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ISSUE #8-2004
Wednesday, February 25, 2004

In this issue:

  • Athletics Canada Announces World Cross Country Championships Team
  • Athletics Canada Announces Word Indoor Track & Field Championships Team
  • 9th Annual World Athletics Day Opportunity
  • Yokohama 2004 Women's Ekiden Results

From the BC Athletics Office
Athletics Canada
Road Running
Track & Field
Event Listings
BC Rankings


IAAF TECHNICAL COMPETITION RULES 2004 - 2005 (with Canadian and BC variations)

The "Little Red Book" for 2004/2005 is now available at the BC Athletics office.
Price - $6.00
Postage and handling: 1-2 books $3.00, 3-5 books $5.00, 6+ books $7.00
Order on-line or print out an order form to mail in: (publications order form)



The IAAF is planning to hold the 9th annual World Athletics Day May 8 & 9, 2004. This event is open to all Youth athletes born in 1987 & 1988. The IAAF is prepared to provide the organizing committee with a box of promotional items to help with publicity and a $500 US grant to help host the event. Please consider hosting this event in conjunction with an existing event you are planning. Canada participating in the last few years and it was a great success. Let's continue the tradition and host the World Athletics Day again this year.

Please let me know if your branch or a club in your province is interested in hosting this event by February 26th, 2004 and we apologize for the short notice.

For more information and the application form, please visit: 

If you have any questions, please contact:
Monique Landry


February 24, 2004 Ottawa, ON - Athletics Canada is pleased announce its 12-member Canadian team that will be competing at the upcoming 10th IAAF World Indoor Championships taking place in Budapest, Hungary from March 5th - 7th, 2004.

“This is the biggest team we’ve had in a few years at world indoors,” says head coach and chief technical officer for Athletics Canada, Alex Gardiner. “This is a result of a move to focus our resources on specific event groups such as the sprints and hurdles, and middle distance running. It’s also an indication of the tremendous work being done at the PacificSport national training centre in Victoria with coach Wynn Gmitroski. As well, every athlete on this team is a full-time athlete, under the guidance of full-time coaches, which speaks to our professional model.”

Athletes needed to demonstrate that they have the ability to finish in the top eight in order to qualify for selection to the team. Last year, Canada sent a team of seven athletes to the world indoor championships and in 2001, the team size was nine.

“This is the best group of athletes we’ve had heading into the world indoor championships in recent history,” says world indoor championships Canadian team head coach Les Gramantik who is also the director of speed and power programs for Athletics Canada. “Along with our experienced coaching staff, I’m looking forward to helping team members achieve their individual performance goals.”

Headlining the Canadian team list for Budapest is 100m hurdles outdoor world champion, Perdita Felicien; world championship bronze medallist Mark Boswell; as well as Canadian sprint champion, Nicolas Macrozonaris.

The world indoor championships will provide a valuable benchmark for all team members in their preparation for the Olympic Games in Athens this summer.

Team members are listed below:


(Name, Age, Hometown, Residence, Coach, Qualifying Event)
Charles Allen, 26, Brampton, ON, Clemson, SC-USA, Paul Doyle, 60mh
Mark Boswell, 26, Brampton, ON, Brampton, ON, Milt Ottey, High Jump
Carmen Douma, 26, Cambridge, ON, Ardmore, PA-USA, Marcus O'Sullivan, 1500m
Perdita Felicien, 23, Pickering, ON, Champaign, IL-USA, Gary Winkler, 60mh
Heather Henningar, 30, Halifax, NS, Victoria, BC, Wynn Gmitroski, 800m
Nicolas Macrozonaris, 23, Laval, QC, Laval, QC, Daniel St-Hilaire, 60m
Stephanie McCann, 26, Surrey, BC, Victoria, BC, Anthony Curran, Pole Vault
Gary Reed, 22, Kamloops, BC, Victoria, BC, Wynn Gmitroski, 800m
Brad Snyder, 28, Windsor, ON, Athens, GA-USA, Don Babbitt, Shot Put
Kevin Sullivan, 29, Brantford, ON, Champaign, IL-USA, Ron Warhurst, 3000m
Aimee Teteris, 24, Toronto, ON, Victoria, BC, Wynn Gmitroski, 800m
Angela Whyte, 23, Edmonton, AB, Moscow, ID-USA, Wayne Phipps, 60mh

