Cross country season starts strong for VOC

September 15 was the Pinetree Classic in Coquitlam – the first xcountry meet of the year. VOC had an excellent showing with several of our athletes placing in the top of their age categories including:

•Kendra Lewis, 1st place

•Thomas Nobbs, 1st place

•Nina Watson, 2nd place – right on the heels of the first place winner

•Stella Rockel, 4th place

Congratulations to all.


VOC Athletes Shine at Canadian Legion National Championship

Four VOC athletes competed at the Canadian Legion National Championship August 17-19th in Charlottetown, PEI.

Three of our athletes, Stephanie Cho, Jessica Hanson and Sophie Dodd represented the BC Team and Jasper Schiedel competed as a VOC athlete. Our athletes shined at their respective events achieving great results and personal best.

Stephanie Cho was the best BC Team athlete winning 4 medals, Gold and three Silvers. She won the Canadian Champion title in Triple Jump with the top result of 11.67. Stephanie demonstrated her potential by winning Silver medals in the 200mH and in Long Jump events. Both jumps were personal best. She won the third Silver as part of the BC 4x100m Relay Team.

Jessica Hanson, arriving direct from a Bronze medal win at the Canadian Basketball Championship in Fredericton, did a great presentation as part of BC 4x100m and Medley Teams winning two Silver medals. Jessica did a great performance in High Jump – tied her personal best of 1:60m ranking at 4th place.

Sophie Dodd competed in a Youth category against the athletes one year older than herself. She had two personal best in Long Jump with 5:28m for 7th place and Triple Jump with 11.42m at 4th place missing the medals by less that 20cm.

Jasper Schiedel, a midget (one year younger than BC Team Athletes and other competitors), had a great achievement in 100mH,-200mH and Long Jump with personal best in all three events. Jasper finished third in 100mH winning the Bronze medal, 5th in 200mH setting a new BC Record for 14-years olds. In Long Jump Jasper jump for the first time over the 6 meter mark and with his new result 6:01m was in 4th place.

Congratulation to all athletes on their achievements!

Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships – VOC Tourigny wins Bronze!

Jul 27- 29, 2012, Winnipeg.

On the same weekend that many VOC JDs experienced their very first championship competition Katherine Tourigny competed with experience and confidence at the Junior National in Winnipeg. Kathryn, an 18 year old in the Junior category (18 &19 year olds) has been coached by the Meces for six years with a specific focus in hurdles.

Her bronze event was the 400m hurdles, where she fought hard. She fell at the last hurdle, then stood up and sprinted securing third place. Her result of 1:01.44 is a new personal best and it is the standard for the Junior Pan American Games next year in Lima Peru.

Congratulations Katherine!

2012 BC Summer Games – VOC plays a vital role in Zone 5 success.

July 19 – 22, 2012, Surrey BC

The BC Summer Games are held every second year and provide an opportunity for athletes in 22 sports, from Athletics to Wrestling, to come together in a celebration of sports. Athletics is represented by Midget Track and Field competition. The games were opened with a parade of 2600 athletes from eight Zone teams. See for highlights of the opening and closing ceremonies, the events, the achievements and the celebrations.

VOC is located in Zone 5, which is comprised of the City of Vancouver, the North Shore up to Whistler /Pemberton and the Sunshine Coast. VOC athletes competed in Zone 5 finals over three nights in June; six athletes made the Midget team. Unlike the Provincial Track & Field Championships the 14 and 15 year olds are seeded and awarded as one age group; Samantha Cho, Stephanie Cho, Jessica Hanson, Hannah Johnston, Megan Picken and Jasper Schiedel made the team.

Stephanie Cho won three Gold Medals in long jump, triple jump and 200m hurdles; Jessica Hanson won a Silver Medal in high jump and Jasper Schiedel set a new BC record for 14 year old with 3097 points and won the Gold in the pentathalon1. Hannah Johnston set record for 14 year olds in 200m H at 28.67.

The VOC highlight of the Games was the 4 x 400 women’s relay. The Zone 5 team was comprised wholly of VOC athletes. Megan Picken gave the relay team an impressive starting lead, Hannah Johnston received and handed off the baton with perfect transitions, Jessica Hanson closed a gap to bring the team to the front and Stephanie Cho crossed the finish line for the team to win the Gold medal for Zone 5.

