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ISSUE #14-2005
Friday, April 15, 2005

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

In this issue:

  • Cross Country Worlds on CBC This Weekend
  • "Saint Ralph" Has a Local Connection
  • Prince George Remembers Terry Fox
  • Rising Stars in Athletics - Rochelle Kokayko
  • BC Summer and BC Winter Games
  • Francophone Games - URGENT MEDICAL INFORMATION - Immediate attention required
  • BC Athletics Vancouver Sun Run Booth - BC Place Stadium - April 15 - 17th 2005
  • 2005 North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC)
    Mountain Running Championship
  • Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC - summer students needed
  • Synchro Swim BC - employment opportunity


"Saint Ralph" Has a Local Connection

Michael McGowan has local connection to B.C. He was a Kajaks and BC Athletics member in the late 80's and early 90's. He was a distance runner with a personal best of 29:00 in the 10K.

Saint Ralph starts Gordon Pinsent, Jennifer Tilly and Campbell Scott. Last weekend it won the Arc d'Or, the top prize at the Paris Film Festival. The film is about a 14-year old and his attempt to win the 1954 Boston Marathon. Saint Ralph is in the theatres across Canada now. For those who have seen it, please spread the word. For those that haven't, well...there's no time like the present - it won't be in theatres long. Word of mouth means everything for a film like this.

Prince George Remembers Terry Fox 

On Sept. 1 1979, as the Director of the Prince George Labour Day Classic, BC's oldest road race, I received a call from Doug Alward, Terry's lifelong friend, that he, a fellow by the name of Terry Fox, and Terry's brother Darrel had arrived in Prince George to run the annual Classic. I did not know any of the three boys and was rather startled to be told that Terry Fox was an amputee and intended to take part in the race. Doug asked if they could visit at our home that evening so that they may introduce themselves in person. I readily accepted and on hanging up the phone I turned to my wife Anne and explained the call to her. She of course was equally startled.

A one legged person taking part in a road race we thought! This is unheard of. Nonetheless, the three young men arrived at our door within the hour and we invited them into our home. All three were dressed in T-shirts and shorts and all looked very fit. Terry however was a mystery to us as he sat in our big brown easy chair; prosthesis stretched before him and told us of his amputation due to cancer and his ambitions to test himself over an extended run as he had a desire to possibly run across Canada to raise money for Cancer research. The Labour Day Classic was chosen, as it was the only event in BC on that Labour Day weekend, and also because Doug Alward's sister and husband lived in Prince and they had a good place to stay.

Well, after an excellent visit and some fruit juice refreshment the boys cheerily departed with a "See you at the start of the race tomorrow". Anne and I looked at each other later and wondered if we had gotten into something, which could potentially cause this enthusiastic, ebullient, handsome amputee harm and us, by virtue of accepting his entry, libel. The Labour Day Classic is a two section event. The long run is a 17 and a half mile event, while the shorter course is half of that. Terry chose the shorter event while his brother and friend took on the long course.

After I got the race started, a lot of spectators asked me if I was crazy allowing an amputee to run. I was still questioning myself. Ironically there was another handicapped athlete in the event that day whom I had just met, by the name of RICK HANSEN.

Well what a day. I motored around the course a couple of times and was also involved with other things such as the following awards presentation and banquet. I checked in on the 2 way radio to find how things were going with Terry. To my shock I was told that he had come to the end of the short race and just kept on going to complete the second section and the overall long course.

3 hours, 9 minutes and 59 seconds following the start of the race, the crowd of spectators bolstered by the curious who were picked up throughout the event were gathered at the finish line, crying and cheering this magnificent young man, as he, saturated in sweat, from shoes to T-shirt neckline--crossed the finish line. IT WAS MAGNIFICENT, EMOTIONAL, MIND JARRING, AND UNPRECEDENTED. Terry Fox had stolen the show.

Even the feats of Rick Hansen who exceeded the speed limit on the down hills, reaching 60 km/hr did not match the amazing show by Terry.

Later at the banquet Terry spoke to the hushed crowd and told of his ambitions. A standing ovation was in order.

