Don Olson Classic Set for October 3rd

After a long hiatus from competition due to COVID-19, MTA athletes are finally going to get the chance to stretch their legs at the first cross country event of the season being hosted by 310 Running.

The Don Olson Classic will be held on Saturday, October 3rd at Albion Hills Conservation Area in Palgrave & will feature a 2.5K youth only race along with an all ages 5K race.

In order to make the event COVID safe, 310 Running has made several key changes. There will be 3 waves with a maximum of 40 athletes in each wave for both the 2.5K & 5K events. In order to support social distancing, individual athletes will be released to run every 15 seconds in a pursuit format. With the help of chip timing, final results will be collated after all waves have been run & winners will be declared.

For more information or to register, click HERE.

MTA Return to Training

Training is now permitted but precautions must be taken. Clubs, athletes, coaches and volunteers must:

  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 2m during all activities,
  • Disinfect any shared equipment between each individual use,
  • Comply with all Provincial, Municipal, and Facility policies/orders/directives/by-laws,
  • Comply with all applicable Federal, Provincial and Municipal Health Guidelines,
  • Comply with Athletics Canada’s Back to Track Guidelines,
  • Ensure all club participants are registered with the MTA at the time of their engagement in club activities,
  • Read and sign the MTA Return to Sport acknowledgement. Each club will receive a separate email link for this document.

In addition, clubs need to be aware that: 

  • Infectious and/or communicable diseases are not a part of our insurance package.
  • Clubs are wholly responsible and accountable for the safety and well-being of their club members related to these risks.

We trust that you will be able to comply with these requirements and apply these guidelines into your Safe Return to Sport plans.

We have included some resources below to use as a reference. If you require assistance or have questions, please email jim.catton@rogers.com.

Welcome back to Track & Field!

Links to Helpful Resources

Ontario’s COVID-19 Website

Public Health Ontario COVID-19 Resources

Ontario’s Stage 3 Framework for Reopening

Athletics Canada’s Back on Track Guidelines

MTA Team Training ON HOLD

The Ontario Government recently released a document called ‘A Framework for Reopening our Province: Stage 1’ wherein they specifically mentioned track and field as an activity that would be eligible to restart as of May 19th.

The MTA applauds this decision and is excited by the potential to see its clubs and members back on the track.

While track and field has been identified as an activity that is eligible for early reopening, there is still much work to be done to ensure the health and safety of our members and the community at large along with compliance with government and public health mandates.

Athletics Canada and PSOs from all provinces have formed the ‘Back on Track Task Force’ to develop a framework to ensure that safe return to training for all track and field athletes across the country. The MTA will follow the guidance of this task force and use its outputs to help create return to training protocols that our member clubs can leverage. 

The expected timeline for return to training protocols is the end of May. After that, we will better be able to assess what our member clubs need to do to demonstrate compliance.

While we share your enthusiasm to get started as soon as possible, the MTA asks that our member clubs continue to refrain from in person team training until we have completed this very important work.

DATE CHANGE – MTA Outdoor Championships

The MTA recognizes the challenges our members are facing in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. We hope, first and foremost, that our athletes, coaches, volunteers and all of their families are staying healthy and safe. 

We also recognize the struggle for our athletes to stay motivated and focused on training while we are all staying home to help stop the spread of this insidious coronavirus. 

The MTA Board of Directors is inspired by the resolve and creativity that we have seen among our athletes and we want to reward their dedication by doing everything in our power to provide them with an opportunity to compete, if and when, public health authorities give us the clearance to do so. 
It is clear that holding our MTA Outdoor Championships in July is untenable. By July we will likely still be under some social distancing restrictions and athletes will still be limited in their ability to train under the supervision of their coaches.

Accordingly, the MTA Board of Directors has decided to push back the outdoor season in the hopes that things resolve enough to allow public gatherings again. 

As a result, the MTA Outdoor Championships will be delayed until September 12-13. 

We are also working with our host clubs to schedule a couple MTA prep meets in August. We will share more details on this as they become available.

