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ISSUE #9-2005
Friday, March 11, 2005

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

In this issue:

  • 2004 CABC Coach of the Year Awards Nomination Deadline April 15, 2005
  • 2005 Junior Development NEWS Conference Meets - Hosts Needed
  • Clan's Howard Named Top Female Athlete at NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships
  • Three BC Athletes Selected For NCAA Indoor Championships
  • NorWesters Track & Field Club looking for JD Coaches
  • NorWesters Spring Break Track and Field Training March 21, 2005 - April 1, 2005
  • 2005 Canada Summer Games Spring Training Camp


2005 Junior Development NEWS Conference Meets - Hosts Needed

Bids are solicited for the holding of a NEWS Meet to introduce athletes to the five events of the Pentathlon. Athletes may compete in as many events as they choose and they will be rated on the Pentathlon Scale. This meet is meant as a learning meet for new athletes, parents, coaches and officials and as a warm up to the season.
As help is received from all the clubs competing this is an opportunity for a smaller club to hold a meet. Financial assistance will be received.

Keith Newell Appointed Chair of National Officials Committee

Congratulations to Keith Newell who has been appointed Chair of the National Officials Committee in the weekly comments. Keith joins other B. C. officials Fiona Clarke who is the NOC member in charge of the Directory and Darlene Hamer who is the Meets Assignment person on the committee.

Three BC Athletes Selected For NCAA Indoor Championships

British Columbia athletes have been selected to take part in the NCAA Indoor Championships that take place next weekend at the Randal Tyson Indoor Track at the University of Arkansas.

Leading the way is Kyrsha Bailey who is ranked second amongst NCAA women long jumpers. Bailey, who is a senior at the University of Georgia, has jumped 6.57 metres this year and she is a definite medal threat in this event.

Yvonne Mensah, who is a sophomore at the University of Illinois, has been selected for the 60-metre hurdle event. Mensah is in her second year at Illinois and is coached by Gary Winkler who also coaches Perdita Felicien. Mensah has recorded a fast 8.23 for the 60-metre hurdles this indoor season.

Michael Mason, a freshman at the University of Kentucky, has been named as one of the 15-contestants in the men's high jump. Mason, who is the World Junior Champion in the high jump, has recorded a best height of 2.19 metres this indoor season.

2004 CABC Coach of the Year Awards
Nomination Deadline April 15, 2005

The purpose of the Coach of the Year Awards is to recognize a history and dedication to coaching in British Columbia. Each recipient will be selected for their outstanding achievement in the category in which they have been nominated, and for their unique contribution to the advancement and well-being of athletes and their sport. The award does not reflect the accomplishments and contributions of the coach in any one year. The award is designed to recognize contributions the coach has made to his/her sport and its athletes over a number of years.

Each recipient of a CABC Coach of the Year Award will receive a bursary of $250 from the Bob Bearpark Coaching Bursary Fund, a free five year CABC membership and a coveted CABC baseball cap!

For more information and to submit your nominations online at:

Rising Stars in Athletics

This week's profile is on 2004 BC High School Champion, Canadian Juvenile Champion and 2004 Canadian Junior Champion—Curtis Moss.

Curtis Moss

  • Born: April 12, 1987
  • Hometown: Burnaby
  • Club: West Coast Pacers
  • Coach: Don Steen
  • Event: Javelin

2004 Best Performance & Ranking:

  • Javelin (68.29m*) - BC: Juv/ 1st CAN: Youth/ 1st


  • 2004 BC High School Javelin Champion
  • 2004 BC Juvenile and Junior Javelin Champion
  • 2004 Canadian National Legion Javelin Champion
  • 2004 Canadian Junior Javelin Champion
  • *Established new BC Juvenile Record
  • *Established new National Legion Meet Record

Track & Field Team Selection:

  • 2004 BC Juvenile Team
  • 2004 BC Junior Team

Track and Field

NorWesters Track & Field Club looking for JD Coaches

NorWesters Track and Field Club is looking for assistant coaches to work with their Grade 3 to 6 Junior Development athletes. Great for someone who wants to train in coaching track and field as the club will pay for training. Applicants who have experience competing in hurdles, throws or jumps will have an advantage. Those who have completed Level 1 NCCP in track and field, or higher, will be paid. This is a great opportunity for those wanting to enter the teaching profession or just earn a little from April to July. Phone Dawn Copping at 604-929-3554.