I saw Terry one more time after that. The following spring on March 29 1980 I along with my oldest son Sam, attended the BC High School Boys Basketball Championships at the Agridome in Vancouver, and witnessed the Duchess Park High School from Prince George capture the Provincial Title.

We were about to leave the Dome at the end of the game and I heard someone call my name. It was Terry, along with his brother and Doug. We were of course delighted to meet again, and I was proud to introduce my son to this HERO. The boys would be departing on the following Tuesday to head for Newfoundland and Terry's epic run. The custodian eventually asked us to leave, we said our 'Good byes' and 'Good Lucks' and the rest you might say is HISTORY in the Making.

The Rick Hansen connection is another great memory, and as for the big brown easy chair? It shall never be destroyed.

Tom Masich
Prince George Track & Field Club

BC Summer and BC Winter Games

Nanaimo 2005 BC Disability Games - July 13-17
Cowichan Valley 2005 BC Seniors Games - Aug 24-27
100 Mile House 2006 Northern BC Winter Games - Feb 2-5
Greater Trail 2006 BC Winter Games - Feb 23-26
Kamloops 2006 BC Summer Games - July 27-30
2008 BC Winter Games - Kimberley-Cranbrook - Feb 21-24, 2008
2008 BC Summer Games - Kelowna - July 24-27, 2008
2010 BC Winter Games - Terrace - Mar 4-7, 2010
2010 BC Summer Games - Langley - July 22-25, 2010

Rising Stars in Athletics - Rochelle Kokayko

This week's profile is on 2004 BC High School Champion, Canadian National Legion Champion and silver medalist at the 2004 Canadian Junior Championships - Rochelle Kokayko.

Rochelle Kokayko

Rochelle Kokayko

Born: 1987
Hometown: Kelowna
Club: Kelowna Track & Field Club
Coach: Marcia Ankerman
Event: Hammer

2004 Best Performance & Ranking:

Hammer (56.15m*) - BC: Juv/ 1st CAN: Youth/ 1st


2004 U.S. Golden West High School Invitational Hammer Champion
2004 BC High School Hammer Champion
2004 Canadian National Legion Hammer Champion
2004 Canadian Junior Championships - 2nd
* Establish new BC & Canadian Youth Record in the Hammer Throw

Track & Field Team Selection:

2004 BC Juvenile Team
2004 BC Junior Team


Francophone Games - URGENT MEDICAL INFORMATION - Immediate attention required 

Cross Country Worlds on CBC This Weekend

CBC will be airing coverage of the World Cross Country Championships tomorrow at 3 PM Eastern.

Voting for Female Athlete Representative to the Athletics Canada Board of Directors

The election process will occur electronically and only senior and junior athletes who have been on a National Team within the last four years will be eligible to vote. The poll will open April 22, 2005 @ 9 a.m. EST and close April 26, 2005 @ Noon EST. Athletes who do not have access to email should call me (613-260-5580 Ext. 3310) to record their vote.
You are encouraged to participate in this process as this position plays a very important role at the Board level.

Road Running

BC Athletics Vancouver Sun Run Booth - BC Place Stadium - April 15 - 17th 2005
(Skytrain Stadium Station)

If you enjoy talking to walkers & runners, volunteers are needed for various shifts of time to assist at the BC Athletics booth. Questions posed by out of town participants will need to be answered as well as queries from people needing to know more about BC Athletics. Membership forms and BCA information will be available for handout.
Hours of BC Place Stadium Booth:

  • Friday April 15th 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Saturday April 16th 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday April 17th 8:30 A.M. - 1 PM

Shifts available:

  • Friday, April 15th
    9:45 AM - 1 PM
    1 PM - 5 PM
    5 PM - 7 PM
  • Saturday, Apr 16th
    9:45 AM - 1 PM
    1 PM - 5 PM
  • Sunday, Apr. 17th
    8:30 AM - 1 PM, Mini Sun Run starts at 8:00 AM.

