Belyea enters outdoor track season with sights set on nationals

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Stephen Belyea runs to the front of the pack during a training exercise yesterday at ARHS. The track and field students were ‘Peeling the Banana,' whereby the student at the back of the pack sprints to the front, and when they make it to the front the next student at the back sprints to the front. 

AMHERST - After training indoors all winter long, Stephen Belyea was in the great outdoors yesterday training with his Amherst Regional High School teammates. 


The Grade 11 student goes into the high school track season with two gold medals under his belt, which he recently won at the Indoor Track and Field Atlantic Championships in Moncton. He won the medals after jumping 6.21 metres in the long jump and 13.24 meters in the triple jump.

Belyea is now ranked first in the triple jump in Atlantic Canada.

He attributes much of his success to the training he does with Steve LeBlanc two times a week at the Universite de Moncton.

"He's really helped with my technique and building strength," said Belyea. "He has me doing different jumps to help increase my flight time, which helps my mechanics when I'm in the air." 


Leblanc is also helping with Belyea's approach so he hits the board with perfect timing.

"You can actually here a lot louder pop when you hit a good jump," said Belyea. "If you don't hit it (the board) properly it's not as loud."


Besides the long jump and triple jump, Belyea will also compete in the 100-metre run and the 4x100 relay and the 4x400 relay with ARHS.

"My goal is to make it to the Nova Scotia team and compete in the Legion Nationals," said Belyea.

The Legion Nationals are in Langley, B.C., in August.


More photos of the ARHS track team can be seen on the slide show at www.cumberlandnewsnow.com.

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Amherst Regional High School, Universite de Moncton

Geographic location: AMHERST, Moncton, Atlantic Canada Nova Scotia Langley

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  • David Beaton
    April 26, 2013 - 10:04

    I totally agree with the comments. Stephen is a product of wonderful parents !

  • John Cassidy
    April 19, 2013 - 10:23

    Stephen is our only grandson, and is a fine young man who makes his entire extended family very proud. People who don't know him personally should also know that he is more than just a "jock". He is very gifted academically and - even more than that - is blessed with a pleasant, modest personality and a level of psychological maturity that is uncommon in such a talented young man. God love you Stephen, and may your life continue as successfully as it has begun. Grandma and 'Grandude'.

  • Howard Toon
    April 19, 2013 - 09:08

    It is very pleasing to see an upcoming young athlete giving credit to his coach where due, and sharing a few tips for the benefit of other would-be athletes. May Stephen Belyea progress to fame on the track and to great heights in his academic career thereafter. He is a credit to his parents and his grand-parents and to the system that is bringing him along. Well done, Stephen.

  • Kelvin Gould
    April 19, 2013 - 06:16

    Congratulations to Stephen on his most recent wins at the Indoor Track and Field Atlantic Championships in Moncton. He is most certainly a talented multi sport athlete, but it should also be noted that he combines this with being a first rate student, leader amongst his peers, and an outstanding young man. Best of luck in the future Stephen, we look forward to your continued success.