At their recent Winter Gala, the London Runner Distance Club had several exciting announcements to help kick-start the new year. The evening centered around the Athlete Assistance Program, a unique venture that will see the London club partner with Runners' Choice and New Balance to help support top National-level athletes pursue their athletic dreams. With the new partners, club athletes, friends, and family on hand, the Winter Gala included the official announcement of the 2011 AAP Athletes:
By far the youngest of the four, Hendrikx had strong performances at various Ontario and Canadian Championships in 2010. His summer was highlighted by a 3:52.90 1,500m performance, which ranked him as the #3 Youth in Canada.
Following a busy school season in which he medaled in the 3,000m at the Canadian University Championships and represented Canada at the World University Games, Kyle placed 6th in the 3,000m Steeplechase at the Canadian Track and Field Championships.
Another Steeplechase athlete working with coach Paul Roberts, Pieterson finished the 2010 season ranked #8 in Canada in the 3,000m Steeplechase. She also claimed 8th place in this event at the Canadian Track and Field Championships.
In 2010, Sexton had success at distances from the 1,500m up to her Acura 10-Miler victory. The season was highlighted by her bronze medal performance in the 5,000m at the Canadian Track and Field Championships.
In addition to providing material and financial aid to these athletes, the Athlete Assistance Program was designed to provide a significant support network. To achieve this goal, LRDC brought a team of physiotherapists on board, which will be coordinated by Scott DeLuca:
Scott is a Registered Physiotherapist and Regional Manager for CBI Health in the London area. Scott began working with the London Runner Distance Club in 2006 while operating Scott DeLuca Physiotherapy. Scott’s areas of expertise most relevant to the running community include Active Release Techniques (ART), acupuncture and manual therapy.
CBI Health joins the London Runner Distance Club as an official sponsor for 2011. Scott has worked with Coach Steve to identify a team of qualified providers for London Runner athletes to access. These experienced physiotherapists provide a skill set to work with athletes and specifically distance runners. It is the goal of this partnership to provide timely access to the highest standard of appropriate care while maintaining an avenue for ongoing communication between the runner and their physiotherapist via phone, email.
Along with their partners at Runners' Choice, New Balance, and CBI Health, the athletes and coaches of the London Runner Distance Club are looking forward to a bright future with the AAP and these partnerships.
AAP Athlete l to r: Rebecca Pieterson, Leslie Sexton, Aaron Hendrikx, and Kyle O'Neill