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ISSUE #7-2005
Friday, February 25, 2005

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

In this issue:

  • BC Athletics Electronic Bulletin - Report Card
  • Sports Illustrated - "Faces in the Crowd" features Yvonne Mensah
  • Athletics Canada Names 2005 World Cross Country Championship Team
  • 2005 Wheelchair Athletics Clinic for Athletes and Coaches - March 19th & 20th, 2005
  • Clemson University seeks Distance Coach
  • Rising Stars in Athletics: Dylan Armstrong


BC Athletics Electronic Bulletin - Report Card

We're now beginning our third year with the BC Athletics Electronic Bulletin. The BCAB replaced our quarterly "BC Athletics Record" printed edition with a goal to keep the membership up to date and up to the minute. We'd like to know what you think of the BCAB and what your suggestions are to make it better. Is there any area of interest that we're not addressing? Do weekly editions work? Does the present format work or would you like to see changes? Please let us know your thoughts at

Calendar of Events - Track & Field updates

  • BC Masters T&F Championships - moved with a date change - June 11 & 12, 2005 - Duncan, BC
  • Centennial Invitational - Cancelled - new Kamloops track will not be completed in time
  • BC Senior & Junior T&F Champs Relocated - TBA - new Kamloops track will not be completed in time

Rising Stars in Athletics: Dylan Armstrong

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 BC Provincial Shot Put Record Holder—Dylan Armstrong.

Sports Illustrated - "Faces in the Crowd" features Yvonne Mensah

"Yvonne Mensah (Surrey, B.C. - Track & Field)
Mensah, a sophomore sprinter at Illinois, won each of the four events she competed in at the Central Collegiate Championships, in Champaign. She set a meet record in the 60-metre hurdles (8.23) and was named Big Ten athlete of the week."

Runner's World Extr@: This Week's Superstar: Malindi Elmore

"Canadian Olympian Malindi Elmore set new personal bests in 2004 in the 800 (2:02.69), 1500 (4:02.64) and 3000 (9:00). The 24-year-old moved her world ranking up to 13th in her premier event, the 1500." Read more about Malindi here:

Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada Names 2005 World Cross Country Championship Team

(Ottawa, February 24, 2005) - Athletics Canada is pleased to announce the 35 athletes and eight staff members that will make up this year's IAAF World Cross Country Championship team. The 33rd World Cross Country Championships will be held March 19th and 20th in Saint-Galmier and Saint-Étienne France.

The team is made up of a variety of runners - junior and senior athletes, middle and long distance runners, and a good mix of proven veterans and Canada's top up-and-coming stars. The format of the event, where there are up to six athletes in six categories, allows Canada to select the best available athletes from a large pool of runners across the country.

Team Canada's world cross country team head coach, Martin Goulet is excited about this year's championships. "As usual, we're going to world cross with strong expectations, especially with the short course teams. Last year, by winning the bronze medal in the women's senior short course and finishing sixth in the senior men's short course, Canada established itself as one of the best in the world in the short cross course, excluding the African nations. It will be tough to repeat or exceed last year's performance, since other nations will not be taking us lightly and because we're bringing several new athletes. On the other hand, Kevin Sullivan and Carmen Douma-Hussar will be leading the teams with their proven talent - both of them have had positive starts this season. National team veteran Joel Bourgeois will also add some valuable experience to the team."

"The world cross country team also provides an excellent opportunity for athletes to share ideas and goals as well as build a sense of unity and confidence," adds Goulet.

Douma-Hussar and Courtney Inman are both returning to the 2005 event after helping to capture bronze for Canada at last year's championships in Belgium.

Three of Canada's top performers from the 2004 world cross country championships, Emilie Mondor, Malindi Elmore and Paul Morrison are passing on this year's world cross country championships as they are focusing on recovering from injuries sustained in the late fall and winter.

Athletics Canada congratulates the following athletes, coaches and team officials for being named to the 2005 team:

(Name, age, hometown and personal coach)


Jeremy Fisico, 18, Windsor, ON, Chris Scarrow
Jake Gallagher, 18, Bedford, NS, Gary Keddy / Robert Englehutt
Alex Genest, 18, Lac-aux-Sables, QC, Pierre Thibodeau
Braden Novakowski, 18, Kingston, ON, Shane Lakins
Nick Sunseri, 18, Ottawa, ON, Brad Herbster
Chris Winter, 18, Vancouver, BC, Frank Reynolds / Martin Smith


Anita Campbell, 17, Aldergove, BC, Gerry Swan / Sue Northey
Danette Doetzel, 17, Maklin, SK, Steve Gursten
Katie Engel, 17, North Gower, ON, Ray Elrick
Tarah McKay, 17, St. Clements, ON, Peter Grinsberg
Gina Stewart, 17, Antigonish, NS, Bernie Chisholm
Kate Van Buskirk, 17, Brampton, ON, Jim Van Burskirk / Mark Christie


