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ISSUE #4-2005
Friday, February 4, 2005

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

In this issue:

  • Family Tax Credits for Children's Sports - Voice Your Support!
  • Call for Event Management volunteers for new BC Athletics programs
  • Website - Rising Stars in Athletics and Coach's Corner
  • 2005 Awards Banquet Photos available
  • Athletics Canada Looking for Bilingual Managers
  • 2005 BC Team Standards and Selection Criteria for Juvenile, Junior and Senior Teams
  • BC Team Staff Application - Coaches and Managers - Deadline 2/15/2005
  • 2005 Junior Relay Camp Invitation and Information, Athlete Declaration Document and Eligible Athletes List
  • Caribbean Training Camp and Competition
  • Run, Jump, Throw (RJT) National Coaching Certification Program - Port Alberni, BC
  • Level I and Level II Technical Coaching Certification Courses offered


Family Tax Credits for Children's Sports

On February 2, 2005, MLA Christy Clark announced her plans for a Private Member's Motion asking the provincial government to implement family tax credits for children's sports, recreation and arts program registration fees. Please see the attached media release and Vancouver Sun article.

Sport BC strongly believes in supporting initiatives that increase accessibility to amateur sport. When barriers to participation are lowered, more British Columbians will be active. If you support this initiative, it's easy to voice your opinion:

  1. Write a letter, or send an email, stating your personal support of this motion as a British Columbian taxpayer (not your organization's position)
  2. Send it to Ms. Christy Clark's constituency office at 2816 St. John's St., Port Moody, BC V3H 2C1 or email it to: 
  3. Courtesy copy (cc) your local MLA (use this website to find address and/or email information:
  4. Blind carbon copy (bcc) Sport BC at or send us a copy of your letter for our records. (You may be contacted for future campaigns.)
  5. Visit Christy Clark's website and complete the on-line petition 
  6. Send this request out to your contacts all over the province.

It will only take a few minutes out of your time but there are numerous benefits to getting involved:

  • At a provincial level, it demonstrates a united effort for the betterment of amateur sport.
  • On a community level, this grass-roots action demonstrates teamwork and builds our network of sport leaders.
  • At a club level, membership numbers may increase.
  • On a personal level, your family's income taxes could be reduced.

Thank you for your support of amateur sport in British Columbia.
Sandra Stevenson
President & CEO
Sport BC

Attention All 2005 BC Athletics Sanctioned Events

All 2005 BC Athletics sanctioned events are reminded to get their Sanction forms and fees in to the BC Athletics office as soon as possible. Sanction forms can be found at:

New on the BC Athletics Website

New in the "track and field" section - Rising Stars in Athletics

Every week we'll include a snapshot glimpse of the athletes that are making waves in the athletic scene in BC and around the World. This week's profile is on Olympic pole vaulter Stephanie McCann.

New in the "coaches" section - Coach's Corner

Every month we will be including a snapshot glimpse of the coaches in BC who mentor and develop our athletes. These individuals unselfishly give their time and energy every day as they help to develop BC athletes into provincial, national and international champions. This month's profile is on BC Athletics 2004 Coaching Excellence: High Performance Coach of the Year, Don Steen.

World Athletics Day Applications

2005 World Athletics Day - Call for Applications
Deadline February 11th

Athletics Canada Committee Application

Here is the link on the AC website for the call for committee applications .

2005 Awards Banquet Photos

Anyone wanting to purchase photographs taken at the Annual Awards Banquet should contact David Dolsen directly. He can be reached at (604) 307-6945 or (604) 875-6945.

2005 Calendar of Events on the Website

The 2005 Road Running, Cross Country Running and Track and Field calendars can be found on our website at:
The hardcopy edition will follow.

Call for Event Management Volunteers for new BC Athletics Programs

BC Track and Field - a Division of BC Athletics is seeking 6 highly creative, motivated, and enthusiastic self-starters to produce special events and execute new BC Athletics programs beginning in 2005. Our ideal candidates must have experience in a related field (Public Relations, Event Management, Communications, or Marketing) and be able to capitalize on trends and develop unique event solutions.

Volunteers must be multi-task performers with exceptional writing/verbal communication skills. You must be a team player and hard worker dedicated to getting ahead. You must be willing to work with BC Athletics staff and the Board of Directors to develop our projects.

Please send your letter of application and resume, to the attention of BC Athletics Technical Manager Track & Field, 1367 west Broadway, Suite 206, Vancouver, BC, V6H 4A9 by close of working day February 11, 2005.

