Junior Development Program

The Junior Development (JD) program gives children ages 9-13 the opportunity to:

The Nanaimo Track & Field Club JD program is a comprehensive program that introduces and prepares young athletes for performance in all track and field events. Our focus is on participation and proficiency across the disciplines of runs, jumps and throws. Athletes will be introduced to:

  • sprints

  • sprint hurdles

  • middle distance

  • relays

  • race walk

  • shot put

  • discus

  • javelin

  • long jump

  • high jump

  • triple jump

  • pole vault (JD 13 only)

The distances run on the track, the heights and placement of hurdles and the weight of the throwing implements are appropriate for each age group. Younger athletes do not compete in the longer races and do not throw the more dangerous implements. Full details may be obtained from the BC Athletics website at www.bcathletics.org

The focus for the JD Program is to gradually introduce athletes to competition.  Early season intra-club meets held on the Island and Lower Mainland provide many opportunities for athletes to participate in competition.  The season ends in July with the BC JD Pentathlon Championships and BC JD Championships. Participation is not mandatory but strongly encouraged.  See 2022 JD TRACK MEET Calendar HERE

In Zone 6 (Vancouver Island and Powell River), the various clubs are members of the Vancouver Island Athletics Association (VIAA) which organizes meets and training sessions for athletes in the Zone. 

To qualify for Island Series Awards athletes must satisfy the following criteria:


  • Compete in 3 of the 4 Island Series meets

  • For Best of Three awards total points of three best performances from three different meets.

  • For Run, Jump Throw awards total points of best Run, best Jump and best Throw during series.

There will be a performance points table for each event and age group, some points for placing and 10 points for competing.

Team Awards are based on the point totals of all the athletes in a given club.