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ISSUE #29-2005
Friday, July 29, 2005

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Arthur Taylor 1926 - 2005
  • BC Ferries and Sport BC Present - Sporting Life on the Coast
  • 2005 BC Junior Development Awards Criteria & Nomination Form
  • Rising Stars in Athletics - Aaron Dixon
  • Lions Gate Road Runners Mile on the Track - August 5th
  • Athletics Canada and BC Athletics Name Teams
  • ...and much more


Arthur Taylor 1926 - 2005

Arthur Taylor (l) with Herb Phillips

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Arthur Taylor, Coach, Masters Athlete and Canadian Masters Record Holder in Athletics. For decades Arthur coached youngsters to Canadian Olympians in several clubs and provinces in Canada, finishing his coaching career with the Victoria Track & Field Club. His passion, knowledge and commitment to Athletics as a coach was very instrumental in fashioning the careers of many successful athletes and providing years of fun for many young children. He lead by example through his personal participation in Track & Field, Road and Cross Country Running, setting numerous Provincial and Canadian Masters Records on route. His sense of humour, great smile and love of our sport will provide fond memories for many.

BC Athletics would like to acknowledge and thank the Victoria Track & Field Club and in particular John Foster for the care and compassion extended to Arthur over the past several years.

Among Arthur's many accomplishments are the following:

Canadian Distance Records:

M50 5000m 15:42
M50 10,000m 33:47
M50 Steeple 10:18
M55 Mile Indoors 5:03
M50 3000m Indoors 9:10
M45 Marathon 2:26:35
M50 Marathon 2:27:17

Canadian Masters Championship Meet Records:

M50 5000m 15:54
M55 5000m 17:04
M50 Steeple 10:41

Services will be held Wednesday, August 3rd starting at 10:00am at First Memorial Funeral Home, 1155 Fort Street. An obituary will appear in the Times Colonist starting Saturday, July 30th.

BC Ferries and Sport BC Present - Sporting Life on the Coast

BC Ferries and Sport BC are pleased to announce their new corporate partnership. BC Ferries and Sport BC recognize that travel is often a barrier to amateur sport teams as they seek competitive opportunities for their athletes. In order to assist in removing this barrier, a new program, Sport Life on the Coast, has been developed to provide travel support to Sport BC, member organizations and their member clubs. Through this exciting program, BC Ferries and Sport BC will assist with ferry travel costs for athletes, coaches and officials.

Please see the following website document for information, criteria and the application process for this program:

2005 BC Junior Development Awards Criteria & Nomination Form

Deadline - Must be received in the BC Athletics office by August 31, 2005

The BC Junior Development Awards Criteria & Nomination Form is now available on the BC Athletics website along with selection criteria at

Rising Stars in Athletics - Aaron Dixon

This week's profile is on 2005 Canadian Junior Decathlon Champion, BC Junior Decathlon Champion and member of Canada's 2005 Pan Am Juniors Team - Aaron Dixon.

Aaron Dixon
Born: 1987
Hometown: Vancouver
Club: Vancouver Thunderbirds
Coach: Laurier Primeau
Event: Decathlon

2005 Best Performance & Ranking:

Decathlon - 6156 pts BC Junior #1, Canada Junior #1
Pole Vault - 4.30m BC Junior #1, Canada Junior #3


2005 BC Junior Decathlon Champion
2005 Canadian Junior Decathlon Champion
2005 BC High School Medalist
2005 BC Canada Games Trials Pole Vault Champion

Track & Field Team Selection:

2005 BC Junior Team - Decathlon
2005 Canadian Pan Am Games Team - Decathlon
2005 BC Canada Summer Games Team - Decathlon


Athletics Canada Names IAAF World Championships in Athletics Team

(Ottawa, July 28, 2005) - Athletics Canada is pleased to announce its official list of 32 athletes who have been selected for nomination to the 2005 IAAF World Championships in Athletics taking place in Helsinki, Finland, August 6-14.

Made up of 21 men and 11 women, including two athletes with a disability, team members have had to meet a series of tough performance standards during certain time periods over the past year. Depending on the event, the majority of the nominees also had to finish in the top four of the 2005 Canadian Track and Field Championships which took place this past weekend in Winnipeg.

