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Let's Celebrate...2021 Style!


It was at long last that our club was able to hold its annual Year End Celebration and Awards Banquet on December 7, 2021. With a diminished competitive season and Covid restrictions in 2020, this year inched a little closer to normal, so the marking of the many achievements of our members was in order. The evening took place at the Royal Canadian Legion on Oakland Avenue in London, with a meal catered by Marshall’s Pasta followed by the presentation of awards for club record breakers, highlights of the year, and age group athlete of the year winners.


Also on the agenda for the event was the recognition of throws coach John Allan, for his 30 years of contributions to our club. John retired from coaching at the end of 2019 but due to the pandemic, we were unable to mark this occasion with the attention it deserved until now. Sylvia Kontra presented him with a commemorative plaque, in gratitude for all that he has done for the sport of track & field and the London Western TFC.


Below is a list of the many achievements of the year, along with the winners of athlete of the year for each age division. Thank you to all who made the event possible and to those who attended. Additional photos from the evening can be found in the Gallery on the club website.


Athlete-of-the-Year Winners

U14 Male—Sam McClelland

U14 Female—Jenna Tunks

U16 Male Track—Francis Hinnah

U16 Female Track—Kaitlyn Koyanagi

U16 Male Field—Dylan Johnson

U16 Female Field—Julia Tunks

U18 Male Track—Aiden Coles

U18 Female Track—Jadyn Luna

U18 Male Field—Stephen Davis

U18 Female Field—Daniella Beckett

U20 Male Track—Zach McPhee

U20 Female Track—Jalen Marcil

U20 Male Field—Owen McDonald

U20 Female Field—Liv Sands

Open Male Track—Mike Tate

Open Female Track—Joy SpearChief-Morris

Open Male Field—Mark Bujnowski

Open Female Field—Caroline Ehrhardt

XC Male—Aiden Coles

XC Female—Jalen Marcil

Most Improved Male—Ian McAllister

Most Improved Female—Ella Caponcini

Overall Male—Damian Warner

Overall Female—Julia Tunks


AO Outdoors

U18 Team Champions—5 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze

U20, 3rd place team—4 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze

Open/Para & U18/Open Combined Events, 3rd place team—4 Gold, 5 Silver, 1 Bronze

U18 Provincial Record, Decathlon—Stephen Davis, 6520 points

U16—2 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze

NXT—7 Gold, 7 Silver, 6 Bronze

Masters—1 Silver

Canadian Record, M45 Discus—Jason Tunks, 49.19m

AC Outdoors

Olympic/Paralympic Trials—5 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze

#1 club in Canada!!

International

Hypo-Meeting, Gotzis Austria

Damian Warner—6 time champion

8995 points—Canadian Record

8.28m—Canadian Record

Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020

Damian Warner—Gold Medal

9018 points—Olympic and Canadian Record

4th person to break the 9000 point barrier

AO Cross Country

U18 Boys Team Champions

Open Men Team Champions

Jeremy Coughler, Open Men—Gold Medal

Heath McAllister, U18 Boys—Silver Medal


AC Cross Country

U18 Boys Team Champions

Open Men Team, Bronze Medal

Aiden Coles, U18 Boys—Gold Medal

Heath McAllister, U18 Boys—Silver Medal


Club Records

Phil Parrot-Migas, Open Men, Half-Marathon, 1:03:53, 01/19/2020

Liv Sands, U18 Girls, Hammer, 45.94m, 09/28/2020

Chris Balestrini, Open Men, Marathon, 2:17:05, 10/04/2020

Jack Sheffar, Open Men, 1500m, 3:43.49, 02/26/2021

Mike Tate, Open Men, 1500m, 3:41.22, 05/29/2021

Open Men, 5000m, 13:35.96, 06/09/2021

Julia Tunks, U18 Girls, Shot Put, 14.88m, 08/08/2021

U18 Girls, Discus, 52.80m*, 04/16/2021

*pending Canadian Record

Aiden Coles, U18 Boys, 1500m, 3:52.77, 07/30/2021

Stephen Davis, U18 Boys, High Jump, 1.96m, 07/18/2021

U18 Boys, Decathlon, 6579 points**, 09/19/2021

**Canadian Record

Connor Black, Open Men, 3000m, 8:06.88, 06/29/2021

Josh Mather, Open Men, Javelin, 72.36m, 05/14/2021

Damian Warner, Open Men, Long Jump, 8.28m**, 05/29/2021

Open Men, 100m, 10.12, 08/04/2021

Open Men, Decathlon, 9018 points**+, 08/05/2021

+Olympic Record


Outstanding Achievements

Caroline Ehrhardt, Open Women, Triple Jump, 9th National Title and Gold Medal

Mike Tate, Open Men, 5000m, Gold Medal

Mark Bujnowski, Open Men, Shot Put, Gold Medal

Damian Warner, Open Men, Long Jump and 110m Hurdles, Gold Medal

Jenna Tunks, U14 Girls, Shot Put, 12.22m, Ontario Record

U14 Girls, Discus, 40.42m, Ontario Record (World Best for 11-year-old)

Chris Balestrini, Open Men, 50km Road, 2:48:32, Canadian Record

11 AO All-Ontarians—Aiden Coles, Daniella Beckett, Marcel Scheele, Mark Bujnowski,

Owen McDonald, Stephen Davis, Zach McPhee, Jason Tunks, Jenna Tunks,

Julia Tunks, Damian Warner