Team Staff

Head Coach, Les Gramantik, Calgary, AB
Coach, Wynn Gmitroski, Victoria, BC
Coach, Daniel St. Hilaire, Montreal, QC
Team Manager, Carole Gemer, Lethbridge, AB
Chiropractor, Wilbour Kelsick, Port Moody, BC

A warm-up competition for Canadian team members will be taking place in Bratislava, Slovakia February 28-29.


Friday, March 5th

10:00 60m Men Round 1
12:30 3000m Men Semi Final
15:15 Opening Ceremony
16:20 High Jump Men Qualifying Group A
16:30 Pole Vault Women Qualifying Group A
17:30 800m Women Round 1
18:10 High Jump Men Qualifying Group B
18:45 Pole Vault Women Qualifying Group B
18:50 60m Men Semi Final
19:20 1500m Women Semi Final
20:05 60m Men FINAL

Saturday, March 6th

10:20 Shot Put Men Qualifying Group A
16:00 800m Women Semi Final
16:20 Pole Vault Women FINAL
17:00 1500m Men Semi Final
17:30 60m H Men Semi Final
18:15 High Jump Men FINAL
18:20 Shot Put Men Qualifying Group B
19:10 1500m Women FINAL
19:20 60m H Men FINAL
19:45 3000m Men FINAL

Sunday, March 7th

10:20 60m H Women Round 1
15:30 60m H Women Semi Final
16:30 60m H Women FINAL
16:45 800m Women FINAL
17:15 Shot Put Men FINAL
18:00 1500m Men FINAL


(Ottawa, February 25, 2004) - Athletics Canada is pleased to announce its 34-member team that will be competing at the 32nd IAAF World Cross Country Championships taking place in Brussels, Belgium, March 20-21, 2004.

"The competition will be very tough since, unlike other major track championships or games, each country can enter up to six athletes per event," says Martin Goulet, Athletics Canada's national program director for endurance events and head coach for the Brussels 2004 team. "We're approaching these championships as a 'team' event and believe that both our senior men and senior women short course teams have a solid chance of finishing in the top eight in the world."

The team will be made up of a wide variety of runners–juniors and seniors, Olympians and development athletes who concentrate in both middle distance and long distance events. “The world cross country teams provides an excellent opportunity for athletes to share ideas and goals as well as build a sense of unity and confidence,“ adds Goulet.

Team members, along with their age, hometown and personal coach/technical advisor are listed below:

Junior Women (6.2 km)

Michelle Childs, 18, Cameron, ON, Dave Small
Danette Doetzel, 17, Macklin, SK, Steve Gersten
Katie Engel, 16, North Gower, ON, Vince Fay
Holly Van Gestel, 16, Antigonish, NS, Bernie Chisholm
Alyson Kohlmeier, 17, Sarnia, ON, Mark MacDonald
Tarah McKay, 16, St. Clements, ON, Peter Grinsberg

Junior Men (8 km)

Henok Lechebo, 18, Toronto, ON, Dave Christiani
Sam Pawluk, 18, Richmond, BC, Mike O'Connor
Aaron Robson, 17, Lethbridge, AB, John Bole
Chris Winter, 17, North Vancouver, BC, Frank Reynolds
David Wishart, 18, Toronto, ON, Shane Lakins
Mike Woods, 17, Ottawa, ON, Ian Clark

Senior Women Long Course (8 km)

Lisa Labrecque, 26, Sudbury, ON, Dick Moss
Stephanie Mills, 26, Burnaby, BC, Brent Fougner
Émilie Mondor, 23, Mascouche, QC, Mike Lonergan
Kristina Rody, 27, Maryhill, ON, Dave Scott-Thomas
Rebecca Stallwood, 25, Burlington, ON, Sean Cleary
Maria Zambrano, 34, Calgary, AB, Alex Ulaszonek

