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Restart of Training 2017-2018

New Registration forms and information for the 2017-2018 year will be out in the next week. Official registration nights are Oct 23, 24th at Max Bell Centre 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM.

Groups are starting back earlier than that date and we invite athletes new and old to the club to come out and see if they like it. Senior Middle distance Group with Scott Radley (email: has started back and the training dates and times are in the post below. The younger middle distance group with Scott Cadman have also started back (email:

Team Go (Intermediate Power Speed, sprints, jumps(ages 14 to 19) with Gee-ef Nkwonta & Oyinkansola Akinola – Resumes Training Monday, September 25th, 2017 at 5:30 PM. Regular training days Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at Noon. Meeting at University Stadium.

Junior Development Group (age 10 to 14) will start back Monday, September 18, 2017.Regular training days Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at Noon. Meeting at University Stadium. Coaches Noelle Merkel Tues&Thurs, Dimitri Gray Mon&Wed, Stephen Katopodis Saturday 11:00 AM, Clement Sackey Thurs, Luming Chen TBA. We will look at adding Sunday back in the future. *Athletes this age train 1 to 3 times a week, extra days are to provide flexible options for families.

Senior Sprint Group with Rory McIntyre Has resumed as of Monday, September 11, 2017. Regular training days – Monday 4:30 PM at U of M stadium, Wednesday 4:30 PM at King’s Park, Thursday 4:30 PM at U of M stadium and Saturday, 10:00 AM at U of M stadium. Beginning Sept. 18th -Mon to Thurs – 4:30 PM at U of M stadium, except Wed at King’s Park and Sat at 11:00 AM at U of Stadium.

Jumps Group (senior) have started back as of Monday, September 11,  2017. Meeting at U of M stadium. Monday to Thursday – 4:30 PM (May move to King’s park a day week) Updates will be added soon.

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

Other groups are starting back soon including: Throws group.

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


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.

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

National Cross Country News 2016

It was a cool and wet day underfoot at Fort Henry in Kingston (Ontario). Erin V. ran an excellent race, finishing in 30th place against women up to four years older than her. Erin ran her fastest time ever for 6km this day, 22:36; a time that would be the envy of many university athletes. Noah H. also had a fine run, running his fastest time ever for 6km in the youth race. Jennie BP ran in her final cross country race as a team-eligible junior woman and she can look back with pride at running for Canada three times, including the World Junior Championships in 2015 in China. Congratulations on a fine junior cross country career, Jennie.