BC Athletics

Fraser Valley Regional Athletics Centre Report 2006 - Revised 1/6/2006
Annual General Meeting of BC Athletics

The 2005 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.

After 2 years working with the FVRC and the Valley Royals, Power/Speed Coach Barb Vida left to pursue other projects. Kim Chapdelaine assumed the postion of FVRC Power/Speed Coach in October of 2005 and has since been offering training sessions to groups of athletes from all Power/Speed disciplines.

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

  1. 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.
  2. Barb Vida was in charge of the power speed events, providing all year round coaching. New Power/Speed Kim Chapdelaine provided a seamless transition as she became a part of the FVRC and has brought along a wealth of contacts in the Fraser Valley School system that will be invaluable in recruiting athletes and creating connections in the school system.
  3. Brit Townsend held middle distance workouts in the Coquitlam/Burnaby area. She also organized and hosted several competitions for elementary schools in the area, including cross country in the fall and track & field in the spring.
  4. A coaching fundamentals clinic was held in the Fraser Valley for private school elementary and middle teachers, who had requested some instruction in coaching track & field. 9 FV teachers worked with kids in grades 4-7 in a hands-on clinic on LJ, SP, HJ, DT, Running technique, Starts, and Relay held April 23rd.
  5. School/Club Clinics:
    1. Sprints & Hurdles (30 coaches and athletes participated) Feb 24th
    2. High Jump (26 coaches and athletes participated) March 03rd
    3. Triple Jump (23 coaches and athletes participated) March 17th
    4. Pole Vault (9 athletes and coaches participated) May 21st
    5. Running technique, Speed & Agility (16 girls) Aug 22-24th
    6. Running technique, Speed & Agility (14 boys) Sep 12-22nd
  6. Sports Camps:
    PSFV "Explore Sports" "Pro D-Day" T & F Day Camp (9 kids) May 20th
    PSFV "Explore Sports" T& F and Wrestling Day Camp (26 kids) July 19th
    ARC "T & F Summer Camp" (14 kids) Aug 15 - 19th
  7. NCCP Level 1 Athletics Technical Course: 12 coaches from throughout GV participated May 28 - 29th
  8. 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.
  9. In cooperation with the Valley Royals Track Club, the centre hosted an invitational meet at the beginning of May, a Pole Vault Mini-Meet and the The Abbotsford International Meet in June and the BC Jr/Juv/Sr Championships in July as well as the Canadian 10k Championships.
  10. In addition, in cooperation with the Valley Royals Track Club, the Centre organized the Lafarge 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 and Kim Chapdelaine, 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 coach's 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.

Gerry or Jason Swan - Centre Coordinators:

Kim Chapdelaine - Power/Speed Coach:

Ron Bunting - Throws Coach:

Brit Townsend - Middle Distance coach:

Submitted by: Jason Swan on behalf of Gerry Swan