Practice dates and Expectations (Team GO)

A Message from Gee-ef. (Intermediate Power-Speed) 

Hello all,

Thank you to all of you that have been diligently buying into the program and showing up regularly. That being said, I wanted to clarify our training dates and times to avoid confusion. We train the following days:

Monday @ 5:30pm
Wednesday @ 5:30pm
Thursday @ 5:30pm
Sunday @ 12:00 pm

These are the only times and days that we train. I will not be providing alternate workouts or providing workouts ahead of time. I will also not be providing workouts or watching workouts if you show up on a day that is not on our schedule. If a day is missed, it is not the end of the world, just attempt to show up to the next date available. If there are any questions email me at


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.

Start Up and Group Training Times and Days.

All training groups are resuming training. Some schedules are posted below:  

If you need general information, or information about the Intermediate Power-Speed, Junior Development, or Combined Events Group, please contact Wayne McMahon (Home) 204-261-0467 or (Cell) 204-918-6167

Schedule for:  Intermediate Power Speed Group, Junior Development and Combined Events Groups resumption-of-trainingresumption-of-training-rev

Middle Distance information, please click here or contact:  Scott Radley

Schedule/Locations for Middle Distance/Cross Country:  Middle Distance/Cross Country Group Schedules and Locations

Senior Sprints Information, please contact Rory McIntyre

Senior Jumps and Pole Vault, please contact Alanna Boudreau



Teschuk races in Rio!

WOA alum Erin Teschuk, competed this summer in the Olympic Games in the 3000m steeplechase.  This completes a remarkable year in which she competed at the Olympics, the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, the Diamond League in London, and the Pan-Am Games in Toronto.  She was a 7-time over All-American at North Dakota State University.

Erin has signed a professional contract with Asics and will be training in South Carolina at Furman University.  All the best, Erin, as you start this new chapter of your life!

Valgardson Medals at Legion Nationals 2016

Erin Valgardson received a bronze medal for her 2:13.94 personal best performance in the 800m at the Royal Canadian Legion Youth Championships held August 7-9, 2016 in St-Therese, PQ.  She also had a 6th place finish in an outdoor personal best time in the 1500m of 4:44.83 .

Ceci Howes set a new provincial record in the 1500SC in finishing 5th at the same meet in a time of 5:09.62 .  This was also a personal best.


Erin’s going to Rio!

Congratulations to Erin Teschuk, long time member of Winnipeg Optimist Athletics Club as the Gold Medalist in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase at the Canadian Olympic Trials and Champiponships, Erin’s win and her previous Olympic standard time earn her a spot on the Canadian Olympic Team heading to Rio.

Jennie Baragar-Petrash, Winnipeg Optimist captured Bronze in the Canadian Junior Championships’ Womens’ 1500m Final with a 4:34.85.

Important Upcoming Events and Information

Training facilities for June 27 thru July and August: Training facilities JUly Aug 2016
Final Schedule for Manitoba Age Group Championships: 2016 Provincial Age Class Championships – Final Schedule
Tentative Competition in the Region this summer 2016outdoorcompetitions updated April 13
Max Bell Exclusive Use schedule for April 2016 15_Exclusive_use_April_2016
Congratulations to Seyd “Aoun “ from the Senior Sprint Group. Aoun was selected to compete for Pakistan in this weekend’s World Indoor Championship in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. He will be accompanied and coached by Rory McIntyre.
WOA members Aoun and Wilfred SamKing were on the silver medal 4 X 200m Bison team at the CIS Championships with Dylan Ostberg and Matthew Fitzkowski. Alhaji Mansaray captured the silver in the High Jump at the CIS. Meanwhile in the NCAA Indoor final Erin Teschuk finished 4th in the 3000m and 6th in the mile.
Congratulations to athletes and coaches for the strong performances this season. Thanks to our many parents, volunteers and sponsors that made this all possible.
Reminder – All Training Groups have resumed training.

Boeing Indoor Classic Results 16_boeing_results (1)
Congratulations to all the athletes that performed the Boeing Indoor Classic and had many strong performances, wins and personal bests. Thanks to the parents volunteers, Boeing volunteers and all the sponsors, especially Boeing of Canada for all the work that went into putting o a successful meet.

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Get Up Lets Go – New Program offered to schools.

To WOA Parents:

Winnipeg Optimist Athletics has recently developed a program called Get Up Lets Go. It is an athlete-run program which visits schools to help promote athletics. The purpose of the clinic is to increase participation in track and field, and offer assistance in development of track and field programs in the schools. There is no fee or expense to the school to take advantage of this program. A brief outline of the program is attached.

To date, we have hosted clinics at ten schools, and are currently setting up even more. To grow the program, we ask your help to provide contact information for the Head Track Coach or Phys-Ed teacher at your athlete’s school. We hope that our program can visit your school and help develop the school’s track and field program.

Any assistance you can offer to provide contact info for specific teachers/coaches at a school or a school division, will be greatly appreciated. Kindly forward your suggestions to . Thank you.

Eric Guy & Wilfred Samking
Get Up Lets Go or 204-509-8370

sponsored by Winnipeg Optimist Athletics