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ISSUE #2-2003
Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Athletics Partners Introduce PacifiCanada Track & Field Series
A new west-coast track and field series promises to bring international and Olympic level competition to the Vancouver area and Victoria over an eight-day period this June.
The PacifiCanada Track and Field Series, a collaborative effort of PacificSport National Athletics Centre, BC Athletics and Athletics Canada, features a combination of six open and invitational meets, 67 track and field events and over $20,000 in prize money.
"The PacifiCanada Track and Field Series will bring international athletes to Canada's west coast and offer elite-level competition for BC and Canadian athletes preparing for the 2004 Olympic Summer Games in Athens," said Doug Clement, Series Coordinator. "We've got everything looked after from accommodation and transportation to prize money - it's going to be an action-packed week for athletes and track and field fans in British Columbia."
Clement is no stranger to the need for bringing elite competition to BC; he has coached many Olympic runners and was himself an Olympic middle distance runner in 1952 and 1956.
The series, which runs from June 4 to June 11, allows athletes to accumulate points through the series with cash prizes awarded to the overall winners. The events are as follows:
Review Kajaks International Track Classic; Wednesday, June 4, 2003; Clement Track Richmond, B.C.; 
New Westminster City International; Thursday, June 5, 2003; Mercer Stadium New Westminster, B.C. 
10000m Canadian and BC Championships: Saturday, June 7, 2003; Swangard Stadium Burnaby B.C.; 
Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic; Sunday, June 8, 2003; Swangard Stadium Burnaby B.C.; 
Victoria TrackFest Twilight Meet; Monday, June 9, 2003; Centennial Stadium Victoria, B.C.; 
Victoria International Track Classic; Wednesday, June 11, 2003; Centennial Stadium Victoria, B.C.; 
The Harry Jerome International Track Classic and Victoria International Track Classic are invitational track meets while the other meets in the PacificCanada Track Series are "open" meets and will be used to qualify for the invitational meets.
For more information on the PacifiCanada Track and Field Series, visit
Media Contact: Joanna Fox, Communications Manager, PacificSport Canadian Sport Centre Victoria, (250) 595-1955, cell (250) 882-5426, 

Latest edition of the "THREE WAVES" - newsletter from the PacificSport Group - the BC Network of Canadian and Regional Sport Centres. 

NCCP Coaching Courses:
Level 2 Distance Technical
Abbotsford March 22-23 

Level 1 Technical
Kelowna March 29-30
(postponed from March 14-15 due to weather conditions)
Note: The form will back up on the web site shortly - Until then - please contact Eugene Konart at 

Level 1 Technical
Victoria March 29-30

NCCP Theory Courses: 

Rule Changes for 2003:
As presented at the 2002 BC Athletics AGM, rule changes as of January 1, 2003 are now in effect. The 2003 BC Athletics AGM also passed some rule changes as outlined in #7 below. Website links to the IAAF and BC Athletics pages are listed below. Highlights include:
1. False start rule change - IAAF Rule 162.7
2. Vertical Jumps Cross Bars - IAAF Rule 181.7
3. Pole Vault Cross Bar Support - IAAF Rule 183.10
4. Throwing Events Landing Sectors (now 34.92 degrees for Shot Put, Hammer and Discus) - IAAF Rule 187.12 a
5. Hammer Grip and Connections for Wire - IAAF Rule 191.7 and 191.8. These changes are currently being reviewed and any change has been delayed until 2004.
6. Combined Events Competitions - Women's Decathlon - IAAF Rule 200
7. BC Athletics Technical Specifications for Athletics as relates to:

a. Junior Development Steeplechase Women
b. Junior Development Race Walk Men & Women
c. Juvenile Race Walk Men & Women
d. Junior Race Walk Women
e. Juvenile Men's Shot Put, Hammer, Javelin and Discus Weights
f. Juvenile Men's Decathlon Shot Put, Javelin and Discus Weights
g. Throwing Implements - Metric Weights only are acceptable for Rankings, Records and Standards for the purpose of Funding and Selection. The Minimum weight of the implement must be met for admission to the competition and acceptance of performances.