"This is the first year of the quadrennial leading to the Beijing Olympics. In addition to selecting our very best veterans we have included "rising stars" who we believe will be successful in Beijing", says Alex Gardiner, Athletics Canada's chief technical officer and national team head coach. "You might say this team represents the best talent of today and those who will be our top performers throughout the next four to eight years. For some, Helsinki will be a really tough test. This will allow those athletes and us to see where we are and what we need to do to strengthen our results in Beijing in four years "

With a mixture of veterans and exciting young talent, Canada is looking to improve upon its last World Championship performance in Paris where the team won four medals including one gold and two from demonstration events.

Team members are listed below:


Name, Age, Event, Hometown

Jeff ADAMS, 34, 200mWCh (T54)*, Toronto, ON
Richard ADU-BOBIE, 21, 4x100m, Ottawa, ON
Charles ALLEN, 28, 110mH, Brampton, ON
Tim BERRETT, 40, 50km Rw, Edmonton, AB
Mark BOSWELL, 27, HJ, Brampton, ON
Nathan BRANNEN, 22, 1500m, Cambridge, ON
Pierre BROWNE, 25, 100m, 4x100m, Toronto, ON
Tyler CHRISTOPHER, 22, 400m, Chilliwack, BC
Reid COOLSAET, 26, 5000m, Guelph, ON
Dianne CUMMINS, 31, 800m, Vancouver, BC
Tawa DORTCH, 25, 400mH, Edmonton, AB
Carmen DOUMA-HUSSAR, 28, 1500m, Cambridge, ON
Dana ELLIS, 25, PV, Kitchener, ON
Perdita FELICIEN, 24, 100mH, Pickering, ON
Kelsie HENDRY, 23, PV, Saskatoon, SK
Anson HENRY, 26, 4x100m, Pickering, ON
Karl JENNINGS, 26, 110mH, Brampton, ON
Jennifer JOYCE, 24, HT, Richmond, BC
Matthew KERR, 29, 3000msc, Elora, ON
Jarek KULESZA, 27, 4x100m, Laval, QC
Priscilla LOPES, 22, 100mH, Whitby, ON
Nicolas MACROZONARIS, 25, 4x100m, Laval, QC
Colin MATHIESON, 26, 100mWCh (T54)*, Winnipeg, MB
Toyin OLUPONA, 22, 100m, London, ON
Hank PALMER, 20, 4x100m, Dollard-des-Orme, QC
Gary REED, 24, 800m, Kamloops, BC
Scott RUSSELL, 26, JT, Windsor, ON
Kevin SULLIVAN, 31, 1500m, Brantford, ON
Achraf TADILI, 25, 800m, Montreal, QC
Jason TUNKS, 30, DT, London, ON
Angela WHYTE, 25, 100mH, Edmonton, AB
Jessica ZELINKA, 23, Heptahlon, London, ON

*Wheelchair demonstration events

A recent MRI on Charles Allen has indicated a small tear of the tendon behind his left hamstring. A final decision on a course of action will take place on Friday; however, it is unlikely he will compete in Helsinki.


Name, Residence, Position

Jean-Guy OUELLETTE, Sherbrooke, QC, Chairman
Joanne MORTIMORE, Ottawa, ON, Chief Operating Officer
Alex GARDINER, Winnipeg, MA, Head Coach
John ALLAN, London, ON, Coach
Glenroy GILBERT, Ottawa, ON, Coach
Wynn GMITROSKI, Victoria, BC, Coach
Martin GOULET, Longueuil, QC, Coach
Les GRAMANTIK, Calgary, AB, Coach
Rick REELIE, Saskatoon, SK, Coach
Derek COVINGTON, Ottawa, ON, Team Manager
Thelma WRIGHT, Vancouver, BC, Team Manager
Marcel CHARLAND, Kingston, ON, Massage Therapist
Wilbour KELSICK, Port Moody, BC, Chiropractor
Gianni MARIANI, Laval, QC, Physiotherapist
Ghislaine ROBERT, Redmond, WA, Doctor
Al VERNEC, Montreal, QC, Doctor
Ivonne SHOUCAIR, Ottawa, ON, Media Liaison

A pre-Games training camp is being held for the team in Berlin, Germany from July 27th until August 3rd. The competition begins Saturday, August 6th and runs until Sunday, August 14th.

Following the IAAF world championships, Adams and Mathieson will be joining other members of Canada's national team for athletes with a disability to compete in the International Paralympic Committee Athletics Open European Championships taking place in Espoo, Finland, August 21-27.

