Thank you TD Canada Trust for your generous TD Play $1000 donation to Ocean Athletics. Bank Manager Raman Mangat presented Coach Mo with the cheque on Saturday afternoon. Those of you unable to drop in on Saturday, try again this week to exchange your plastic bags for a re-useable bag, and enter for a chance to win $1000 worth of groceries. Ocean Park TD Canada Trust bank (1611 128th Street) Go to the sidebar link TD Canada Trust Grocery Bag Exchange for more information.
Stop in this week.
Good luck to our High School athletes as they begin their zone elimination meets in their quests to qualify for the BC High School Championships. Surrey Eliminations are at our track!!!!
New! Check out the High School Information link on the right for the organization of the High School program.
Training Update: High School Sprint Group training cancelled for Monday, May 1 to allow athletes to prepare for zone elimination meets
NEW!! Coaching Links! Open up the side bar link 'Coaching Links' to view a collection of videos, articles related to training and coaching. This link will be updated regularly.
Athletes and Coaches! Be sun smart. The air is still not warm but the sun is strong. Please make sure you take sun protection precautions such as wearing a hat, light coloured clothing (this also helps with mosquitoes), sun screen and having sunglasses available to wear when apppropriate.
BC High School Championships - Nanaimo - June 4-6 Accomodation Info posted on the High School Information page. Accomodation is limited - you are advised to book as soon as possible.
Unclaimed Lost and Found articles will be donated to one of our local Goodwill organizations after Thursday's practice. Come and find what you are missing!!!
NEW!! Parents - Friday night Parents fitness program!!! Next session Friday, May 6- 6-7pm at the track. This is not a running program - we can certainly advise on running, but there are lots of running programs around - Peninsula Runners for example, and the trails are right across the street for you to get out on your own (2km from track on the main trail to end of the trail at 24th Avenue and back). We will use med balls, core work on mats, the bands, plioboxes and other fun stuff! Come and try it. All welcome. The training session is for YOU! (children welcome but we will set up long jump for them)
Results and Photos are posted at the Results & Photos link to the right.
Check out Alexa Propaczy and Joel Della Siega as they explain and demonstrate High Jump to Gen TV!!
Alexa Porpaczy leads a small but dynamic Ocean Team at the Percy Williams indoor March 12th!!
Brian Cliff photo
Alexa tested out the new Ocean Athletics singlet in fine style on the weekend with a new PB in the high jump of 1.75. This ranks Alexa as the #1 female U18 High Jumper in Canada - yes Canada!!! Congratulations Alexa (and nice touch with the Ocean blue nail polish!!).
Ocean results: (full meet results here)
Meet your Ocean Athletics Coaching Team ! Ocean Athletics is proud of the coaching expertise we are able to offer our members. Our experienced and qualified coaching team allows us to offer a full range of Track and Field events for Seahorses 7-8 year olds, up through the Junior Development years of ages 9-13, and on through the high school, university and masters years. Both the elite and recreational athlete have a place at Ocean Athletics. Our mission is to develop athletes to their fullest potential with thoughtful, realistic and effective programming.
Maureen de St. Croix - Head Coach
Head Coach High School, Post Secondary & Open Ages Middle Distance & Cross Country Running Program Cross Country Running
Lynn's personal passion is to help people at all levels enjoy the sport she loves, and to help them achieve their goals and potential as athletes and healthy happy human beings. "Coach Lynn" has 25 years of coaching experience with elementary school youngsters through to Canadian National Team Elite Level athletes. Lynn’s enthusiasm and energy inspires all around her to achieve to the best of their ability. Lynn is a certified Athletics Canada NCCP Competition "Performance Coach". Lynn coaches athletes in the 400m through 3000m distances, steeplechase and cross country running. Lynn is also acting as Team Canada coach, most recently at the Pan American Cross Country Championships.
Lynn`s personal athletic career began at the local grass roots level and progressed through to the National team and Olympic level. Lynn`s level of expertise is evident in the successes of her athletes from the achievement of personal bests to High School Champions to being on Provincial and National Teams. Many of the high school graduates from Lynn's program have secured athletic scholarships at post-secondary schools both in Canada and the US, while all athletes in this group have achieved the foundations of fitness for life. Highlights of Lynn's stellar career can be found here.
Head Coach High School, Post Secondary & Open Ages Power Speed Group (sprints, hurdles, jumps)
Carl is a specialist coach for sprints and hurdles. Over a 45 year coaching career, he has been a long term Canadian International Coach, including Olympic, Canadian and Pan American Games. Carl has also been a long term BC Seniors, UBC and Club Coach; personally developing Olympic athletes and BC/Canadian record holders.
Carl has been a Master Coach course instructor for the Canadian National Coaching organization and was inducted into the BC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.
Carl supports and challenges each athlete to achieve their personal best both physically and mentally; encouraging athletes to be self-motivated and take responsibility for their own success. Whilst recognizing the importance of a strong training group, he also adapts programs to fit individual needs. Since the 1970’s, Carl’s athletes have gone on to national and international post-secondary studies on scholarships.
Highlights of Carl’s extensive career can be found here.
