Thursday, September 15, 2016

Coaches Week- Facebook contest

National Coaches Week is September 17-25. During the week Coaching NL is looking to highlight the great work being done by coaches all over the province.

We are looking for athletes to share their story on why their coach is great through our Facebook page.

Each entry posted to our page will enter the athlete and coach into a draw for Sportchek gift cards!

To enter, follow these instructions:
1. Go to the Coaching NL Facebook page:
2. Post on the page by completing the following statement, “My coach is great because…”
3. Post a selfie of yourself with the coach
4. Use the hashtag #thankscoach

PS: A “coach” can be anyone in a leadership role, whether in the traditional role as coach of a team or an after-school program leader. All are welcome!


Project Leader- Canadian Sport for Life

Sport Newfoundland and Labrador

1296A Kenmount Road

Paradise, NL

A1L 1N3

Phone: 709-576-4979

Fax: 709-576-7493

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.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Introductory Officials Clinic - Track Events (Feb 20 and March 12)

Introductory Officials Clinic - Track Events

February 20 and March 12, 2016, MUN Field House

NLAA is inviting former track and field athletes and interested parents to attend one of the two officials clinics offered on February 20 and March 12. The clinics will provide an overview of the different track events and will introduce participants to various tasks performed by officials.

The two clinics will be held at the MUN Field House just before the track meets on February 20 and March 12. Participants can attend either session.

Date: February 20 (repeat on March 12)
Location: MUN Field House

Clinic Schedule:
  •     5:45pm Arrival
  •     6:00pm-6:30pm Overview of rules
  •     6:45pm-8:30pm Observe Event Conduct
  •     8:30pm-8:45pm Debriefing

Prerequisite: None

  • Heather O'Brien
  • Michelle Wilkins

This Clinic is free of charge. The sessions will be held indoors; please dress for comfort and light activity, and wear indoor sneakers. Bring pen and paper to take notes. The session will last for about 3 hours.

Most Clinic participants will be asked to sit at designated areas to observe the conduct of races and take notes. Some may be assigned a volunteer position as part of the officials' crew.

For more information please contact the NLAA office at (709) 576-1303.

Please register before Saturday (meet day):

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

RBC Training Ground / Camp des Recrues is LIVE

Dear Athletes,

We wanted to invite you to a new event called RBC Training Ground where you can put your athletic abilities to the test to support you in achieving your athletic dreams.
RBC Training Ground will host 4 athlete identification camps from February 20th to March 12th, in 4 cities across Canada. Attached you will find all the details for the event in Halifax. You can find the 3 additional dates and locations on the event  website .

Athletes selected to attend will compete in the following exercises:
  •  POWER - vertical jump, standing jump, standing triple jump
  • SPEED - 40m running sprint, 6 second bike sprint
  • STRENGTH -1 upper body push, 1 upper body pull, 1 leg press, medicine ball throw
  • ENDURANCE - Arm/leg bike

One top performer at each RBC Training Ground will get the ultimate sport experience – a trip to the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games. In order to participate in the contest component of the event you will need to meet all contest eligibility criteria that are laid out in the contest rules and regulations.
Based on your performance results at the RBC Training Ground event, you may be invited to go through additional sport specific testing and skill assessments.  Selected athletes may then be invited to join an NSO sport specific RBC Next Generation Program. This program will provide funding through the selected NSO to support you in your training and development.
RBC Training Ground participants attending may be showcased and featured CBC/Radio – Canada network and RBC Training Ground website.
You will need to apply at  and will be informed if you were selected a couple days following. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Rod Snow
Executive Director
NL Sports Centre
Director for High Performance Training

Monday, February 1, 2016


The CAAWS Women and Leadership Program consists of a series of five 3-hour professional development (PD) sessions that blend theory with practical applications, and provide an opportunity for  women working or volunteering in the sport or physical activity sector to share experiences, reflect on ideas and apply specific techniques. The sessions also allow for networking opportunities among participants. Developed for women by women, the workshops are now being rolled-out across Canada.

Coaching Newfoundland and Labrador is proud to partner with CAAWS to offer the workshops to the women of our province.

Please see below for full information and how to register!

Workshop #1: Developing Your Network (DYN)
Strong networking skills can be a valuable tool, both personally and professionally. From building organizational partnerships to knowing about upcoming events, building your network is a long-term investment with great payoffs.

  • Explore the value of personal and professional networks
  • Identify strategies to build and maintain your network
  • Rehearse networking scenarios

Workshop #2: Work-Life Balance (WLB)
For many women, balancing the demands of work, family, friends, and personal time is a challenge. This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to explore a variety of strategies to add more balance to their lives.

  • Explore the need for balance in your life
  • Examine 10 key solutions to help you find and maintain balance
  • Share tips and success stories

Who: Women involved in sport, recreation and physical activity

Where: Swilers Rugby Club, 100 Crosbie Road, St. John’s

When: Developing Your Network (Wednesday, February 10, 6:30pm-9:30pm), Work-Life Balance (Wednesday, February 24, 6:30pm-9:30pm)


Registration information:
Billy Taggart (576-4979)

*Please register by Friday, February 5 for DYN, Friday, February 19 for WLB

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2016 Athletic Excellence Fund

Completed applications must be received by NLAA on or before Friday, January 29, 2016.

Sport NL Athletic Scholarship

Sport NL's Athletic Scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to qualifying amateur athletes, coaches/ officials to help offset the costs of training and competition. Must have current full time attendance and be in good standing at a recognized post-secondary institution.

Premier's Athletic Awards

Designed to recognize athletic excellence of the province's athletes. Financial support is provided to select athletes to help with costs incurred through training and competition. Athletes must be currently training and competing in the sport indicated and intend to continue to train upon receipt of the award. This program is designed for applicants who are 12 years of age or older.

Elite Athlete Assistance

Designed to support high performance athletes from Newfoundland & Labrador. Financial support is provided to select athletes to support training and competition and must be used for this purpose only. Athletes must be currently training and competing in the sport indicated and intend to continue to train upon receipt of their award. This program is designed for applicants up to 30 years of age.

Team Gushue Award

The Team Gushue Award will be presented to one male and one female athlete annually who competed in a national or international level sporting competition in their last competitive season. Must have current full time attendance and be in good standing at a recognized post-secondary institution.

Download fillable PDF file

For more information on the 2016 Athletic Excellence programs visit the Sport NL website at