IAAF website pages for Rules: 
BC Athletics website pages for Technical Specifications: 

Officials Workshop:
Level 1 and 2: March 29, 2003 - Victoria
Instructor: Keith Newell, International Level Official
Location: PacificSport National Training Centre at Commonwealth Pool, Saanich
Starting Time: 9:00 am
Fee: BC Athletics members (2003) - $20.00 / Non Members - $25.00
Registration: Pre-registration is required.
Contact: Diana Hollefreund at: 
Registration Form: To be circulated by Diana Hollefreund and posted on BC
Athletics website: 

BC Sports Hall of Fame & Museum this spring break:
The B.C. Sports Hall of Fame is offering a fantastic spring break program during the week of March 17-21 while kids are out of school. Athletic stars such as BC Lions legend Lui Passaglia, members of the Vancouver Breakers & Whitecaps, Bob Lenarduzzi and cross country athlete, THELMA WRIGHT will be available to chat with the kids, sign autographs, offer great tips, tell stories, answer questions - it is going to be fun... especially for young sports fans!
Thelma Wright is a sensational storyteller as well as a fabulous role model and inspiration for kids - especially up and coming young track athletes! Thelma will be at the Hall of Fame on the Tuesday, group reservations are recommended. Call 604-687-5520 for details. For a brief overview of Thelma's background, please visit this link: 

The Stacey Levitt Women and Sport Scholarship:
Applications for this year's process are due May 31, 2003
The Stacey Levitt Women and Sport Scholarship is in memory of a very special 18 year old woman who was struck down by a car while she was jogging on Aug. 30, 1995. She was a superior athlete, a top student, and loved by many. She participated in sport for the sheer joy of the experience. She loved the camaraderie, the team work, and the competition and she displayed that love in many sports - swimming, scuba diving, tai-kwon-do, triathlon, gymnastics and jazz. Stacey always strived to be the best she could be, and filled her life with joy and meaning. This scholarship is open to a young woman, a girls' team, or a sport organization that exemplifies Stacey's ideals and qualities:

  • demonstrates a keen interest in sports and a healthy lifestyle
  • takes the initiative to make positive things happen
  • is highly motivated and enthusiastic
  • strives to be the best and doesn't give up trying

This $2500 scholarship is in her memory. It will be shared by five recipients. High school and university/college-age women are encouraged to apply. Consideration will be given to financial need. There is no application form. Candidates are simply asked to outline how the scholarship will be used for women and sport. Candidates should apply in writing to CAAWS at:
N202 - 801 King Edward Avenue
Ottawa, ON,
Canada K1N 6N5
Phone: 613-562-5667
Fax: 613-562-5668
Please state your name, age, phone, fax and e-mail on your application. The scholarship recipients will be announced on the website at In addition to the scholarship, the recipients will be give a copy of "I Am a Rose", a beautiful collection of poetry written by Stacey from a very young age.

Branch Officials Newsletter - March 15, 2003 - attached - Contact the BC Athletics office for attachments

Running Seminar:
March 29, 1-5 PM, Plaza of Nations, Vancouver. Sponsored by the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre at the Plaza of Nations.
Topics to be covered: Training to perform at your best-Dr. Jack Taunton. Nutrition & Hydrations concerns-Nancy Guest-Nutritionist. Footwear Issues-Phil Moore-Ladysport. Insuring yourself against injury-Clyde Smith-Physiotherapist. Warm up & cool down protocol-Joanne Nicholson-Kinesiologist. Recovery & self help-Ken Ens-Massage Therapist.
First 200 registrants receive a free technical Performa t-shirt from Fila valued at $45. Registration fee only $200. For more information call the Fila store at (604) 683-3452 or Ladysport at (604) 733-1173. 

