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ISSUE #36-2005
Friday, September 16, 2005

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • 2005 BC Athletics Annual Awards Nomination Forms
  • Rising Stars in Athletics: Lauren Seibel
  • 2006-2012 Strategic Plan - DRAFT
  • BC Athletics Employment Opportunities
  • Winter 2005/2005 Road Running Performance Clinic


2005 BC Athletics Annual Awards Nomination Forms

Deadline for nomination: November 30, 2005

2006-2012 Strategic Plan - DRAFT - of the identified Foundation Components and Critical Elements that are proposed as the framework of the 2006-2012 Strategic Plan.

The BC Athletics Planning Committee (Chair, Jim Cummins, Jim Gallagher, John Bird, Tom Hastie and BC Athletics staff Brian McCalder) would like to present, as a first step in the process of membership involvement and consultation, the 2006-2012 Strategic Plan - DRAFT - of the identified Foundation Components and Critical Elements that are proposed as the framework of the 2006-2012 Strategic Plan.

The presentation contains 4 main areas:

  • Preamble to the BC Athletics Strategic Plan - Setting the Environment
  • The identification of the Foundation Components of:
    • Athlete / Participant Development
    • Competition / Participation Program
    • Officials
    • Coaching
    • Organizational Capacity
  • Guiding Statements for each of the Foundation Components that help set the framework to guide the Critical Elements of each of the Foundation Components
  • Critical Elements - which have been identified as a critical component essential for success within each of the Foundation Components

The Planning Committee has presented this draft to the Board of Directors who have approved it in principle. The next step is to have the membership (clubs, individuals and association committees):

  • review the presentation
  • ask questions of the Planning Committee
  • make recommendations for additions and changes which the planning committee will receive, review, consult with the individual, club or committee on in order to determine how this best fits into the plan.
  • validate the:
    • direction the plan has taken
    • Foundation Elements (notwithstanding any recommendations or proposed changes)
    • Critical components (notwithstanding any recommendations or proposed changes)

This is a very critical step in the planning process as it sets the framework around which the Goals, Objectives, Strategies, Actions/Activities are developed. It is the foundation and framework of the plan and the Planning Committee needs your input.

The intent of the Planning Committee is that the Strategic Plan should be Robust, Dynamic and Flexible.

You can direct any questions to the following members of the Planning Committee:

Your replies, feedback and recommendations of additions and changes should be sent to: all of the Planning Committee members by October 3/05.

Thank you very much for taking the time to review, input and being involved in the future direction of BC Athletics and Athletics in British Columbia.

Brian McCalder

Rising Stars in Athletics - Lauren Seibel

This week's profile is on 2005 BC Senior Team Member and Canada Games Team Member, BC Senior Champion and Canada Games Gold Medalist - Lauren Seibel.

Lauren Seibel
Born: 1982
Hometown: Kelowna
Club: Vancouver Olympic Club
Coach: Richard Hillson
Event: 200m & 400m

2005 Best Performance & Ranking:

200m - 24.55 BC Senior #3/ Can Senior #18
400m - 54.57 BC Senior #1/ Can Senior #6


2005 Canada Games Gold 4x100m Medalist
2005 Canada Games Silver 400m and 4x400m Medalist
2005 Canada Games Bronze 200m Medalist
2005 Canadian National Championships 400m - 4th
2005 NAIA Outdoor Championships Bronze 400m Medalist
2005 BC Senior 200m & 400m Champion

Track & Field Team Selection:

2003-2005 UBC Track and Field Team member
2005 BC Senior Team member
2005 TEAM BC - Canada Summer Games member



Ottawa, September 15, 2005 - Athletics Canada announces Chief Executive Officer.

Following the 2005 IAAF World Championships Athletics Canada has taken advantage of the departure of some staff members to redefine and reorganize its operations.

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that chief operating officer Joanne Mortimore, will move into the new role of chief executive officer. Consistent with Athletics Canada's Strategic Plan developed in 2001, Joanne will focus on more strategic, long term views rather than the day-to-day, operational level of the association. She will lead the transition period as the association moves towards a new technical structure with the departure of Alex Gardiner, former chief technical officer/head coach to the Canadian Olympic Committee.

"Joanne is a long-service employee who consistently has demonstrated her commitment, contribution and integrity", says Athletics Canada Chair Jean-Guy Ouellette. "As Chief Operating Officer, she held operations together successfully and ensured our financial objectives were met. She is a large reason why Athletics Canada currently has such a healthy organization."

Joanne's background made her the logical candidate to fill this role. A certified general accountant, she has been associated with athletics for many years. From 1990 to 1999, she was Athletics Canada's Director of Finance and Administration. She then focused on consulting with various sport organizations, including Athletics Canada, the Athletics Canada Foundation and the Canadian Sports Awards and was finally hired as Athletics Canada Chief Operating Officer in February 2002. She has also acted as manager and head of delegation for various Canadian athletic teams at international meetings and is an active participant as a congress member for the North American Central American Caribbean area and the International Athletics Association of Federations.

