East Coast Games to Include Canada Games Team Selection Trials for Track & Field

Saint John, NB – This year is an exciting year at the track as the East Coast Games collides with the Canada Games Selection Trials. New Brunswick’s best athletes, under the age of 23, will be in the city vying for spots to represent their province in the 2017 Canada Games, taking place in Winnipeg in July and August of this year.


The track & field team being one of the last teams selected for Canada Games. As it is an individual event, the track & field team is selected to give athlete’s an opportunity to demonstrate competitive readiness as close to the event as possible and ensure the best athletes are named.


The trials will include NB’s top young track athletes including.

  • Victoria Lebanc –Provincial record holder in multiple hurdle races
  • Laura Dickinson –Double gold national medalist in 2016 / Top ranked Junior in 5000m
  • Jennifer Bell – Shot Put – Holds multiple shot put provincial records
  • Adrian Kinney – AUS Champion in 2017 in the 60m


The three-day meet sets track to be one of the growth sports of the East Coast games this year, not only because of the trials but also the inclusion of a Friday evening fun meet for athletes as young as 7, open competitions as well as masters’ events. “Our event will provide opportunities for athletes of all levels,” says Bill MacMackin, event organizer and 2017 Canada Games Coach. “The Trials, only enhance our event by bringing NB’s best Games-eligible athletes to our city over this weekend. We are thrilled to have it included in the East Coast Games this year.”


The track & field events have been scheduled to fit around Rugby 7’s which are also being held at Canada Games Stadium over the weekend. In addition, the Ultimate Frisbee tournament will host an exhibition match on Friday eventing while track events are taking place. This will result in a busy venue at UNBSJ with lots of excitement for spectators and athletes alike.

Darren Steeves Announced as 2017 Coaching Symposium Keynote

Join us for the East Coast Games Coaching Symposium because we know how valuable a great coach can be.

This year, Darren Steeves a professional Exercise Physiologist/Strength Coach will be joining us as our Keynote Speaker.

Keynote Topic : High Performance
Darren will walk you through the evolution of a high performance program using Olympic Medalist and 2 time world
champion Mark de Jonge as a case study.

Darren has worked in the high performance sport field for over 20 years leading Dalhousie University’s sport science program for 10 years and with Canoe Kayak national team for the last seven. He has consulted with over 20 different sports, Olympic Medalists, World Champion athletes and attended the most recent Rio games as a sport scientist with Team Canada. Darren heads the Research Action team for the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic, is an adjunct professor with the School of Health and Human Performance at Dal and is currently in a the middle of a major CORE study funded by Own the Podium. Darren has lectured to thousands on sport science, fitness, health, wellness and has released his first book in 2017 titled “Are you ready? 

These sessions are an excellent way to brush up on your skills and earn NCCP Professional Development points.

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East Coast Games 2017 Announces Honourary Chairs

2017 Honourary Chairs- Mary Ann Patterson & Mac Smith 

 The 2017 East Coast Games start on June 23rd and the organizing committee is pleased to announce that Mrs. Mary Ann Patterson and Mr. Malcolm (Mac) Smith have been selected as honorary chairs for the 2017 games. Both Mary Ann and Malcolm have been very active in the New Brunswick volleyball community, throughout the course of their careers.

Mac grew up in Sackville, NB and has played many sports throughout his life including baseball, volleyball and hockey. Mac played with the Fairweather Royals in Saint John. They won the Maritime Intermediate AA Fastball Championship in 1979. He coached the Saint John High Hockey Team before he was hired at that school, where he went on to teach biology, history, physical education and co-op education. He retired in 2001, after 28 years. He coached both the girls’ and boys’ varsity volleyball teams. One of his favourite coaching memories is from 1983, when both of his teams won the Provincial Championships. Mac has stayed involved in the sports community, since his retirement, as an off-ice official for both the Saint John Flames and the Saint John Sea Dogs. He says sports were never just about winning (although that was nice!) but rather about the sense of community sports created for him and his teams. He looks forward to being involved with the 2017 East Coast Games.

Mary Ann grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She describes herself as always being athletic but she was never enrolled in organized sports as a child. “Girls couldn’t go over half when I was playing,” she recalls about playing basketball. Mary Ann certainly helped change that throughout her career, coaching many young women, taking several teams to national competitions. Mary Ann worked at many different elementary schools in the city, helping to develop a better physical education program and retired in 2006. Volleyball was, and remains, Mary Ann’s favourite sport and passion project. Mary Ann and her husband, Dave, took teams to Women’s Nationals on several occasions. They were inducted into the Saint John Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 for their contributions to the sport. Mary Ann’s favourite sports memory is of coaching the Women’s Volleyball team at the 1983 Canada Games in Saguenay-Lac St Jean, QC. She was manager for the team that year and coached with Dave by her side. She is looking forward to being an Honorary Chair for the 2017 East Coast Games.