All meets are, of course, contingent on receiving clearance from the appropriate authorities and they may need to be organized in a manner that is new to our sport. 

When the world is ready for track and field again, the MTA will be ready too.

For the most up to date information, please visit our new website mtaontario.com or follow mtaontario on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Tuned

The MTA Board of Directors hopes that all of our athletes, coaches, volunteers and their families are staying healthy and safe during this COVID19 crisis.

While we encourage everyone to be active, we also wanted to remind you all to stay home, stay safe and stop the spread of this coronavirus.

We are monitoring the situation and will make decisions, in keeping with the guidance of public health authorities, related to the outdoor season. Stay tuned here for announcements.

MTA Seeking Treasurer

Do you have a financial background & a passion for youth sport? If so, we are looking for you.

The MTA is seeking a Treasurer to join the current Board of Directors.

In this volunteer role, you will be responsible to oversee the budget, financial planning and cash management of the MTA while limiting organizational risks.

The successful applicant will be an Executive & voting member of the MTA Board of Directors.

Do you have what it takes to make a difference to thousands of young athletes? Yes? We want to talk to you.

For more information on the role, please click HERE. To apply, send you resume to info@mtaontario.com.

The NEW MTA

We are excited to officially launch the new look MTA!

The Minor Track Association of Ontario now has a new logo, new website and new social media platforms.

Please bookmark the website and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. You can find us online at mtaontario.

We are looking for member driven content, so don’t be shy to share your stories with us. We want the world to know how amazing our athletes are! Email your submissions to stories@mtaontario.com.

Stay tuned for information on other MTA initiatives that will enhance the experience of all our members. Check back here often!

Remember, when it comes to youth track and field and cross country in Ontario, IT ALL STARTS HERE!

MTA Indoor Meets Cancelled

Regretfully, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the MTA and the host clubs made the difficult decision to cancel the last two meets of the 2020 MTA indoor season.

The United Tamils Sports Club Winter Classic scheduled for March 14th and the MTA Indoor Championships scheduled for March 28-29th will not take place.

The MTA will continue to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation and make decisions about future events based on the recommendations of the appropriate government and health agencies.

We understand the challenges this presents for our athletes, coaches and clubs and are sympathetic but it is paramount that we flatten the curve so we encourage everyone to stay home, stay safe and stay healthy.

Athlete of Excellence Awards

The MTA celebrated the success of its athletes and coaches at the annual Rick Westwood Athlete of Excellence Awards Banquet on Saturday, February 29th.

The award recognizes some of the best MTA athletes across all age groups including several of our recently graduated Senior athletes.

Athletes are nominated by MTA coaches and selected by an Awards Committee made up of MTA Board members.

This year, the MTA recognized the following exceptional athletes:

Girls

Peewee
Kailey Malcolm-Sewell

Mite
Penelope Dodds
Regine Ferguson

Tyke
Freja Kulakowsky
Alexia Jones
Nyla Joseph-Clarke

Atom
Shadae Thompson
Tyashia Monah
Jenna Higgs
Kaley Pratt

MTA Sr.
Caitlyn Thompson
Amelia Dodds
Stephanie Dundas
Robyn Larkan
Maddie Spadzinski
Kaitlyn Koyanagi
Asia Phillips
Ava Neumann
Kiara Webb
Elakkiyah Krisnagopal
Hasveena Arulrajan
Raeanne Jones
Elise Sawyer
Boys

Peewee
Nathan Jeyanathan

Mite
Kabir Chehal
Jelani Watson

Tyke
Brand Wolford
Anthony Phinn
Will Bingleman
Theodore France

Atom
Ben Ottey
Joshua Nwankwo
Sayanthan Arulrajan
Nahshon Hall
Aakaash Prabu

MTA Sr.
Carson Gauthier
Andrew Monteith
Owen Parkes
Alexander Fonseca
Sebastien Fonseca
Isaish Luke
Darin Watson
Arwin Mathi
Banujan Kulainthiran
Sanojan Jeyakumar
Erik Unger
Anderson Cummins