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Happy St. Paddy's Day!

ISSUE #10-2006
Friday, March 17, 2006

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • 2006 Club Membership Reminder
  • Canada wins two gold medals at NACAC cross country running championships
  • Canada's Commonwealth Games Athletics Team List
  • Jesper Olsen World Run Talk at Centennial Theatre
  • Running Injury Free 2006
  • Track & Field Coaches for the 2006 JCC Maccabi Games - August 13-18


2006 BC Athletics Club Memberships Reminder

Any clubs who have not submitted their 2006 BC Athletics Club Membership Application are reminded to do so ASAP. All club membership benefits including liability insurance coverage will lapse on March 31, 2006.

Make sure your club membership application is received in the BC Athletics office by March 31, 2006 to insure uninterrupted coverage.

The following clubs HAVE submitted their 2006 applications:

Alberni Valley Track Club
Alouette Achilles Running Club
Campbell River Comets
Capilano Eagles Running Club
Central Park Trail Blazers Running Club
Chilliwack Track & Field Club
Cowichan Valley Athletic Club
Delta Ground Pounders
Golden Ears Athletics
Hershey Harriers
Kajaks Track & Field Club
Kamloops Ridge Runners Society
Kelowna Running Club
Kelowna Track & Field Club
Lions Gate Road Runners
Nanaimo & District Track & Field Club
NorWesters Track & Field Club
Oceanside Track & Field Club
Pacific Road Runners
Pacific Athletics
Peninsula Track & Field Club
Penticton Pounders
Phoenix Athletics Association
Powell River Track & Field Club
Prince George Road Runners
Prince George Track & Field Club
Roads & Runners Racing
Rupert Runners
Semiahmoo Sun Runners
South Fraser Track Club - Incomplete
Track 54.50
Trail Track & Field Club
Universal Athletics Club
Vancouver Falcons Athletic Club
Vancouver International Marathon
Vancouver Olympic Club
Vancouver Thunderbirds
Victoria Track & Field Club
West Vancouver Track & Field Club

2006 BC Team Staff

BC Athletics continues to seek coaches and managers for the up-coming outdoor season. Please refer to the Coaches Team Application form on our website.

2006 BC Athletics Sanctioned Events Applications

All Events are requested to get their BC Athletics Sanction Forms in to the BC Athletics office as early as possible. The BC Athletics office should receive them no later than 3 months prior to the event taking place. If you have questions or need information please contact as follows:
Track & Field events: Ron Bunting - 
Road Running & Cross Country Events: Jerry Tighe - 

Athletics Canada

Canada wins two gold medals at NACAC cross country running championships

CLERMONT, Florida - Megan Metcalfe of Edmonton and Kate Van Buskirk of Brampton, Ont., each won a gold medal this weekend at the 16-country NACAC (North and Central America and Caribbean) cross country running championships.

In the senior women's six kilometre race, Metcalfe took the lead on the third and final lap to win the gold in 21 minutes and 44.38 seconds in hot and steamy conditions. Maria Valencia of Mexico was second in 21:54.43 and Rebecca Donaghue of the U.S., third in 21:56.42.

''I felt really relaxed and comfortable through the first two laps,'' said Metcalfe, 24, the NCAA 5,000-metre champion last year. ''The course was pretty slow with a lot of soft ground and uphill climbs. I was happy that I felt so good out there. I'm definitely on the right track for the world championships. It was a nice event and I'm glad I came.''

Heather Hennigar of Halifax was 10th, Suzanne Binne-Huse of Winnipeg 11th, Kirsty Smith of Vancouver 15th while Shari Boyle of Toronto and Cari Kuzyk of Vancouver did not finish.

In the junior women's four kilometre event, Canada was 1-2 with Van Buskirk clocking 14:31.27 and Sheila Reid of Newmarket, Ont., earning the silver in 14:38.72

''I'm really pleased,'' said Van Buskirk, 18, last year's Canadian junior champion. ''I didn't know what to expect heading in. But Sheila and I stayed up front almost the entire race and that was an advantage for us. It was great to get this kind of international experience.''

Danelle Woods of Ottawa was ninth, Mandy McBean of Toronto 10th, Angela Shaw of Langley, B.C., 12th and Jennifer Biewald of Ottawa 18th.