Volunteers will also be needed for the following:

  • Drivers to pick up elite athletes Thursday, Friday & Saturday from the Vancouver International Airport and bring them to the Hyatt Hotel.
  • Finish line volunteers will be needed to accompany and guide the elite athletes to the media/press tent and awards area.
  • You will receive a Sun Run T-shirt

To volunteer for any of the three categories outlined above please contact Tel: 604-737-3174 OR Greg White OR

Cross Country / Mountain Running

2005 North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC)
Mountain Running Championship

The NACAC Championship is presented in association with the IAAF

Canadian Team Information Memo

On Saturday, June 4 the 2nd Edition of the NACAC Mountain Running Championship will take place in Vail, Colorado. This event gives Canadian athletes a wonderful opportunity to participate in international competition alongside North America's best mountain runners. This event will be run in conjunction with the Teva Spring Run Off.

This event is considered a primary consideration event for selection for the Canadian Mountain Running Team to travel to the World Mountain Running Championships in Wellington, New Zealand in September. The Vail event will be highly competitive and offers athletes the opportunity to:

  • Compete against a high calibre field in the mountain running discipline
  • Represent Canada at an international event.

Canadian athletes residing in the US to participate in a primary selection event that may be easier to travel to.

This event would be self funded from a travel perspective although event entry will be complimentary and subsidized or complimentary accommodation may be available for two or three days around the event date.

This is both an individual and team event. We hope to be able to field teams in both the men's and women's events. Women, please be aware that the women's event will be held independent of the men's event.

All team members must be current CTMRA members. Annual membership (January 1st to December 31st) to the Association is $25.00. Dues should be sent to CTMRA 4992 Old West Saanich Rd , Victoria BC V9E 2B2.

PLEASE NOTE: Any athlete who wishes to participate in this event is asked to contact the Association on or before April 30, 2005 to allow for entry and team details and accommodation to be arranged. Contact can be made via e-mail to Kelvin Broad.

Kelvin Broad, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Graduate Division of Educational Research, Faculty of Education
Tel: (403) 210-3943


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)

NCCP Level 3 Theory
Prince George, BC - April 30 & May 1

PacificSport Northern BC is offering an NCCP Level 3 Theory course in Prince George this April. Please pass this information along to any coaches who might be interested. There is still room to register! Registration can be done online at: (See "Events" and "Northern BC").

Tuppy Hoehn
Regional Coordinator
PacificSport Regional Sport Centre - Northern BC
Phone: (250) 614-7843
Fax: (250) 561-7718

Clinics & Workshops

Steeplechase Clinic - Abbotsford - Saturday April 16

Conducted by Graeme Fell - Canadian Record Holder 3000M Steeplechase, 1986 Commonwealth Champion
Location - Swan Track at Rotary Stadium, Abbotsford
Time: 10:00am until early afternoon
Cost: $5.00 per athlete

This clinic is open to both boys and girls 14-years and older. In addition, coaches are very welcome and encouraged to attend. Athletes should come dressed to take part. The clinic will emphasize the technique used for the steeplechase hurdles and water jump. Clinic will be held rain or shine.

Participants are urged to send their confirmation by emailing
or phone 604-859-9801.

Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC

Seeking summer students for the following positions:

Special Project Assistant: Events in Kamloops
Special Project Assistant: Events in Kelowna
Special Project Assistant: Events in Vancouver
Special Project Assistant: Events in Nanaimo
Special Project Assistant: Events in Prince-George
Special Project Assistant: Athletes Services in Brentwood Bay
Special Project Assistant: Coaching Development in Brentwood Bay
Special Project Assistant: Marketing and Communications in Brentwood Bay
Summer Programs Coordinator in Brentwood Bay

How to apply: The closing date for this competition is 1:00 p.m. on April 20, 2005. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry. Please forward a cover letter and a resume to:

Human Resource Committee
Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC
C/O: Patrick Chenier, General Manager
1 Boat Ramp Road
Brentwood Bay BC V8M 1N9
Tel: 250.544.8172
Fax: 250.544.8173

For more information about Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC, please visit our Website at

Synchro Swim BC

Office Manager. This is a part time position (15 hours/week). Resumes are being accepted until May 1, 2005.

