BC Athletics


In 2004 our BC throwers stepped up and set new records, both provincially and nationally in the men and women's hammer and in men's javelin.

While at this years National Legion Championships in Sudbury Ont. Rochelle Kokayko set a new Canadian Legion, National and Provincial Youth record. The former legion record was 52.76 and the former national record was 54.03m. With one throw at the National Legion Championships this year she had a personal best of 56.16m shattering all of the above Youth records.

Jennifer Joyce, is no stranger to women's hammer. This year she set a new national and provincial record. Jennifer is currently the Canadian women's senior record holder in hammer. Her record was 65.23m and this year she bettered it with a throw of 68.22m.
Jennifer not only holds the senior women's hammer but also the junior record of 58.84m.

Today along with Rochelle and Jennifer BC women's hammer throwers hold all the Canadian records in all age categories.

Curtis Moss also at the National Legion Championships set a new Canadian Legion record in men's javelin. The previous 14-year-old legion javelin record of 64.62m was set back in 1990. Curtis threw a personal best in Sudbury, Ont. with a toss of 68.29m. His 68.29m throw with the 700grm javelin set a new standard for throwers in the Youth category. Curtis is also the current BC Youth record holder with a mark of 64.18m and, he also bettered his own record with this new throw of 68.29m.

BC Summer Games also had a new record in men's hammer. Trey Henderson shattered the old record of 57.07m with a throw of 59.67m. Trey is one of our up and coming young throwers, who also set a new top ten in men's hammer with a throw this year of 62.78m.

BC junior hammer thrower Sean Laforest not only won the men's hammer, but also set a new provincial record with the 6 kg hammer of 65.15m.

This past year was the start of a new era in BC when we took 15 year olds to the National Legion Championships. The throws group had 5 athletes with one multi event athlete for a total of 6. All of the throwers performed above their expectation and came away with 5 medals 2- gold, 1-silver and 2- bronze medals.

The future of throws in BC again has a positive out look with so many young throwers stepping forward.

On behalf on the BC Senior Coaches Committee Throws Representatives congratulation to all the above athletes and there coaches, and all of the throwers and coaches in B.C. for fantastic results and rankings for this past year.

Please see BC Athletics and Athletics Canada web sites for results and rankings of our throwers.

In December 2004 at the Athletics Canada Technical Congress a group of throws coaches from across Canada met for the first time in many years to set up guide lines for the future of throws in Canada. The meeting was held over two days Dec 3rd and 4th.
Chairing the meeting was Bruce Pirnie.

Attached to this report are the minutes from the throws coaching working group.
You can also find the minutes on Athletics Canada web site, click on technical programs and open site. 2004 Throws Coaching Meeting Minutes (PDF)

Implement Weight Change:
The Royal Canadian Legion has now instituted a change in women's shot put for 14 and 15 year olds. The change from 4kg to 3kg will take effect in 2005 at the National Legion Championships.

Report prepared by:
Richard Collier
Graham Morfitt

See also: Throws Assessment by Graham Morfitt (PDF, 205 KB)