Joel Bourgeois, 33, Grande Digue, NB,
Reid Coolsaet, 25, Hamilton, ON, Dave Scott-Thomas
Matt Johnston, 26, Surrey, BC, Gerry Swan / Brit Townsend
Matt Kerr, 28, Elora, ON, Peter Grinsberg
Ryan McKenzie, 26, Windsor, ON, Dennis Fairall
Kevin Sullivan, 30, Brantford, ON, Ron Warhurst


Carmen Douma-Hussar, 27, Cambridge, ON, Marcus O'Sullivan
Hilary Edmondson, 23, Guelph, ON, Dave Scott-Thomas
Courtney Inman, 25, Vancouver, BC, Brit Townsend
Lisa Labrecque, 28, Sudbury, ON, Dick Moss
Megan Metcalfe, 23, Edmonton, AB, Sean Cleary
Rebecca Stallwood, 26, Burlington, ON, Sean Cleary


Brent Corbitt, 24, New Westminister, BC, Mike O'Connor
Eric Gillis, 24, Antigonish, NS, Dave Scott-Thomas
Marcel Hewamudalige, 21, Vancouver, BC, Mike O'Connor
James Nielsen, 25, Pt. Stanley, ON, Paul Poce
Andrew Smith, 25, Toronto, ON, Eddie Raposo
Calvin Staples, 28, Kitchener, ON, Peter Grinsberg


Shari Boyle, 32, Toronto, ON, Paul Poce
Rosie Mullins, 32, Stirling, ON, Dan Hennigar
Tara Quinn-Smith, 25, Waterdown, ON, Eddie Raposo / Paul Poce
Kristina Rody, 28, Maryhill, ON, Dave Scott-Thomas
Beth Wightman, 23, Toronto, ON, Ross Ristuccia

Team Staff

Head of Delegation, Sean Holman, Etobicoke, ON
Head Coach, Martin Goulet, Montréal, QC
Team Manager, Natalie Muller, Ottawa, ON
Junior Team Coach, Christine Laverty, Calgary, AB
Senior Team Coach, Marek Jedrzejek, Richmond, BC
Team Doctor, Linda Thyer, Vancouver, BC
Physiotherapist, Julie Gardiner, Montréal, QC
Massage Therapist, Frank Manzo, Thornhill, ON

Road Running

Timex BC Road Running Series schedule in Vancouver Sun

Look for Timex Series schedules in the Vancouver Sun newspaper on the following dates: Feb 22, March 15, April 12, May 3, June 7, July 4 and August 23.


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)

2005 Wheelchair Athletics Clinic for Athletes and Coaches

March 19th & 20th, 2005
Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Pinetree Community Centre - & Coquitlam Town Centre Stadium 1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

Sessions Include: On Track Training, Stroke Technique, Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Yoga and Much More!

Registration Fee: $25.00

*A limited number of travel subsidies may be available for out of town coaches & athletes
Fro more information, or to register contact BC Wheelchair Sports at Ph: 604-737-3194, 1 877 737-3090, Fax: 604-737-6043 0r Email:

If you are a current athlete or coach, or interested in getting involved in the sport of Wheelchair Track or Road Racing - you can't miss this clinic! Learn from Canada's best about the latest trends in training, equipment and competition strategy. There will be a combination of classroom presentations and training sessions (bring rain gear, water & your helmet!).

This clinic will also include preliminary classification for unclassified athletes, and those needing to finalize their classification.

U.S. College Admission Seminar in Vancouver

Track & Field athletes may be interested in this free U.S. College Admission Seminar in Vancouver.

Topics covered include: The NEW SAT test, the SAT II, ACT, the NEW TOEFL test, GPA, IB, AP, Early decision/Early Action, the personal statement, letter of recommendation, the interview, volunteer and or club participation, students visas, affording college, how to choose a college etc....

Date: Saturday, March 5th
Time: 1:00 - 4:00pm
Location: UBC at Robson Square, downtown Vancouver
Cost: Free

To register call: 1-800-527-8378

Aboriginal Coaching Manual Courses

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.

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:

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


Clemson University seeks Distance Coach

A position has become available at Clemson for a coach to work with the female middle distance and distance runners. If you know of anyone that has an interest in this type of position, please encourage them to contact me. Glenn McAtee


Podium - The Canadian Olympic Committee Newsletter


Non-BC meet results

Links are now provided on the Track and Field page to meet results outside of BC that are of interest to BC athletes.

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

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

15 Year Old Standards and Selection Criteria:

Juvenile Standards and Selection Criteria:

Junior Standards and Selection Criteria:

Senior Standards and Selection Criteria:

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

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