Author Archives: Wayne McMahon

Awards Afternoon and Updates

List of Awards Honorees for 2017 WOA Recognition Awards 2017 Oct 14 2017

WOA First Year Scholarship Application WOA Scholarship Appl 2017

Custom Design Scholarship Application Custom Design (Baker) Scholarship Appl 2017

WOA Handbook – (Updated) – WOA Hdbk 2017-18

Winnipeg Optimist Athletics Update/News

1. All Training groups have resumed training. Throwers are only training Thursdays with Reed Rimke until October.

2. Membership – renewing athletes and sign ups for new athletes:  Oct. 23, 24th. 5:00-7:00, Max Bell, Seminar B.  Returning and new members are asked to use the link to online registration.

Paper version of the registration information WOA-Appl2017-18 Final

Athletes (Parents) are asked to complete the forms (Paper or online) and bring the appropriate cheques on registration nights.

3. WOA Annual General Meeting: Oct. 24th. 7:00-8:30, Max Bell, Seminar B

Parents, athletes, coaches are invited to attend our annual meeting,  If they have questions about how WOA functions or if they would like a role with the Executive for 2017-18.

4. WOA Awards Function – Oct. 29th. 1:00 PM, Heritage Victoria Community Club, 950 Sturgeon Road: Cost is $5 for all in attendance: Light meal and refreshments provided.

WOA members who have participated on any Athletics Manitoba Provincial Team ie. Legions, Tri-Province, Nationals, Canada Games, as well as our top athletes in all age groups and event groups will all be recognized with significant awards List of Honorees: WOA Awards 17 Honoree List corrected

5.  WOA Award Winners from 2016 are asked to return their trophies received last year to: Larry Switzer 426 Chalfont Rd. or to Wayne McMahon through their Coach ASAP.

If you need information, contact Wayne McMahon, Head Coach ( or phone 204-261-0467.

Location of University Stadium: 32 Service Street, 3 NW, WinnipegMB R3T 2N2. you can Google this Address. Location of King’s Park, 198 Kings Dr, Winnipeg, MB Location of Westview Park , 1 Midland Street, Winnipeg.

Link to National Legion Championship Photos

Alhaji Mansaray gets Bronze at Francophone Games

Alhaji Mansaray finished the Francophone Games with third in the Men’s High Jump with a 2.16m performance on Tuesday, July 26, 2017.  Sean Cate also representing Canada won the event with a 2.20 performance.

Alhaji is a member of the Winnipeg Optimist Athletics Club and is coached by Athletics Manitoba’s Provincial High Performance coach Mingpu Wu.

The Games are being held in the Ivory Coast and conclude on Thursday, July 27, 2017.

Team Go change in Training schedule (Gee-ef and Oyinko’s Group)

Good job to everyone that competed this weekend. There were great results all around that resulted in personal bests, season’s bests and medal performances. Because of this, we will take Sunday and Monday off as well. Next practice will be Wednesday March 8.

For those of you who are not competing in High School Series, you are officially on break and should not come to those practices. Practices will resume again in the beginning of April. Use this time to get healthy, do not go training on your own. Take the time off!

For those competing in the High School series championships, I will see you Wednesday(not me physically but the workout will be on the wall).


Gee-ef Nkwonta

Junior Development Cross Country Team / Coach Cadman’s Group

Happy Halloween Everyone!!!!!!

I want to congratulate all of our athletes who ran in the Chris McCubbins Cross Country Championships this Saturday. All of our athletes ran hard through the one foot deep mud and steep slippery hills. This was a very tough race, but our Junior Development Cross Country Team was ready for the challenge.

I want to recognize our Junior Development Cross Country Team who participated this weekend, and for some this was their very first race.

Women 2000 Meter Bantam:

5th Reese Tufford

12th Angela Jiang

Woman 3000 Meter Midget:

15th Tiana Swintak

Men 2000 Meter Bantam:

1st Jayden Bryant

5th Ashton Boyle

10th Gavin McCulloch

11th Ethan Cadman

Men 3000 Meter Midget:

12th Graham Nash

14th Kirk Cadman

Junior Development Cross Country Team:  Pizza after practice on Thursday.

I would like to extend my congratulations to Coach Radley’s athletes who certainly set the bar really high this year with some amazing finishes this weekend. Great Running!!!!


Scott Cadman

WOA Coaching Staff (Junior Development / Intermediate Middle Distance)

Junior Development Workout Times

All JD practices are at Max Bell Centre this week Sept. 26. Mon (5:15 PM), Tuesday 5:30 PM, Wed. 5:15 PM, Thursday at 5:15 PM. Weekend practices for Junior Development Group will be continuing  this weekend on Sat, Oct. 1 at 11:00 AM and Sunday, Oct. 2 at Noon with Stephen Katopodis.  Practices will be at Max Bell, meet in the portable aluminum stands at the south end of the Jim Daly Fieldhouse.

Intermediate Power-Speed Workout Times

All Intermediate Power Speed practices will be in Max Bell starting Monday, Sept. 26 with practices also Wed., Thursday (all at 5:30 PM start) and also on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 at 12:00 Noon.

Senior Middle Distance Group Schedule for October 2016 is available….  Click here!  See below for extra important training information.

Please note that due to the sun setting earlier, there will be changes to locations and starting times.  If you have concerns, please contact me; I can make alternative arrangements for your workout.

During the week, if the weather looks poor, please feel free to text me to see if the workout is still happening.  However, only if the weather is unsafe will we cancel. Pack your workout bags with sufficient layers, toques, ear protection, scarves, and mitts. On Saturdays, once we hit October, the alternative location for workouts is the Pan Am Pool at noon if the weather is inclement.  We will be in the pool doing deep water running (you would bring $5.00 to get in and a quarter for the locker). To get in the deep end, you need to be able to swim a couple of widths.  I will email the morning of, if this is option is occurring at about 9:00am.