Senior Women Short Course (4 km)

Tina Connelly, 33, Port Coquitlam, BC, Marek Jedrzejek
Carmen Douma-Hussar, 27, Cambridge, ON, Marcus O'Sullivan
Malindi Elmore, 23, Kelowna, BC, Mike Van Tighem
Courtney Inman, 24, Mt. Lehman, BC, Brit Townsend
Emilie Mondor, 23, Mascouche, QC, Mike Lonergan
Leah Pells, 39, Coquitlam , BC, Mike Lonergan

Senior Men Long Course (12.3 km)

Michael Booth, 24, Winnipeg, MB, Chris McCubbins
Joel Bourgeois, 33, Grande-Digue, NB, Sylvain Lavallée
Jeremy Deere, 29, Calgary, AB, Alex Ulaszonek
Matt Johnston, 25, Surrey, BC, Scott Svelander
Taylor Murphy, 25, Guelph, ON, Dave Scott-Thomas
Steve Osaduik, 24, Nanaimo, BC, Allen Johnston

Senior Men Short Course (4 km)

Joel Bourgeois, 33, Grande-Digue, NB, Sylvain Lavallée
Jayson Cantin, 26, Guelph, ON, Dave Scott-Thomas
Reid Coolsaet, 24, Guelph, ON, Dave Scott-Thomas
Ryan Hayden, 22, Richmond, BC, Mike O’Connor
Paul Morrison, 23, Gander, NF, Jason Vigilante
Kevin Sullivan, 30, Brantford, ON, Ron Warhurst

Team Staff

Head Coach, Martin Goulet, Montreal, QC
Manager, Carol McDermid, Calgary AB
Assistant Coach, Kevin Heisler, Halifax, NS
Assistant Coach, Geordie Farrell, Port Elgin, ON
Physician, Linda Thyer, Vancouver, BC
Physiotherapist, Connie Beukeboom, London, ON
Massage Therapist, Marcel Charland, St. John’s, NF

Team members depart for Europe on March 12 to participate in a five-day training camp in Spa, Belgium, which is about 133 km from Brussels.



Sunday, February 22, 2004
Temp, 16 degrees - sunny and windy with gusts up to 50km

2. RUSSIA 2:17.05
3. JAPAN 2:18.37
4. KANTO-TOKYO 2:21.51
5. KINKI 2:21.52
6. KYUSYU 2:22.46
7. CHUGOKU 2:23.37
8. ROMANIA 2:24.36
9. TOKAI 2:24.38
10.UKRAINE 2:25.01
11.HOKKAIDO 2:25.46
12.CANADA 2:26.23
13.KANAGAWA 2:26.54
14.CHINA 2:30.20

Team order and time (placing on leg in bracket)

MALINDI ELMORE - BC - 5KM 16.02 (5)
LUCY SMITH - BC - 10KM 35.34 (12) VERY WINDY
COURTNEY INMAN - BC - 6KM 20.33 (11)
MARIA ZAMBRANO 10KM 34:35 (12)
LISA LABREQUE 5.195KM 17:58 (9)

NOTE the course was out and back so legs 2 and 5 and 3 and 4 were same but 1st into the wind and return with tail wind. The two best legs and quite outstanding were Malindi and Lisa.

Malindi led first km and was in group of 4 for over 3km (9:06) and then worked hard to try to hold her form and hang on to give us a 5th place 13 sec ahead of Ethiopia and 10 sec out of 4th and 30 sec behind leader (Russia)

Lucy felt very strong but was no match for Fatuma Roba and Alla Zhilyayeva who took over. Note the times were all in 33 min range for first 8 runners in this leg some capable of much faster but wind was a big factor - we sat in 12th after Lucy's leg

Rebecca ran strong and kept us in 12th, Courtney also, Maria lost one place now 13th and then Lisa ran very strong (although getting a stitch early on) passing a runner near the end to put us back in 12th but with a 9th placing on her leg... she was thrilled to finish the race strongly for Canada on her 27th birthday.