Canadian track and field team to 2005 Summer Universiade

OTTAWA (CIS) - Canadian Interuniversity Sport, as the Canadian representative of the Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU), announced on Monday the athletes and staff who will represent Canada in athletics at the 2005 Summer Universiade.

The 23rd Summer Universiade, regrouping 9,000 participants from 170 countries, will be held August 11-21 in Izmir, Turkey. The track and field competition takes place August 15th to the 20th at Atatuk Stadium.

Leading the way for the Canadian squad are CIS track athletes of the year David Gill of Laval and Adrienne Power of Dalhousie University. They will be joined by Jim Steacy of Lethbridge who was named CIS male field athlete of the year.

Power, a graduate of Dalhousie University, was the 2005 gold medallist in the 60m and is the current CIS record holder and gold medallist in the 300m. The Halifax native will compete in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. Power was also named the 2005 CIS female athlete of the year at the prestigious BLG Awards in Calgary.

Gill, an education student from Lac-Beauport, QC, will compete in the 800m and 4x400m relay. He was the gold medallist at the 2005 CIS championships in the 600m, 1000m and 1500m events and was named athlete of the meet for his efforts.

Steacy, a Kinesiology student from Lethbridge, AB, will compete in the shot put, discus and hammer. He currently holds the CIS record in the weight throw with a distance of 21.46m and was the gold medallist in the hammer throw at the 2004 Canadian Senior Championships. He was also the gold medallist at the 2004 North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships.

Keep your eyes open for Jocelyn Adu Gyamfi of Mississauga, Ont. The University of Toronto student captured gold at the 2005 CIS Track and Field Championship in the women's long jump, becoming the first athlete in the history of CIS competition to finish first in the same event five straight years!

Megan Metcalfe is the Canadian national women's 5000m champion and is a multiple All-American at the University of West Virginia. She is a native of Edmonton, AB, and is a member of the Canadian National Team.

There are five athletes, four men and one woman, returning to the summer Universiade who competed at Daegu, Korea, where Canada won a bronze medal in the 1,500m. Four of the five are Canadian National Team members; Nathan Vadeboncoeur, Clifford Caines, Reid Coolsaet and Dominique Bilodeau.

Twenty three year old Ray Ardill of Victoria BC will compete in the 400m and 4x400m relay along with returnee Nathan Vadeboncoeur. Vadeboncoeur, from Winnipeg, MB and studying anthropology at the University of Illinois, will also compete in the 200 and 400m.

Clifford Caines is a history student at the University of Manitoba and will compete once again in the Decathalon. He will be looking to improve his 2003 point accumulation of 7401.

Reid Coolsaet, a student at the University of Guelph, will compete in the 5,000m and 10,000m in Daegu he completed the 5,000m in 14:17.96 for a 12th place finish. He has improved considerably since his efforts in Daegu winning the last two national 5000m titles. He was named to the Canadian team for the World Track and Field Championships competing in Helsinki. He ran 13:32.30 in the London Super Grand Prix in mid July, the fourth fastest time in Canadian history for the distance.

Dominique Bilodeau of Lac-Megante, QC, competed at the 2001 and 2003 Universiades. In Daegu in 2003 she had an 18th place finish in the javelin throw with a distance of 49.06 Bilodeau, who is a member of the Canadian National team, placed first at the 2005 National Championships in Winnipeg.

"I'm very excited to be going with this group and ready to focus on how we best get the athletes ready to perform at their peak, said head coach Dave Scott-Thomas, "the staff is simply outstanding. It is a group of passionate and experienced coaches and managers who are on the same page philosophically."

Scott-Thomas is the winner of eleven OUA and five CIS Coach of the Year Awards as well as the recipient of the Fox 40 OUA Coach of the Year Award (for all sports). He is a Level IV Certified NCCP Endurance Coach and has held several different National Team Coaching assignments including: 2003 and 1999 World Cross-country Championships Lausanne/Belfast), 2001 World Track and Field Championships (Edmonton), 2001 Beijing Ekiden, 2000 NACAC Under 25 Champs (Mexico), 1998 NACAC Junior Team (Cayman Islands), 1997 Ekiden (Japan), 1996 Atlanta Olympics (observer). He holds a Bachelor and Masters of Science Degree from University of Guelph, a Bachelor of Education Degree from Queen's University, and a Diploma of Coaching from the National Coaching Institute-Victoria.

