PRESS RELEASE: Lower Mainland Throws Club Holds Inaugural Awards Banquet


Lower Mainland Throws Club Holds Inaugural Awards Banquet

Maple Ridge, B.C. - Ultra Throw, a new throwing club which started in 2015, held its first awards banquet  at Ricky's All Day Grill in Surrey on November 4, 2017. Club members, along with guests, B.C. Athletics track officials, and sponsors gathered to enjoy a meal, camaraderie, and a brief presentation of awards and honours.

Sixty-eight-year-old B.C. Masters athlete Rose Hare of Burnaby took top honours as a recipient of  two of the three perpetual trophies handed out. She received the ‘Ultra Cup’ achieving the Club’s highest throws pentathlon points scored within three Ultra Throw festivals in 2017, as well as the ‘Challenge Trophy’ an aggregate throws pentathlon point total at the same three Ultra Throw Festivals.  Rose competes in the 65 - 69 masters age group and throws javelin, shot put, discus, hammer, weight and super weight.

The Ultra ‘Ambassador of the Year’ went to seventy-one-year-old Harnek Toor of Abbotsford for his extraordinary contributions of displaying all the positive qualities in character, integrity and deeds towards the promotion of Ultra Throw and the throwing community.  

In addition to the three perpetual trophies, a ‘Sponsor of the Year’ plaque was presented to Gurinder Toor from Alpha House Mortgage Corporation for his generous support.  

Club members who set records this past season are Scot Henney of Pitt Meadows, M90-94 hammer; shot put and weight throw; Gabriella Moro of New Westminster, W70-74 shot put and discus; Celina Wong of Port Coquitlam W55-59 weight throw; Harnek Toor of Abbotsford,  M70-74 super weight; Frances Steinfeld of Aldergrove, W75-79 super weight; Mohan Bains of Surrey, M65-69 super weight; and Andrew Arthur of Delta, M55-59 super weight.

Big club accomplishments took place at the 2017 Canadian Masters Outdoor Championships and the 2017 NCCWMA Championships, as four Ultra Throw members (Michael Deady M60-64; David Ulis M65-69; Mohan Bains M65-69 and Harnek Toor of Surrey, M70-74) competed in both events and hauled in a over 30 medals collectively.

The 2017 Ultra Throw season has come to an end, and athletes will now rest, and recoup for the start of the next throwing season in the spring. Ultra Throw festivals return in March, and throughout 2018 a series of 4 festivals will be held ending in September.

Club members are excited for the Canadian Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships which will be held in South Surrey in August, 2018.

Athletes interested in joining the throwing club can email  Team Ultra Throw wishes to thank sponsors, Gurinder Toor of Alpha House Mortgage Corporation of Surrey; Alan Utting AK Designer Home Improvements Ltd. of Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows; Desert Hills Estate Winery (Oliver, BC); and newest corporate sponsor Days Inn (Surrey).

About Ultra Throw: Ultra Throw is a twenty-plus throwing club with members from throughout the Vancouver Lower Mainland, and as far away as Australia.  Approximately twenty-five Canadian members train in Langley, Coquitlam, and Surrey. The Club was created in 2015. More information at:  

The complete list of Ultra Throw festival performances and awards can be found HERE.  
For more photos, check out our Facebook album HERE.

Club contact:  Dave McDonald, President, Ultra Throw
(604) 466-3410

Senior thrower competes Down Under (Langley Times)

Frances Steinfeld featured in the Langley TimesFrances Steinfeld

Frances Steinfeld featured in the Langley TimesFrances Steinfeld

November 25, 2016 · 11:23 AM

Frances Steinfeld competed for Canada at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth, Australia recently. / Troy Landreville/Langley Times

While her results Down Under didn’t bear fruit, Frances Steinfeld’s experience was, overall, a satisfying one.

The 78-year-old Langley resident competed at the 22nd World Masters Athletics Track and Field Championships that ran Oct. 26 to Nov. 6 in Perth, Australia.

More than 4,000 competitors and 3,000 supporters from roughly 80 countries visited Perth for the 12-day event, which featured 25 events ranging from the javelin to 100m sprint.

“I finished near the bottom all the time,” said Steinfeld who competed in most throwing events except the javelin (“I had to go and see some family,” she quipped) and also the weight pentathlon, which was four throws on the same day.

For Steinfeld – a track veteran who said she started up the sport in the “late ’70s, early ’80s” — travelling to the meet offered another opportunity to visit family in Australia, and to be a tourist in the country.

Her daughter, Susan, lives in Melbourne and her brother, Robert, and his family live in Perth.

“The two cousins — my daughter and (Robert’s) daughter — were having a great time on the sidelines (shouting) Go Canada!” Steinfeld related.

“It was fun and that was the bottom line.”

Since you had to pay to compete, the trip to Perth was pricey. Steinfeld was asked: was it worth it?

“No,” she said candidly. “Well, not for us little bottom-of-the-heapers; I’m sure the people who are at the top of the heap who are really good at it… and they were sort of the same bunch and they all knew each other in the age group I was in. They weren’t very friendly because they didn’t know me.”

That said, Steinfeld said she was quite focused during the competition.

“When I was finished, I went off with the family, so I didn’t join the Canadian team as much,” she said.

Steinfeld attended “most” of the opening ceremonies, “but once they got going with the politicians… I’ve heard that before.”

It’s “quite the circuit,” she added.
Running to throwing

Steinfeld’s nearly four decade involvement in track and field began as a way to relieve stress and tension.

Her late husband, Rudolf, enjoyed rowing and running.

“He got me started,” Steinfeld said. “You know, when you get fat, you go for a run and eventually it [the fat] falls off. It’s the usual sequence of events.”

She eventually joined the Tri-City Greyhounds track club “because I could run fairly well, and it was much more fun running.”

In early 2000, the longtime participant in the 55-plus BC Seniors Games decided that her legs would eventually wear out, so she switched her focus to throwing events, in particular discus and shot put.

This eventually led her to the Maple Ridge-based Ultra Throw Club, guided by president Dave McDonald.

“They taught me more how to throw all five things — the shot, the discus, the hammer, the weight, and the javelin,” Steinfeld said.

She plans on staying with the club for the foreseeable future.

Club mate Basil (Scott) Henney, 91, from Maple Ridge, was also in Perth and did “incredibly well,” Steinfeld said.

McDonald also attended the World Masters meet.

“He’s an absolutely brilliant coach,” Steinfeld said.

“He takes you from the beginning. Some of them (coaches) do spins and all this sort of wonderful stuff. I haven’t quite got up to that, but look out if I get that far. I hope to throw quite a bit farther.” - LINK: