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ISSUE #11-2005
Thursday, March 24, 2005

Questions or comments? Ph: (604) 737-3177 Email:

In this issue:

  • 2005 Canada Summer Games Spring Training Camp - Register Now!
  • Office Hours - Easter Weekend
  • 2005 World Youth Championships - Selection Criteria
  • 2005 Pan Am Junior Championships - Selection Criteria
  • 2005 World Athletics Day
  • Rising Stars in Athletics - Justin Marpole-Bird
  • 2004 CABC Coach of the Year Awards - Nomination Deadline April 15, 2005
  • Race Directors' Survey now available to complete on-line
  • CABC Online Mental Training Seminar
  • The Kelowna Track and Field Club looking for Coaches
  • NorWesters Track & Field Club looking for JD Coaches


Office Hours - Easter Weekend

The BC Athletics office will be closed beginning Friday, March 25th and will re-open Tuesday, March 29th

2005 Canada Summer Games Spring Training Camp - Register Now!

The purpose of this training camp is to bring athletes and their coaches together in an environment to further develop their skills in preparation for the upcoming 2005 Canada Summer Games.

This camp will have a strong focus on the hands-on applications of skills development and will offer an opportunity for our future athletes - juveniles, juniors and seniors to gather important training tips and to meet and reacquaint themselves with each other and coaches in their event group areas.

Selection for teams: This camp will be critical for team selection towards the CSG Provincial Development Squad that will be competing in the PacifiCanada Series and other competitions. This will be especially important for the (women's and men's 4x100m and 4x400m) relays that will be competing against club and/or provincial teams from across Canada

BC Funding Support: Please see information posted at

What: 2005 Canada Summer Games Spring Training Camp
When: Saturday, April 2nd & Sunday, April 3rd 2005
Registration: 10:30 am registration on Saturday, April 2nd, 2005
Where: Burnaby Central Secondary School, Burnaby, BC
Who: The camp is open to all athletes between the ages of 16 to 23 and their coaches.

Coaches, Please Note: Saturday night will feature our "Coaching Stress Seminar"

CSG Spring Break Camp details

On-line registration

BC Funding Support

BC Athletics, as part of the BC Canada Games Development and Preparation Program, will provide a financial subsidy for the travel and accommodation of athletes and their personal coach's identified on the BC Athletics Canada Games Long List.

This is a shared funding program. The funding subsidy is based on:

  • Carpooling / traveling as a club or group. (Note: Single travelers will be eligible for only 70% of the amount for travel unless otherwise approved by BC Athletics)
  • Taking part in all the sessions of the Canada Summer Games Track & Field Camp
  • Applying for reimbursement following the Canada Summer Games Track & Field Camp
  • The claim must contain the names of those who traveled with you and all original receipts for travel, ferry and accommodation
  • The claim must also include the number of kilometers to get to Burnaby and back to your home
  • All claims must be submitted by April 30, 2005

Funding Support Levels

The total amount of support to be provided by BC Athletics for travel and accommodation is $13,000.00

  • From Victoria & Duncan - up to $100 per person
  • From Nanaimo north - up to $100 per person
  • From Powell River - up to $100 per person
  • From Okanagan and Kamloops Interior region - up to $200 per person
  • From the Kootenays/Cariboo and Prince George regions - up to $300 per person
  • From the Bulkley Valley and North of Prince George regions - up to $400 per person

2005 World Youth Championships - Selection Criteria

For information on selection criteria, eligibility, funding, qualifying period & selection dates, please click on this link: general information

2005 Pan Am Junior Championships - Selection Criteria

For information on selection criteria, eligibility, funding, qualifying period & selection dates, please click on this link: general information

2005 World Athletics Day

Congratulations to the Saint-Laurent Select Club in Montreal, Quebec and the Ottawa Lions Club in Ottawa, Ontario which have been chosen to be the Canadian hosts for this year's World Athletics Day.

Since 1996, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has used the first weekend in May to be World Athletics Day (WAD). The main objective of WAD is to promote and develop youth athletics on a worldwide basis. For this year's event, those athletes born between 1988 and 1989 are eligible to take part. World Athletics Day helps to create an atmosphere that focuses on potential Olympians.

Athletics Canada will maintain information for the events in the Calendar and Results section of our website at:

Rising Stars in Athletics - Justin Marpole-Bird

This week's profile is on 2004 BC High School Silver Medalist, 2004 BC Juvenile Champion and 2004 Canadian Juvenile Champion - Justin Marpole-Bird.

Justin Marpole-Bird

Justin Marpole-Bird

Born: March 10, 1988
Hometown: Vancouver
Club: Vancouver Thunderbirds
Coach: Graeme Fell
Event: 1500m & 3000m

2004 Best Performance & Ranking:

3000m (8:34.90) BC: Juv/ 1st CAN: Youth/ 1st
1500m (3:57.04) - BC: Juv/ 1st CAN: Youth/ 2nd


2004 BC High School Championships 1500m - 2nd
2004 National Legion Championships 1500m - 2nd
2004 National Legion Championships 3000m Champion

Track & Field Team Selection:

2004 BC Juvenile Team

2004 CABC Coach of the Year Awards - Nomination Deadline April 15, 2005

SPECIAL NOTE: If you submitted a CABC Coach of the Year Award Nomination prior to March 14/05 there is a possibility that it was not received. CABC had some technical difficulties with the form that have since been fixed. So please re-submit anything you may have input before March 14, 05.