"Although I am named as Head Coach, in reality they (Claude Berube of Manitoba University, Jim Wardle, of Guelph, Dave Hunt of Toronto and Vicky Croley of Western and team manager Dennis Hoy from Delta, BC) are my peers and I am confident we'll function together as a smooth unit," continued Scott-Thomas.

"The team is larger than those in recent times, which I take as a very positive sign of the health of track and field at the collegiate level. I was thrilled at our national championships in Winnipeg to see the calibre of athletes who were qualifying," he said. "There has been a slide in the Canadian results at FISU for the past few events - I am confident that this team will reverse that trend, placing more athletes on the podium, putting more in scoring position, and generally shining as one of the strongest track and field contingents to represent Canada at this level in recent history."


Name School Hometown Position

Dave Scott-Thomas Guelph Guelph, ON Head Coach
Dennis Hoy Delta, BC Team Manager
Claude Berube Manitoba Winnipeg, MB Coach
Jim Wardle Guelph Forest, ON Coach
Dave Hunt Toronto Toronto, ON Coach
Vicky Croley Western London, ON Coach


Name School Hometown Event

Jocelyn Adu Gyamfi Toronto Mississauga, On Long & Trip Jump
Dominique Bilodeau Sherbrooke Lac-Megante, QC Javelin
Nicole Buchholz Sask Saskatoon, SK 4x100
Marina Crivello Montreal Montreal, QC 20km Walk
Martine Cloutier-LeBlanc Montreal Montreal, QC 4x100
Hilary Edmondson Wisconsin Sarnia, ON 1500m
Whitney Evans Athabaska Calgary, AB High Jump
Sultana Frizell Georgia Perth, ON Shot Put & Hammer
Julia Howard Simon Fraser Burnaby, BC 800m
Rebecca Johnstone Simon Fraser Booner Island, BC 800m

Sue Kupper Alberta Edmoncton, AB Pole Vault
Kristen Matthews York Ancaster, ON High Jump
Megan Metcalf West Virginia Edmonton, AB 5000m
Novelle Murray Hawaii Surrey, BC Discus
Adrienne Power Dalhousie Halifax, NS 100m, 200m, 4x100m
Crystal Smith Ashland Ashland, OH Hammer
Karlyn Serby Saskatchewan Saskatoon, SK 4x100m
Darolyn Trembath Manitoba Winnipeg 1500m
Adrianne Vangool Saskatchewan Saskatoon, SK Pole Vault
Raymond Ardill Boise St. Victoria, BC 400m, 4x400m
Clifford Caines Manitoba Winnipeg, MB Decathalon
Mark Dillon Toronto Toronto ,ON High Jump
Anthony Gerber York Toronto, ON 4x100m
David Gill Laval Lac-Beauport, QC 800m, 4x400m
Jaswender Gill Montana Mission, BC High Jump
Robert Hansen Saskatchewan Saskatoon, SK Pole Vault
Ryan Hayden Villanova Richmond, BC 1500m
Kristjan Hunter Manitoba Winnipeg, MB 5000m, 300m Steeplechase
Neal Hurtubise Simon Fraser Maple Ridge, BC 4x400m
Jared MacLeod Kansas St. Winnipeg, MB 110m Hurdles
Ryan McKenzie Windsor Windsor, ON 1500m
Emanual Parris Sherbrooke Etobicoke, ON 100m, 200m, 4x100m
Trevor Snyder Georgia Windsor, ON Javelin
Erik Sproll Kansas St. Winnipeg, MB 800m, 4x400m
David Shanks Calgary Calgary, AB 4x400m
James Steacy Lethbridge Lethbridge, AB Shot Put, Hammer, Discus
Nathan Vadeboncoeur Illinois Winnipeg, MB 200m, 400m, 4x400m
Jason Wurster Toronto Toronto, ON Pole Vault
Neville Wright Alberta Edmonton, AB 4x100m

About CIS and the Universiade

The Summer Universiade is a multi-sport event that takes place every two years, and is second in size only to the Olympic Games. The Universiade is open to competitors between the ages of 17 and 28 in the year of the Games, who are full-time post-secondary students (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution within the previous year of the event.

The 23rd Summer Universiade to be held Aug. 11-21, 2005 in Izmir, Turkey will feature 8,000 athletes from 170 countries competing in the following sports: archery, athletics, basketball, diving, fencing, gymnastics, sailing, soccer, swimming, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.

