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ISSUE #1-2004
Wednesday, January 7, 2004

From the BC Athletics Office
Road Running
Track & Field
Employment Opportunities
Links of Interest
Event Listings
BC Rankings


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. 

Committee Reports now available:

2004 Annual General Meeting Agenda: 

2004 Resolutions: 

2004 Elections:
Nominations received to date:


Jane is beginning her third month of hospital stay where she is battling a rare disease know as Scleroderma and the numerous complications this has caused. At this time, Jane has been moved from the MSA Hospital in Abbotsford to the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. Although she gave her family and close associates a bit of a scare on New Year's Day, thankfully her condition has improved somewhat since then. Jane is receiving outstanding medical support at the Columbian and she has a number of specialists, led by Dr. Gordon, who has done a tremendous job as Jane's medical team's lead doctor. She continues to receive kidney dialysis treatments three times per week, but since she is at the Columbian, those long waits for an ambulance to transport her back and forth to MSA have been eliminated. In addition, she is being led through daily physiotherapy treatments to help her regain some of the strength was lost from ten weeks in bed.

Jane would like to thank the many people who have extended to her their positive thoughts, enquiries and good wishes. The support given to her from those in the track and field community has been tremendous and Jane has been completely overwhelmed by them. Please do not send her flowers, however, as they are restricted in her ward. Unfortunately, at present she is not well enough to receive many visitors.

Once again, thanks to everyone.
Gerry, Jennifer & Jason


Friday, January 30, 2004 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
SFU Harbour Centre Campus
515 West Hastings St., Vancouver
Presenters include Dr. Jack Taunton, Director of the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre at UBC and Clyde Smith, Physiotherapist, Director of the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre at the Plaza of Nations.

Topics will include the latest information on overuse running injuries, the most up-to-date treatment protocols, research on injury frequency to recreational runners, choosing the correct footwear and a detailed analysis of one of the most common running injuries.

Admission: $10.00
Proceeds to the Allan McGavin Educational Development Fund
Tickets available at the New Balance Store, Vancouver (990 Robson St.) or on the evening of the event.
For more information, please call (604) 685-2281 or Email: 

John Hill will begin his Short Program Wednesday, January 7th through to April 21, 2004 at Brockton Oval in Stanley Park. 



General Information:
Location and Dates: Budapest, Hungary, March 5 to 7, 2004


  • Must be a registered member (athlete) of Athletics Canada.
  • Must be a Canadian citizen and eligible to receive a Canadian passport by the Final Selection Date.
  • Must comply with Athletics Canada rules concerning Canadian residency.
  • Must otherwise be eligible to participate in the 2003 World Indoor Championships.

In general, this National Team will be 100% funded, however this is subject to change as per available resources.

60m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 60mH, HJ, PV, LJ, TJ, SP, HEP (M), PEN (W)

Maximum Per Event:
The maximum number per individual event is two (2) athletes.

Qualifying Trials:
There will be no qualifying trials for these championships.

Qualifying Period:
Athletes may qualify by achieving either an outdoor or indoor selection standard, starting with the 2003 outdoor main competitive season and ending on February 29, 2004

Team Qualification Objectives

  1. To select the most competitive team available that is prepared to compete at its peak level in early March 2004.
  2. To select athletes who have included as part of their 2004 outdoor annual training and competition plan, the World Indoor Championships (as part of their preparation for the Athens Olympic Games)
  3. To select athletes who have demonstrated ability in the outdoor 2003 season and the 2004 indoor season to perform at a level that is equivalent to or greater than placing among the top 8 competitors at these Championships.

Selection Process
Up to a maximum of 2 athletes who achieve the indoor entry standard during the 2004 indoor season will be selected in priority order based on rank order of performances during the 2004 indoor qualifying period.
If team spots are available, athletes who achieve the outdoor entry standard during the 2003 outdoor season will be selected in priority order based on rank order of performances during the 2003 outdoor qualifying period.