Ethiopia had 2 leg records and their 2 10km runners differed due to wind by 1 1/2 min
Roba 33:06 fastest on leg and Alemu 31:31 also fastest leg and leg record (thanks to strong tail winds).

Submitted by Thelma Wright - Team Manager




The Kamloops Track & Field Club will host the 2004 Junior Development T&F Championships on July 23, 24, 25 2004. The City of Kamloops will not be starting construction at the track until August 1st.



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


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



Nutritional Supplements - Advisory from the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) 




The silent auction held at the BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet each year is always a high point in the Annual General Meeting/Awards Banquet weekend. We'd like to improve on a good thing and that means we have to start planning now. Clubs, Sponsors and Members are asked to contact BC Athletics as early as possible (even now) and let us know what you will be able to donate for the 2005 Silent Auction. Our goal is to get pictures and/or descriptions of the items up on the website well before the event. If you have items to donate or would like further information contact Sam Collier at or Ph: (604) 737-3177.


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

Day of Event Membership Fees:

At the BC Athletics Annual General Meeting, Jan 23, 24, 25, 2004 a resolution on membership fees was passed that maintained the BC Athletics Day of Event Membership Fee at $3.00 for nonmembers of BC Athletics or another Athletics Provincial, State or National Association or Federation to enter a BC Athletics/Athletics Canada/IAAF Sanctioned competition in British Columbia. The sharing of the Day of Event Membership revenue remains as it is currently until such a time as the Board of Directors rules on the motion passed by the BC Athletics Executive Committee. (See below for this motion)

BC Athletics Day of Event Membership Fee Sharing:

The following motion was passed at the January 13 Executive Committee meeting. The process now is that this goes to the full Board of Directors at their meeting of March 27, 2004 for debate and voting by the Board.

Motion: That the sharing of BC Athletics Day of Event Membership revenue be:

Number of Participants in Event Fee Retained by Event Organizer Fee Returned to BC Athletics
1 to 5000 $1.00 $2.00
5001 to 10,000 $1.50 $1.50
10,001 to 15,000 $1.75 $1.25
15,001 and over $2.00 $1.00

In addition to the above fee schedule, BC Athletics will also outline a series value in kind benefits to both the Event Organizer and BC Athletics and/or its Divisions (Road Running, Cross Country, Race Walk and Track & Field) to be included at each level of event participation as outlined above.

Rationale for the Motion:

  • The sliding scale enhances the return to those events that increase their participation;
  • That the sharing of the Day of Event Membership fees supports both the Event Organizing Committee and BC Athletics;
  • That the value in kind benefits to both the Event and BC Athletics is meant to provide:
    • enhanced profile;
    • reflect a partnership in helping to build both event participation and membership in BC Athletics; and
    • tangible benefits to both the Event Organizer and BC Athletics through event sanctioning.

The Board of Directors welcomes your comments and recommendations with regard to this motion.  Please forward your comments by March 25/04 to: and to the Chair of the Board of Directors, Tom Hastie at:

If you require clarification on any of the above please contact the BC Athletics office at your earliest opportunity.  Thank you.

Questions should be directed to BC Athletics 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.
For more information on the nomination process, costs, location, and facilitators etc., please visit the Women in Coaching website at:


6th Annual Spring Break Camp
March 15th and 16th - 10-3pm
Walnut Grove Secondary School Langley, B.C.
Open to all youth aged 12 years and older and Teachers, Parents, Coaches interested in learning more about track and field. This will be a practical two day camp with instruction from Nationally Certified Coaches in Jumps, Sprints, Hurdles, Throws and Distances.
For more information please contact Brit Townsend at 604-291-3382 or e-mail


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.


Marijuana Prohibited in the Canadian Domestic Doping Control Program 


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  2004 Draft version

Road Running  2004 Draft version January - May


Road Relays & Ultra 

Cross Country and Trail Running  2004 Draft version

Race Walking

see Track & Field above


Road Running: 

Track & Field 

Back issues of the BCAB are available at