For all the info on the 2005 Summer Universiade:

Official site Izmir 2005:
Team Canada site:

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Its 51 members, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 19 national championships in 11 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at the Winter and Summer Universiades, and 27 world university championships. For all the info on the CIS:

Vancouver's Kelly Smith wins America Series 10 kilometre wheelchair race

Athletics Canada 2005 - 2006 Carding Criteria and Application Form now available

Track and Field

Lions Gate Road Runners Mile on the Track - August 5th

Location: Balaclava Park, 31st & Balaclava, Vancouver.
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Various heats based on the expected pace of the runner. Light refreshments and drinks will be available. Runners are encouraged to bring their own pot-luck contributions. 51st year since the breaking of the 4 minute mile.

Justin Marpole-Bird Breaks Canadian Youth Record

On a clear windless evening 17 year old St. Georges student Justin Marpole-Bird, who two weeks ago finished 8th in the 1500 metres at the World Youth Championships in Marrakech Morocco, broke Mike Woods' 1500m Canadian Youth Record of 3:50.93 on Tuesday July 26 at the Hershey Harriers High Performance & All Comers Meet at Burnaby Central Track, with a run of 3:47.4.

Chris Johnson, led though 1000m with Justin passing 400m in 60.63, 800 in 2.02 (61.50) and 2.03 at 1200m (61.42), before finishing up the last 300m in 44.90 (a sub 60 last lap) for a final time of 3.47.4; a personal best by almost six seconds. Justin who competes for the Vancouver Thunderbirds will run the 3000m at the August 2nd Hershey Harrier meet, before finishing his season at the Legion Nationals in Edmonton August 6 - 11.

BC/Yukon Command Team for the 2005 Royal Canadian Legion Track & Field Championships:

BC Athletics 2005 Canada Summer Games Team:

2005 Junior Pan Am's website

World Track & Field Coverage Over the Internet

Track & Field Meet Requirements!

  • Make sure that throws implements are weighed and measured correctly. Communicate a request to have implements weighed to the BC Athletics Officials responsible for the throws well before your competition date.
  • A large percentage of track meets are still not listing throws events properly in their results. The implement weight (metric only) must be clearly noted in the title of the event and in results listings. Example: "Sr. Men's Hammer (7.260kg)". If the weight of the implement is not stated in the title of the event the performances will not be used for provincial, national or international rankings or records.
  • Make sure hurdle heights are clearly noted in the title of the event and in results listings ie: "Juvenile Women 100mH (30")"

Road Running

Lions Gate Road Runners Mile on the Track - August 5th

See under Track & Field section

IAAF Competition Rules for Road Running 

BC Road Running Championships

November 20, Fall Classic 10km, Vancouver BC (UBC)

Emere Disqualified from Peachtree Road Race: Ran Under False Name

At the conclusion of last Monday's Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, Ga., there was an unfamiliar name high up in the results: Amara Leta. Leta, listed as a 24 year-old from Ethiopia, finished sixth in 28:43, earning $1500.

Two days later, an anonymous posting on the message board identifed Leta as Alene Emere, the Ethiopian who had run for a Japanese corporate team until he was suspended for a doping infraction late in 2001, the same year he finished second at Peachtree.

Simultaneously, the mysterious Leta was identified to Race Results Weekly via e-mail by U.S. agent, Hussein Makke, as a Sudanese athlete. The athlete, whom Makke did not represent, was coming to Makke's West Chester, Pa., office for a meeting. At that meeting, Makke asked him to produce his passport, but the athlete was reluctant to do so, claiming it was missing. Makke's assistant, Kim Saddic, told Makke that she recognized Leta as Emere. He finally turned over his passport, and Makke confirmed Saddic's observation.

Makke called Elizabeth Unislawski at the Atlanta Track Club, organizers of the Peachtree Race, to let her know of his discovery. The A.T.C. had previously decided not to invite Emere to the event, and he apparently came to Atlanta at his own expense, supplied a different name, and entered the race clandestinely. Upon getting the news that Amere had misrepresented himself, the A.T.C. disqualified him.

"We have DQd him from our race and asked his prize money be returned," said Unislawski in an e-mail to RRW. "The results will be adjusted."

Before being suspended, Emere had a very strong year in 2001. He won the Japanese national championships at both 5000m and 10,000m (foreign runners representing Japanese corporate teams are allowed to compete), running 13:26.33 and 27:29.53, respectively. On the U.S. road circuit, he was second at Peachtree, third at the Utica Boilermaker, First at the Crazy 8's 8-K. He is scheduled to run at Crazy 8's on 16-Jul according to a press release recently sent by the event. (RRW)

From the "Running Times" web site.

