Our youngest and oldest competitors hold the giant display cheques from Sport Oakville, demonstrating their support of our club programmes.
Unlike other clubs, who charge a large fee up-front to cover items that members will probably never make use of, we charge a registration fee only large enough to cover basic operating cost, with a small surplus to build our Championships Fund.
This fund is used for athletes that have turned 17 and met standards for entry into a National Championship. Three of those athletes are pictured below.
100% of the registration fees are used for the benefit of the members; no adults receive an "honourarium" for what they do, nor do they receive expenses other than those incurred on behalf of the members, such as equipment purchase.
All equipment for the various events is supplied by the club, at no charge to the member.
Upon becoming a Full-year member ($75), the athlete receives a club T-shirt at no charge. If the athlete wishes to compete, a singlet will be provided on a loan basis, also at no charge.
If competitions concern Championships, the Association involved charges a fee based on the age of the athlete. Meet entry fees range from a few dollars to $25 for Provincial Championships. Because of the programme options, however, cost for involvement may range from a $25 seasonal membership to a few hundred, as opposed to the $1000-plus charged by others.
The club's Championship Fund helped take three athletes to Brandon, Manitoba for the Canadian Youth Championships, and they showed themselves worthy. Sa'mone Winters won silver in the javelin throw, Breagha Sharpe won bronze in the race walk, and Jenna James finished fifth over 300m. In the semi-final, Jenna beat her Mississauga nemesis, the OFSSA 400m Champion, for the first time!
Youngest member Jason Langat , narrowly missed a medal, finishing fourth in his first cross-country race, the Western Ontario Championships in Etobicoke, running the 1000m in 5:52.
The following weekend, he travelled to Kingston to run against the best from the East, and covered the same distance in 5:08
As part of our community support, the club collects Foodland receipts for the local Food Bank.
Olivia, Sydney, and Noa display a portion of the more than $10,000 worth of tapes that the club turns in to the Food Bank every year. In turn, the Food Bank gets a 1% credit to help fill their shelves.