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ISSUE #5-2005
Friday, February 11, 2005

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

In this issue:

  • Updated Club Contact Information Requested
  • 2004 Junior Development Best Performances and Top 10 Listings
  • 2005 BC Team Staff Applications Deadline February 15th!
  • Canada Games/FAST Athlete Fund
  • Aboriginal Coaching Manual Courses
  • Racewalk Training Session - Nanaimo - Saturday, February 12th
  • Pacific Road Runners "First Half" Attracts Top Distance Runners
  • Updated Coaching Clinics List
  • Rising Stars in Athletics


Club Contact Information:

The 2005 Calendar of Events will be going to print shortly. Any clubs who have not submitted their 2005 BC Athletics Club Membership Application should do so as quickly as possible and/or make sure that the BC Athletics office has the correct contact information to include in the Calendar of Events and to post on the website. The specific information needed is:

  • Full club name
  • Club Code - The 2005 Club Membership application requests that clubs identify their preferred code. The code is to be 2 to 4 figures and can be a mix of numbers and letters. Choose a code that is particular to your club and cannot be confused with another club. If a new code is not indicated the old one will be used.
  • Full mailing address
  • Club Phone
  • Club Fax
  • Club E-mail
  • Club Website
  • Club Colours

Please get this information to Sam Collier no later than Monday, February 14th - 4:00PM to ensure the information is correct in the 2005 Calendar of Events.

2004 Junior Development Best Performances and All Times Top 10 Listings

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:

Rising Stars in Athletics

A weekly snapshot of BC's brightest stars. Each 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 2004 World Junior High Jump Champion - Michael Mason.

World Athletics Day Applications

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

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.

Pacific Road Runners "First Half" Attracts Top Distance Runners

Many of Western Canada's top distance runners will compete in the Pacific Road
Runners "First Half" Half Marathon in Vancouver on Sunday, February 13th. They are looking for qualifying times for selection to the Canadian team to compete in the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Edmonton in October. Qualifying standards require the athletes to complete the 21.1-kilometre course in under 1:05:10 for the men, and 1:14:00 for the women.

Leading contenders, for the women:

Leah Pells (Coquitlam), three time former Olympian and winner of the 2004 Vancouver International Half Marathon.
Lisa Harvey (Calgary), former Olympian and three time former winner of the "First Half".
Jill Savege (Penticton), 2004 Olympic triathlete.
Lauren Groves (Victoria), international triathlete and winner of the 2004 Seattle Half Marathon.
Also Carolyn Murray (Victoria), international triathlete; Cindy O'Krane (West Vancouver), 1st master in the 2004 Vancouver Sun Run; and Nancy Tinari (Port Coquitlam), former Olympian.

Leading contenders, for the men:

Jeremy Deere (Calgary), former World Championship representative.
Jerry Ziak (Vancouver), winner of the 2004 Royal Victoria Half Marathon.
Brent Corbitt (Coquitlam), winner of the 2004 Fall Classic Half Marathon.
Michael Booth (Winnipeg), 1st Canadian at the 2004 Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
Ken Myers (Calgary), 4th place in the 2004 Canadian Marathon Championships.
Also Oliver Utting (Vancouver), former World Championship representative; Colin Dignum (West Vancouver), twice former winner of the "First Half"; Norm Tinkham (Maple Ridge), twice former winner of the "First Half" and 1st master in the 2004 Vancouver Sun Run; and Ryan Day (Kelowna) 8th place in the 2004 Canadian Marathon Championships.

In addition keen competition is expected through all the age groups. Notable age group athletes include Art Boileau (Vancouver) M45-49, two time former Olympian, second place finisher at the Boston Marathon and three time former winner of the "First Half"; Herb Phillips (Burnaby) M60-64, world age best marathoner; Betty-Jean (BJ) McHugh (North Vancouver) F75-79, world age best marathoner; and Diane Palmason (Bellingham) F65-69, multiple world age record holder.

The event sold out in late November, but spectators are very welcome. Event proceeds benefit Variety - the Children's Charity. The race starts at 8:30am with the winner expected shortly after 9:30am. Start and finish are at the Roundhouse Community Centre, downtown Vancouver, with the race route following the seawall around Stanley Park.

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

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

Canada Games/FAST Athlete Fund

This is a reminder that all applications for the Canada Games/FAST Athlete Fund are due on March 4, 2005. Please remind any athletes that have not yet applied to get their applications in as soon as possible. Applications can be found in PDF format or completed on-line at

The Canada Games/FAST Athlete Fund is a program that will provide direct financial assistance to next generation national team athletes to support their training and competition needs.

2005 Pan American Race Walk Cup - Selection Criteria

Paralympic Training Camp Information and Declaration

2005 CAAWS Women and sport breakthrough awards

COC Calls for Applications for the 2005 Carol Anne Letheren Leadership and Sport Scholarship


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)

Aboriginal Coaching Manual Courses

Malaspina University College - Nanaimo
Feb., 19, 2005
8:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Deadline: February 12, 2005

College of New Caledonia - Prince George
February 19, 2005
8:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Deadline: February 12, 2005

University College of the Cariboo - Kamloops
March 5, 2005
8:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Deadline: February 25, 2005

North Peace Cultural Centre - Fort St. John
March 5, 2005
8:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Deadline: February 25, 2005

Pre-Registration Fee Deposit $50

For further information and registration forms please contact the Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC at Ph: (250) 544-8172, Fax: (250) 544-8173 or Email:

The Aboriginal Coaching Manual is a supplement training resource for coaches. The manual responds to the desire to have a national training curriculum with content that reflects the uniqueness of Aboriginal cultures, values and lifestyles.

The Aboriginal Coaching Manual Course will be offered at the Spirit of Excellence Symposium to the held on March 19-20, 2005 at the Best Western Richmond Hotel and Conference Centre.

Racewalk Training Session - Nanaimo

Where: Rotary Bowl Stadium
When: Saturday, 12th February, 2005 11am to 1pm
Conducted by: Linda Campbell
Contact Linda at or just show up

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:

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

Dates: February 26-27, 2005
Location: Nanaimo - Rotary Bowl Stadium - Club House (behind Nanaimo Dist. Sec. School)
Instructor - Al Johnston, Certified Course Conductor, Level 4 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


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:

Athletics Canada Committee Application

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

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

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

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:

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.

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.

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 

Back issues of the BCAB are available at