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ISSUE #20-2005
Friday, May 27, 2005

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

In this issue:

  • Important reminder for Track & Field Meet Directors!
  • 2005 National Relays Camp
  • TEAM BC - Canada Summer Games Development Program - Training Camp
  • 2005 BC Athletics - BC Team: Athlete Declarations
  • NCCP Level 1 Technical - Penticton CANCELLED
  • Michael Mason Breaks Outdoor Freshman Record and Claims 2nd at SEC Outdoors
  • Ian Cameron honored by CABC
  • Alex Gardiner to join Canadian Olympic Committee
  • Rising Stars in Athletics - Whitney Wellington
  • BC Athletics Pole Vault Camp and Competition
  • Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic: Volunteers Needed, Invitational Elementary Schools 4x100m


Rising Stars in Athletics - Whitney Wellington

This week's profile is on 2004 BC High School Champion & 2004 BC Juvenile Championships silver medalist - Whitney Wellington.

Whitney Wellington

Whitney Wellington

Born: 1988
Hometown: Surrey
Club: South Fraser
Coach: Peter Raddatz
Event: 100m, 200m & 400m

2004 Best Performance & Ranking:

100m (12.30) - BC: Juvenile/ 2nd CAN: Juvenile/ 7th
200m (25.20) - BC: Juvenile/ 2nd CAN: Juvenile/ 12th
400m (56.66) - BC: Juvenile/ 2nd CAN: Juvenile/ 6th


2003 Canadian World Youth Championships - 400m
2004 BC High School 200 & 400m Champion

Track & Field Team Selection:

2003 Canadian World Youth Team

Ian Cameron Honored by CABC

Ian Cameron, a track coach at PVSS in Armstrong and of the Kamloops Track and Field Club, has won the CABC (Coaches Association of BC) High School Coach of the Year award for 2004. Through his hard work and determination he was nominated and selected as the top coach.


Alex Gardiner to join Canadian Olympic Committee

(Friday, May 27, 2005) – Athletics Canada’s Chief Technical Officer and Head Coach, Alex Gardiner is heading to the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) to take on a major leadership role in its high performance sport unit.

Beginning September 1st, Gardiner will be the COC’s Director, International Performance. As such, he will provide direct assistance and technical support to National Sport Federations, assist in the professionalization of coaching in Canada, provide technical analysis of Canadian performance preparation and be responsible for researching other countries’ technical planning and innovation for Olympic Games. In addition, he will work with COC staff in assisting the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games with its plans for the development of legacies for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

“This is a huge opportunity for me to assist with the ongoing development of high performance sport in Canada during a very exciting time for Canadian sport,” says Gardiner. “I will, of course, continue to work closely with Athletics Canada, the major sport in the Olympic program.”

“Alex’s leadership and dedication have had a major impact on Athletics Canada over the last three years,” say Athletics Canada Chair Jean-Guy Ouellette. “He has been instrumental in the re-vitalization of our programs in what has been a new, progressive era for Canadian athletics. His knowledge, his collaborative style and his credibility will serve him well in this new important role.”

During Gardiner’s recent tenure with Athletics Canada, his major accomplishments included the establishment of professional event group leaders within the national team, an increase in funding and focus on top-performing athletes and coaches, as well as the strengthening of ties with key sport partners such as the Canadian sport centre network, the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee.

From a performance side, Gardiner was the head coach of the 2003 IAAF World Championship Canadian team which brought home one gold (Perdita Felicien 100m hurdles) and one bronze medal (Mark Boswell high jump) from Paris. As head coach of the 2004 Olympic Games track and field team, Gardiner was particularly proud of the fact that the Canadian team showed its best Olympic results since 1992 in terms of the number of athletes finishing in the top six, the top 12 and the top16. “This shows great progression and potential for a team that is aiming to peak in Beijing in 2008,” adds Gardiner.

“We’re very proud that a track and field personality has been given the opportunity to contribute to the overall advancement of Olympic sport,” says Joanne Mortimore, Chief Operating Officer of Athletics Canada. “We know that this new role will provide Alex with some new and exciting challenges which will be extremely valuable both to him and to our sport in the long run.”

Gardiner was the chief executive officer of Athletics Canada from1994 to 1997 and was the association’s director of technical programs between 1992 and 1994. From 1997 to 2002, he served as the general manager of the National Sport Centre – Manitoba. His coaching career spans over 30 years and includes many honours including six Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national championships, CIS coach of the year and Manitoba professional coach of the year.

Gardiner will continue to be based in Winnipeg and will report to the COC’s Executive Director of Sport, Mark Lowry in his new role. An interim technical leadership structure is currently being developed by Athletics Canada and will be announced in the near future.

Athletics Canada is the national sport governing body for the sport of track and field including cross-country running and road running. Its purpose is to support high performance athletics excellence at the world level and to provide leadership in developmental athletics. Athletics Canada is a not for profit, charitable organization operating under a board of directors elected by provincial / territorial members.

