Athlete Support

Current Programs


BC Ferries and ViaSport British Columbia recognize that travel is often a barrier to amateur sport teams as they seek competitive opportunities for their athletes.

To assist in removing this barrier, the BC Ferries Sport Experience Program, has been developed to provide travel support to not-for-profit sport organizations. Through this exciting program, BC Ferries and viaSport British Columbia will assist with ferry travel costs for eligible athletes.

Eligible users of the passes are athletes (18 years or younger) for travel to selection camps, Provincial, Western Canadian, or National Championships.

Applications for ferry vouchers must be received at least 12 business days before first day of travel.

For complete details and application forms, please visit the ViaSport website

Application for Support

BC Athletics High Performance Athlete Support

Athletes wishing to be considered for Athlete Support through either the BC Athlete Assistance Program and/or the BC Enhanced Excellence Program (IPS) must complete the application below.  Athlete's may indicate whether they plan to apply for either or both programs.  Please see below for important information.

  1. BC AAP is only be available for athletes 18 and older.  
  2. The Application process for both the BC AAP and BC Enhanced Excellence Support (IPS) program is combined.  All athletes must complete the application process which includes the submission of a Yearly Training Plan (YTP).


How can I apply?

All eligible athletes can apply for athlete support by submitting the online application.

Am I eligible for High Performance Athlete Support?

To find out if you are eligible for BC Athletics High Performance Athlete Support, please consult the BC Athletics High Performance Athlete Support Manual

What is the Application Deadline?

All eligibile athletes must apply no later than Friday, November 10, 2017.



BC Athletics High Performance Athlete Support Lists


BC Athletics High Performance Athlete Support Selection Criteria


High Performance

BC Athletics High Performance System


BC Athletics, working with personal coaches and member clubs, leads the development of High Performance athletes in the sport of Athletics in British Columbia. Together with our funding partners (government, national/provincial organizations, corporations and foundations) BC Athletics provides support for athletes and coaches with the goal of strong representation and podium performances at National championships, advancing more BC athletes to National Teams and Podium Performances at International competition.

BC Athletics Defines High Performance as:

The development of athletes along the Athletics Long Team Athlete Development and Performance Pathway leading to sustainable and improved performances at Provincial, National and International levels of competition.

Sustainable and improved performance is measured through:

  • Results and placing at Provincial, National and International Competitions
  • Podium Performances at Provincial, National and International Competitions
  • Rankings - Provincial, National and World


Lead by BC Athletics, the BC Athletics High Performance program is supported through partnerships with Athletics Canada, the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, PacificSport Regional Centres, viaSport, TeamBC, The Government of British Columbia, Dominion Command RCL, BC/YK Command RCL, Business Partners (sponsors) and Foundations.

Athlete Support

The BC Athletics High Performance System aims to assist athletes through targeted programs, access to performance enhancement services, facilities and competition development. For personal coaches through Coaching Education, Professional Development, Grants to assist in attending Canadian and International High Performance Coaching Conferences, Provincial Team Coaching appointments and supporting National Team Coaching applications.

  • Athlete Assistance Program
  • Integrative Performance System
  • Athlete and Personal Coach Camps/Conferences – Provincial and Regional
  • Athlete and Personal Coach Camps/Conferences – National through Athletics Canada
  • BC Team Program
    • Canadian Track & Field Championships
    • Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships
    • Canadian Youth Legion Track & Field Championships
    • Canada Summer Games
    • Canadian Cross Country Championships – Youth to Senior
    • Canadian 5k Road Race Championships
    • Canadian 10k Road Race Championships
    • Canadian Half Marathon Championships
    • Canadian Marathon Championships
  • BC Endurance Project – high performance targeted athlete group – (3000m), 5000m, 10,0000m, Half Marathon, Marathon – Goal of National and International Podium Performances.
  • Annual International Track & Field Competitions – Harry Jerome Int’l Track Classic and Victoria Int’l Track Classic – financially supported by BC Athletics
  • Canadian Championships – supporting bids from BC Cities/Clubs/Organizations for the hosting of Canadian Championships.


Coach Support

The BC Athletics High Performance System aims to assist coaches through targeted support and effective coaching programs.

