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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

MHSAA Cross Country Results 2017

The club had phenomenal results at the MHSAA Provincial Cross Country Championships held under a clear sky and facing a strong west wind at Kilcona Park, yesterday, October 11, 2017. Congratulations to all athletes who competed.

Here are the WOA athletes who placed in the top 11 in each category and their placing:

Junior Varsity Boys

2 – Will Boyle
3 – Josh Gonzalez
4 – Heath Kurys
9 – Connor Klassen

Junior Varsity Girls

1 – Ceci Howes
4 – Margrett Watt

Varsity Boys

1 – Jack Taylor
3 – Josh Samyn
7 – Noel Kendle
8 – Matthew Klassen

Varsity Girls

1 – Erin Valgardson
3 – Alyssa Moon
11 – Ella Thomson

Middle Distance News

September schedule click here

National Legion Youth Championships Results

Congratulations to Josh Samyn who became the youth men 800m champion at National Legion Youth Championships running a fine time of 1:54.12.

Further congratulations go out to Josh Gonzalez who won the silver medal in the midget 1500m steeplechase race, breaking a provincial record that has stood since 1971. Will Boyle was 4th in the same race.

Félicitations! Margrett Watt was 7th in the steeplechase, breaking training partner Ceci Howes’ provincial record in the 1500 steeplechase, while Ceci was eighth in the same race.

Other top eighths in the country include:

4th Erin Valgardson Youth 1500m
6th Margrett Watt Midget 1200m
6th Josh Gonzalez Midget 1200m
8th Alyssa Moon Midget 800m
8th Jack Taylor Youth 800m
8th Erin Valgardson Youth 800m

In summary… two medals, 11/17 performances were top 8, 13/17 performances were top ten, 12/17 were personal bests. Great Job Wombats!

Canada Summer Games Results

Erin Valgardson was 11th in the Canada Games final in the 1500m running a fine personal best of 4:37.97 !
Congratulations on your first Canada Games! Erin will be eligible for the next Canada Games as well.

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.