For more information, please contact:

Penny Joyce
Athletics Canada
(613) 784-0013 cell


Ivonne Shoucair
Athletics Canada
(613) 260-5580 ext 3311

PacifiCanada Series

Invitational Elementary Schools 4x100m

This annual event is proudly presented within the Harry Jerome International track Classic as a means to promote, encourage, and develop youth athletics in elementary schools throughout the Province of British Columbia.

This year's competition will feature an exciting and dynamic series of invitational races for grades 6 & 7 girls and boys.

Please note: the number of races have been limited and registration is subject to first-come, first-serve availability.

Teams are allowed to enter younger runners to fill the space of a missing older runner. There will be no mixed gender relay teams allowed. Only School teams are allowed to run. All runners must attend the same school. Timed final.

For more information, please visit: or click here for the registration form.

2005 Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic Needs Volunteers

The 2005 Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic, featuring the Pacific World Cup presented by, is looking for energetic volunteers to help out at the meet - Tuesday, June 14, 7 p.m. at Burnaby's Swangard Stadium.

Help is required in a variety of areas, from ushering to parking to setup/take down to results. This meet traditionally attracts international athletes from all over the world, and past participants have included world and Olympic champions.

To volunteer online - Go to the meet website, and access the Volunteers section for a sign-up form. Or, for more information, e-mail contact is:

Be a part of this great event!

Road Running

Summer 2005 Road Running Performance Clinic with John Hill

May 11, 2005 to September 21, 2005
For further information and a registration form:

Track & Field

Important reminder for Track & Field Meet Directors!

This is an important heads-up reminder for all track and field meet directors that are sanctioning their respected competitions.

With many athletes trying to qualify for various provincial and national teams, please make sure that your throws events are weighed and measured correctly. It is important that you communicate this request to the BC Athletics Officials responsible for the throws before the competition commences.

2005 BC Athletics - BC Team: Athlete Declarations

  • The BC Junior T&F Team and BC Senior T&F Team declarations are due by: June 6, 2005
  • The BC 15 Year Old T&F Team declarations are due by: June 17, 2005
  • The BC Juvenile Team & Canada Summer Games declarations are due by: July 11, 2005

By putting names forward, it is understood and agreed to by the Coach, Athlete, Parent and/or Club that all BC Team and other fees relating to BC Team Selection will be paid to BC Athletics upon notification of athlete selection. For more information, please visit this link:

Team Selection: Athletes must meet the General Criteria for BC Team Selection and Funding Support. For more information on team selection, please visit this link:

Elwood Wylie Memorial Meet Update

Sprints and hurdles at the Elwood Wylie Memorial Meet will be hand timed and performances will not be acceptable as qualifying times for provincial and national teams. Middle distance and field performances will be eligible.

BC Racewalk Championships Update

The BC Junior & Senior Racewalk Championships (men's and women's 5km) will be held at the Review Kajaks International Track Classic on June 12, 2005. For more information, please visit:

Michael Mason Breaks Outdoor Freshman Record and Claims 2nd at SEC Outdoors

May, 14 2005 Nashville, Tenn. - The weather caused a four hour rain delay for both the men's high jump and the women's long jump at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Nashville, Tenn. However, that did not stop University of Kentucky freshman Michael Mason from claiming second in the men's high jump and breaking the outdoor freshman high jump school record.

Mason's performance was his second runner-up finish of his career, as he also took second place at the SEC Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. The Nanoose Bay, B.C., native recorded a season-best leap of 7-02 1/2, behind two-time SEC Outdoor High Jump Champion Michael Morrison's leap of 7-03 3/4. Mason earned his second All-SEC honor of his short collegiate career and improved on his previous top regional qualifying mark by over two inches. Earlier this season Mason had tied the outdoor freshman school record of 7-00 1/2, but now holds both the indoor and outdoor freshman high jump school records.

"It means a lot to finish so well at both the indoor and outdoor SEC Track & Field Championships," said Mason. "It is such an exciting feeling and I had so much fun. The competition gets so intense when it gets down to two or three competitors and I do my best under pressure."

Cross Country

Canadian Cross Country Championships

December 3, 2005
Jericho Park - Vancouver
Call for committee members and volunteers. If you would like to assist with the planning and organizing of the Canadian Cross Country Championships or to volunteer notify 604 - 737 - 3174.

Courses & Seminars

NCCP Level 1 Technical - Abbotsford
May 28 & 29, 2005

Location: Rotary Stadium (Swan Track), Abbotsford, BC ( - type in Legacy Bldg)
Course Conductor: Barb Vida, Certified Course Conductor, PacificSport Regional Athletics Centre and Valley Royals T&F Coach.

NCCP Level 1 Technical - Penticton
May 28 & 29, 2005 CANCELLED - to be scheduled later in the season

Level 1 Officials Clinic - Kamloops
June 14th - 7:00pm

Sahali Sr. Sec. School - 255 Arrowstone Dr., Kamloops BC
For more information:
Ph: (604) 250-376-7690

Camps & Clinics

BC Athletics Pole Vault Camp and Competition

BC Athletics is planning to host a two-day competition and training camp opportunity in June (T.B.A.) in conjunction with the Lafarge Abbotsford International Track Classic. This will provide more comprehensive training and evaluation within a environment that allow for:

  • Pole Vault Education
  • Professional Video Analysis
  • Pole Vault drills
  • Individual Video Analysis
  • Technical Vault Sessions
  • Injury Prevention

Details will be available online at BC Athletics' website.

