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ISSUE #38-2003
Wednesday, December 3, 2003

From the BC Athletics Office
Athletics Canada
Cross Country
Road Running
Track & Field
Newsletters
Courses
Links of Interest
Reminders!
Event Listings
BC Rankings


FROM THE BC ATHLETICS OFFICE

2004 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting
January 23, 24, 25, 2004
&
2004 BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet
January 24, 2004

Please refer to the website AGM page for ALL information. Check regularly as information, reports etc. will be added daily.
www.bcathletics.org/main/agm.htm 


ATHLETICS CANADA

REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF OLYMPIC GAMES CATEGORY 3 QUALIFIER MEETS EXTENDED
In order to provide athletes and coaches additional time to submit their list of Category 3 meets for approval, Athletics Canada is extending the deadline to January 9, 2004.
The deadline for Marathon, 10,000m and race walk has NOT been extended. The deadline for these events remains December 1st, 2003.

What are Approved Olympic Games Qualifier Meets?
In order to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games, athletes must achieve the Athletics Canada / COC "A" standard as outlined in the Athletics Canada Olympic Games Selection Criteria (www.athleticscanada.com/article.asp?id=2165) In order for "A" standards to be recognized for the purpose of selection by Athletics Canada and the COC, they must be achieved in pre-approved competitions listed on the Athletics Canada website. Category 1 and 2 meets are currently posted and reflect known meets to date. If new Category 1 and 2 meets are created by the IAAF, USATF, EAA, NACAC, or other IAAF area associations, then they will be automatically added to the list of approved Category 1 and 2 meets on the Athletics Canada website. "B" standards may be achieved in any IAAF or Athletics Canada sanctioned meet and do not need to be achieved in pre-approved competitions. For more information, please read the complete policy www.athleticscanada.com/article.asp?id=2311 

What are Category 3 Meets?
Category 3 meets are in addition to those listed Category 1 and 2. The list of Category 3 meets will be created with input from athletes and coaches and will be primarily based in North America. Once we have received input from athletes and coaches, Athletics Canada will post an official list of meets by each major event area. For example, an official list of Category 3 meets will be posted for jumps and another for sprints and another for throws etc ... Where appropriate and based on input from athletes and coaches these lists may be broken down to specific event disciplines (for example, high jump, javelin etc ...) within each major event area.

Why is there a Deadline?
The list of Category 3 meets will be based on athlete and coach input, so it is very important that you submit this information to us. The sooner athletes and coaches provide us with this information, the sooner we can release the approved list of Category 3 meets. This will help athletes and coaches in planning ahead.

What if I don't know which meets I will be competing at next summer?
Athletics Canada recognizes that not all events are posted or known at this time, however athletes and coaches should have already prepared their 2004 annual training and competition plan for next summer, including when and where they plan to achieve the required "A" standard(s). Athletes must keep in mind that only competitions that have a history of international caliber fields as defined by the number of athletes performing at the Olympic or IAAF A level in any given event and offer a range of events on the track and in the field will be approved.

A preliminary list of Category 3 competitions will be posted in January 2004. Additional meets (up to the maximum allowable number of meets) will be posted in March. A maximum of 8 Category 3 meets for each event discipline or event group (where appropriate) will be approved for the sprints, hurdles, jumps and throws. A maximum of 4 Category 3 meets for each event discipline or event group (where appropriate) will be approved for the endurance, race walk and combined events.

What if I have already submitted my list of events?
You may use the extended deadline to re-submit meets for consideration.

Instructions for Submitting your list of events:
You can obtain an application form on the Athletics Canada website : www.athleticscanada.com/article.asp?id=2165 

Please submit your application form to Kevin Bean (kbean@athletics.ca) at the Athletics Canada Head Office or via fax (613) 260-0341.

Where can I get more information?
Please contact your event area leader below before you submit your list of events.
Contact details can be found at the following link : www.athleticscanada.com/article.asp?id=1069 

Les Gramantik - Speed Power Events and Combined Events
Martin Goulet - Endurance Events
Glenroy Gilbert - Sprints and Relays Events
Richard Crevier - Hurdles Events
Bruce Pirnie - Throws Events
Daniel St. Hilaire - Jumps Events


CROSS COUNTRY

CANADIAN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
TORONTO - NOV. 29, 2003

Great effort by all the British Columbia runners in the National X-C Championships. Sixty members of B.C. Athletics were in Toronto as either athletes, coaches or parents for some of the most exciting cross country races seen in Canada this year.