  • Targeted Coach Support - Provincial Coach
  • Targeted Coach Support - Regional Coach
  • Coaching Education
  • Coaching Professional Development – Regional
  • Provincial Coaching Conference
  • Canadian and International High Performance Coaching Conferences – BC Athletics sponsored Registration and Travel Grants for qualifying coaches


BC Athlete Assistance Program (Financial)

The BC Athlete Assistant Program (BC AAP) is an athlete-centered program of financial assistance funded by the Province of British Columbia through the Sport Branch of the Ministry of Community Sport and Cultural Development, and administered through the BC Sport Agency.  The program seeks to recognize high performance athletes who are participating in programs offered through BC Athletics (PSO) or post-secondary insttitutions and competing in recognized national or international competitions to relieve some of the pressures associated with training and competition needs. BC Athletics is charged with selection of said athletes.

Enhanced Excellence Program (Services - IPS)

The Canadian Sport Institute, through a partnership with the Province of BC and ViaSport, the network of PacificSport Centres, and BC Athletics collaborates to deliver programs and services to place BC Athletes on National Teams, and ensure athletes and coaches have every advantage to win medals for Canada. The partners work jointly to encourage sport excellence and increase podium performances in communities throughout British Columbia.


For more information on Standards, Selection Criteria, Eligibility and the Application process, please see the Application for Support webpage by CLICKING BELOW:

For any questions, please contact the Technical Manager of Track & Field - Chris Winter -



BC Endurance Project

About the BC Endurance Project

The BC Endurance Project (BCEP) is a select group of high performance distance runners (5,000m to marathon) residing and training in the Vancouver area. The group is supported and funded by BC Athletics, the Canadian Sport Institute, viaSport, Corporate Sponsorship, and the Government of British Columbia.

Mission Statement

The BC Endurance Project strives to develop distance runners (5000m to marathon) to achieve national and international performance standards. The specific goals of the project are to place as many members on BC and Canadian Championship podiums, on Canadian national teams, and to pursue podium performances at Olympic Games, World Championships, Multi-sport International Games, and other international competitions.

Head Coach

Richard Lee is the Head Coach of the BCEP. Richard is from Kincardine, ON and a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. While attending at Queen’s, Richard took on the role of personal coach to his future spouse Sue Lee (Born French). Under his guidance Sue qualified for both the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and the 1988 Seoul Olympics where she set Canadian records in both her heats as well as in the Final (finishing 8th place) in the 10,000m.

This experience and focus has helped shape the current BCEP roster and since 2008, Richard’s focus has been on coaching post-collegiate athletes, helping them move to the next level of National Team and International Competition. There has been and continues to be great success and development in the group, highlighted by Olympians Dylan Wykes, Natasha Wodak, and Lucas Bruchet and Olympic Qualifier Rachel Cliff.

The main focus of the group is geared largely towards longer distance events - from the 10,000m to the marathon, but Richard’s interest and belief in diversity within a training group keeps the group well rounded from 1500m up through the marathon.

Over the past three years the BCEP has produced:

  • Over 50 BC Championship podium finishes
  • 23 Canadian Championship podium finishes (Achieved by 7 different athletes)
  • 6 Canadian Champions (Achieved by 3 different Athletes)
  • 18 National Team Members (Achieved by 7 different Athletes)
  • 1 Canadian Record
  • 3 Olympians


BC Endurance Project Athletes:


Luc Bruchet

Age: 25

Hometown: Vancouver

Birthplace: White Rock

High School: Elgin Park

University: University of British Columbia

Sponsors: ASICS


  • 1500M - 3:39.13
  • 5,000M - 13:24.1
  • 10,000M - 28:36.74

Career Highlights:

  • 2016 Olympian (5,000M, 37th)
  • 2015 Pan Am Games (5,000M, 8th)
  • 2013 World University Games Finalist (5,000M, 9th)
  • 2013 Canadian XC Champion
  • Sub-4 minute miler (3:57)

Twitter: @Lucabruca

Instagram: @Lucabruca


Rachel Cliff

Age: 29

Hometown: Vancouver

Birthplace: Vancouver

High School: York House

University: University of Guelph

Sponsors: Solo GI Nutrition 


  • 5,000M - 15:23.94
  • 10,000M - 32:00.03
  • Half Marathon - 1:12:07

Career Highlights:

