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ISSUE #16-2005
Friday, April 29, 2005

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

In this issue:

  • 2005 Harry Jerome Scholarship Award
  • New Clubs!
  • Canadian Olympic Committee Elects New Board Members from Vancouver
  • Community Sport Heroes Awards
  • 2005 BC Athletics Student Summer Employment Opportunity
  • Rising Stars in Athletics - Emily Sheppard
  • Victoria High Performance Meet on May 14th
  • Petro-Canada Olympic Torch Scholarship Fund
  • Karlene Haughton elected to Athletics Canada's Board of Directors
  • Summer 2005 Road Running Performance Clinic with John Hill
  • Program Manager: Youth Development, for the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation: University of Alberta
  • Simon Fraser University High Performance Speed - Strength Training Camps


2005 Harry Jerome Scholarship Award

This award is administered by BC Athletics and financed by the Vancouver Foundation. The regular competition for this award will close at 4:30pm on the 3rd Friday of May each year.

Eligible applicants must be residents of British Columbia and matriculating students progressing to full-time post secondary study. Scholarship(s) will be awarded to individual(s) who: have demonstrated exceptional ability and show considerable promise in Track & Field, Road or Cross Country Running (Athletics); demonstrate financial need; have attained an acceptable academic record and; have demonstrated qualities of character and leadership.
Award amount is based on available funding from the Vancouver Foundation.

For further information and an application form please visit our website at:

New Clubs!

BC Athletics welcomes the following new clubs:

Delta Ground Pounders (DGP)
Phone: (604) 597-3050

Roads & Runners Racing (RRR)
Phone: (604) 723-8729

BC Secondary Schools Cross Country and Track and Field Association (BCSS)
Phone: (604) 277-2176

For a full listing of BC Athletics affiliated clubs please go to our website:

Canadian Olympic Committee Elects New Board Members from Vancouver

Sport BC congratulates Charmaine Crooks, a five-time Olympian in Athletics, and Tricia Smith, a Vancouver-based lawyer, who were recently elected to the Canadian Olympic Committee Board of Directors for a four-year term. Charmaine Crooks has a strong connection to Sport BC as an avid supporter and a member of the Athlete of the Year Selection Committee. Tricia Smith is a four-time Olympian in Rowing and 1984 Olympic silver medalist. Tricia is a former Sport BC Board Chair and remains a strong supporter and advocate for sport. She has also been chosen as the Chef de Mission for the Canadian team at the 2007 Pan American Games which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from July 13th - 29th. The official news release is posted on Sport BC's website at

Community Sport Heroes Awards

The Community Sport Heroes Awards program is a celebration of volunteers… because volunteers are the lifeblood of the development and delivery of sport across British Columbia. Sport BC is expanding this program by offering these awards outside the Power of Sport Tour. The awards are designed to recognize and thank the unsung sport heroes within designated communities in British Columbia. To that end, nominations are being accepted for volunteers in specific districts. For a full list of districts and details about nominations, visit the Sport BC website at

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:

Application Deadline: Extended to Monday, May 9/05 - 4 pm

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 - Emily Sheppard

This week's profile is on 2004 BC High School Silver medallist, Canadian Junior Bronze Medallist and Canadian National Legion Champion — Emily Sheppard.

Emily Sheppard

Emily Sheppard

Born: 1988
Hometown: North Vancouver
Club: NorWesters
Coach: Elena Voloshin
Events: High Jump & Triple Jump

2004 Best Performance & Ranking:

High Jump (1.73m in 2005; 1.77m in 2005) – BC: Juv/ 1st CAN: Youth/ 3rd in 2004


2004 BC High School Championships High Jump – 2nd
2004 BC Juvenile High Jump Champion
2004 Canadian National Legion High Jump Champion
2004 Canadian Junior Championships – 3rd

Track & Field Team Selection:

2004 BC Juvenile Team
2004 BC Junior Team


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:

Karlene Haughton elected to Athletics Canada's Board of Directors

Congratulations to Karlene Haughton on being elected, by her fellow athletes, to the position of Female Athlete Representative on Athletics Canada's Board of Directors. Karlene's term will be from May 2005 - April 2007.

Road Running

Summer 2005 Road Running Performance Clinic with John Hill

May 11, 2005 to September 21, 2005

This clinic is for all runners who wish to improve their running fitness level and performance. Should already be comfortable running 25-30 miles per week (regardless of pace). Includes a formal interval training session every Wednesday night, plus coaching and personal consultation from John Hill (certified Level 2 coach). Presented by the Road Running Division of BC Athletics.

For further information and a registration form:

Track & Field

World Masters Track & Field Championships entry deadline May 6

The San Sebastian Spain World Masters Athletics Track and Field Championships are only a few months away (August 22 to September 3). If you are a Canadian Masters athlete (man or woman 35+) and intend to compete in Spain this summer, the deadline for the entries to reach Brian Keaveney is May 6th without late entry fees. 
Contact Brian at

Employment Opportunities

Program Manager: Youth Development, for the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre
Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation: University of Alberta

The Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre was established in October 2003 with support received from the Edmonton 2001 Athletics Legacy Foundation. The Coaching Centre is located in Edmonton, Alberta and its mission is "to create a Canadian Centre dedicated to the participation and excellence in Athletics through mentorship, education, competition and research for coaches and participants involved at all levels of the sport." The role of the Centre is to deliver coaching education programs in partnership with Athletics Canada.

The Program Manager, Youth Development, will be part of the senior leadership team of the Centre, and will have supervisory responsibilities over program coordinators while guiding the activities of provincial Run, Jump, Throw coordinators. The Program Manager will report directly to the Director of the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre.

For more information, please visit:

Camps & Clinics

Simon Fraser University High Performance Speed - Strength Training Camps

The Speed-Strength camps are for male and female athletes 13 years and over, who want to make the jump to the next level, including making a high school, club, provincial, national, college or professional teams.

All camp athletes will be provided the following:

  • Proper warm-up and cool-down protocols
  • Elite level sprint training and Olympic weightlifting technique
  • Jump technique and explosive power training
  • Appropriate stretching and joint mobility training
  • Injury management and rehabilitation techniques
  • Digital video analysis of training performances and much more!

For more information, please visit:


BC Athletics Board of Directors

Chair: Tom Hastie -
Board of Directors:
May 14, 2005
August 20, 2005
November 26, 2005

Board of Directors - Executive Committee:

April 27, 2005
June 22, 2005
October 26, 2005
December 7, 2005
January 1, 2006

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


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)

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.

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

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.

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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