Head coach Frank Reynolds and assistant coach Sue Northey were very pleased with the teams efforts and results.

Friday had been a day of constant rain for the course tours and then while all were asleep the wind howled thru the night attempting to dry out the course. The weather started out race day with the ground covered in a light snow fall and at -2C. Gradually became sunny and +4C in the afternoon.

The Masters ran at 11:00 AM and proceeded to get B.C. off to a fabulous start and win the Bluenose Trophy - the emblematic award for the fastest Masters from a region or province. Using the age graded tables, scoring members finishing in the following order were Maureen de St. Croix, Rob Lonergan, Nancy Tinari and Art Boileau.

The B.C. Junior women won their team award and Carmen Ballard-Kelowna made the World X-C team. Other placings; Meredith MacGregor (16), Sabrina Reeve (18), Kristen Kolstad (38), Breanna Chipney (50), Rebecca Johnstone (52), Alison Hudson, (61), Lisa Egami (62), Stacy Dennis (89), Lindsay Barrett (91), Anita Campbell (117).

Next Sam Pawluk (5th) and Chris Winter (6) ran like the wind or into it in the Junior Men's race and made the World team. B.C. won the team title. Further results; Dylan Gant (35), Geoff Dunbrack (73), Jeremiah Johnston (106), Jason Malin (122).

Last year an athlete finished 19th in the Senior Women's race and was named to one of the 2 teams needed for the World X-C. B.C. has an opportunity to have 8 women in the hunt for spots on the Canadian team.

Emilie Mondor coached by Mike Lonergan won the Women's race. We had 3 of the first 5 spots in Toronto. Congratulations to Malindi Elmore-Kelowna (2nd), Tina Connelly (3), Leah Pells (5), Courtney Inman (10), Margaret Butler (11), Stephanie Mills-Victoria (13), Carolyn Murray-Victoria (18), and Tambra Dunn-Victoria (20) who all have a chance to go to Belgium and the World Cross Country Championships. The group also won the team title. Nikki Knapp (31) and Stephanie Hood (83) rounded out the BC contingent.

Senior men completed a 5 for 5 in the team titles. Hopefully next year Ontario will solve some logistical situations and enter the team competitions. They were sorely missed.

Well done to Mark Bomba (5th), Bruno Mazzota - Kamloops (6), David Milne-Victoria (16), Steve Osaduik-Nanaimo (17), Matt Johnston (19), Eric Kiauka (31), Ken Myers (32), Peter Cardle (32).

Full results available at:
www.rrresults.com/results.htm 


ROAD RUNNING

IAAF ANNOUNCES ROAD RUNNING AND RACE WALKING RANKINGS
The first Road Running and Race Walking Rankings will be issued on 23 March 2004, thereby upgrading the IAAF World Rankings to better reflect the many and varied disciplines of Track and Field Athletics.

Following the decision by the IAAF Congress to recognize world records for Road Running and Race Walking, and the decision that, starting in 2003, Athletes of the Year are nominated based on the Overall Rankings, it became necessary to upgrade the Rankings so as to include the Road Running and Race Walking from 2004.

Working Groups have studied this issue since 2001 to ensure that the system devised is compatible with the overall Rankings Mechanism and underlying philosophy. Their final proposals have now been ratified by the IAAF Council allowing this fundamental step to be taken.

One of the major issues was the definition of appropriate Categories of Competitions. In order to rank the top 100 road runners the results of about 300 marathons and road races worldwide need to be followed, in other words some 12,000/13,000 results need to be processed.

The system will be similar to the one currently applied to Combined Events, i.e. the Ranking Score will be given by the average of the athlete's best 3 Performance Scores, instead of 6 for individual Track and Field Events.

The first Road Running and Race Walking Rankings will be issued on 23 March, after the first event of the IAAF Race Walking Challenge and ahead of the major spring Marathons.


TRACK & FIELD

IAAF RULE BOOK 2004 - 2005
The print version of the IAAF Rule Book will not be available until next year. Please find a PDF version available at: www.bcathletics.org/iaafrulebook.pdf 

Pay particular attention to:
#141 - Rules for Age Groups
#191.7 - Hammer Handles
183.11 - Pole Vault - pole tape

ADVISORY NOTE
Marijuana Prohibited in the Canadian Domestic Doping Control Program
www.cces.ca/pdfs/CCES-ADV-Cannabinoids-E.pdf 

SASKATOON DOWNTOWN LIONS SLED DOG OPEN - JAN 22, 23, 24 2004
http://ww2.link.ca/saskathletics/ 
(See "Forms")


NEWSLETTERS

PACIFICSPORT
"THREE WAVES Bulletin" from PacificSport - the BC Sport Centre Network. www.pacificsport.com/pages/three_waves_nov26_03.php 

THE CANADIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
"IN THE LOOP"

www.olympic.ca/EN/cocmembers/news/index.shtml 

"PODIUM"
www.olympic.ca/EN/organization/publications/publications.shtml#podium 


COURSES

NCCP COACHING CERTIFICATION
For additional information on courses offered, contact Eugene Konart at eugenekonart@bcathletics.org or go to the website at www.bcathletics.org/main/education.htm#coached.