The purpose of the Coach of the Year Awards is to recognize a history and dedication to coaching in British Columbia. Each recipient will be selected for their outstanding achievement in the category in which they have been nominated, and for their unique contribution to the advancement and well-being of athletes and their sport. The award does not reflect the accomplishments and contributions of the coach in any one year. The award is designed to recognize contributions the coach has made to his/her sport and its athletes over a number of years.

Each recipient of a CABC Coach of the Year Award will receive a bursary of $250 from the Bob Bearpark Coaching Bursary Fund, a free five year CABC membership and a coveted CABC baseball cap!

For more information and to submit your nominations online at:

Road Running

Race Directors' Survey

NOTE: The survey is now available to complete on-line though the BC Athletics website at:

Dear Road Race Organizers/Directors:

Athletics Canada through the Run Canada Committee and with the support of the Provincial Branches of Athletics Canada and their Road Running Committees/Divisions/Associations, has initiated a process through a survey to Road Race Organizers/Directors, to gather and review information relating to:

  • the road race you organize and details relating to your race;
  • the road race sanctioning process in each province/territory;
  • the requirements for sanctioning road races;
  • your understanding of the benefits to sanctioning road races;
  • what benefits you would like to see from a sanction;
  • the value to the road races of sanctioning;
  • how value for sanctioning can be enhanced;
  • your ideas, suggestions or models to determine the future of road race sanctioning in Canada.

The goal of this initiative is "To create a uniform process across the country, administered provincially and nationally, so that races are treated equally and runners know what to expect from a sanctioned race."

The responses to the survey will be put into a report which could serve as the basis for discussions at and possible recommendations from a Race Directors meeting to be held in Ottawa, May 26/05 and the Athletics Canada Annual General Meeting of May 27, 28, 29, 2005.

This survey is located on the BC Athletics website at: and on-line at We also sent it directly to as many BC road race organizers/directors as possible.

Please take the opportunity to provide your input.

Thank you very much.

BC Athletics Board of Directors
BC Athletics Road Running Committee

Cross Country and Trail Running

Canadian Team to the World Mountain Running Championships


CABC Online Mental Training Seminar

On March 30th at 7:00pm, the Coaches Association of BC in partnership with SportWeb will be hosting our first "on-line" mini-conference. Dr. Laura Farres, one of BC's finest Mental Trainers, will be conducting a 45 minute presentation using some new internet technology, and you are invited to attend free of charge.

Topic: Integrating Mental Skills into Practice

Integrating mental strategies into to practice on a regular basis helps athletes establish their mental skills more effectively. The aim of this presentation is twofold. First, the goal is to provide an overview of the basic mental strategies that can help athletes with focus, confidence and overall consistency. The second goal is to provide some specific examples of how coaches can integrate these strategies into their daily practice routines.

If you are interested in participating you must register with the CABC, you will then be emailed the details for logging into the seminar. There is only space for 100 participants so register early to make sure you get in on this amazing interactive presentation.

Coaches Association of BC

Coaching Certification 2005

Information regarding the new NCCP program can be found on the CABC website: For additional information on courses offered, contact Brian McCalder at or go to the website at

Any coaches interested in upgrading their current coaching level(s) or new coaches wanting to become certified during 2005 should email Peter Ogilvie at Please include the following information:

  • the city/ region you live in.
  • the event group area (i.e. - distance, sprints & hurdles, throws, jumps) you wish to take the coaching level course in.
  • the level of course you wish to take
  • the current coaching level you have (or please indicate if you are new to coaching)
  • your contact details (i.e. - current phone number, email, address & fax)

Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

The Kelowna Track and Field Club looking for Coaches

If you have experience coaching Discus, Javelin or Pole Vault or if you have no experience but a desire to become a volunteer coach in one of these areas, the Kelowna Track and Field Club would like to hear from you. Training will be provided through NCCP Courses, with the assistance of BC Athletics and the Club.
Please contact: Eric Ledding
Phone: (250) 860-3443

NorWesters Track & Field Club looking for JD Coaches

NorWesters Track and Field Club is looking for assistant coaches to work with their Grade 3 to 6 Junior Development athletes. Great for someone who wants to train in coaching track and field as the club will pay for training. Applicants who have experience competing in hurdles, throws or jumps will have an advantage. Those who have completed Level 1 NCCP in track and field, or higher, will be paid. This is a great opportunity for those wanting to enter the teaching profession or just earn a little from April to July. Phone Dawn Copping at 604-929-3554.


