Oceanside Track and Field Club athletes hold some of the rosettes awarded to recognize their attendance at multiple meets and run/jump/throw competitions during the group’s awards night at Ballenas Secondary School Tuesday

Oceanside Track and Field Club athletes hold some of the rosettes awarded to recognize their attendance at multiple meets and run/jump/throw competitions during the group’s awards night at Ballenas Secondary School Tuesday

Track club honours top performers of 2016

Registration underway for OTFC, high school programs, new distance club

The Oceanside Track and Field Club prepared for the start of its 2017 season last week by honouring the best of 2016 in an awards ceremony at Ballenas Secondary School’s Whalebone Theatre.

The evening marked the final time the awards would be distributed in both the Junior Development (ages 9-13) and Senior (14-over) categories.

Beginning this season, OTFC will return to its roots as a JD-only club, while long-time distance running coaches Randy and Kim Longmuir have departed to start their own club, Mid-Island Distance, for cross country and distance runners in Grade 8 and above.

Annika Waite and Emerson Harvey were named the 2016 female and male athletes of 2016 in the Junior Development division. Libby Elliot was named outstanding senior female and Steven Schan and Linden Kaps shared the outstanding senior male award.

Anika Waite, right, holds the Outstanding Female trophy for Junior Development after it was presented by Miki Butterworth during the Oceanside Track and Field Club’s awards night at Ballenas Secondary School last week. — Image credit: J.R. Rardon/PQB NEWS

The awards night also kicked off the registration season for interested track and field athletes for the 2017 season, and sign-up continues throughout March.

To register athletes aged 9-13 for OTFC or for more information, visit www.oceansidetrackfield.ca and click the “registration” tab at the top of the page.

Older students have two options to train and/or compete. To join the Ballenas or Kwalikum track teams, contact Robyn Elliott at BSS.

For the Mid-Island Distance Club, there is no pace too slow and no expectation that an athlete has to compete.

“All we ask for is a commitment from the athletes to come out and be willing to work hard and support their teammates,” said Kim Longmuir. “Our goal is for athletes to improve their personal bests, feel successful about their running and have fun.”

Practices are held in Parksville and Nanaimo. For info or to sign up, contact Kim or Randy Longmuir at 250-248-8515 or ranlong@telus.net.

NEWS Staff