In the junior men's six kilometre race, the top Canadian was Marcus Dillon of Oshawa, Ont., in fifth spot in 19:46.70. Cory Currie of Brantford, Ont., was seventh, Matthew Bruce of Oshawa eighth, Kyle Boorsma of Guelph, Ont., 14th, Michael Anderson of Ajax, Ont., 16th and Joseph Brunsting of Stirling, Ont., 24th.

In the senior men's eight kilometre event, Juan Barrios of Mexico successfully defended his title with the win in 25:16.04.

Steve Osaduik of Nanaimo, B.C., was 12th in 26.48.80, Jeff Scull of Niagara, Ont., 18th, Calvin Staples of Kitchener, Ont., 22nd and Taylor Milne of Guelph, Ont., 28th.

In team competition, Canada was second to the U.S., in junior men and women and senior women and fifth in senior men.

Several of the Canadian entries are preparing for the world cross country running championship set for Fukuoka, Japan on April 1-2.

Athletics Canada is the national sport governing body for the sport of track and field including cross-country running and road running.

Results at the NACAC cross country running championships at Clermont, Florida:


Senior (eight kilometres): 1.Juan Luis Barrios, Mexico, 25 minutes and 16.04 seconds; 2. Alejandro Suarez, Mexico, 25:16.32; 3. Max King, U.S., 25:48.29; 12. Steve Osaduik, Nanaimo, B.C., 26:48.80; 18. Jeff Scull, Niagara, Ont., 27:40.82; 22. Calvin Staples, Kitchener, Ont., 28:09.70; 28. Taylor Milne, Guelph, Ont., 28:50.60.

Senior team: 1. Mexico, one hour and 42 minutes and 59.79 seconds; 2. U.S., 1:45:22.00; 3. Guatemala, 1:47:31.05; 5. Canada, 1:51:29.92.

Junior (six kilometres): 1. Diego Borrego, Mexico, 19:24.19; 2. Aaron Hermes Arias, Mexico, 19:29.05; 3. Landon Peacock, U.S., 19:29.97; 5. Marcus Dillon, Oshawa, Ont., 19:46.70; 7. Cory Currie, Brantford, Ont., 20:08.80; 8. Matthew Bruce, Oshawa, 20:12.16; 14. Kyle Boorsma, Guelph, Ont., 21:15.45; 16. Michael Anderson, Ajax, Ont., 21:34.38; 24. Joseph Brunsting, Stirling, Ont., 22:25.00.

Junior team: 1. U.S., 1:19:33.02; 2. Canada, 1:21:23.11; 3. Puerto Rico, 1:27:27.51.


Senior (six kilometres): 1. Megan Metcalfe, Edmonton, 21:44.38; 2. Maria Elena Valencia, Mexico, 21:54.43; 3. Rebecca Donaghue, U.S., 21:56.42; 10. Heather Hennigar, Halifax, 23:24.04; 11. Suzanne Binne-Huse, Winnipeg, 23:31.72; 15. Kirsty Smith, Vancouver, 24:25.16.

Senior team: 1. U.S., 1:28:31.51; 2. Canada, 1:33:05.30; 3. Jamaica, 1:41:28.76.

Junior (four kilometers): 1. Kate Van Buskirk, Brampton, Ont., 14:31.27; 2. Sheila Reid, Newmarket, Ont., 14:38.72; 3. Kauren Tarver, U.S., 14:40.57; 9. Danelle Woods, Ottawa, 15:17.83; 10. Mandy McBean, Toronto, 15:19.83; 12. Angela Shaw, Langley, B.C., 15:32.78; 18. Jennifer Biewald, Ottawa, 16:18.54.

Junior team: 1. U.S., 59:38.23; 2. Canada, 59:47.65; 3. Jamaica, 1:04:29.13.

