UNB Varsity Reds track and field team is very pleased to announce the commitment of Victoria Leblanc (Saint John, NB) for the 2015-16 season.
Leblanc has chosen to attend UNB Saint John while she pursues a Bachelor of Science with the hopes of eventually becoming a veterinarian.
"I chose UNB because it is close to home, has a great science program, and I have had the opportunity through high school to train and travel with many of the V-Reds athletes and coaches over the years,” said Leblanc, who will graduate from Saint John High School in June.
Leblanc has been splitting her time between track and field and gymnastics over the past seven years. As a gymnast she achieved notable success, winning the all around New Brunswick provincial championship and the allaround Atlantic Championship in 2014. But as her gymnastic career winds down, UNB head coach Jason Reindl is extremely excited about what her track and field career has in store.
"Victoria is a national medalist and provincial record setter. She has been the best long jumper of any age in the province of New Brunswick and proven herself to be one of the best track and field athletes in Canada," said Reindl. "An athlete of Victoria’s caliber garners a certain level of opportunity from programs across the country. Her choice to attend UNB shows how much our program has grown and will continue to grow. Ultimately I believe that Victoria has what it takes to compete and medal at the CIS level."
"My goals for next year are to try new events such as 60m hurdles and triple jump in addition to the long jump with the ultimate goal of competing at the CIS national championships," added Victoria.
*4x national medalist (long jump 3x and pole vault 1x)
*2x silver medalist at 2014 Nike Grand Prix (100m hurdles and long jump)
*Provincial records in the 100m hurdles, 200m hurdles, 300m hurdles, pole vault
*4x Female MVP for the Saint John Track Club
*3x Female MVP for the Saint John High School Track and Field Team
*3x New Brunswick Athlete of the Year Finalist - winning the award in 2012