This year marks the start of the 4th year of Toronto West Athletics! Our club continues to grow and is well recognized at the provincial and national level thanks to the efforts and abilities of our athletes and coaches.
The accomplishments of our athletes are too numerous to list. They have achieved personal bests, set club records, medaled at OFSAA, and have taken home hardware from provincial, national, and international events. Athletes have made provincial and national teams in track and cross country. The athletes’ achievements have been well documented on our Instagram page, which has over 900 followers, we hope you follow us @TorontoWestAthletics. Thank you to Jill Cameron who is the person responsible for over 98% of our 1426 posts on Instagram and who is also our club president, high-school coach, and club photographer.
We are pleased to announce that the World Master Cross Country Championships in 2020 will be held in Toronto and that our University/Seniors coach Gary Westgate is the Meet Director. It is part of the World Masters 2020 which also involves all track and field events. It is over 2 weeks long and will involve several thousand athletes from all over the world. The official venues are York, Centennial, and U of T. Toronto West Athletics will be providing support for the 2019 pre-championship meet as well as the championships in 2020.
This summer our MTA coaches (Jim Graham and Warren Ringler) provided our “retired” athletes, Paul Robinson and Nick Carbone, the opportunity to get their coaching feet wet by helping out with the MTA group. If any of our alumni are interested in coaching opportunities please keep in touch!
Each year our high school athletes are recruited by universities in Canada and the United States and this year was no different. Madeline Smart-Reed went to Queens, Keithan Sivapragasam went to Western and Peter Minbashian to McMaster. They will join the list of university athletes who also compete as Toronto West Athletics members for Athletics Ontario and Athletics Canada events. (Miles, Asad, Jake, Ben, Ehab, Mathieu, Mikaela, Alexandra, Joshua, Marc, Carter, Connor, Andres, and Triphon).
We held our annual club banquet in January 2019 to celebrate 2018 and recognize our athletes. We were pleased to have Alex Cyr (Runners of the Nish) as our guest speaker. Below is a list of our 2018 club award winners: Pictures available on Facebook and have also been posted on Instagram.
MTA Male MVP: Sam Hodgson
MTA Female MVP: Anna Noble,
Bantam Male MVP: Kinnon Ringler
Bantam Female MVP: Caitlin Graham
Midget Male MVP: Roman Mironov
Midget Female MVP: Sophia Lucki
Youth Male MVP: Ben Miske
Youth Female MVP: Lauren Jacobs
Junior Male MVP: Peter Minbashian
Junior Female MVP: Mikaela Lucki
Senior Male MVP: Ehab El-Sandali
Senior Female MVP: Alex Lucki
Track MVP: Clare Teron
Cross-Country MVP: Kayla Sanderson-Kirby
Most Improved Athlete: Hamza Shariff
Team of the Year: Athletics Ontario Cross Country Championships, Bantam Girls, First Place Team
Grace Daly, Hayley Fraser, Caitlin Graham, Sophie Lau, Vanessa Pryor, Jocelyn Ringler, Clare Teron
Wishing you all the best for 2019!
Toronto West Athletics club executive and coaches
Jill Cameron, Paula MacLeod, Adrienne Teron, Greg Tramble, Wendy Fraser, Gary Westgate, Michael Housley, Sarah Smart, Marina Mironov, Jim Graham, Warren Ringler, Geoff Cameron