Ryan Hayden runs 4:01 at Gibsons Sea Cavalcade Mile

July 23, 2005, Gibsons BC - The new course for the 3rd Annual Sea Cavalcade Mile proved to be a fast one, with Richmond's Ryan Hayden setting a new event record, clocking a blazing 4:01. That earned him a cool $100 while his girlfriend, Kirsty Smith of North Vancouver, took home the other half of the prize purse, finishing 3rd overall in 4:53.

Hayden, who just graduated from Villanova University in Philadelphia where he studied and ran on a scholarship for 5 years, was using this race as part of his preparation for the World University Games in Turkey in a few weeks. This was his first road mile ever, though he has run 3:58 on the track, and 3:39.7 for 1500m. "I've raced 16 times since February and this was the most fun," admitted Hayden. "I really enjoyed running in front of the crowd - I was impressed to see all of the people who came out to support the race and the parade."

Sechelt's Anthony Estey, home for the summer from his studies at UVIC, stuck with Hayden for the first half of the race, but had to settle for second as the early speed took its toll. "Anthony ran brilliantly," said Hayden afterwards. "He showed no fear as he stayed with me until the half mile mark. I threw in a big surge from 800-1200m and that was enough to pull away from him. He ran with guts and definitely earned my respect."

Kirsty Smith, who also graduated from Villanova this year, had low expectations going into the race, having just come off a knee injury recently. "I have not done any workouts, I have only been jogging," explained Smith. "I thought this race would be a good opportunity for me to get some speed back into my legs. I enjoyed it a lot and hope to do more road miles in the future." Like Hayden, this was Smith's first road mile - a short race for someone who is a 3000m & 5000m specialist.

Not far behind Smith was Craig Crawford of Sechelt in 5:02 (first Master), and rounding out the top 5 was the winner of the 13-15 year old division, Brett Jensen of Gibsons (5:26). Competition was fierce in some of the youth categories, as Dryden Ostrosky finished a few inches ahead of Haden Bush, both recording 6:29 in the boys 9&U division; and Katie Russell had only 3 seconds on Caitlin Kyle in the girls 10-12 division. A total of 26 runners took part, including several parent/kid entries.

Full results and photos at

Cross Country

Gearing Up for the Emperor's Challenge

The seventh annual Emperor's Challenge Mountain Half Marathon will take place on Saturday August 6th on Roman Mountain, 35 kms south of Tumbler Ridge. Hosted by the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society, this event, billed as the toughest and most beautiful half marathon in the world, has been attracting increasing fields of athletes from across western Canada.

Early registration has opened, and entries are significantly up from previous years, promising a record field - enter on-line through the Running Room or visit the Emperor's Challenge website at and mail in your form.

Kris Swanson has entrenched himself as Emperor of Roman Mountain, winning all six previous runs, and his record time of 1-38-37 seems invincible. In 2004 Stephanie Mills was flown up from Victoria, and blazed the route in 1-48-12, taking an amazing 21 minutes off the previous women's record. Rumour has it that more elite athletes of this caliber are taking note, and are planning to enter.

Although the event is an ultra-tough race for these outstanding competitors, it is simply a challenge and a test of endurance for most ordinary mortals. In 2005 the youngest and oldest participants were twelve and seventy-five. Participants may choose to enter the walking or running category, and have five or four hours respectively in which to finish.

The route is 21.1 km long and circular, gaining and losing around 2400 feet as it climbs right over the 6651 foot high windblown alpine summit of Roman Mountain. At one point a rope helps participants up a short rocky band. Almost half the race is above treeline, and it is here that the "Run with the goats, cruise with the caribou, trot with the ptarmigan" race slogan may come true.

One difference this year is that the race will be run clockwise. This will both improve the safety aspect of the race, and facilitate passing through the area of the new NEMI mine during the first few kilometers. Once you are through this section, there will now be a grueling slog to the summit at km 7.5 followed by a long downhill reward with the magnificent scenery of the northern Rockies ranges in your face.

Kids are catered to through a tough race of their own, of exactly one tenth the adult distance: 2.11 kms. A festive atmosphere prevails at the Core Lodge, which is the hub of the race, with a marquis, massages, refreshments and much more. The event is spectator friendly, and telescopes are trained on the summit to see who crests it first. At the Friday evening reception before the race, which includes a slideshow and inspirational speakers, the Roman theme is in evidence, with the dress code calling for togas.