  • “A” Standard (both indoor and outdoor)
    An “A” standard will be confirmed early in the new-year. It will be based on similar standards established by Athletics Canada for the 2003 World Indoor Championships. It will be equivalent to placing among the top 8 at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.
  • “B” Standard (both indoor and outdoor)
    A “B” standard will be confirmed early in the new-year. It will be based on the following principles: Where appropriate the “B” standard will be fixed at a qualifying performance that is stronger than the currently published IAAF standards, but not as strong as the Athletics Canada “A” standard (above). International scoring tables will be used to compare standards across different events.
  • IAAF Standards:

Combined Events
Eight (8) athletes will be invited by the IAAF to compete; the top 4 athletes in the 2004 Indoor Lists and the top 4 athletes in the 2003 Outdoor Lists. Upon refusals or cancellations, the invitation shall be extended to the next ranked athletes in the same lists.

Final Selection Document
A final selection document will be produced early in the new-year and will be based on the above principles, however Athletics Canada reserves the right to make modifications as necessary.

The Copps Coliseum Indoor Track Meet wll be held again this year in a different format. The high school meet will be held on Friday February 20, starting at 9:00 a.m. and finishing in the early evening (7 - 8 p.m.). There will be no open non-school meet this year.
The schedule will probably conform pretty much to the old schedule with a break between the afternoon and evening finals. More details can be found at the web site: 

The IAAF is pleased to announce that the English version of the latest edition of the IAAF Competition Rules, which includes Anti-Doping Rules and Rules related to Disputes, has just been added to the download section of the IAAF web site.
Pay particular attention to:
#141 - Rules for Age Groups
#191.7 - Hammer Handles
183.11 - Pole Vault - pole tape 


Team Investor Group Amateur Athletes Fund 2004
Deadline January 30, 2004 

FAST – Foundation for Athletes and Sport Training (Athlete Funding and Support Program)
FAST (Foundation for Athletes and Sport Training) is very pleased to announce that it will be awarding ten developing athletes from across Canada with FAST Track bursaries of $5000 each. 250 developing athletes will be awarded the FAST Toolkit, equipping them with information and discounts for goods and services to support their dreams. Each of the 260 athletes will be members of the FAST Track Program, receiving support throughout their career as a developing athlete (as long as minimum performance standards continue to be met). The FAST Track awards will be announced in March, 2004.

The complete program and athlete application is available at:

BC Athletics must review all applications from Athletics athletes and submit by January 23, 2004, up to 4 nominees who meet the criteria. (See the program criteria and the Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization responsibilities). The submission to BC Athletics must be received by January 9, 2003 in order for it to be considered.

Questions on the program should be directed to Ann Peel at: 



The 2004 Women in Coaching National Coach Retreat will be held on March 19-21, 2004. The Retreat is designed to address the dramatic under-representation of women coaches at the high performance level by providing opportunities for professional development and networking.

Potential agenda topics include developing adaptable athletes, dealing with the dynamics of major competitions and clear communication with colleagues and athletes.

Coaches must be nominated by their national sport federation by January 23, 2004.

How to Nominate Yourself and Register for the Conference:
Use the 2004 National Coach Retreat Nomination Form and forward it to Kevin Bean at Athletics Canada at:
Space is limited and not all nominees may be accepted. Successful candidates will be notified in early February.

For more information on the nomination process, costs, location, and facilitators etc., please visit the link on the Women in Coaching Web site at: 


Ontario Special Olympics is a volunteer driven, grass roots organization that operates in 120 communities with 1,300 sport clubs. Weekly sport training takes place throughout the province in 17 sport disciplines for some 13,200 athletes with intellectual disabilities. At this time we offer throughout our 12 regional structures approximately 160 regional competitions on an annual basis. 6,000 volunteers operate and coordinate the localized sport programs and the regional competitions.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated individual to oversee and manage the sport development for Ontario Special Olympics. The Manager, Sport Services will work closely with other provincial sport governing organizations to develop and increase integrated sport programs and to work with regional volunteer teams to increase and develop localized competition.

The incumbent will have a university education in sport administration or related field. S/He must be an exceptionally organized person with excellent written and oral communications skills. S/He must be efficient with computers and writing grant proposals and s/he must have a demonstrated ability for written/verbal presentations. The incumbent will have a working knowledge of sport governing organizations and experience working and liaising with government personnel. Preference will also be given to candidates who have experience with volunteer committees and working with special needs populations.

