth boys) Long Jump 8th 6.52m

Legion Nationals Complete results:

Team NL Results at the Eastern Canadian Espoir Championships:
Alexandra Chafe (St. John's) - Shot Put 4kg 8th 7.95m; Discus Throw 8th 18.75m
Jennifer Boland (St. John's) - 100m 4th 12.43; 200m 4th 25.92 (25.48 heats)
Nicole Chan (St. John's) - 100m 8th 13.37; Long Jump 9th 4.77m
Ruth Shelton (St. John's) - 400m Hurdles 7th 1:12.29
Victoria Healey (Holyrood) - 800m 7th 2:32.72; 1500m 7th 5:28.47

Harshal Deshpande (St. John's) - 100m 15th 12.69; 200m 12th 24.97
Jeremy Jones (St. John's) - 100m WC 5th 27.89; 200m WC 5th 57.17; 400m WC 4th 2:05.00; Shot Put WC 4kg 5th 3.94m; Discus Throw 1kg WC 8.13m
Joseph Pittman (Marystown) - Decathlon 4th 4471 points
Matt Lundrigan (Outer Cove) - 1500m 11th 4:38.20
Matthew Power (Dunville) - 1500m 6th 4:09.90
Noah Gullage (St. John's) - 200m 11th 23.94; 400m Final 7th 52.57;
(Complete results at

Back (L-R) - Alexandra Chafe; Matt Lundrigan; Matthew Power; Noah Gullage; Jennifer Boland; Ruth Shelton; Joseph Pittman; Eli Tiller
Front (L-R) - Victoria Healey; Harshal Deshpande; Nicole Chan; Jeremy Jones

Thursday, August 4, 2016

NL Athletes to compete this weekend at the 2016 Legion National Youth Track & Field Championships

NLAA and the Provincial Legion Command selected a team of 17 athletes to represent this province at the 2016 Legion National Youth Track & Field Championships. The NL Team will compete in the Midget (U16) & Youth categories (U18).

The 2016 Legion National Youth Track & Field Championships will take place 5-7 August and will be hosted by Ste Therese/Blainville, Quebec. Competition site: Stade d'athl├ętisme Richard-Garneau

For over fifty years The Royal Canadian Legion has supported Canada’s youth through training and competition in track and field. The Legion Nationals are Canada’s premier and only nationwide competition for the youth and midget category and are truly national in scale as the Legion supports provincial teams from all provinces and territories in Canada. This support is provided exclusively through funding provided by the members of the Legion.

Team Coaches:
  • John Gamble (St John's)
  • Karen Knight (St. John's)

  • Derrick Pittman (Gander)
  • Trudy Pittman (Gander)

  • Chantal Barnes (St John's)
  • Camryn Bonia (St John's)
  • Holly Brochu (Point Au Mal)
  • Nick Butt (Stephenville)
  • Chloe Dawe (CBS)
  • Emily Foley (Paradise)
  • Mark Ford (St John's)
  • Josh Hamilton (St John's)
  • Asha Kennedy (St John's)
  • Eric Knight (St John's)
  • Evan Knight (St. John's)
  • Shae Ledevehat (Mount Pearl)
  • Alison Leroux (Gander)
  • Reese Morgan (Paradise)
  • Levi Moulton (Paradise)
  • Molly Pomeroy (St John's)
  • Noah Williams (Mount Pearl)

  • Cheryl Butler (Paradise)
  • Olivia Ryan (Burin Bay Arm)

The Royal Canadian Legion Track and Field program is a nationally sanctioned program culminating in a national track & field camp and a national championship for Canadian youth between the ages of 13 and 17. The Royal Canadian Legion Track and Field program is divided into two sections - a three-day meet and an educational and technical clinic. In 2007, a coaching academy was also included in the program.