Head Coach Throws (JD's, High School Athletes, Post Secondary and Open ages Throwers - shot put, discus, javelin, hammer)
Dave McDonald is the latest addition to the Ocean Athletics Coaching Team. Dave is equally home coaching raw beginners, and accomplished ‘elite’ throwers. As a accomplished coach and competitive thrower, Dave has the skills to develop our Ocean athletes in all four of the throws disciplines – Shot Put, Discus, Hammer and Javelin. His philosophy is that ‘Technique Rules” . His programs emphasize a steady progression in technique with the resultant increase in skill.
Dave has come late to the art of Track and Field throws – having been a long jumper, triple jumper and pole vaulter in his High School and university days - but that has not stopped him from obtaining rankings in the top 15 World Rankings in 4 events in the Men’s 60-64 class in 2015. He is organized for his coaching sessions, thoughtful and friendly. The foundations of his coaching are remaining healthy, having fun and throwing as far as possible for an individual –in that order!
Ocean Athletics is looking forward to further development in our throwing program.
Highlights of Dave’s athletic and coaching career can be found here.
Derek Fournier - Long Jump and Triple Jump - High School, Post Secondary, Open Athletes
Brian Cyr - Sprints and Multi Events (pentathlon, heptathlon, decathlon) - High School, Post Secondary, Open Athletes
Len van Ryswyk - Pole Vault Program - athletes 12 years and older
Junior Development Program (ages 9-13)
Ted de St. Croix
Seahorse Program (ages 7-8)
A stellar opening to the 2016 Ocean Athletics season at the Harry Jerome Indoor at the Richmond Olympic Oval on Saturday, February 6. In addition to our athletes regaining the Eaton Cup (Club Midget, Youth & Open) in a hard fought battle with the Vancouver Thunderbirds (only a 5 point difference!), Ocean athletes earned 4 Outstanding Athlete awards.
PHOTOS courtesy of Ed Peters
Training Schedule 2016
Please check Facebook and the website if weather is particularly nasty to see if practice time is changed or shortened.
Seahorses (2008, 2009): CHANGE: Seahorse practice 6-7:15pm on Thursdays!
Thursdays 6-7:15pm - outdoors at the South Surrey Track
Saturdays 10-11:30am at the South Surrey track.
Junior Development (JD's - 2007-2003):
Mondays 6-7:30pm, South Surrey Track
Tuesdays 5:15 - 7pm - Hurdles, Javelin
Thursdays 6-7:30pm, South Surrey Track
Saturdays 10-11:30am, South Surrey Track
High School & older Power Speed (sprints, hurdles, jumps):
Mondays 5:30-7:15pm at the South Surrey Track
Tuesdays 5:30-7pm at the South Surrey Track
Thursdays 5:30-7:15pm at the South Surrey Track
Saturday 10-12 noon
High School Middle Distance Group:
Monday 5:30-7:15pm at the South Surrey Track
Thursday 5:30 - 7:15pm pm SS Track
Saturday 10-12 noon SS Track
Pole Vault: Mon & Tues 5:30-7pm, Wed 6-7:30pm Thurs. 6-7:30pm Sat 10-noon
Introduction to Pole Vault for Athletes 13 (2004) and older - here is your chance to be introduced to the Pole Vault event. Saturdays 9:45-10:30am for April, and then a weekday to be determined for the rest of the season. Come and try!
Mondays: Javelin 5:30-6:30 High Performance (any age), 6:30-7:10 Future Stars (ages 10 and up),
7:10-7:30 Introduction to Javelin (ages 10 and up)
Tuesdays: Shot Put 5:30-6:30 High Performance (any age), 6:30 - 7:10 Future Stars (any age) 7:10-7:30 Introduction to Shot Put
Thursdays: Discus/Hammer 5:30-6:30 High Performance (any age ** Hammer - you must be a minimum of 12 years) 6:30-7:1o0 Future Stars (ages 9 & up) 7:10-7:30 Introduction to Discus (ages 9 & up)
Saturdays: Shot Put 10:00 - 10:40 High Performance (any age)
Discus/Hammer 10:40-11:20 High Performance (any age)
Javelin 11:20 - 12 noon High Performance (any age)
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“Ocean Athletics Track and Field Club gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Gaming Community Grants Program. This financial support allows Ocean Athletics to continue to operate and improve our track and field programming for youth ages 6 years and older.”
Founded in March of 2006, Ocean Athletics is a track and field club offering training and coaching for athletes ages 9+. We have 280 members with 12 qualified coaches in the areas of sprints, throws, distance and jumps.
In the spring of 2012, five Rotary Clubs came together to help Ocean Athletics and the City of Surrey to build a storage shed that now houses our pole vault, high jump and throwing equipment. Thank you to:
- Rotary Club of White Rock Millennium
- Rotary Club of White Rock Peace Arch
- Rotary Club of White Rock Peninsula
- Rotary Club of Semiahmoo (White Rock)
- Rotary Club of White Rock
In the spring of 2014, the new Rona shed was completed in the northwest corner of the track. Ocean Athletics shares 1/4 of that space. Thank you to Drew Kightley and Rona for their sponsorship of this project.