Local track and field coach named head coach of Team Alberta

By Charles Lefebvre
May 9, 2019 - 5:40pm Updated: May 10, 2019 - 7:00pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB — A local track and field coach has been named head coach for Team Alberta at the Alberta Legion Youth Championship  and the Tri-Province Western Canadian Championships.

Sean Freeman, who coaches the Bulldogs Track and Field Club in Medicine Hat was announced as head coach for both of the events by Athletics Alberta on Thursday.

Freeman has been an assistant coach before with Team Alberta, and says being head coach is a more hands-on role, with a lot of administrative duties as well.

“I think the challenge of learning the other side of the provincial coaching stuff, that i haven’t had much experience with, will be sort of what I’m looking forward to,” he said.

Freeman notes the Bulldogs have had several athletes make the Tri-Province Team in its history, though he notes it’s a hard team to crack.

“There’s always an opportunity for athletes to have a good year,” he said. “Last year, we had two young athletes in junior high qualify for Team Alberta to go to Nationals, and they have the potential to do it again. There may be a couple of others that may be able to make selection standard and get selected. It’s a hard team to make. The team to go to nationals, its only around 32 to 34 athletes, and the Western Canadian team is over 100 athletes, depending on how selection standards work out this year.”

The trials run May 11-12 in Calgary.

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