Provincial Health Orders
The updated and finalized health orders were released yesterday Feb 11th, 2021. They came into effect today (Friday) and will remain in effect until March 5th.
These orders outline that indoor sport and recreation facilities are allowed to open under a strict set of guidelines, and that gyms and fitness centres are also allowed to open.
It is extremely important to note that while “Individual Workouts” are permitted at gyms and fitness centres, anyone training at indoor sport and recreation facilities must be accompanied by a coach/instructor. (Only one-on-one training is permitted).
Due to the extremely restrictive nature of these current guidelines, the University of Manitoba will NOT be allowing any outside user groups to access the James Daly fieldhouse at this time. (In other words, ONLY University of Manitoba Team members will be able to access the indoor track for the time being).
We realize this will certainly still be a disappointment for many of you, but please remember that initially we didn’t expect to see any changes for indoor sport! These new orders thankfully allow for some activity to resume, and it is positive progress.
Athletics Manitoba will continue to work with our partners and will provide details on any changes or updates as they become available.
13(2) The indoor sporting and recreational facilities set out in subsection (1) may open for the sole purpose of providing individual instruction if
- (a) each person receiving instruction is accompanied by an instructor who is solely responsible for providing instruction to that person;
- (b) the total number of instructors and persons receiving instruction in any area of the facility does not exceed 25% of the usual capacity of that area; and
- (c) no more than one person for each person receiving instruction is permitted to enter the facility to observe the instruction.
ORDER 14 14(1) Gyms, fitness centres and yoga studios may open if the operator (a) limits the number of members of the public to 25% of the usual capacity of the premises;
Olympic and Paralympic Trials
Athletics Canada released the following update regarding the preliminary plans for Olympic and Paralympic Trials on February 10th, 2021.
This plan is essentially a worst case scenario and as noted in their official release – “will be adjusted based on the evolving restrictions and public health measures that may evolve in the coming months”.
Format of Trials
- Competition program will focus on events with Games selection implications. The events may include the Decathlon and / or Heptathlon.
- Note: AC has confirmed they will finalize the events the week of May 14th, 2021
- Note: It is still TBD whether the CE Trials will occur separately or as part of the Montreal event
- A limited number of coaches, staff and volunteers will have access to the event site.
- Entries by invitation only; number of competitors per event will also be limited.
- Note: AC has confirmed they will invite athletes the week commencing May 17th, 2021 and entries will close on June 10th, 2021.
- U20 competition will not be on the program.
- Note: In other words, the U20 Championships have been cancelled.
- No spectators.
Conversations around team selection processes for other potential National Team opportunities scheduled for the 2021 season are ongoing. This was a preliminary announcement that prioritized the need for an update related to Olympic and Paralympic Team selection.
Additional considerations related to domestic competition opportunities for non Olympic and Paralympic stream athletes also remain ongoing.
Athletics Manitoba will be coordinating with our Clubs and event organizers to determine what local competition opportunities will be viable this summer. It remains our goal to provide a meaningful summer competition season for all, if it is safe to do so.
AM Virtual Competition Series – Round 2
In lighter news, last month the Athletics Manitoba Athlete Council approached our office staff with a desire to organize another virtual competition series. They thought it would be a fun and meaningful way to help build our community and of course, spark some friendly competition!
There will be Individual and Team Challenges, and this time around there will be PRIZES.
Events will take place throughout the month of March (whether we can train in person or not) with full details and registration information available next week.