BC Athletics thanks all those who apply, however please note that only those short-listed for an interview will be contacted.

Deadline for applications - February 11, 2005.

E-mail resume to:
Fax: 604.737.3171

2005 BC Team Standards and Selection Criteria for Juvenile, Junior and Senior Teams

Juvenile Standards and Selection Criteria:

Junior Standards and Selection Criteria:

Senior Standards and Selection Criteria:

Note: The BCJD Committee is reviewing the proposed 15 year old team selection criteria and standards. They will be posted when available.

Related Information:

General Criteria for Funding Support and BC Team Selection

Athlete Declaration Form and Event/Best Performance 2005

BC Team Staff Application Coaches & Managers **DEADLINE FEBRUARY 15, 2005**

Individuals are encouraged to apply for positions with BC Athletics Teams in the role of Coach or Manager. Individuals must meet certain requirements in order to be considered for positions. Selected Coaches and Managers will be required to commit to assisting in Team and Individual Athlete Preparation should that be requested.

Any coach wishing to consider applying for a position on a BC Provincial Team, please register online no later than February 15, 2005 at:

Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada Looking for Bilingual Managers

Athletics Canada is seeking bilingual managers for the 2005 National Teams. They are looking for individuals who would be able to assist in a managerial role and could serve in a bilingual capacity. Please contact Kevin Bean at the Athletics Canada office by Wednesday, February 9th.

2005 Junior Relay Camp

2005 Junior Relay Camp Invitation and Information, Athlete Declaration Document and Eligible Athletes List:


Coaching Certification 2005

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)

Level 1 Track & Field Technical Coaching Certification Course

Dates: February 26-27, 2005
Location: Vanier Sports Centre, Courtenay
Instructor: Tony Dickson, Level 3 Certified Coach & BC Athletics Team Coach Registration Registration Information:

Level 1 Track & Field Technical Coaching Certification Course

Dates: March 5-6, 2005
Location: Victoria - Oak Bay Secondary School Track & Field Facility
Instructor: Ron Parker, Level 4 Certified Coach & BC Athletics and
Athletics Canada Team Coach
Registration Information:

Level 2 Track & Field - Jumps NCCP Technical Coaching Certification Course

Dates: March 12-13, 2005
Location: Victoria - National Coaching Institute, University of Victoria
Instructor: Ron Parker, Level 4 Certified Coach & BC Athletics and
Athletics Canada Team Coach
Registration Information:

Run, Jump, Throw (RJT) - National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)

February 18, 2005 - Port Alberni, B.C

Port Alberni School District is bringing in Donna Kaye, national director of RJT from Winnipeg to run an Athletics Canada Run, Jump, Throw workshop in Port Alberni on Friday, February 18, from 9am to 3pm. Cost is $40. It is appropriate for elementary school teachers and club coaches, especially those working with JD athletes. Registration must be made by Monday, February 14 by contacting Sharon Macauley (AVTC) at 250-723-3796 or

The Athletics Canada Run, Jump, Throw (RJT) Program can make a significant contribution to a child's ability to acquire fundamental movement skills. RJT develops basic motor skills such as running, jumping and throwing; it is designed to give children a strong background in sport skills that will not only serve them well in the sport of track and field, but also build an effective skill set that will serve them well in other sports. No matter what sport or physical endeavour children will attempt in their lifetime, the mechanics of running, jumping and/or throwing will inevitably come into play.

The Athletics Canada Run, Jump, Throw Program makes a positive contribution to motor skill acquisition by using a fun and positive approach which focuses on skill development and team work (relays, cooperative games), not competition. RJT programs ensure that children develop the capacity to move through activities that contribute to complete motor skill development and take advantage of the critical window of opportunity children experience between the ages of 7-12.

At the end of the workshop, course participants will be designated as NCCP RJT trained and as such, will be registered with the Coaching Association of Canada's NCCP Database. Course participants will receive a RJT manual and all NCCP materials including a CD-ROM with video clips demonstrating each of the skill progressions for easy reference following the course.

The New NCCP Coaching Certification Program

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

NCCP Level 2 Wheelchair Athletics Technical Course

Offered by BC Wheelchair Sports.
Date: February 5th & 6th, 2005
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm Saturday & Sunday
Location: Vancouver, BC (Details to follow)

Course Conductor: Peter Lawless, NCCP Level 4 Certified
Peter’s credentials include BC Provincial Team Coach, Greater Victoria Regional Centre Coach, Western Canada & Canada Summer Games Coach, and coach of three 2004 Paralympic Team athletes from BC!