Key Responsibilities:

Sport development:

  • Implement strategy to assist communities to develop sport programs. Current focuses for 2004 -2006 are in the area of curling, basketball and speed skate - total of five sport clubs per each region.
  • Assist communities in ensuring that new or prospective athletes are introduced to existing community sport clubs
  • Identify an analysis of sport preferences for target groups such as ethnic communities, older adults and youth, monitor trends in popular sport activity.
  • Develop strategies to incorporate sport trends and recommendations into the program development operational plans.
  • Identify and review on a bi-annual basis sport specific development plans for community development.
  • Liaise with Provincial Sport Governing bodies for each sport with an emphasis towards inclusive and integrated sport opportunities for athletes in the generic sport system
  • Revise sports manuals and provide continued support to existing sport clubs

Competition development:

  • Increase current regional competitions by four communities each year enabling athlete's access and greater opportunity for competition.
  • Ensure that regional competitions adhere to the unique elements that make it a successful component of community/regional competition.
  • Develop standardized competition planning framework tool kits for successful competition, ceremonies and for sponsor recognition.
  • Identify and create a volunteer management model that will effectively support an increase in and improved regional games
  • Develop work plans for each Region that ensures minimum requirements for Regional Competitions
  • Integrate all new competition initiatives into the regional work plans
  • Create regional competitions links to other regions via website and other communication tools.
  • Where appropriate work with provincial sport technical volunteers to improve on regional competitions technical capacities and athlete divisioning.


  • Administer and approve all sport club grants and start up applications, regional competition budgets and allocations.
  • Develop and maintain operating procedures pertinent to areas of responsibilities.
  • Liaise with government officials where appropriate
  • Ensure completion of organizations strategic plan in the appropriate areas.
  • Prepares annual sport budgets
  • Monitors and attends to sport and competitions complaints, compliments and opinions.


  • Work in collaboration with the Manager, Major Games and Coach Development and the Coach Development Assistant on all sport and competition matters.
  • Work in collaboration with other program managers of Ontario Special Olympics
  • Coordinate and work in collaboration with volunteer regional and provincial committees.
  • Work in collaboration with Manager Partners members with a sport and competition portfolio.
  • Work with regional sport and competition committees (12) and field staff as required.

Qualified candidates are invited to email or mail a cover letter, portfolio and resume by Tuesday, January 13th 2004 12:00 p.m. to:

Linda Ashe
Director, Organizational Development
18 Wynford Drive, Suite 300
North York, ON  M3C 3S2

Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Athletics Alberta – Provincial Technical Officer.


For additional information on courses offered, contact Brian McCalder at or go to the website at


Level I: Theory 13.5 hours 2 Sessions
Saturday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Sunday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Mar 14, 20 (registration code: 47856)
$100.00 (gst incl.)

Level II: Theory 19 hours 3 Sessions
Friday 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Saturday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Feb 6, 7, 8 (registration code: 47858)
$145.00 (gst incl.)

Location: Maple Ridge Leisure Centre
(West Coast Kinesiology Clinic)
11925 Haney Place, Maple Ridge

For more information please phone 604-467-4675 or visit or go to CABC web-site
To register please phone 604-467-7322.


Vancouver Island Runners Association (VIRA)


Interior Running Association

Road Running in the USA

Athletics Canada / Run Canada


Please be informed that on an interim basis the responsibilities of the BC Athletics Technical Manager, Track & Field and Director Power/Speed Events have been assumed by Brian McCalder, President/CEO. All matters concerning Track & Field, Coaching Education/Certification and P/S Development should be directed to Brian at:
Further updates will be provided as the position is reviewed and a process undertaken to fill this role with BC Athletics. Thank you.

Volunteer Vancouver is inviting nominations for its Volunteer Recognition Awards to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism and showcase the voluntary efforts of countless individuals and groups. We all know that thousands of events would not happen if it weren’t for the enthusiasm and dedication of volunteers. Awards are presented in six categories and recipients will be announced during the gala ceremony on April 19, 2004. To find out more about these volunteer recognition awards, visit or call 604-875-9144 for more information.

