Monday, April 27, 2015

NLAA Selects Head Coach for the 2017 Canada Summer Games for Athletics

Press Release

NLAA Selects Head Coach for the 2017 Canada Summer Games for Athletics

St. John's, NL - April 23, 2015, The Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association (NLAA) announced today that Jennifer Stender has accepted the Athletics’ Head Coach Position for the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

Stender a Level III Track and Field coach will lead a team of 30-40 athletes that will compete in the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Canada Summer Games are scheduled from July 28 to August 13, 2017.  Athletes age 22 and under will compete in 25 track and field events for men and women.

"We are excited to have such an experienced coach leading the Athletics team for 2017." said George Stanoev, NLAA's Technical Director. "Jennifer is an elite athlete, a former provincial record holder and brings wealth of knowledge and athletic experience to the 2017 Canada Games Program.  She has a proven track record in growing the sport of athletics from grass root level to high performance.  Many of her athletes have set numerous provincial records".

An NLAA Hall of Fame inductee, Stender competed in the 1981 and 1985 Canada Summer Games, represented Newfoundland and Labrador on the national stage on many occasions including varsity competitions as a member of the Memorial University track and field team. Following her successful athletic career, Stender moved to coaching and was a member of the Canada Games coach staff for the 1993 and 2009 Canada Summer Games.

Stender developed a successful track and field program at Mary Queen of Peace Elementary and now leads the Vipers track and field program at St. Paul's Junior High School in St. John’s.  This past weekend Viper’s Track and Field Team won the Championship titles in both, boys and girls divisions, at the NLAA Spring Indoor Track and Field Meet.

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For more information on the NLAA Track & Field program, visit:

Media contact:

George Stanoev - Technical Director
P.O. Box 3202
Paradise NL A1L 3W4
Tel: (709) 576-1303


Competitive Athlete:
·         1981 and 1985 Canada Games
·         Competed in five National Legion Championships
·         Member of Memorial University's Varsity Track and Field Team
·         Former Provincial Record Holder with the 4x100m Relay Team in Saskatoon, SK, (1980)
·         Former Provincial Record Holder in the 400m - 56.69 set in 1984 in Kitchener, Ontario
·         Member of the NLAA Hall of Fame - Inducted as an Athlete/Coach/Builder in 2014

Coaching Experience:
·         NCCP Level 3 sprints coach
·         1993 Sprints Coach - Canada Summer Games in Kamloops, British Columbia
·         2009 Sprints Coach - Canada Summer Games in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
·         Mary Queen of Peace - Track Coach (2005 - 2011)
·         St. Paul’s Junior High - Track Coach (2008 - present)

Dedicated Volunteer:
·         Co-chair of the St. Paul's Junior High Community Track and Field Facility Committee
·         Member of the board and Treasurer of the Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association