There is nothing else quite like this… anywhere. Whether running, walking or watching, RISE TO THE CHALLENGE…. The Emperor's Challenge!

2005 BC Cross Country Championships

October 22, Crescent Park, Surrey BC (White Rock) 

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.

IAAF Competition Rules for Cross Country Running. 

Courses & Seminars

2nd Annual Whitworth College Cross Country Coaches Clinic

Date: Saturday Aug 20, 2005
Time: 8:30am - 2:00pm
Location: Whitworth College - Spokane, WA (Weyerhaeuser Hall - Robinson Teaching Theater)
Clock hours: Five (5) WIAA approved clock hours will be provided.

This clinic is designed to provide both new and veteran high school/middle school cross country and track and field distance coaches with increased knowledge in the areas of periodization training, core strength training, injury prevention, nutrition, rest/recovery, mental preparation, race strategy and team building. Other areas will also be provided if time allows. Specific workouts will also be discussed.

Information will be presented in both lecture form (PowerPoint) and through demonstrations.

Each coach will be provided a packet of notes, including examples of workouts that may be used or adapted to specific programs.

Snacks and Lunch will be provided.

This is a great opportunity to add to your current knowledge base and help jump start your season.

$55 (includes snacks, lunch, clock hour fee, notes and registration fee)
$45 (excludes clock hours)

Dr. Toby C. Schwarz, Head Cross Country/Track and Field Coach
Whitworth College
(509) 777- 4361

Employment & volunteer Opportunities

President and CEO / Special Olympics Canada

Communications Coordinator / Athletes CAN


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 - 
June 25, 2005


British Columbia Region Bobsleigh - Testing Session

Saturday - July 30th, 2005
Location: Simon Fraser University Track and Weight Room
Time: Registration - 9:00am - Testing begins at 10:00am sharp.
Testing Protocol:

  • 30m sprint
  • 60m sprint
  • 20m sled pull
  • Power clean
  • Front Squat
  • Close-Grip Bench Press
  • Five double leg bounds

Please contact either of the coaches listed below to confirm your attendance:

  • Derek Hansen - Strength and Conditioning Coach - SFU
    Phone: 604-773-9102
  • Bill Morrish - Sprint Coach - UBC

PacificSport - Fraser Valley Regional Athletics Centre

Sprints, Hurdles and Jumps Coach Position

The Valley Royals Track and Field Club, in partnership with BC Athletics and the PacificSport Fraser Valley Regional Athletics Centre, headquartered in Abbotsford, BC is seeking a person to assume the position of sprints, hurdles and jumps coach. This is a part time position that will offer remuneration of $1,500.00 per month for a total of $18,000 per year.

The main training venue will be the Swan Track & Field Complex located at Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford, BC. The track is an excellent facility that is fully equipped. There are two pole vault pits that are covered by rollaway sheds. During the late fall and winter months, weight training sessions are booked into a local school.

The successful candidate should have the following qualifications and skills:

  • Have obtained their complete NCCP level 3 certification in sprints, hurdles and jumps.
  • Be a person that has a proven record of developing skills in the full range of sprint, hurdle and jumping events for athletes primarily 16-years of age and older.
  • Be a coach that is particularly competent in developing high-level skills in the pole vault and high jump events.
  • Be a person that recognizes talent and has the ability to recruit that talent for the sport of Athletics.
  • Be a coach that is capable of developing the skills of athletes to a level that would enable them to achieve the standards needed to be selected to both BC and Canadian teams.
  • Be a coach that is able to motivate in a positive manner the athletes under his/her charge.
  • Be an effective communicator both written and verbally.

The successful candidate will be required:

  • To coach 20-hours per week.
  • To develop a schedule of practices that will allow the coach to give attention to all events and athletes included in his/her discipline.
  • To develop and put into use training and competition programs that are suitable for the athletes.
  • To assist at competitions and other events hosted by the Valley Royals or Fraser Valley Regional Centre.
  • To attend as many competitions that are feasible at which his/her athletes will take part.
  • Be able to organize and instruct technical coaching certification clinics for levels 1 and 2 for sprints, hurdles and jumps.
  • To work cooperatively with other coaches in the club and centre.
  • To plan and instruct at camps.
  • Be a self-starter who can initiate programs that will further the development of the sport of Athletics.
  • Be a member in good standing with BC Athletics or another Provincial/Territorial Branch of Athletics Canada
    To communicate effectively with club and centre members, Fraser Valley Schools and Clubs, BC Athletics and Athletics Canada as required.