Clan's Howard Named Top Female Athlete at NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships

March 5, 2005 JOHNSON CITY, TENN - Simon Fraser University middle distance runner Julia Howard won three races to almost single-handedly lift the Clan women's track team to its first indoor national championship since 1998 at the 2005 SunTrust-NAIA Men's and Women's Indoor Track National Championships Saturday in Johnson City, Tenn. Simon Fraser placed third in a tight three-way race for first as Oklahoma Baptist University captured the women's team title.

In the women's standings, Oklahoma Baptist tallied 86.50 points to win the title as McKendree College (Ill.) finished in the runner-up spot with 72 points. Simon Fraser University finished third with 65 points. Lindenwood University (Mo.) won the men's team title.

Howard, a junior from St. John's, NFLD, who lives in Burnaby, dominated both the 1,000-metres and mile races and then pushed the Clan to a record-breaking performance in the distance medley relay. She shared the Women's Outstanding Performer honor with Rosemary Okafor of McKendree University. Okafor finished first in the 400 meters, second in the 200 meters, third in the 55 meters and was a member of McKendree's second-place 4x400-meter relay team.

It was the second straight year Howard has been named the top performer on the national stage.

Simon Fraser also won two other events as freshman Ruky Abdulai (Ghana), nursing a hamstring injury that forced her to pull out of the 200- and 400-metres races that she was top-ranked in, still won the high jump, and junior Rebecca Johnstone (Bowen Island) captured the 800-metres.

Howard, the NAIA record holder in the 1,000-metres, easily won her second straight national title in the event, out-kicking the field down the stretch to win in 2:53.23. It was well off her record pace of a year ago but enough for the national title. Freshman Kristen Kolstad (Surrey) was eighth (3:02.86).

Howard had to fight to the wire to win the mile race. She sprinted over the final 150-metres to just edge last year's mile champion Elelina Slantinska of Central Methodist University at the tape. Howard leaned in to finish in 4:59.01. Slantinska was second in 5:00.01. SFU's Leah Boeckermann-Belanger (Thunder Bay) was sixth (5:07.81) and Kolstad was eighth (5:11.19).

"Julia showed how strong and how determined she is today by simply out-kicking everyone over the final 150-metres to win both individual races," said Clan Coach Brit Townsend. "She was simply dominant in her races today."

Howard ran the first leg of the distance medley as Simon Fraser also took the title in record fashion with a time of 11:43.08, breaking its own previous record of 11:45.09 from 1998. Howard, Meredith MacGregor (White Rock), Alexandra Krasovska (Burnaby) and Johnstone finished eight seconds ahead of the second place team.

Johnstone also turned in a dominant performance in the 800-metres, leading from start to finish winning in 2:10.74, finishing four seconds ahead of the field. It was Johnstone's first national title after placing fourth last year. Kravsovska was third in 2:15.22. "Rebecca was really motivated and she didn't want to give anyone else a chance," said Townsend.


Coaches Breakfast

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

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 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)

Clinics and Camps

2005 Canada Summer Games Spring Training Camp

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 - juveniles, juniors and seniors to gather important training tips and to meet and reacquaint themselves with each other and coaches in their event group areas.

What: 2005 Canada Summer Games Spring Training Camp
When: Saturday, April 2nd & Sunday, April 3rd 2005
Registration: 10:30 am registration on Saturday, April 2, 2005
Where: Burnaby Central Secondary, Burnaby, BC
Who: The camp is open to all athletes between the ages of 16 to 23 and their coaches.

CSG Spring Break Camp details & registration are now online at

NorWesters Spring Break Track and Field Training March 21, 2005 - April 1, 2005

Spring Break Track & Field Jump Start Training for High School Athletes

Spring Break Track & Field Jump Start Training for Elementary School Athletes

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:


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:

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

Calendar of Events - Track & Field updates

  • BC Junior & Senior T&F Championships - June 25/26 - Abbotsford, BC
  • 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

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

Athlete Declaration Form and Event/Best Performance 2005

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


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