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:

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


(September 15, 2005) – As part of the new structure of Athletics Canada, recently appointed CEO Joanne Mortimore, has announced Les Gramantik as Interim Head Coach for the National Team Program.

Effective immediately, Les Gramantik of Calgary, AB will take on this new role leading up to the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

With a BA in Physical Education and a Masters degree in Coaching Science from the University of Bucharest in Romania, Les has been Athletics Canada Director of Speed and Power and Coaching Director at the Southern Alberta Track and Field Centre since 1987. He has coached Canada on an international level since 1984, including Olympic and Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Pan American Games. For the last fifteen years, Gramantik has coached Canadian champions in jump, throws and combined events.

Gramantik will also be the chair of Athletics Canada’s National Team Committee. He will continue to be based in Calgary and will lead the technical operations of the organization along with the senior directors of the Association. Les will also oversee the duties specifically related to the Chief Technical Officer through a cooperative model including other key directors in the Association.

“With Les’ international and national sporting background as both a coach and leader, he brings a wealth of experience to this portfolio” says Athletics Canada recently appointed CEO Joanne Mortimore. “As Athletics moves forward towards achieving its strategic plan goals, Les will be instrumental in guiding our organization to podium performances in Beijing 2008.”

“This is a huge opportunity for me to continue with the ongoing growth and progress of Canadian Athletics, both at the national and international level”, says Gramantik. “I’m aware of the challenges of our sport and am ready to guide and assist coaches and athletes towards international success in this new leadership role”.

It is anticipated that the permanent position of Head Coach / Chief Technical Officer will be advertised in the early New Year with the intent of filling the position by April 2006.

Road Running

Winter 2005/2005 Road Running Performance Clinic

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.

  • Long Program 1:
    26 weeks Wednesday nights starting September 28, 2005 at 6p.m. through to May 2, 2006.
  • Long Program 2:
    24 weeks Wednesday nights starting October 19, 2005 at 6 p.m. through to May 3, 2006.
  • Short Program:
    17 weeks January 4 2006 though to May 3, 2006

Drop-in available
For complete information and registration: 

Final 2005 Timex Series Rankings

BC 10K Road Race Team - Selection Criteria

The 2005 Canadian 10k Road Running Championships will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Sunday, October 9th. Stay tuned to the Athletics Canada website for additional information regarding entries and the technical package.

All athletes who achieve the Performance Standards listed below are eligible to compete in the 2005 Timex Canadian Road Race Championships. All runners must be registered members of a member branch of Athletics Canada prior to the championship date, in order to participate in the championships. All performances must be achieved in 2005 sanctioned road races.

Performance Standards:

Distance        Male    Female
5 km           15:50     18:45
10 km          33:30     40:00
1/2 Marathon 1:14:05   1:28:30
Marathon     2:36:10   3:06:40

Standards for 5 km, 1/2 Marathon and Marathon are based on the 10 km standards, calculated using the Mercier Tables.

Both individual performances and rankings in the BC Timex Road Running Series will be considered for Team Selection. Please see the General Criteria for Selection at:

IAAF Competition Rules for Road Running 

BC 10k Road Running Championships

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

Runners, try out this measurement device on your favourite running routes

Using Google Map technology (satellite images and street maps of the world to scale), a group has created a tool that allows the user to measure distance using marker points. Simply plot out points of your favourite running route and the tool will tell you how far you have run, and show you the mile/km markers along the way.

Cross Country


The Campbell River Cross Country Race has been postponed from September 17th 2005 until spring 2006. The new date will be set at the VIAA meeting on September 18th 2005.

2005 Fall Cross Country and Trail Running Calendar 

2005 Lower Mainland Cross Country Series

The Lower Mainland Cross Country Series is looking for volunteers wishing to assist with the coordination of the series. If you have participated in this series in the past or would just like to help please contact Jake Madderom, 604-433-3371 or Email:

Regional X-C Series in BC

Download a printable one-page flyer listing all the regional Cross Country Series meets in BC:

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.