This position would be most suitable for a person that is able to earn other income during the hours that he/she is not involved in the coaching obligations as stated above. There is also the opportunity to share income from new projects that the coach initiates and plays a leadership role in organizing.

Interested candidates should mail or email resumes to:

  • Mike Inman, President
    Valley Royals Track Club
    31051 Downes Road
    Mt. Lehman, BC V4X 1Y6

Distance Coach Required - West Vancouver Track & Field Club

The West Vancouver Track & Field Club requires a distance coach for our High School and older athletes training for cross-country and middle distance track events. Level 2 NCCP certification or equivalent education experience is required. Time commitment is 1 ˝ hour sessions 3 days per week. If you are interested in this position with our growing club of enthusiastic athletes, coaches and parent volunteers please contact Patricia Watts, WVTFC President at 604-925-8867.

Coach Needed - South Fraser Track & Field Club

To work with Junior Development athletes (ages 9 - 14).
Part time, March to August each year - great for a student or former athlete. Focus will be primarily sprints, runs or throws.
Call Glen: 604-524-5976. South Fraser Track Club, Surrey

Special Offer to BC Athletics Clubs - "Never Let Go" by Ron Wallingford

Borealis Press has directed part of its publicity project for Ron Wallingford's novel Never Let Go into providing each interested track and field club in British Columbia with a complimentary copy. This novel was recently reviewed in the May-June issue of Athletics Magazine (Can). Clubs wishing a gratuitous copy should contact Ron Wallingford with specific mailing instructions.
Fax: (705) 675-8787
Mailing Address: 1292 Lakewood Dr., Sudbury, ON P3E 6H9

Around the Track - What's new on the track scene in BC

NEW! Check here for BC Athletics media/press releases, news articles/stories on athletes and coaches, information on upcoming major sporting events and interesting articles from within our provincial track and field program and local clubs. Articles will be archived.

BC Teams Staff Announced

BC Juvenile Team:

Head Coach & Throws - Richard Collier
Distance - Rob Connors
Sprints & Hurdles - Peter Raddatz
Jumps - Elena Voloshin
Managers - Irene Hanson-Monnie

BC Canada Summer Games Team:

Head Coach & Jumps - Ron Parker
Throws - Ron Bunting
Distance - Sue Northey
Sprints & Hurdles - Tony Dickson
Combined Events - Amber Gilbert
Manager - Bev Dilorio
Manager - Ryan Sullivan


Contact: Thelma Wright BC Athletics RunJumpThrow Coordinator
Phone 604 737 3175

2005 All Comer Track & Field Meets & High Performance Events

Burnaby Central Secondary School Track (Canada Way & Norland)
Dates: Tuesday: June 21, June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9.
Start: 7:00 PM. (3k Walks 6:45 PM). Schedule subject to change.

  • Aug 2 1500 Walk, 400, 800, 100, 1500, 10,000
  • Aug 9 1500 Walk, 400, 800, 200, Mile, 3000

Hosted by Hershey Harriers A.C.
Sanctioned By: British Columbia Athletics

Entries: 6:15 P.M. Participants should register at least 1/2 hour prior to their event.

Cost: $3.00 BC Athletics Member (All Types) or equivalent from another Province/State/Country Athletics/Track & Field Association for 2005. $6.00 Non-Members. Enter as many events as you like for one fee.

Event Order: Rolling time schedule. Fast sections go first. One section or event follows the previous. Other events may be added. Some events if requested, will be gender separated.

These meets are open to anyone wishing to participate. All ages/abilities. Mixed performances are not eligible for Records, International Standards or National/Provincial Team Selection. Mixed performances in Provincial/National Rankings will be noted as occurring in mixed events.

Information: Jerry Tighe, 604-731-9475,

Selection Criteria for the 2005 International Combined Events Meeting 

2006 Commonwealth Games selection criteria now available 

BC Team Selection Criteria and Standards & General Criteria for Funding Support

Information available on the BC Athletics website at:

AWD carding criteria for 2005-2006:

BC Championship Meets 2005

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

  • 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

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

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



2005 rankings to date:

Road Running:

Track & Field


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