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ISSUE #11-2003
Wednesday, May 21, 2003


PacifiCanada Track & Field Series 

Kajaks International Track Classic - Wednesday June 4th 6:00 - 8:00 pm
It's still not too late to register for the Kajaks International Track Classic. Events offered are the Men and Women's 100m, 200m, 800m, Mile, 300m, Long Jump and Javelin as well as a Masters Mile and Masters 100m. Maureen de Saint Croix who will be 50 on May 26th, will attempt to beat the World Record/50-54. This is the first of 5 meets in the PacifiCanada series to be contested over 8 days. Further information can be found at: 

New West Record Classic - Thursday June 5th
The New West Record is still accepting entries with an early bird deadline of May 27th. Join Canadian and international competitors in an early evening meet. Many events have advancement to the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Meet on June 8th. Prizes for all races as well as cash prizes for the top three individual performances in the meet. These awards are in addition to the series awards.

Club Fundraising Opportunity
The Achilles Track Society is pleased to offer a new incentive program focused on developing strong athletics at the grassroots level for the many track and field clubs throughout the province of British Columbia.
For every Harry Jerome Track Classic ticket your club sells the Achilles Track Society will donate $5 back to your club. This will help clubs generate funds while showing support for B.C.'s premier track and field meet.
This opportunity is only available through the Achilles Track Society. For more information on this exciting new club fundraising opportunity, please contact Peter Ogilvie at
The Harry Jerome meet begins at 2 pm and will run just over two hours featuring 18 events. It will be preceded at 1 pm by Elementary School relays. Ticket for the Jerome meet are just $10 and available at all Ticketmaster outlets. Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free. Doors open at 12 noon.

Athletics Canada
2003 Coaching Selections: Coaches selected and approved by the National Team Committee (2003) 

Selection Criteria for the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Athletics – REVISED VERSION 

Technical Rules (including qualification for the IAAF World Youth Championships and National Junior Champs)

From the desk of Derek Covington:
Further to the Athletics Canada memo on March 31, 2003 "Technical Rules" in which Athletics Canada clarified its position on the running of events in Canada with the new IAAF technical variations (including the new IAAF throwing sectors, IAAF false start rule and end-pieces) I am writing to re-confirm that its position remains unchanged as follows:

As a national federation, we are obligated under IAAF structure to only accept performances that have been performed at meetings, which have been conducted under the new IAAF regulations. If Athletics Canada can not be assured that the event was conducted as per IAAF regulations, then results from these events will not be accepted as legitimate for the purpose of selection to a national team (for example World Youth, World Championships, World Student Games, Pan Am Games, Olympic Games, Pan Am Junior
Championships), ratification for a Provincial or National record, or recognition for the purpose of receiving athlete assistance (carding).

Entry Regulations to the National Junior Championships:
The following are the current entry regulations for the Canadian National Junior Championships being held in Saskatoon, July 4-6, 2003.

  1. Athletics Canada members, 19 years and younger, who have achieved the qualifying entry standards are automatically eligible provided:
    1. Performances have been achieved in a competition, which has been sanctioned or recognized by Athletics Canada, Athletics Canada Provincial Branch, USATF, IAAF.
    2. Performances have been achieved Outdoors between May 1/02 and June 29/03.
  2. Athletics Canada members, 19 years and younger, who have not achieved the qualifying entry standards are also eligible to compete if:
    1. They finish in the top three at a Provincial/Territorial Branch Qualifying competition as designated by the Province/Territory at least 30 days in advance to Athletics Canada. In the case of such a Qualifying competition, only the top three finishers in an event are eligible for such additional selection.
    2. If there is no such Provincial/Territorial Branch Qualifying competition, the Province/Territory or Branch may select up to three athletes per event who have not made the qualifying standard who may participate in the National Junior Championships for such event.
    3. Athletes placing in the top 3 at their high school senior championships are automatically eligible to compete in the National Junior Championships if they are age-eligible.

New for 2003 as a one year transitional measure to provide athletes with the best possible chance to qualify and compete at the 2003 Canadian Junior Championships, Athletics Canada will accept minimum qualifying performances achieved at all sanctioned or recognized high school competitions regardless of whether the event conforms to the new IAAF false start rule or not (provided the performance has a legal wind reading).

This is an exception, which is applicable for the sole purpose of athlete qualification and entry to the 2003 National Junior Championships. However such performances if achieved with the old false start rule (or generally not in conformity with AC/IAAF rules) will not be accepted for the purpose of national team selection, national rankings or carding.

NOTE: All athletes MUST be registered for the year 2003 with their Provincial Branch, prior to entry to the National Junior Championships.

2004 Olympics Ticket Sales
The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and CoSport today announced the launch of Canadian public ticket sales for the 2004
Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Robert Freer Osborne
Aril 10, 1913 – May 8, 2003
Bob Osborne passed away May 8 in Vancouver at age 90.
He is predeceased by his beloved son Wayne of Burlington Ontario, his parents Leonard and Lily, and his brother Jim of Arizona.
He is dearly missed and lovingly remembered by his loving family, his wife Dorothy; (married 65 years) his son David and daughter-in-law Roxanne, and from Burlington, Ontario, his daughter-in-law Beverly; granddaughter Kathryn and her husband Jim Cowman; and great grandchildren Carly and Benjamin, and by his grandson Warren and his wife Sandy; and great grandchildren Alexandra and Jamie.
After graduating from UBC in 1933, Bob taught at Templeton and Lord Byng High Schools. In 1945 he was appointed to the Faculty of UBC where he was director of the School of Physical Education and Recreation for 33 years, retiring in 1978.
He was appointed to The Order of Canada, and received an honorary degree from the University of Western Ontario and received the International Olympic Committee Award.
Donations would be appreciated to Canuck Place, CNIB or the charity of your choice.
Many other awards and appointments have been given to Bob which will be announced in next week’s Bulletin.


York University Coaching Position
Candidates can view the job posting electronically at under Non-Academic Positions. It is listed as Coordinator, Track & Field but it is a coaching job. The application deadline for this position is May 26, 2003. Please note that an application form can be downloaded from the website at


Level I Coaching Clinic
BC Athletics is considering putting on a Level I Coaching Clinic in Abbotsford in June. The clinic will be held if enough interest is shown. Please contact the BC Athletics office at if you are interested in taking part.

University of Toronto Pole Vault Training Camp
June 20-22, 2003
For more information contact Ian Anderson at 


First draft of rankings for: 
Women: 5k, 8k, 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon
Men: 5k, 8k, 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon
Please send any corrections or additions to Jerry Tighe, phone 604-737-3174, fax 604-737-3171 or email


Details, direct links and contacts 

For complete listings of upcoming events (BC events highlighted in yellow) with contact information:

Track & Field 

Road Running 


Road Relays & Ultra 

Cross Country and Trail Running 

Race Walking – see Track & Field above

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