Besnik, Tatjana and Jerin Mece were at the track and field venue for all three days of the Games providing support to our athletes and families. Again we applaud their dedication and perseverance to bring each VOC athlete to their personal best and contribute to the success of Zone 5.

BC Athletics 2012 Track and Field Jamboree – Emotions run high for BC/Yukon team selection.

July 13 – 15, 2012, Coquitlam BC

The BC Track and Field Jamboree is the provincial championship for 3 age groups: Midget (14 & 15), Youth (16 & 17), Junior (18 & 19) and Seniors ( >19). The Midget are in transition years from their Junior Development years (JDs); these 14 and 15 years old are seeded together in each event, but are ranked and awarded separately by age group. It is an exciting year for 14-year-old athletes to compete against the 15-year-olds. Youth athletes are ranked and awarded as one group, and likewise are the Junior athletes. This was the provincial trials for the selection of the BC/Yukon teams for national competition.

At the 2012 BC Jamboree the VOC coaches made a definite statement to the track and field community on the maturity and depth of the track and field club which they have rebuilt over the last six years. Ten VOC athletes collectively won 16 medals: 11 Gold, 5 Silver and 1 Bronze.

Katherine Tourigny, an 18 year old in the Junior category, qualified for the Canadian National in Winnipeg, achieving a gold win in 400 m hurdle and the silver in 100 m hurdles. Lauren Gillespie was our sole VOC athletic in the Youth Heptathlon, an eight–event competition over 2 days. Congratulation Lauren for winning silver!

Sophie Dodd in the Youth category secured a place with the BC/Yukon team by wining 2 Golds: long jump and triple jump and capped it with a bronze in the 300 m hurdles. Jessica Hanson secured her berth in the Midget 15 BC/Yukon team with a 1.60 high jump tying for 1st place..

Repeating their credits in Kelowna, Stephanie Cho and Jasper Schiedel each won 4 Gold medals. Stephanie in the 15-year-old category: 80 m and 200 m hurdle, long jump and triple jump set the BC record for Midgets in 200m hurdles at 27.47 and secured a berth in the Midget 15 BC/Yukon team with her medal run. Jasper in the 14-year-old category: 100 m and 200m hurdles, long jump and triple jump, setting a new 200m H BC record at 25.95 for 14 years old.

Hannah Johnston in the 14-year-old category: 300 m dash, long jump, 100 m and 200 m hurdles, pulled two Silvers, Bronze and 4th respectively. Samantha Cho, Megan Picken and Elizabeth Tourginy all achieved personal bests and wins in the top eights of all their events showing the depth of VOC.

JDs take note! I happened to be standing behind Besnik Mece as he watched a jamboree athlete catapult through the finish line and I heard Besnik say “ It takes five years to make an athlete like that” – so JDs, mark the year you started with VOC, add five years and visualize the future.

Cho sets Canadian record in B.C. pentathlon championships

Other VOC athletes rank highly in many categories

The Vancouver Olympic Club’s Stephanie Cho set a Canadian record with 3320 points and finished first among 14-year-old Girls in a B.C. Junior Development Pentathlon, June 23 at South Surrey Athletic Park that featured its share of meteorological surprises.

Cho demonstrated her athletic virtuosity taking first place in the 80-metre hurdles (12.02 seconds), first in long jump (5.42 metres) and second place in the 800 m in 2:28:19 min.

Jasper Schiedel also finished first in his age group, 14 year-old boys, with an impressive 3002 points. This included a 100m hurdles in 14.75 and 1000 m in 2:55:72.

Cho and Schiedel’s achievements were all the more impressive as the event featured a mix of weather, including a torrential downpour as the athletes completed the final distance events late in the afternoon.

Other VOC athletes who turned in strong performances included Jessica Hanson, Megan Picken, Roberto Pelayo-Mazzone, Ben Wang, Thomas Nobbs, Jacob York, Liam Blakely, Chloe Ainsworth, Mya Ker, Rowan Lewis and Kendra Lewis.

The pentathlon was organized by Ocean Athletics and featured, in this order: hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put and 800 m (600m for younger age groups, 1000 for older boys).

According to Wikipedia, the first documented pentathlon occurred in 708 B.C. in Ancient Greece at the Ancient Olympic Games. Originally conceived as a challenge featuring events associated with the arts of war, by the 77th Olympics, the athletic event usually included long jump, javelin throw, and discus throw, followed by a foot race, and a wrestling competition.