High performance plan

Athletics Nova Scotia (ANS) was established in 1981 and is the sport governing body for track and field, cross-country and road running in Nova Scotia.

Athletics Nova Scotia Mission is to help Nova Scotia athletes reach their highest potential in Amateur Athletics.

The Performance Pathway Initiative Mission is to build a high performance program for Athletics Nova Scotia that will enhance our established strategic goals for athletes, coaches, officials and clubs.

Athletics Nova Scotia VALUES are Consistent, Strengthen and Support.

The Nova Scotia Performance Program Initiative is designed to guide the High Performance Programs and Activities of Athletics Nova Scotia for the period between 2017 and 2022.

The Programs and Activities are grouped into three key Pillars all designed to achieve our Over-Arching Goal.

Our over-arching goal is: Athletics Nova Scotia will have athletes performing at the level required, on average, to be in the top 3 at their respective national championships.

Using the measure of average performance will be a more consistent, appropriate measure of athlete performance, rather than solely relying on actual placement at nationals.

In addition, we feel that this program will best serve the Midget, Youth and Junior age classes. While not ignoring any potential senior athletes that may be performing at the level to be given support, most, if not our entire Senior level able bodied athletes will be training and competing out of province. We do not see this changing anytime in the near future with our current infrastructure and training environments in the province. The senior athletes at that level will be better served on a case by case basis rather than being part of this initiative.

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Our three key High Performance Pillars are:

  1. Athlete Development
  2. Coach Enhancement
  3. Governance

To view the full plan, click here.


Event Group Coaches

Athletics NS has 5 event group coaches who are funded through the Nova Scotia Performance Pathway Initiative. Our event group coaches are tasked with providing resources to the top athletes in our province with the goal of supporting these athletes and personal coaches as they reach for success at the national level. Some of the resources provided would include: Individual athletes support, group development sessions and coach support. For more information, please see below for Event Group coach contact information.

Rich Lehman

Peter Lord



Jodi Langley

Athletics Canada High Performance Program

Athletics Canada High Performance Programs include the Canadian Athletics Performance Pathway (CAPP) and the Athlete Assistance Program. These are national initiatives and aimed at athletics showing potential to advance to the international level. For more information on both programs, please see below.

Athletics Canada CAPP and AAP

High Performance Athlete Funding