LINKS OF INTEREST

Vancouver Island Runners Association (VIRA)
www.islandnet.com/~vira/

PacifcSport
www.pacificsport.com/

Interior Running Association
www.interiorrunning.ca/

Road Running in the USA
www.runningintheusa.com

Athletics Canada / Run Canada
www.coursemeasurement.ca


REMINDERS

2004 CALENDAR OF EVENTS - TRACK & FIELD - DRAFT AVAILABLE
A DRAFT of the 2004 Track & Field Calendar of Events is now available at: www.bcathletics.org/eventcal_tf.htm 

ATHLETICS CANADA
Coaching application for 2004 National Teams
www.athletics.ca/article.asp?id=936 

Team Investors Group Amateur Athlete Bursary Applications Now Available From Athletes CAN
www.athletics.ca/article.asp?id=849  www.athletescan.com/e/archives/2003/1119_ig_application.htm 

Olympic Games Selection Criteria
www.athleticscanada.com/article.asp?id=2165 

Olympic Games Head Coach Letter
www.athleticscanada.com/article.asp?id=2165 

List of Approved Events for Purpose of Qualification for the Olympic Games
www.athleticscanada.com/article.asp?id=2165 

2004 Paralympic Games Selection Criteria
www.athletics.ca/article.asp?id=2166 

2004 Manager Application Form
www.athletics.ca/article.asp?id=936 

2004 Medical Application Form
www.athletics.ca/article.asp?id=936 

2002 - 2004 Paralympic Carding Criteria
www.athletics.ca/article.asp?id=140 

2003-2004 Paralympic Carding List
www.athletics.ca/article.asp?id=141 

2003-2004 Carded Athlete Agreement
www.athletics.ca/article.asp?id=2173 

Paralympic Newsletter - November 2003
www.athletics.ca/article.asp?id=2246

JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE - CALL FOR REPRESENTATIVES AT LARGE
Anyone interested in serving as a representative at large on the BC Athletics Junior Development Committee is asked to submit your expression of interest which includes a brief resume of experiences inside Athletics and involvement with club programs and organization and any committee involvement outside of Athletics. At the present time the following positions are open:
One 1 year term - Representative at Large
Three 2 year terms - Representative at Large
Expressions of interest with requested information are to be forwarded to Brad Wallbank - Chair, BC Athletics Junior Development Committee at bradwallbank@shaw.ca with a copy to the BC Athletics office at brian.mccalder@bcathletics.org

BC TEAM STAFF APPLICATIONS FOR 2004
www.bcathletics.org/main/sportspecific.htm 

CALL FOR TECHNICAL AND ORGANIZATION PAPERS
www.bcathletics.org/main/papers_articles.htm 

OFFICE HELP - CLERICAL
BC Athletics is looking for a volunteer to help in the office 2 or 3 days a week. Help is needed with database entries, filing, copying, faxes, mail-outs and other help where needed when special projects are underway. If you're interested please contact Sam Collier at sam.collier@bcathletics.org


EVENT LISTINGS

MAJOR AND UPCOMING EVENTS SANCTIONED BY BC ATHLETICS
Details, direct links and contacts
www.bcathletics.org/main/index.htm 

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

Track & Field
www.bcathletics.org/eventcal_tf.htm 

Road Running
www.bcathletics.org/eventcal_rr.htm 

Marathons
www.bcathletics.org/eventcal_mar.htm 

Road Relays & Ultra
www.bcathletics.org/eventcal_rr2.htm 

Cross Country and Trail Running
www.bcathletics.org/eventcal_xc.htm 

Race Walking see Track & Field above


BC RANKINGS

Road Running:
www.bcathletics.org/main/road_running.htm#rankings 

Track & Field
www.bcathletics.org/main/track_field.htm#rankings 


Back issues of the BCAB are available at www.bcathletics.org/main/bcabulletin.htm.