Duties will include:

  • Telephone inquiries & responses
  • Greet & direct visitors
  • Preparation of Board minutes & notices
  • Member communications as needed
  • AGM, filing or annual information to societies, etc
  • Policies & procedures manual updates
  • Recording financial transactions
  • Collection & record keeping of meet fees & other monies in co-operation with VP Finance, VP Competition, Executive Director etc.
  • Monitoring and co-ordination of accounting activities as appropriate with VP Finance & ED including, preparing cheques, depositing funds, reconciling monthly bank statements, accounting records of expenditures, revenues area
  • Processing athlete & member registration within the province and with Synchro Canada
  • Registration and materials co-ordination for coaching and officials courses
  • Materials co-ordination for STAR Program
  • Handling competition registrations
  • Overseeing day to day management of supplies, equipment & inventory
  • Filing

Minimum Job Requirements:
Successful candidates will possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, intermediate proficiency in Word, Excel, Access and the Internet/Email.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities required:

  • Word processing & data entry skills;
  • Organizing and coordinating skills;
  • Some basic book-keeping maintenance skills;
  • Knowledge of office management principles and procedures;
  • Ability to create written materials; and
  • Understanding of computer applications related to this work.
  • Skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access;
  • Knowledge of Quickbooks an asset but not mandatory.

Please forward all resumes to Twyla Ryan, Executive Director, via email to or fax to 604 738-7175.

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.


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 - 
April 6, 2005
June 1, 2005
September 7, 2005
November 9, 2005

Road Running Committee

Contact: Jerry Tighe - 
2005 dates - TBA

Junior Development Committee

Committee Chairs: Alwilda van Ryswyk - 
Denise Clements - 
April 3, 2005
September 11, 2005

Cross Country Committee

Committee Chair: Frank Reynolds - 
2005 dates - TBA


Update on 2005 BC Championships

  • BC High School Combined Events Championships, May 27-28, Burnaby
  • BC High School Track & Field Championships, June 3-4, Burnaby
  • BC Masters Track & Field Championships, June 11-12, Duncan (updated February 24)
  • BC 10,000m Championships, June 17, Abbotsford (Sr. Women, Sr. Men, Jr. Men)
  • BC Senior & Junior Championships, June 25-26, Abbotsford (updated April 5)
  • BCJD Pentathlon Championships, June 25, Richmond (updated April 6)
  • BCJD Championships, July 15-17, Richmond
  • Canada Summer Games Trials, BC Juvenile Championships & BCSG Midget Alternate Championships, July 23-24, Abbotsford (updated April 5)
  • BC Interior Championships, August 6-7, Penticton
  • BC Senior Games, August 24-27, Duncan

Brunei seeks Athletics Coach

The Canadian High Commission in Brunei has recently received a request from the Brunei Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports for a coach in the sport of Athletics (Track & Field).
Brunei sport authorities are seeking a coach with qualifications and expertise in both the technical aspects of Track & Field and in strength and conditioning. The selected candidate would be asked to re-locate from Canada to Brunei for an extended period (several months to years). At this time, more specific information pertaining to the position is not known.
Please forward your résumé by email to Mr. Lau, Canadian High Commissioner in Brunei at if you are interested in applying for the job.

National Team Staff Announced

List of selected personnel:

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

Executive Director - Athletics Alberta

Athletics Alberta (the non-profit governing body for Track and Field, Cross Country and Road Running) is searching for a dynamic and motivated Executive Director to lead the sport of Athletics in Alberta.
This position offers a competitive salary commensurate with education and experience and a comprehensive benefits package. Only the best should submit their resume along with references and salary expectations by noon Friday April 23. This competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
The records arising from this competition will be managed in accordance with provisions of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPP).
Please submit your resume to:
Further information is available on Athletics Alberta website at:
Mail: Athletics Alberta
11759 Groat Road
Edmonton AB T5M 3K6

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.

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


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

Road Running


Road Relays & Ultra 

Cross Country and Trail Running

Race Walking

see Track & Field above



Road Running:

Track & Field


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