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ISSUE #15-2005
Friday, April 22, 2005

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

In this issue:

  • Petro-Canada Olympic Torch Scholarship Fund
  • TIMES COLONIST 10KM, Victoria B.C., 8:00 A.M., April 24, 2005
  • Dylan Armstrong sets new BC Shot Put Record
  • It's a boy for Carolyn Wittrin
  • Victoria High Performance Meet on May 14th.
  • BC High School Track & Field - news and updates
  • Rising Stars in Athletics - Reid Gustavson
  • 2005 BC Athletics Student Summer Employment Opportunity
  • 2006 World Masters Non-Stadia Championships


2005 BC Athletics Student Summer Employment Opportunity

(Supported by: The Summer Career Placements Program - Government of Canada and BC Athletics)

BC Athletics has applied for funding to support the employment of a Summer Student. The funding, at this time, has yet to be confirmed. However, on the chance that the BC Athletics application will be supported, we have initiated this job posting.

Job Position: Program Administrative Assistant

Length of Employment: 11 to 16 weeks (anticipated - based on the funding support through SCPP)
Starting Date: Earliest possible starting date: Monday, May 16/05
Ending Date (anticipated): Friday, September 2/05

Program requirements for all applicants:

1. Be a full time Post Secondary Student
2. Be intending to return to Post Secondary School full time in September 2005
3. Not be attending post secondary school full time while employed under this program
4. BC Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons on whom refugee protection has been conferred und the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
5. Be legally entitled to work in British Columbia cannot have another full-time job
6. Not be a family member or related to members of the Board or Staff of BC Athletics

Job Responsibilities:

1. Weekly email bulletin - assisting in the assembly / managing of information and circulation
2. Computer entry of results & production of weekly and season end ranking lists by event/age group
3. BC Team Program - assisting with information to athletes and staff; event entries; accommodation & travel
4. Marketing assistance - BC Championships, Events and Programs
5. Website assistance (updating information, creating new pages, posting information)
6. Calendar of Events & BC Athletics Handbook 2006 - communicating with event hosts on the new process for event listing
7. Event data base management - redesign and report assembly
8. Membership Database development - gathering of information to assist in the development of the National Database Development project
9. Other duties as assigned from time to time

Hours per Day/Week: 7 hrs per day / 35 hrs per week Salary: $11.00 per hour
Job Location: BC Athletics Office, 1367 West Broadway, Vancouver

Preferred and Beneficial Skills:

1. Self starting/initiating, organized individual with problem solving capabilities
2. Experience in sport as a participant, organizer or event volunteer
3. Computer knowledge and experience with: Word Processing; Excel Spreadsheets; Access; Website design and posting; Hy-Tech Meet Management software
4. Experience working with volunteers
5. Good writing and speaking skills
6. Previous work experience

This position will also involve: a) travel throughout the Lower Mainland - driver's license and access to a vehicle may be needed; b) the position may also require lifting and set up of various materials.

BC Athletics is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals.

Application Process: Please submit a covering letter of application along with a resume and 3 references to:

BC Athletics, 1367 West Broadway, Ste. 206, Vancouver, BC V6H 4A9 / Fax: (604) 737-3171
Application Deadline: Monday, May 2/05 - 4 pm

It's a boy!

Carolyn Wittrin gave birth to a baby boy on Saturday! Proud father, Lawrence, and mother, Carolyn would like to introduce the world to son Markus.

Dylan Armstrong sets new BC Shot Put Record

A new BC Record has been set yet again in the men's Shot Put by Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, BC. Dylan erased his previous BC Record of 19.55m by throwing 19.83m at the Pomona Pitzer Invitational this past weekend, April 15, in California. With this performance, Dylan has moved up in the IAAF Toplists to a world ranking of 10th!

Victoria High Performance Meet on May 14th

The meet will be part of the Dogwood Meet and will take place the evening of Saturday May 14th. The high performance section will include 800m, 1500m, and 5000m races for both males and females.
For more information on the Dogwood meet please contact and for more information and entry into the high performance section they can contact

BC High School Track & Field - news and updates

The BC Secondary School Cross Country Track & Field Association published their annual toplist rankings for High School teams recently and has announced the addition of a grade 8-9 championships to the schedule for 2005.

If you're looking to find out the top ranked schools and some of the key athletes to watch, the BCSSCCTFA has released their annual top 10 ranking for this years upcoming BC High School Track &Field Championships. (Many thanks for Laurier Primeau in compiling this list).

For more information on the rankings, please visit the BCSSCCTFA website: or visit the main page at: 
This year we have confirmation that the BC High School Championships will now feature a grade 8-9 BC High School Championships. These events will co-exist with the existing BC High School Championships on June 3 & 4, 2005 at Swangard Stadium.

For more information on the grade 8-9 BC High School Champions, please visit the BCSSCCTFA website:

Rising Stars in Athletics - Reid Gustavson

This week's profile is on 2004 BC High School Bronze medalist and Canadian National Legion Bronze medalist - Reid Gustavson.