High performance Training Symposium:
March 29-30th, University of Victoria.
Presenters: Dr. Istvan Balyi - Victoria. Dr. Mel C. Siff - Denver, Colorado
Topics to be covered: Long term Development, An integrated approach to Optimizing Performance. Tapering & Peaking. Strength training for Endurance Runners.
For more information: Jan Buehler - (250) 370-9485.

BC Road Running Championships:
VFAC North Shore 5k - April 5, 2003 
Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon - June 23, 2003 
Kajaks Flatlands 10k - October 19, 2003

Times Colonist 10k Road Race April 27, 2003:
Register on line for this beautiful, great and fun 10k Road Race in the British Columbia Capital City of Victoria. 

Vancouver Sun Run April 13, 2003:
As of March 12th the Vancouver Sun Run has 40,000 registered with the next early bird registration occurring March 31st. Runners and walkers can save $5 before March 31st. 1110 corporate Teams have registered, 140 school teams and 45 Sun Run training clinics are full. 

BC Athletics Vancouver Sun Run Booth:
Thursday April 10th 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday April 11th 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday April 12th 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
1.) If you enjoy talking to runners, volunteers are needed in 3 hour blocks to assist at the BC Athletics booth. Questions posed by out of town participants will need to be answered as well as queries from locals needing to know more about the benefits of joining BC Athletics.
2.) Drivers will be needed to pick up elite athletes from the Vancouver International Airport and bring them to the Hyatt Hotel.
3.) At the finish line we need volunteers to accompany and guide the elite athletes to the media/press area.
The Vancouver Sun Runs regular deadline is March 31st. The late period will be April 1st - April 12th.

adidas Vancouver International Marathon, Half Marathon and Canada Kids MaraFun:
This long time Vancouver event has registration up 61% year to date. 6,000 runners will be allowed in the Half Marathon, 5,000 in the full marathon and 1,000 in the Kids MaraFun (1 mile) for a total of 12,000 participants. The finishers shirts done by the Inuit Gallery will be a huge hit and definitely one the runner will be proud to wear. The next early registration deadline is March 28th. 

Canadian World Cross Country Team named:
Congratulations to the athletes who have been selected to represent Canada
at the 2003 World Cross Country Championships:
Junior Women - Carmen Ballard (KELTF - Kelowna, BC), Danette Doetzel, Julia Hicks, Mandy Macalister (U - Burnaby, BC), Sophie Maranda, Nikki Tufts
Junior Men - Kurt Benninger, Adam Hortian, Kristjan Hunter, Geoff Kerr, Matt Loiselle, Braden Novakowski
Senior Women (short course) - Margaret Butler (KAJ - West Vancouver, BC), Sarah Dillabaugh, Carmen Douma-Hussar, Sarah Dupre-Healy, Emile Mondor,
Senior Women (long Course) - Sarah Ali-Khan, Alexandra Babcock, Michelle
Carson, Janine Moffett - (HH - North Vancouver, BC), Alison Rendell (KAJ - Vancouver, BC), Maria Zambrano
Senior Men (short course) - Mark Bomba (KAJ - New Westminster, BC), Joel Bourgeois, Jeremy Deere, Graham Hood, Sean Kaley, Kevin Sullivan
Senior Men (long course) - Simon Bairu, Michael Booth, Graham Cocksedge (PATH - Victoria, BC), Jamie Epp, Eric Gillis, Scott Simpson,

Event Information and Updates:

Royal Canadian Legion Track Meet - May 3, 2003 - Trail, BC
For an Entry Package and information please contact Dan Horan at 

Collingwood Elementary School Meet - May 7, 2003

Defi Toronto Challenge (TTC) - Centennial Stadium, Etobicoke ON - July 25-27 2003
Canadian Open Championships - national Event for Amputee, Blind and Cerebral Palsy Athletes 

Major and Upcoming Events Sanctioned by BC Athletics:
For details, direct links and contacts - 

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