BC & Canadian Cross Country Championships Flyer

Download a printable 2-page flyer with information and schedules for both the 2005 BC Cross Country Championships and Canadian Cross Country Championships: 

IAAF Competition Rules for Cross Country Running 

Courses & Seminars

Run Jump Throw Teachers Instructor Workshop - Smithers, Sep 23

See the following link for more course and registration information:

Run Jump Throw Teachers Instructor Workshop - Terrace, Sep 30

See the following link for more course and registration information:

Workshop Listings for Fall 2005

See the following link for a list of upcoming RJT Instructor Training Workshops:

Run Jump Throw Learning Outcomes for Instructors and Requirements for Certification

See the following link for an outline of the Learning Outcomes and Requirements for RJT Instructor Certification:

Employment & volunteer Opportunities

BC Athletics - Technical Manager Track & Field and Director Power/Speed Event Group

BC Athletics in partnership with the Pacific Sport, National Sport Centre - Greater Vancouver invites applications for the full time position of Technical Manager Track & Field and Director Power/Speed Event Group. This is one position that will have responsibility for the Technical Management and Development of Track & Field in British Columbia along with providing enhanced leadership in the Power/Speed Event Group (Throws, Jumps, Sprints, Hurdles, and Combined Events). This individual must be a visionary, energized by the opportunity and have the ability to engage others in the collective achievement of the goals and objectives of the Track and Field program in British Columbia.

Working with Athletes, Coaches, Officials, BC Athletics Committees and Staff the responsibilities include:

  • The management of Coaches and Officials Education and Training.
  • Leadership and liason with the Age Group Committees (3) in the Track & Field Division.
  • In cooperation with BC Athletics Committees; Event Groups; Clubs; National / Regional Centres; and other Agencies initiate and manage athlete development and competition opportunities, including programs for Disabled and targeted athlete groups.
  • Manage the BC Team program, the Track & Field Championships program and liaise with National Championship host committees when held in BC.
  • Communication and liaison with Regional, Provincial, National and International Athletics Centres.
  • Initiating and managing together with the Power/Speed Event Group Reps - P/S Development Camps.
  • Outreach Programs, together with the Event Group Reps, to identified P/S athletes and personal coaches.
  • Providing leadership together with the BC Event Group Reps for Power/Speed event development in BC.
  • National Power/Speed Event Group liaison.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A self starter and effective communicator with a proven ability to work well with volunteers, committees and staff in a team environment.
  • Coaching Certification - fully certified Level 3 and be eligible for or have Athletics Course Conductor status.
  • A degree in Physical Education; Kinesiology; Human Kinetics; Coaching; Sport Management; Recreation; Education or related field - is desirable.
  • Experience in: Coaching at the Club/School/University level; Management; Program Design/Implementation; Planning; and Leadership within a work and/or volunteer environment is important.
  • Computer knowledge and experience using Word Processing; Spreadsheets; and the Internet.
  • Knowledge of the sport of Athletics at the club, provincial and national levels.

This is a full time position located at the BC Athletics office in Vancouver and will require some travelling. The salary is dependent upon training and experience. The position also provides benefits and travel support. The projected starting time: October/November 2005.

BC Athletics as an equal opportunity employer, invites applications from all interested and qualified individuals.

Applications must be received by Friday, September 30/05 and should include: A covering letter; your resume; and at least 3 references. Mail, fax or eMail applications to: BC Athletics, 1367 West Broadway, Ste 206, Vancouver, BC V6H 4A9
Fax: (604) 737-3171 / Email:

BC Athletics RunJumpThrow Administrative Assistant Employment Opportunity - Part Time

BC Athletics is currently seeking a part time administrative assistant for the BC Athletics Run Jump Throw Program. Under the direction of the Provincial RunJumpThrow Program Coordinator, the Administrative Assistant will:

  • Manage the RJT data base, filing and information systems
  • Manage the contacts for the RJT program
  • Coordinate mailings, electronic communications and respond to general enquiries regarding the RJT program
  • Prepare and coordinate the materials and equipment for RJT workshops
  • Order and inventory RJT materials and equipment
  • Be familiar with the RJT Program and have the ability to assist in workshop delivery

Desirable Skills, Knowledge, Interest

  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of and experience in working with Excel, Word and other computer communication programs
  • Be able to work in a team and individual environment
  • Be adaptable and have the ability to respond quickly and effectively
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • An interest in physical activity and youth

Employment details:

  • A contract position ongoing as per project funding
  • Wage rate $15/hr + expenses related to the delivery of the RJT program
  • 2 days per week totalling 10 hrs per week
  • Working from the BC Athletics Office in Vancouver

This is a part time position located at the BC Athletics office in Vancouver and may require some lifting, set up and travelling.

BC Athletics as an equal opportunity employer, invites applications from all interested and qualified individuals.

Application and Deadline:

  • Please submit a letter of application along with your resume and references by: September 30, 2005
  • Your application should be sent to: BC Athletics, ATTN. Thelma Wright, RJT Program Coordinator, 1367 West Broadway, Ste 206, Vancouver, BC V6H 4A9
    Fax: 604-737-3171


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
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



Athletics Canada is searching for a leader with knowledge of the amateur sporting system of Canada and the programs of key partners (including Sport Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, Commonwealth Games Canada and Canadian Sport Centres) with specific experience relating to track and field. The Director will work in a co-operative model with a head coach designing and implementing all elements of AC's high performance and domestic programs. Five or more years of progressive experience in amateur sport is required, including demonstrable success as an executive manager. Technical knowledge, balanced with strong administrative and financial skills are key requirements.