British Columbia Community Achievement Awards
The newly formed British Columbia Achievement Foundation is pleased to announce its inaugural British Columbia Community Achievement Awards. These awards celebrate “the spirit, imagination, dedication and outstanding contributions of British Columbians to their communities”. Awards will be presented at a formal ceremony in the Spring of 2004 (details to be announced at a later time). Nomination deadline is January 30, 2004. Information about these achievement awards is available at or by calling 1-866-882-6088.

the Aboriginal Sport Circle - Canada's National Voice for Aboriginal Sport & Recreation.
2003 Tom Longboat Awards:
Most Outstanding Female/Male Athlete in Canada
2003 Aboriginal Coach Awards
Most Outstanding Female/Male Coach in Canada
Only four weeks left to nominate!
For further information and nomination forms please contact:
Gina Doxtator
Program Manager
Aboriginal Sport Circle
RR#3 Akwesasne Mohawk Territory
Cornwall Island K6H 5R7
T: 1.866.938.1176 ext. 21
F: 613.938.9181

Sports Officials of Canada (SOC) is pleased to announce that the second-ever national sports officials conference, It's Official 2004 will be held February 27-29 at the Delta Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario. For information: 

As approved by the BC Athletics Board of Directors the policy with respect to providing Day of Event Membership for sanctioned competitions has been amended - this should be shown as an additional $3.00 for those entrants who are not current members of BC Athletics or another Athletics Association. It is appreciated that this may not be possible for events that have their planning well underway. During this phase in year, please present wherever possible, the BC Athletics Day of Event Membership as an additional $3.00. (Note: The previous policy allowed for either an additional $3.00 for non members or a $3.00 deduction for BC Athletics members or members from another Athletics Association.) The event entry form must also provide space for the entrant to put in their current BC Athletics or equivalent Athletics Association membership number.

The intended result of this change in how the Day of Event Membership Fee is presented on the entry form is to: a) insure that the full amount of the entry fee is retained by the event organizing committee; b) more clearly reflect one of the benefits of BC Athletics Membership; and c) visibly demonstrates a financial return to the event organizer, through the sharing of the Day of Event Membership fee.

The sharing of the Day of Event Membership Fee is: for events up to and including 2,000 participants the host organizing committee retains $1.00 and $2.00 is returned to BC Athletics. For events of greater than 2,000 participants the Day of Event Membership Fee is split 50/50 ($1.50 retained by the host organizing committee and $1.50 returned to BC Athletics).

The amount returned to BC Athletics goes to support these and other programs/services:

  • Youth, developing athlete and adult participant development - camps, clinics and resources
  • Event Insurance (Liability) for all Day of Event Members
  • Event promotion and a direct link from the BC Athletics Calendar of Events web pages
  • Technical assistance and support to event organizers
  • BC Team programs for Juvenile, Junior, Senior and Masters age groups in Road Running, Cross Country, Race Walking and Track & Field in National Championships, Canada and Western Canada Games
  • Officials training and event officiating support
  • Coaches education and training
  • Prizing in selected events
  • BC Championship programs in Road Running, Race Walking, Marathon, Cross Country Running, Track & Field, Road Relays and Ultra Running
  • Regional Series support for Track & Field, Road and Cross Country Running
  • Website maintenance, enhancement and electronic communication to all members

This policy is undergoing further review by the BC Athletics Planning Committee under the heading of BC Athletics Membership Fees and Services. In 2004 the Planning Committee will undertake an extensive dialogue with event organizers with regard to BC Athletics Day of Event Membership - fees, presentation, revenue sharing and other related issues. Any proposed changes will be presented at the 2004 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting to be held on January 23 and 24, 2004 and/or the 2005 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting.

Questions should be directed to BC Athletics at: 

The True Sport Community Recognition Program is a new national initiative that will bring to light best practices and success stories related to values based sport programs at the community level.
Please visit the True Sport website at for a copy of the True Sport Community brochure, which highlights the key elements of the Program and provides detailed information on the nomination process. Deadline for entries is January 15, 2004.
For Information Please Contact:
Bryan R. Merrett, B. Com., M.B.A.
True Sport Online Community
202-2197 promenade Riverside Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1H 7X3
Email/Adresse courriel: - 
Web Site/Site Internet: 
Phone/ Tél.: (613) 521-3340, ext. 3230
Fax/Téléc.: (613) 521-31340

Marijuana Prohibited in the Canadian Domestic Doping Control Program 

(See "Forms")

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 with a copy to the BC Athletics office at




Details, direct links and contacts 

For complete listings of upcoming events (BC sanctioned 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


Road Running: 

Track & Field 

Back issues of the BCAB are available at