2005 National Relays Camp

This camp aims to create a national programming focus in the development of our provincial and national team athletes in conjunction with the PacifiCanada Track & Field Series. This camp is designed to provide the critical opportunities for athletes and coaches to become familiar with Athletics Canada's Relay/Sprint Program and to develop and/or improve sprint and relay skills.

This camp will have a strong focus on the hands-on application of skill 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 the coaches in their event group areas.

The camp will provide competition opportunities for an athlete within various PacifiCanada Series meets. This opportunity has been identified for the development of many provincial teams, specifically targeting high performance relays and selected individual events.


  • This training camp is intended to provide young athletes with an opportunity to develop and improve their sprint and relay skills.
  • Targeted athletes are: Provincial team athletes, National team athletes and athletes in the Athletics Canada Relay Pool (Senior, Junior & Youth).
  • Camp Leaders: Glenroy Gilbert (4x100m men's and women's program) & Derek Evely (4x400m men's and women's program)

TEAM BC - Canada Summer Games Development Program - Training Camp

This training camp will be critical in bringing BC athletes and their coaches together in an environment to further develop their skills in preparation for the upcoming 2005 Canada Summer Games.

This opportunity will focus on the application of training that was done at the CSG Track & Field Camp on April 2nd & 3rd, 2005.

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 BC athletes identified on the BC Athletics Canada Games Long List.

For more information, please see PDF document and registration form.

SFU Strength and Conditioning Presents:

Al Vermeil - 'Hands-On' High Performance Workshop

June 11, 2005
9am to 5pm - Saturday
Simon Fraser University
West Mall Complex Room 2503

A chance to work side-by-side with one of the top strength coaches in the world! Al Vermeil is the only strength coach to have World Championship rings from Both the NFL and the NBA. He is also the only strength coach who has been in the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball.

Al was honoured by being one of the initial inductees to the Strength Coaches Hall of Fame in June 2003. His knowledge and implementation of new techniques and training methods have made Vermeil's programs highly visible and respected throughout the sports world. He has developed successful training programs in a wide variety of sports including football, basketball, baseball and golf.

Key Workshop Areas:

  • Testing and Evaluation of Athletes: Are they ready to train? What areas do
    they need to work on? Can we minimize the risk of Injury?
  • Weightlifting Essentials: Olympic lifting technique and other weight room
    mechanics. Guest presenters will be on hand to co-present with Al. o Power Development: Jumps, plyometrics, med-balls, weight room techniques and
    other avenues for developing explosive athletes.
  • Footwork and Agility: Effective methods of building quickness, coordination,
    and technique, without creating overuse problems.
  • Injury Rehab Techniques: Rehabilitating injuries and working around injuries
    to avoid losing valuable training time.

For more information, please visit:
Workshop June 2005.pdf


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 - CANCELLED
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 Espoo European Paralympics Championships - Selection Criteria

Francophone Games - Selection Criteria

Medical and vaccination information for the Francophone Games (Niamey, NIG)

Canadian Track and Field Championships 10,000m - Technical Package

BC Team Selection Criteria and Standards

Information available on the BC Athletics website at:

  • BC Senior T&F Team - 2005 selection criteria & standards
  • BC Junior T&F Team - 2005 selection criteria & standards
  • BC Juvenile T&F Team - 2005 selection criteria & standards
  • BC 15 Year Old T&F Team - 2005 selection criteria & standards
  • Athlete Declaration Form & Event/Best Performance 2005
  • 2005 Canada Summer Games - BC Team selection criteria & standards
  • General criteria for funding support and BC Team selection

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:

IAAF Helsinki World Championships in Athletics - Selection Criteria 

Canadian Track and Field Championships (Winnipeg, AB) - "Technical Package" and "Registration Package and Entry Forms"

Medical and vaccination information for the World Youth Championships (Marrakech, MOR) 

2005 World Youth Championships Selection Criteria - REVISED 

2005 World Youth Championships - Hopefuls List 

Canadian Junior National Championships - Technical Package and Entry Forms

Universiade (FISU Games) - Selection Criteria

Pan Am Junior Championships Selection Criteria - Revised May 3, 2005

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.

BC Championship Meets 2005

See Calendar of Events for complete information on competitions, contact information with links.

  • 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
  • BCJD Pentathlon Championships, June 25, Richmond
  • BCJD Championships, July 15-17, Richmond
  • Canada Summer Games Trials, BC Juvenile Championships & BC Summer Games Midget Alternate Meet, July 23-24, Abbotsford
  • BC Interior Championships, August 6-7, Penticton
  • BC Senior Games, August 24-27, Duncan

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)

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

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


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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