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ISSUE #8-2005
Friday, March 4, 2005

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

In this issue:

  • Michael Mason - 2004 Sport BC Junior Athlete of the Year
  • Rising Stars in Athletics - Jennifer Joyce
  • Coach's Corner - Ron Parker
  • It's a girl!!
  • Canada Games Spring Training Camp
  • Playground to PODIUM: Sport Talent Search - Winter Sport recruitment camps to identify talent for 2010
  • Athletics Canada Call for Nominations
  • Coaches Breakfast Presentation


JUST IN: Jr & Sr Championships Location Announced

Abbotsford is to be the host of the BC Junior & Senior Track and Field Championships - June 25/26 (was previously to be located in Kamloops but new facility will not be completed on time)

Michael Mason - Sport BC Junior Athlete of the Year

Michael Mason of the Valley Royals was named the 2004 Junior Athlete of the Year at the Sport BC Awards Banquet held this week. Congratulations to Michael for his accomplishments in 2004 and for a great beginning to his 2005 season. 

Michael was recently featured in Rising Stars in Athletics:

Michael Mason

Born: 30 September 1986
Hometown: Nanoose Bay, BC
Club: Valley Royals-currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky
Coach: Tony Dickson & Barb Vida
Event: High Jump
Personal Best: 2.21m*

2004 Best Performance & Ranking:
High Jump (2.21m) - BC: Junior/ 1st CAN: Junior/ 1st 
IAAF World Junior Ranking: 5th 

Track & Field Team Selection:
2004 BC Junior Team
2004 Canadian World Junior Track and Field Team

2004 BC Athletics Junior Male Athlete of the Year & Overall Male Athlete of the Year 
2004 Sport BC's Junior Athlete of the Year Finalist 
2004 World Junior Track and Field High Jump Champion 
2004 Canadian Junior High Jump Champion 
2004 BC Junior High Jump Champion 
2004 BC High School High Jump Champion 
* Established new BC High School and BC Junior Record in the High Jump in 2004

Rising Stars in Athletics

This week's profile is on BC's Canadian National women's hammer record holder—Jennifer Joyce.

Coach's Corner

This month's profile is on Ron Parker - Pacific Athletics

It's a girl!!

The Dickson clan is proud to announce they have another addition to their relays team! Brynn-Avery was born on Feb. 28th, weighing in at a very healthy nine pounds.
Congratulations to Tony and Krista Dickson.

Canada Games Spring Training Camp

Final details are being worked out this week but it looks like our 2005 Canada Summer Games Spring Training Camp will be held on April 2/3 at Burnaby Central Secondary School.

The purpose of this training camp is to bring athletes and their coaches together in an environment to further develop their skills in preparation for the upcoming 2005 Canada Summer Games.

This camp will have a strong focus on the hands-on applications of skills development and will offer an opportunity for our future athletes - seniors, juniors and juveniles to gather important training tips and to meet and reacquaint themselves with each other and coaches in their event group areas.

The camp is open to all athletes between the ages of 16 to 23 and their coaches. High school coaches and athletes are encouraged to attend as well.

Final details to be announced next week.

Playground to PODIUM: Sport Talent Search - Winter Sport recruitment camps to identify talent for 2010

The Playground to Podium: Sport Talent Search will be making six stops across the province in March 2005.

The stops in Burnaby, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Nelson and Prince George will provide the opportunity to test young athletes between the ages of 16 - 23 for potential talent in a number of winter sports.

Dependent on the results of the testing during the Playground to Podium: Sport Talent Search identified athletes may be invited to a sport specific camp to be organized by the provincial sport organization.

The provincial sport organizations may also decide to extend an invitation to the most successful young athletes to participate in a High Performance Camp with the provincial or national development program.

Youth participating in the Playground to Podium: Sport Talent Search will be tested using a number of physical fitness parameters and tests. Young athletes from all sport disciplines are encouraged to participate (i.e.: gymnastics, dance, diving, cycling, etc.). Although no specific winter sport experience is necessary, this opportunity is being offered to those young athletes who are physically fit and have medical clearance from their family physician to exert themselves to a maximum effort.

Age, Height, Weight
Vertical Jump
Push ups
Box Jump
30m sprint
Beep Test (20m shuttle test)

For more complete details on the Playground to Podium: Sport Talent Search you can access a printable version at:

or you are invited to contact:
Nicole Miller, PacificSport
Team Leader - Playground to Podium: Sport Talent Search
Tel: (604) 730-7271

Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada Call for Nominations

Athletics Canada Board of Directors - Female Athlete Representative

The one (1) female athlete representative candidate will serve for a two year term (May 2005 - May 2007). The voting and nomination process is restricted to senior and junior athletes who have been on a National Team within the last four years.

Nominations are to be received by March 31, 2005 by email, mail or fax to the attention of Michele Edmiston-Hurter ( at Athletics Canada.

For further information and the nomination form please go to the Athletics Canada website at:

Athletics Canada Chair of the Board and Director-At-Large

Chair or the Board:
1 position - 2 year term

2 positions - 2 year term
1 position - 1 year term

For full details and nomination forms please go to the Athletics Canada website at:


Coaches Breakfast Presentation

The PacificSport Regional Sport Centre, Greater Vancouver, is planning to have another 'Coaches Breakfast' on March 21, 2005 from 7:30 am to 9:00am. The topic will be on 'Coach Burnout' as identified from our last breakfast and we are pleased to have internationally recognized coach Tim Frick to discuss the topic.

Coaches of NCCP levels 1-3 are invited to listen and learn from the knowledge and experiences offered by a NCI graduate. The generosity of having a higher-level coach allows for our young and upcoming coaches to share together what they have learned in their years, coaching within the school and community. This is an excellent opportunity for coaches to learn, reflect and apply concepts for themselves so they can avoid coach burnout.

When: March 21st, 7:30am - 9:00am

Who: Tim Frick, 3 time Paralympic Gold Medal Coach
A multi-sport enthusiast, but team sports always held a big spot in his heart.
Took the Canadian women's wheelchair basketball team to its third consecutive Paralympic gold medal in Sydney in 2000, defeating Australia 46-27. The team is now undefeated in 43 straight championship tournament games.
Coach Frick has the theory, the technical expertise, and the practical training to make him one of the best in the world.
Hear what has done to prevent "Coach Burnout" and choose a well-balanced life.

Location: BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver

Online Registration is also available at under CSC Vancouver site. Make sure you RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited.

If you would like to register or have any questions in regards to the 'Coaches Breakfast' please contact 604-730-7223.

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:

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

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:

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


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 - will be in Abbotsford June 25/26 - new Kamloops track will not be completed in time

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

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

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

Athlete Declaration Form and Event/Best Performance 2005

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.

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 (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