BC Athletics

Fraser Valley Regional Athletics Centre Report
Annual General Meeting of BC Athletics

The 2004 year has been busy and productive for the Fraser Valley Regional Athletics Centre. During the year, this Centre has conducted clinics, held camps, arranged competitions and conducted high level coaching for athletes throughout the Fraser Valley area.

A summary of projects that were completed by the centre include the following:

1. A Spring Break Camp was conducted for two days in March. At least 70 secondary school aged athletes attended this camp.

2. Three, one week morning camps were held during the month of July. Approximately 15 young people took part in each of these camps that stressed all aspects of track and field.

3. A level 1 technical certification clinic was hosted by the Centre and Coach Barb Vida, with 12 coaches from throughout BC attending.

4. Coaching was provided in the power/speed events, the throws and the middle distance runs. Throws coach, Ron Bunting, conducted sessions at SFU, Rotary Stadium and Rick Hansen HS in Abbotsford. Throwers from a number of communities and clubs attended Ron's throwing sessions.

5. Barb Vida was in charge of the power speed events, providing all year round coaching.

6. Brit Townsend held middle distance workouts in the Coquitlam/Burnaby area. In addition, Brit published three newsletters during the year that was distributed to most of the secondary schools and clubs within the Fraser Valley.

7. The Centre made available the opportunity for athletes throughout the Fraser Valley to take part in high-level secondary school competitions in such places as Washington, Oregon and California.

8. In cooperation with the Valley Royals Track Club, the centre hosted an invitational meet at the beginning of May, The Abbotsford International Meet in June and the BC Jr./Sr. Championships in July. As well, the Centre was involved in the T&F portion of the BC Summer Games held in Abbotsford this past year.

9. In addition, in cooperation with the Valley Royals Track Club, the Centre organized the Elementary Schools Cross Country Grand Prix. This series of meets that involved youngsters from grade 4 to 8 involved 1,100 entrants on each of four consecutive Wednesdays.

As always, the Centre has been well served by the expertise of its coaches:

Ron Bunting, Throws
Barb Vida, Power & Speed
Brit Townsend, Middle Distances

The Centre would like to serve clubs within the Fraser Valley. Those clubs that have athletes who would benefit from the coaching expertise of any of the centre coaches are welcome to take advantage of the opportunity. Membership in the Centre for an individual athlete would cost $100 per annum. For that sum an athlete will be provided with coaching at the venues the coaches conduct practices. The personal coaches of these athletes are encouraged to attend practices with their athletes. The athletes would remain members of their respective clubs, but, of course, either the athlete or his/her club would assume all expenses of entering and traveling to meets.

For more information please contact any of the following:

Submitted by: Jason Swan on behalf of Gerry Swan