Don’t miss this chance to become certified in Wheelchair Athletics! This is the only course to be offered in Western Canada this year, and the first course to be offered in several years. The course is recommended for anyone wishing to learn about coaching wheelchair athletics. NCCP Technical Level 1 is recommended, but not required to attend (NCCP Technical Level 1 is the generic Athletics Course and does not contain wheelchair athletics specific information). Out of province participants are welcome to attend, but must make their own transportation and accommodation arrangements. This certification is required for any coach attending the 2005 Canada Summer Games in Wheelchair Athletics.

Register by submitting the attached registration form before January 28th, 2005 by email, fax or mail to:

Gail Hamamoto Doré, Director of Sport Development
BC Wheelchair Sports Association
#224-1367 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 4A9
Phone 604 737-3195, Fax 604 737-6043


CABC Newsletter

2005 Carol Anne Letheren Leadership & Sport Scholarship
Ron Parker CABC Coach of the Month


Caribbean training camp and competition

Lord Byng Secondary School is going to the Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago) for a training camp and competition. They still have spots available for outside athletes. The cost is $1500. They will depart on March 12th and return on March 21st. They are particularly short on boys but anyone is welcome, including all athletes from 13-19 years of age.
In 2003 they had a very successful trip to Hawaii that included several Kitsilano Secondary and Kajaks athletes. For more information please contact Byron Jack @ School: 604-713-8171; Cell: 604-341-5879 or Email:

BC Athletics 2005 Annual General Meeting and Banquet Weekend

By all accounts the weekend was a great success! We were pleased to have Joanne Mortimore, Chief Operating Officer of Athletics Canada participate in the 2005 BC Athletics Annual General Meetings and join us for the awards banquet.

Thanks to our guest speaker Bill Roe, President of USATF. Mr. Roe's insightful look at track & field past and present in the USA and the Pacific Northwest entertained us all.

Many of our sponsors were represented at the banquet. Once again we encourage the membership to purchase their products and support their programs. A list of BC Athletics sponsors can be found at:

A photo gallery with some of the award presentations is available at: All photographs are courtesy of Masters athlete and photographer David Dolsen. A very big thank you goes out to David for helping us out at the last minute and for such a wonderful, professional job.

A list of the 2004 awards nominees and recipients is available at: Congratulations to all nominees and award winners.

Our Silent Auction wouldn't have been possible without the generosity of all those who donated to the cause:

  • Marlie Oden (Joel Newbert) - Bridge Communications
  • Herb Phillips
  • Tom Masich and the Prince George Track & Field Club
  • Thelma Wright
  • BC Wheelchair Sports and Bogetti-Smith Photography
  • Diana Hollefreund - Victoria Track & Field Club
  • Ron Parker
  • Marian & Bob Adair - NorWesters Track & Field Club
  • Anne Lansdell
  • Danny Daniels
  • Kevin Tyler & Nike Canada
  • Vancouver Thunderbirds
  • West Coast Pacers
  • Patrick Chenier
  • Haney to Harrison Road Relay

Sunshine Coast April Fool's Run - Event Update

Please visit the website for new information on cash prizes. The event is also taking  applications for a limited number of comp elite entries.

Canadian Olympic Committee calls for Applications for International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece

Toronto, December 9, 2004 - The Canadian Olympic Committee is now accepting applications for participants to attend the International Olympic Academy's (IOA) 45th International Session for Young Participants General Session) in Olympia, Greece. The session will take place July 27 - August 11, 2005.

The aim of the IOA is to create an international cultural centre in Olympia, to preserve and spread the Olympic Spirit, and to study and implement the educational and social principles of Olympism.

The Session for Young Participants is open only to participants between the ages of 20 and 35 at the time of the Session (IOA policy). The main topic is Olympism and the special topic is the Olympic and Paralympic Games of Athens 2004. Candidates must have an understanding of Olympism and demonstrate their active involvement in the Olympic movement. General information on the IOA is available at

To learn more on how to apply, please find complete information regarding the application process at Applications must be received at the COC Toronto office by 5:00 p.m. EST, Friday, February 11, 2005. Selections will be made shortly thereafter and the successful candidate(s) will be notified by March 4, 2005.

All expenses will be paid during the course of the IOA, however delegates will be required to provide their own transportation to Toronto or Montreal (the Canadian departure points for Olympic Airways flights to Greece). Delegates will also be responsible for expenses incurred in Athens prior to the official start and after the official end of the Session.

For more information, contact:
Paulette Minard
Program Manager, Education
Canadian Olympic Committee

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.