Ready, Set, Go Sponsored by the NEWS Conference Committee

When: April 9, 2005 begins at 10:00am
Hosted by: South Fraser Track and Field Club
Location: Bear Creek Park, 88th Avenue & King George Highway, Surrey, B.C.
Entry Fee: $5.00 per athlete for the day, no limit on number of events entered.
Registration: There will be day of meet registration only.
Events: 100M, 400M, 800M, 1500M, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot put, Discus
Awards: Ribbons 1st - 8th in each age class.
Spike Length: Maximum spike length on track and horizontal jumps is 5mm.
Age Class: Junior Development, ages 9 - 15 (born 1996-1990)
                 Fun events for Track Rascals - ages 6, 7 and 8 year olds (born 97-99)

Track events will be run oldest to youngest and girls before boys. Age groups will be combined together if the entries are small, but they will be awarded separately.
Schedule is subject to change, check for more info.

2005 Junior Development NEWS Conference Meets - Hosts Needed

Bids are solicited for the holding of a NEWS Meet to introduce athletes to the five events of the Pentathlon. Athletes may compete in as many events as they choose and they will be rated on the Pentathlon Scale. This meet is meant as a learning meet for new athletes, parents, coaches and officials and as a warm up to the season.
As help is received from all the clubs competing this is an opportunity for a smaller club to hold a meet. Financial assistance will be received.

Athletics Canada Call for Nominations

Athletics Canada Board of Directors - Female Athlete Representative

The one (1) female athlete representative candidate will serve for a two year term (May 2005 - May 2007). The voting and nomination process is restricted to senior and junior athletes who have been on a National Team within the last four years.

Nominations are to be received by March 31, 2005 by email, mail or fax to the attention of Michele Edmiston-Hurter ( at Athletics Canada.

For further information and the nomination form please go to the Athletics Canada website at:

Athletics Canada Chair of the Board and Director-At-Large

Chair or the Board:
1 position - 2 year term

2 positions - 2 year term
1 position - 1 year term

For full details and nomination forms please go to the Athletics Canada website at:

Playground to PODIUM: Sport Talent Search - Winter Sport recruitment camps to identify talent for 2010

The Playground to Podium: Sport Talent Search will be making six stops across the province in March 2005.

The stops in Burnaby, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Nelson and Prince George will provide the opportunity to test young athletes between the ages of 16 - 23 for potential talent in a number of winter sports.

Dependent on the results of the testing during the Playground to Podium: Sport Talent Search identified athletes may be invited to a sport specific camp to be organized by the provincial sport organization.

The provincial sport organizations may also decide to extend an invitation to the most successful young athletes to participate in a High Performance Camp with the provincial or national development program.

Youth participating in the Playground to Podium: Sport Talent Search will be tested using a number of physical fitness parameters and tests. Young athletes from all sport disciplines are encouraged to participate (i.e.: gymnastics, dance, diving, cycling, etc.). Although no specific winter sport experience is necessary, this opportunity is being offered to those young athletes who are physically fit and have medical clearance from their family physician to exert themselves to a maximum effort.

Age, Height, Weight
Vertical Jump
Push ups
Box Jump
30m sprint
Beep Test (20m shuttle test)

For more complete details on the Playground to Podium: Sport Talent Search you can access a printable version at:

or you are invited to contact:
Nicole Miller, PacificSport
Team Leader - Playground to Podium: Sport Talent Search
Tel: (604) 730-7271

COC Calls for Applications for the 2005 Carol Anne Letheren Leadership and Sport Scholarship

Athlete Declaration Form and Event/Best Performance 2005

Hammer Handle Rule Deferred

IAAF Council Meetings - December 04/05 2004 - Helsinki, Finland
Council agreed to defer the implementation of the rule, due to be introduced January 1, 2005 until at least January 1, 2006, to allow manufacturers to comply with the new requirements.

Interested in helping out with BC School Sports?

You can make a difference! This is a much needed call to all alumni, current athletes, parents and coaches that would be willing to donate a couple of hours per week (March until June 2005) to help develop a coaching assistance program for our school sports system. Please email Peter Ogilvie - at BC Athletics if you want to take part in this program for 2005.

World Anti-doping Agency

See the following link for:
1. 2005 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods
2. 2005 Monitoring Program (substances being monitored by WADA in order to detect patterns of misuse in sport.
3. 2005 Summary of Modifications vis-a-vis 2004 Prohibited List

BC Athletics Committees

Juvenile, Junior, Senior Track & Field Committee

Committee Chair: Ron Bunting -
2005 dates:
April 3, 2005
June 26, 2005
July 24, 2005

Branch Officials Committee

Committee Chair: Ann Lansdell - 
2005 dates- TBA

Masters Committee

Committee Chair: Jake Madderom - 
2005 dates - TBA

Road Running Committee

Contact: Jerry Tighe - 
2005 dates - TBA

Junior Development Committee

Committee Chairs: Alwilda van Ryswyk - 
Denise Clements - 
2005 dates - TBA

Cross Country Committee

Committee Chair: Frank Reynolds - 
2005 dates - TBA


Major and upcoming events sanctioned by BC Athletics

Details, direct links and contacts 

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

Track & Field (2005)

Road Running (2005)


Road Relays & Ultra 

Cross Country and Trail Running (2005)

Race Walking

see Track & Field above



Road Running:

Track & Field


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