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2016 STL-TFC Annual Awards
40th Anniversary Celebration!

STL athletes, coaches, and parents celebrated all the successes of 2016 at our annual awards banquet. We congratulate all the 2016 award winners:

2016 STL-TFC Annual Awards Banquet

Celebrating 40 Years!

  • Best Bantam: Kyra Vellinga / AJ Stanat
  • Best Midget: Kenzie Smyth
  • Best Youth: Julia Vanhoucke
  • Best Junior: Arabella Alton
  • Best Senior: Riley Bell


  • Best Rookie: Kyra Vellinga
  • Most Improved: Liam Clark
  • Sportsmanship: Tayah DeSousa
  • Jim Young Award: Karen Bell


  • Female Athlete of the Year: Arabella Alton
  • Male Athlete of the Year: Charles Nguyen


Picture (left to right):

Back Row:

  • Harry Stantsos, Liam Clark

Middle Row:

  • Tayah DeSousa, Kyra Vellinga, Karen Bell

Front Row:

  • Riley Bell, Kenzie Smyth, Julia Vanhoucke, AJ Stanat

Missing from the photo:

  • Arabella Alton, Charles Nguyen


In addition to our regular awards presentations, there were many other festivities going on throughout the evening to celebrate and mark the Club´s important milestone of 40 years. Door prizes, contests, remembering notable events through news clippings and photographs, games, great food, and lots of smiles and laughter were all part of a fun-filled evening. STL would like to express our sincere thanks to the St. Thomas Legion, RCL branch 41, who has generously supported our programs for the past 40 years. We have continued to grow through this partnership and look forward to many more successful years to come.

2016 Annual AO Gala, September 24, 2016

STL had a great night at the 2016 Annual AO Gala & Awards banquet. Two of our four nominees were awarded as Ontario´s athlete of the year:

  • Kyra Vellinga in the Sprint and Hurdles
  • AJ Stanat for the Throws
both in the Bantam category.

Additionally, AO presented STL with the Championship banner for winning the overall title in the Bantam category.

Other STL nominees were Bella Alton in the Junior Jumps category, and Tayah Desousa in the Bantam sprints/hurdles, Jumps and Multi events.

Congratulations to all of our award winners and nominees!

2016 Annual AO Gala    2016 Annual AO Gala    2016 Annual AO Gala


2016 Annual AO Gala    2016 Annual AO Gala

National Youth Track & Field Championships, Ste-Therese, QC - August 5-7, 2016

The Youth National Championships this past weekend marked the end of the Club´s outdoor competition season. Five athletes traveled to St.Therese, QC representing STL, for some it was their first experience at the National level.

Kenzie Smyth competed in the Midget Girls 80m Hurdles, 200m Hurdles and High Jump. She finished off her season with a new PB in High Jump of 1.50m.

Julia Vanhoucke also PB´d in the Youth Girls 400m Hurdles running 1:02.80, placing her 5th overall ... Another great ending to a long outdoor season.

Tanner Smyth, just missed the Youth Boys 110m Hurdles finals racing against some strong and unpredictable winds. Tanner also competed in the 400m Hurdles along with teammate Liam Clark. Both boys had solid races producing new PB´s to finish off their seasons.

Hayden Bell was the 5th STL athlete, competing in the 110m Hurdles, Long Jump, and High Jump. In High Jump, he matched his PB of 1.80m, very narrowly missing his attempt at 1.85m during competition

Congratulations to all five for their hard work and efforts, that earned them a spot at that National level. I am sure the experience they gained from this will help with their future goals and achievements.

Now we all get to enjoy some well deserved time off as we rest up and watch our Canadian athletes in Rio.

AO Junior Championships, North York, ON - June 25-26, 2016

At the AO Junior Championships, Combined events Championships and a Prep #2, on June 25-26, 2016 at York University, STL athletes posted some very good results at the podium.

Our four Bantam girls competed in the Tetrathlon event (4 events of 80m Hurdles, HJ, SP & 200m). Kyra Vellinga captured the Silver medal with a new club record of 1730 points, Tayah Desousa was the Bronze medal winner with 1660 points, Lily Francis placed in 4th place with 1624 points and Katherine Heard placed at 6th place with 1349 points.

A 6th place finish for Kenzie Smyth In the Midget Girls Pentathlon with 2144 points which also a new club record.

Arabella Alton capture a Silver medal in the Junior Women High Jump with a 1.65m jump.

While competing in the Prep meet events, there were new PB's in the Youth boys 110m hurdles by Tanner Smyth and Hayden Bell at the finals with 15.60 and 16.12 respectively.

A personal best was recorded for Pantea Saboni in the 100m Prelims with the time of 12.77. Jordan Palmer (youth) marked another PB this weekend competing in the open men's 400m with the time of 55.11. Greg Spangenberg had major Personal best I the Junior men 400m hurdles with the time of 57.75 placing him 7th overall.

Congratulations to everyone.

2016 Provincial Bantam, Midget, Junior Indoor Championships, Toronto, ON - March 5-6, 2016

Twenty (20) personal bests and four (4) new club records for the STL young athletes at the Bantam, Midget, Junior Championships over the weekend at York University. A good way to close up the Indoor season and look forward to the outdoor.

To start us off, AJ Stanat, won the gold medal in the Bantam boys Shotput with a new PB and a new club record with a toss of 10.93m.

Also in the Bantam category, we had 3 girls in the 60m final. Kyra Vellinga placed 5th in that event with a new PB of 8.83, Katherine Heard placed 7th with a 9.02 and Lily Francis 8th with a PB of 9.15.

Kyra Vellinga also captured the Bronze medal in the 150m with a time of 21.47 PB (just .03 short of the club record). She had a PB and a new club record in the 300m while running in the Midget category with the time of 47.29 and a PB in the Long Jump with 4.06m.

Katherine Heard, captured the Bronze medal in the 60m Hurdles with a PB time of 11.25.

Lily Francis, had two additional personal bests in the Long Jump with a 4.14m jump (club record) placing 6th, and a 22.70 in the 150m.

2016 Athletics Ontario BMJ Indoor Championships    2016 Athletics Ontario BMJ Indoor Championships

A few personal bests for Midget boys: Ethan Georgijev in the 60m with 7.99 just missing the final by one spot, 4.99m in the Long Jump placed 5th; and the 60m Hurdles placed 4th with 11.25.

Michael Roth had a PB in the Midget boys 300m with at time of 45.19 and a new PB in the 60m 8.54 his previous PB was 8.81.

In the Junior category, Julia Vanhoucke had a new Indoor PB in the 400m with the time of 1:01.86.

Pantea Saboni, with a new PB in the 200m with a time of 26.86, and Greg Spangenberg with a new indoor PB in the 400m with a time of 54.21.

Our new member with our club Ross Johnston added another personal best to the list in the 60m Hurdles with a time of 8.49 placed 5th at the finals.