Reid Gustavson

Reid Gustavson

Born: 1988
Hometown: West Vancouver
Club: Vancouver Thunderbirds
Coach: Laurier Primeau
Event: Decathlon & Octathlon

2004 Best Performance & Ranking:

Decathlon (6205pts) - BC: Juv/ 1st CAN: Youth Octathlon/ 3rd


2004 BC High School Championships Decathlon - 3rd
2004 National Legion Championships Octathlon - 3rd

Track & Field Team Selection:

2004 BC Juvenile Team

2006 World Masters Non-Stadia Championships

In June of 2004, after considerable review, consideration and recommendation by the BC Athletics Bid Committee, the BC Athletics Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Board made a decision to withdraw the bid by BC Athletics to host the 2006 World Masters Non-Stadia Championships. While the information on the withdrawal of the bid was reported in the minutes of the BC Athletics Board and Executive Committee, which are circulated to BC Athletics member clubs, it did not appear in any detail in the BC Athletics Bulletin. At the request of some BC Athletics members and the BC Athletics Masters Committee this information is being published in full detail to the membership. The reasons for withdrawing were outlined in a letter to Torsten Carlius, President, World Masters Athletics and the full content of this letter is as follows:

Mr. Torsten Carlius
WMA President

Dear Torsten:

Thank you for your patience on this matter as we worked through an extensive review of all the circumstances relating to the hosting of the 2006 World Masters Non-Stadia Championships.

The BC Athletics Executive to the Board have reviewed all the factors relating to our hosting this championship and regret to inform the WMA that BC Athletics is withdrawing from the hosting of this Championship. The reasons for withdrawing include:

  • the declining participation in this WMA World Non-Stadia Championships as evidenced by number of participants in New Zealand and the other recent non-stadia championships;
  • the proximity of the WMA World Indoor Track & Field Championships to the Vancouver dates presents an economic challenge to the participating athletes with two Championships within a few months of each other;
  • the inclusion of a non-stadia cross country and road events as part of both WMA World Indoor and Outdoor Championships does not, in our opinion, provide for maximum participation in a non stadia championship that also has a cross country event;
  • the uncertainty of the WMA World Non-Stadia Championships, with previous communication indicating that the Vancouver event would be the last and/or second last WMA World Non-Stadia Championship;
  • the limited Provincial and Federal Government hosting grant (money) support for the single sport event;
  • a new Federal hosting policy that does not include World events for Masters as an eligible sporting event for a hosting grant;
  • Federal government support would need to be provided by the political route. The most recent election and a new Federal Cabinet yet to be announced, puts this process on hold and delaying any possible consideration of support for at least 6 months;
  • the 2005 World Masters Games in Edmonton could make a second trip to Canada less than a year later not viable for the athletes;
  • the process of entering, specifically the required membership and approval of the Masters Federation of the country the entrant is from, does not make for a simple and easy way to enter the competition - thereby presenting a challenge to maximizing participation; and
  • the cost of staging these Championships without the significant support (money) from both the Provincial and Federal Governments is not possible for BC Athletics.

Thank you very much for the opportunity to be considered for the hosting of this Championship and for your patience as we worked through all of the details.

Note: Questions relating to this matter can be directed to Brian McCalder, President/CEO,
BC Athletics: Email: Ph: 604-737-3173 / Fax: 604-737-3171
Mailing address: 1367 West Broadway, Ste 206, Vancouver, BC V6H 4A9.


Petro-Canada Olympic Torch Scholarship Fund

Applications for the 2005-2006 Petro-Canada Olympic Torch Scholarship Fund are now available on the COC and Athletics Canada website.
Applications are due by May 2, 2005.
Further information and application forms may be obtained at:

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 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

TIMES COLONIST 10KM, Victoria B.C., 8:00 A.M., April 24, 2005

The Times Colonist 10k is a special event for Vancouver Island, with over 10,000 runners and walkers from Canada and the US joining to participate in exercise and fresh air in the glorious setting of downtown Victoria. Participants can choose to enhance their 10k experience by electing to raise money through pledges for The Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon to help in the fight against heart disease and stroke.

The Times Colonist 10k is hosted by the Victoria International Running Society, a non-profit group that organizes many of the Island's track and field events, including the upcoming Victoria International Track Classic and Miracle Mile to be held at a date to be announced. Numerous local athletes have also received support. PacificSport is also a hosting partner of this event, the first in The Times Colonist Three Waves sport series. This series also includes the Bastion Square Cycling Festival and the Nike Victoria International Triathlon.

A special thank you must go to the Times Colonist for their generous support of this event for the past fifteen years. Watch the Times Colonist for more race details, including results after the race!

Invited elites include Mike Power, Melbourne Australia; David Karanja, Kenya; Giitah Macharia, Kenya; and Kristina Rody, Guelph / Victoria.


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


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


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

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.

Francophone Games - URGENT MEDICAL INFORMATION - Immediate attention required 

BC Games
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

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
  • BC 10,000m Championships, June 17, Abbotsford (Sr. Women, Sr. Men, Jr. Men)
  • BC Senior & Junior Championships, June 25-26, Abbotsford (updated Apr 7)
  • BCJD Pentathlon Championships, June 25, Richmond (updated Apr 7)
  • BCJD Championships, July 15-17, Richmond
  • Canada Summer Games Trials, BC Juvenile Championships & BC Summer Games Midget Alternate Meet, July 23-24, Abbotsford (updated Apr 5)
  • BC Interior Championships, August 6-7, Penticton
  • BC Senior Games, August 24-27, Duncan

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

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

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.


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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