True Gold Athletics Program

BC Athletics is very pleased to announce the formal partnering with some of Vancouver Islands leading Track & Field Coaches in their development of True Gold Athletics - A BC Athletics Regional Development Program. True Gold Athletics is an unaffiliated Vancouver Island Training Group that provides growth and development opportunities for competitive athletes in the Juvenile, Junior and Senior age categories and their personal coaches.

The services provided by True Gold Athletics are aimed at directly helping athletes achieve their competitive goals on the way to realizing their potential in the sport of Track & Field. The following services are provided to athletes registered with the program:

  • Weekly guided training group sessions.
  • Annual training and competition plans.
  • Guidance in delivering weekly training plans.
  • Regular physical testing and monitoring.
  • Video analysis.
  • Competition and travel management outside the Vancouver Island Track & Field Series.
  • Coordination of at least three out-of-province competitions.

The program's coaches are:

Head Coach: Tony Dickson
Circle Throws: John Root
Javelin: Graham Morfitt
Sprints: John May
Hurdles: John May
Jumps: Tony Dickson
Multi Events: Tony Dickson
Distance: Kate Brooker

For more information on the program go to:

Kamloops Track & Field Club Coaching Clinics

These informal clinics are intended for KAM club coaches but are open to anyone who wishes to attend, free of charge. Anyone outside of the club who is planning on attending should contact Derek Evely at to confirm.

Please note that the Level II Throws clinic to be held in February 2005 requires pre-registration and forms will be available on the BC Athletics website in the new year.

Mar. 5 2005, 9:00am - 11:00am Jumps Technical
Mar. 19, 2005, 9:00am - 11:00am Throws Technical
Apr. 9, 2005, 9:00am - 11:00am Sprints & Relays Technical
Feb. 5/6 2005, 9:00am - 4:00pm Level 2 Throws Clinic - all coaches must pre-register

Interested in helping out with BC School Sports?

You can make a difference! This is a much needed call to all alumni, current athletes, parents and coaches that would be willing to donate a couple of hours per week (March until June 2005) to help develop a coaching assistance program for our school sports system.

Please email Peter Ogilvie - at BC Athletics if you want to take part in this program for 2005. Please include:

  • Please indicate the city/region you live in.
  • Please indicate if you'd like to help in an elementary, middle or secondary school.
  • Please indicate the event group area (i.e. - distance, sprints & hurdles, throws, jumps) you wish to help in.
  • Please indicate the level of certification you currently have or please indicate if you want to help but haven't any formal certification.
  • Please indicate if you have experience in the Run, Jump, Throw program.
  • Please indicate your contact details (i.e. - current phone number, email, address & fax)
  • Please indicate what days and hours best suit your schedule.

2005 Canada Games BC Team Selection Criteria & Standards

2005 IAAF World Cross Country Championships

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

2004 BC Road Running Rankings

BC Communities invited to bid to host BC Games

The BC Games Society announced today that bids to host the 2008 and 2010 BC Summer and BC Winter Games are now being accepted. Bid packages for BC's largest multi-disciplinary organized competitions were sent to community mayors and regional districts across BC. The deadline for submission of completed bids from potential host communities is February 28, 2005.

"The BC Games are a positive investment in communities," said Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society. "Government, businesses and volunteers come together in the spirit of sport and contribute to an event which generates an economic impact of approximately $1.2 million from the BC Winter Games and $2.2 million from the BC Summer Games."

The City of Port Alberni is the only community in BC to have hosted four BC Games events, including the recent 2004 BC Winter Games. Mayor Ken McRae understands the benefits. "The BC Games created a network volunteers, inspired our young athletes, and contributed to first class facilities. Through the BC Games our community acquired the infrastructure and talent necessary to accomplish great things."

From the local playground to the Olympic and Paralympic podiums, the BC Games are part of the rich fabric of sport and physical activity in BC. "BC's best developing athletes and coaches attend the Games on their path to athletic excellence," said the Honourable John Les, Minster of Small Business and Economic Development and the Minister responsible for amateur sport. "Our goal in this province is to continue to provide the strongest amateur sports system in the country as we prepare for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games."

Since 1978, the BC Games Society has staged the BC Summer and BC Winter Games. Over the 26-year history, the Games have been hosted in 37 communities around BC and have involved 100,000 athletes representing every region of the province.

For detailed information on the BC Games bid process and the associated documents please visit


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 (2005)

Road Running (2005)


Road Relays & Ultra 

Cross Country and Trail Running (2005)

Race Walking

see Track & Field above



Road Running:

Track & Field 

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