  • 2017 IAAF World Track & Field Championships (10,000m; 20th; 32:00.03)
  • 2017 Canadian 10KM Road Champion
  • 2017 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon (8th Place - 1:12:07)
  • 2015 World University Games Finalist (5,000M, 9th)
  • 2013 World XC Championships Team Member (25th)
  • 2013 Vancouver Sun Run Champion (2014)

Twitter: @Dangerous_Cliff

Instagram: @raecliff


Kevin Coffey


Age: 30

Hometown: Kingston, Ontario

Birthplace: Innisfail, Alberta

High School: Kingston Collegiate Vocational Institute

University: St. Lawrence College

Sponsors: Mizuno and Currexsole


  • 5,000M - 14:07.16
  • 5km (Road) - 14:48
  • 10km - 30:13
  • Half Marathon - 1:07:34
  • Marathon - 2:21:40

Twitter: @fluentstep

Instagram: @coffeyrunner


Theo Hunt

Age: 28

Hometown: Vancouver

Birthplace: Bowen Island

High School: US Grant & Bainbridge Island HS

University: University of British Columbia


  • 5,000M - 14:14.76
  • 10,000M - 30:15

Career Highlights:

  • 2017 Canadian Track & Field Championships (5,000m; 10th)
  • 2015 BC 8KM Road Champion
  • 2014 Canadian Cross-Country Team Member
  • 2014 BC 10KM Road Champion
  • 2014 BC Timex Series Champion

Twitter: @hunttheo

Instagram: @hunttheo


Justin Kent

Age: 24

Hometown: Vancouver

Birthplace: Surrey

High School: Kwantlen Park

University: University of British Columbia

Sponsors: ASICS


  • 1500M – 3:41.00
  • 3000M Steeplechase – 8:48
  • 5,000M – 14:25

Career Highlights:

  • 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie (1500m; 15th)
  • 2016 BC XC Champion
  • 2016 BC Road 10KM Champion
  • 2016 BC 1500M Champion
  • 2014 NAIA 3000M Steeplechase Champion
  • 2013 Canada Summer Games 3000M Steeplechase Bronze Medalist

Twitter: @jkent_

Instagram: @jkent_


Kirsten Lee

Age: 23

Hometown: Port Coquitlam

Birthplace: Vancouver

High School: Terry Fox Secondary

University: University of British Columbia


  • 1500M – 4:20.58
  • 3000M – 9:46.31
  • 5,000M – 16:25.63

Career Highlights:

  • 2017 BC Athletics Track & Field Championships (1,500m; 2nd)
  • 2016 NAIA Track & Field National Championship 1,500m (Finalist) 
  • 2015 NAIA Cross Country All-American (24th)
  • 2015 A.I.I. Individual and Team Conference Champion 
  • 2015 NAIA Track & Field National Championship 4x800m (Silver Medalist)
  • 2014 NAIA Women’s Team Cross Country National Champion

Twitter: @kirstenklee

Instagram: @kirstenklee


Geoff Martinson

Age: 30

Hometown: Vancouver

Birthplace: Prince George

High School: PGSS

University: University of Victoria

Sponsors: Running Room, Rumble


  • 1500M - 3:37.56
  • 5,000M - 13:43

Career Highlights:

  • 2015 Vancouver Eastside 10KM Champion
  • 2015 BC 5000M Champion
  • 2011 World Track and Field Championship Semi-Finalist (1500M)


Catherine Watkins

Age: 45

Hometown: Vancouver

Birthplace: Oakville, Ontario

High School: Oakville Trafalgar High School

University: University of Guelph / University of Western Sydney Nepean

Sponsors: Oiselle, Nuun Hydration, Zensah Compression


  • 5KM - 16:48
  • 10KM - 33:52
  • Half Marathon - 1:16:48
  • Marathon - 2:42:35

Career Highlights:

  • 2016 10KM  National Masters  Road Race Champion
  • 2015 Pan Am Games (Marathon; 8th place)
  • 2015 Eugene Marathon Champion
  • 2015 1st Masters - Houston Marathon
  • 2014 National Masters 5KM Road Race Champion
  • Canadian Masters Record Holder for 3000M
  • Canadian Masters Cross Country Champion (2011 & 2012)

