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March 1, 2016 9:45 AM

Sonics track coach Karl Meissner is presented with the 2015 Volunteer award.

Being recognized by a nationally recognized organization such as Athletics Alberta along side of Olympic Athletes is a major accomplishment.
This year four athletes from our local Split City Sonics track team were honoured at the Provincial Awards banquet for their 2015 track and Field accomplishments.
Abbigale Kirsch was ranked first in the province, Alexis Rehman was second and Kaelyn Larre was recognized as one of the top 10 PeeWee Girls in Alberta.
Mackenna Leslie was one of four female Midgets recognized in the province.
Mackenna was undefeated in hammer and weight throw last year.
She was the Western Youth Midget champion. Mackenna was also the Alberta Provincial Champion in Hammer Throw.
She was ranked 10th in Canada, and first in Alberta for Hammer. Mackenna was named the Alberta Provincial Bronze Medalist for Midget Girl Javelin, as well as the Alberta Indoor Weight Throw Provincial Champion.
A coach is a hard role to play, as they get to see their athletes cry in victory, pain and defeat.
This is a role that Karl Meissner plays to perfection.
Split City Sonics Track Club in Lloydminster is very fortunate to have a head coach with the dedication and passion for the sport that Karl has.
Karl is all about the kids and what is best for the athlete, he has been a dedicated coach with the club for over 25 years.
Athletes under Karl know that he will always be there for them, whether it’s for extra practice, a shoulder to cry on or guidance long after they have graduated and moved on in their athletic and academic careers.
It would be hard to find a more supportive coach.
“I couldn’t of hand picked a better coach than Karl,” said Jaimee Springer, a 2014 and 2015 silver medalist in Canadian Track and Field Championships.
He is the perfect definition of both a mentor and a friend, Springer added.
“He instilled in me the determination I put through in practice and competition will do nothing but benefit me throughout my path in life,” he said.
“Whether it was something as small as a motivational text the day of an important meet, or being over 3700-km away and still coaching me the last three years of my university career,  Karl was always there every step of the way.”
Springer said Meissner spends countless hours working with different groups of athletes.
“That could either be taking an extra day out of the week working with an event group or spending just an hour with one athlete trying to perfect their approach,” he said.
“He instills the drive and passion he has for track and field back to his athletes, past and present.”
The result is those same athletes then compete for their province or country on a provincial, national, or international stage, said Springer.
Aside from his coaching with the Split City Sonics, Karl also volunteers his time with the two high schools in Lloydminster.
Whether that’s setting up a district meet or driving hours to help coach at a zone meet, you can always count on him to be there,” said Springer.
“I’m forever grateful for what my coach has done for me, his athletes, and also for the community of Lloydminster,” he said.
“Thank you forever everything you have done and will continue to do.”
Karl was recognized as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year by Athletics Alberta.
Athletes practice and compete up to 10 months a year, with the dedicated coaching staff.
They practice three days a week, and during indoor and outdoor season can compete several times a month in various communities throughout the province.
Track is one of the only sports where the only required equipment is a pair of shoes and shorts.
Fees are reasonable, and funding may be available for athletes in financial need.
Athletes may be age 10 and up to participate in our local club.
Split City will be accepting new athletes for registration for the outdoor season in spring.

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