Coordinating all aspects of the national team program including event preparation, travel - accommodations, uniforms, invitations, and entries for both able bodied and athletes with a disability will be the main responsibilities of this position. Excellent communication skills, balanced with strong administration skills and an understanding of track and field are pre-requisites for this position. Starting salary range: $28,950+


Providing overall administrative support to all national team programs of Athletics Canada, this individual will be extremely organized, have attention to detail and have the ability to work in a team environment under strict deadlines. Experience in a computerized environment including windows, Microsoft office, internet email and website updating applications are pre-requisites. Salary range: $26,500+

Applications should be sent in confidence by September 23, 2005 including salary expectations to:

Athletics Canada
300-2197 Riverside Drive Ottawa, Ontario K1H 7X3
Attention: Christina Towers or via e-mail

Assistant Director - Finance & Operations / Simon Fraser University - Department of Recreation and Athletics

Sport and International Programs Services / Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Compliance with Athlete Whereabouts Program

(Ottawa, Ontario - August 30, 2005) - The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) wishes to advise the sport community that, as of October 1, 2005, it will implement the compliance component of the revised Athlete Whereabouts Program Guidelines which accompany the Canadian Anti-Doping Program.

For More Info:

Or Download the PDF:

Community Sport Programs for Aboriginal Girls and Young Women Announced

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:

The 2005 Athletics Canada Technical Congress

“Making the difference as a Canadian Coach: Coaching Development & System Building”
November 25th to 27th, 2005
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr. Anatoly Bondarchuk, Past Head Coach, Soviet Union Track & Field Team, and personal coach to 23 Olympic medallists.
  • Peter Eriksson: Head Coach US Paralympics Track & Field Team & personal coach to Chantal Petitclerc, world record holder & winner of 16 Paralympic medals.
  • Gary Winckler: Head Coach, University of Illinois Women’s Track & Field Team & personal coach to 2003 World Outdoor & 2004 World Indoor Champion Perdita Felicien.


Friday, November 25th, 2005

Foote Field Board Room
9:00 am to 5:00 pm Athletics Canada Board of Directors Meeting

University of Alberta: School of Business: Stollery Centre
7:00 pm to 9.00 pm Coaching Education Session #1
9:00 pm to 11:30pm Reception: Stollery Centre

Saturday, November 26th, 2005:

University of Alberta School of Business: Stollery Centre
08:45 am to 12:00 pm Domestic Business
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Lunch: Keynote Speaker
1:45 pm to 3:15 pm Coaching Education Session #2: Concurrent Speakers
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm Coaching Education Session #3: Concurrent Speakers
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm Dinner with Guest Speaker. Club Development

Sunday, November 27th, 2005:

University of Alberta School of Business: Stollery Centre
8:45 am to 10:00 am Women in Coaching Roundtable
10:15 am to 11:45 am Club Development in Canada
12:15 pm to 1:45 pm Performance Enhancement Teams: Forum
1:45 pm to 2:15 pm Closing Address

Event Site: University of Alberta, School of Business: Stollery Centre.

Accommodation: The Campus Towers Suite Hotel. The Campus Towers is a five-minute walk from the Stollery Centre. We have secured a nightly rate of $102 per room per night plus taxes at the Campus Towers. Please call the hotel directly to make reservations at 1-888-962-2522. Quote booking number 114994 when making the reservation.

To register for the Technical Congress please contact Scott Luck at the
Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre: 780 492 6868
Cost: $150 includes Friday night reception, Saturday Lunch & Saturday Dinner.

Canadian Masters Athletic Association Records

The Canadian Masters Athletic Association keeps Canadian Records in five-year age groups from 35-39 and older for men and women in the following;

  • Indoor track and field
  • Outdoor track & field
  • Racewalking (road & track)
  • Relays
  • Multi-events (decathlon, etc)
  • Roadrunning (men 40-44 +)

The CMAA also publishes the current marks in the annual Canadian Masters Record Book, published in May.

If you have broken a listed CAN record, you have to fill out an application to let the CMAA know of your achievement. Certain details are required – wind readings, photo timing, downhill courses, certified throwing implements, etc, that affect the validity of a potential record. Records and application forms are on the CMAA site

Please take the time to submit an application to help keep the records up to date.

Doug Smith
CMAA Director Of Communications

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


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

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:

Athletics Canada 2005 - 2006 Carding Criteria and Application Form

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 Brian McCalder 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

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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