Twitter: @runmommaster

Instagram: @runmommaster


Dylan Wykes

Age: 34

Hometown: Vancouver

Birthplace: Kingston, Ontario

High School: Frontenac Secondary

University: Providence College

Sponsors: Mizuno


  • 10,000M - 28:12.83
  • Half Marathon - 1:02:14
  • Marathon - 2:10:47

Career Highlights:

  • 2017 Canadian 1/2 Marathon Championships (3rd)
  • 2012 Olympian (Marathon, 20th)
  • 3rd Fastest Canadian All-Time In Marathon (2:10:47)
  • 2010 California International Marathon Champion
  • 2009 World Track & Field Team Member (Marathon)

Twitter: @dylanwykes

Instagram: @dylanwykes


Integrated Support Team



  • Chris Napier
  • Marilou Lamy

Sports Medicine

  • Dr. Jim Bovard

Exercise Physiology

  • Trent Stellingwerff, CSI


  • Elizabeth Gnatiuk, Fortius

Sports Phycology

  • Kirsten Barnes, CSI

Strength & Conditioning

  • Jon-Erik Kawamoto

Massage Therapy

  • Bobby Krudo


  • Aaron Case


Any questions about the BCEP can be directed to the Head Coach, Richard Lee –

Archived forms

Harry Jerome Scholarship Award

Please note:  Forward all applications to the new office address at:

BC Athletics

3713 Kensington Ave., Suite 2001B

Burnaby BC  V5B 0A7

Details | Application (100 KB) due 4:30pm May 18



Introducing CIBC Team Next 
celebrating a new generation of young Canadian athletes
As a Lead Partner of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Para Pan Am Games, CIBC is proud to help create a lasting sport legacy in Canada. Through financial support, mentoring and skill development opportunities, CIBC Team Next is designed to help tomorrow's athletic stars reach their full potential — in sport and in life — as every Canadian cheers them on.



Legion Championships

The 2013 Legion T&F Championships
The organizing committee in Langley is taking some new initiatives in partnership with media partners for:

External Sport Credit Program

The External Sport Credit Program provides credits for athletes named to Provincial Teams, Canadian Teams, Targeted Talent ID Programs, Camps and other Provincial Sport Organization Talent ID Programs. 

A full list of the sports and programs can be found at

Athletes wishing to receive a letter from BC Athletics must provide the following information:

  1. Athlete's name
  2. The full name of the School he/she attends
  3. The full mailing address for the School
  4. The phone number for the School
  5. The full name of his/her counsellor
  6. The counsellor's email address
  7. BC Summer Games Zone Team(s) selected to and year
  8. BC Teams selected to and year
  9. Athlete's email address
  10. Parent's email address

With this information BC Athletics will write a letter to the school counsellor and provide a copy to the athlete and parent.

Please send your request to Brian McCalder

Harry Jerome Scholarship


The Harry Jerome Scholarship is named after the late great Harry Jerome.  This scholarship is administered through BC Athletics and financed by the Vancouver Foundation.  All eligible applicants must complete the application process.  Application are due by 5:00 PM on the 3rd Friday of May, each year.


Athletes wishing to apply for the Harry Jerome Scholarship must:

  • be residents of British Columbia;
  • be matriculating students progressing to a full-time post-secondary education;
  • have demonstrated exceptional ability and show considerable promise in Track & Field, Road Running or Cross Country (Athletics);
  • demonstrate financial need;
  • have attained an acceptable academic record; and
  • have demonstrated qualities of character and leadership.

Application Process

Applicants must:

  1. Submit a brief biographical letter noting family background, educational history and plans, as well as career or vocational aspirations.
  2. Provide three (3) letter of reference, one from each of: The Principal, Track & Field Coach, and other appropriate sources.
  3. Submit a verified statement of marks or academic transcript.
  4. Complete and Submit the Harry Jerome Scholarship Application.

The award(s) will be announced by the time of the BC High School Track & Field Championships

The award will be paid to the student's account at his/her place of study upon confirmation of registration. The award will be applied first to fees and subsequently to other appropriate educational expenses.

Applications should be addressed to:
c/o B.C. Athletics
2001B - 3713 Kensington Ave. Burnaby, BC V5B 0A7