Thorold Track Club Back On Track

Submitted By Coach Fife

The Thorold Elite Track Club is looking forward to getting back on track with Niagara’s reopening.  
Founded in 2016 in Thorold, the club welcomes members from all across the Niagara Region and provides training and competition opportunities for all events in track and field. Athletes currently range from age 7 to 21 and include all ability levels from beginners in track and field, to multi-sport athletes, to provincial and national champions,

Thorold resident DeAndre Fournier was crowned Canadian champion in the U18 Boys Triple Jump in August 2018. 


Indoor Training in March

For the remainder of March, training will be held primarily indoor to keep the athletes safe and warm while the weather still remains unpredictable and wintery. The club has indoor training locations for sprints and hurdles, throws (with an indoor throwing circle), jumps (including high jump mats), and strength/ weight training. The long distance group continues to train outdoors and has been outside in small groups during the most recent lockdown while the speed and power athletes have been following virtual/ home training plans. 

Outdoor Session Follows Spring Break

The club’s Outdoor session will begin following the now-delayed Spring Break which has now been pushed back to the week of April 12. In addition to a rigorous but rewarding training regimen, registered athletes have the opportunity to compete in a range of competitions both locally and provincially. (Like last year, National championships have unfortunately been cancelled due to the covid pandemic.) The club also regularly hosts meets and events, giving as many opportunities to compete as possible.  

Thorold Elite’s U16 Boys Cross Country  Team earned silver medals at the AO Western Ontario Cross Country Championship in London (November 2020). 

Fall Session Focuses on Cross Country

In the Fall session, the focus is on cross country for the long-distance runners while the other athletes continue to train with a focus on general strength and conditioning. In 2019, Thorold Elite’s U16 boys cross country team earned bronze medals at the National Cross Country Championships and last year, despite the covid pandemic, the boys ran their way to silver medals at the Western Ontario XC Championships. 

Even with covid restrictions and safety protocols in place, the club is hopeful for an “almost normal” outdoor season this summer with plenty of opportunities to train, compete, and succeed.

Online Registration

Registration is completed online at www.trackiereg.com/thoroldelitetc2021 and can be completed on a yearly or seasonal basis. For more information about the club, check out www.thoroldelitetc.ca and contact Coach Fife at thoroldelitetc@gmail.com with any questions.

Thorold Elite Track Field Club
Thorold Elite’s Indoor Jumps Academy provides training for high jump, long jump, and triple jump at Bullettproof Sports Park in Welland.

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