Chantal Petitclerc to carry Canadian flag at Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremonies

To read full article click

Canada's Commonwealth Games Athletics Team 

XVIII Commonwealth Games

XVIII Commonwealth Games - Melbourne Australia
March 15 - 26, 2006

Allen, Charles 110 metre Hurdles
Babcock, Courtney 5000 metres
Berrett, Tim 50km Racewalk
Boswell, Mark High Jump
Brannen, Nathan 1500 metres
Broomfield, Erica 100 metres / 200 metres
Browne, Pierre 100 metres
Coolsaet, Reid 5000 metres
Cummins, Diane 800 metres
Dortch, Tawa 400 metre Hurdles
Douma-Hussar, Carmen 1500 metres
Ellis, Dana Pole Vault
Elmore, Malindi 1500 metres
Ferguson, Tracey 800 metres T54
Forrester, Nicole High Jump
Gill, David 800 metres
Hendry, Kelsie Pole Vault
Henry, Anson 4 X 100 metres
Joyce, Jennifer Hammer Throw
Kerr, Matthew 3000 metres Steeplechase
Kortchaguina, Lioudmila Marathon
MacLeod, Jared 110 metre Hurdles
Martin, Jacques Discus Throw T55
McCann, Stephanie Pole Vault
Palmer, Hank 4 X 100 metres
Parris, Emanuel 4 X 100 metres
Petitclerc, Chantal 800 metres T54
Quinn-Smith, Tara 10000 metres
Reed, Gary 800 metres
Roy, Diane 800 metres T54
Russell, Scott Javelin Throw
Slowik, Dariusz Discus Throw
Steacy, James Hammer Throw
Stellingwerff, Hilary 1500 metres
Stevenson, Nicole Marathon
Sullivan, Kevin 1500 metres
Tadili, Achraf 800 metres
Taylor, Nathan 4 X 100 metres
Teteris, Aimee 800 metres
Tunks, Jason Discus Throw
Kate Vermeulen 800 metres
Angela Whyte 100 metre Hurdles
Derek Woodske Hammer Throw
Jessica Zelinka Heptathlon

Cheer on Canada's track and field athletes in Melbourne

Athletics Canada would like our athletes in Melbourne to know that the country is watching and we are behind them.

You can cheer on, encourage, or congratulate Canada's track and field athletes competing at the 2006 Commonwealth Games by sending an email to

If you wish to send a message to an athlete in particular please write his or her name in the subject line. If your message is for the team, please write "Team Canada" in the subject line.

Let's show our athletes that we are behind them. Go Canada Go!

Commonwealth Games Schedule for Athletics

Commonwealth Games CBC Broadcast Schedule:

Commonwealth Games Canada - Melbourne 2006 - website:

Track and Field

Senior Heptathlon and Decathlon to take place at Junior Nationals in Sherbrooke

The Senior Heptathlon and Decathlon events will take place in conjunction with the junior combined events at the 2006 Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships in Sherbrooke, Québec July 21-23 at the Université of Sherbrooke Track.

Jessica Zelinka is the reigning Canadian champion in the heptathlon. She earned her crown at the 2005 Canadian Track and Field Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba with a score of 5753 points. James Holder is the defending Canadian champion in the decathlon; Holder took the gold with a score of 7264 points at 2005 Nationals.

The heptathlon consists of seven events: 100m Hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 meters, long jump, javelin throw, and 800 metres.

The decathlon is made up of ten events: 100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meters, 110 meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and 1500 metres.

Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships
Sherbrooke, Québec
July 21-23, 2006
Université of Sherbrooke Track

Canadian Senior Track and Field Championships
Ottawa, Ontario
August 4-6, 2006
Terry Fox Athletic Facility

Track & Field Coaches needed for the 2006 JCC Maccabi Games - August 13-18

Team Vancouver - JCC Maccabi Games still needs Track & Field Coaches.
Coaches need to be 21 years or older and need to be able to commit full time at the games August 13-18. Applications are at - go to the bottom of the page to print it out.
Please drop off completed application at the JCC or fax to 604-257-5119 attention Lu Winters.
Please call Lu Winters or Aza Reshef at 604-257-5111 for more details.
Youth Department Coordinator
Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver
604-257-5111 ext 207

2006 Track & Field Calendar of Events

The Calendar of Events is now up on the website and any errors or omissions need to be sent to Ron Bunting at

2006 PacifiCanada Series

Lafarge Abbotsford Track Classic

June 4, 2006 - DATE CHANGE

Review Kajaks International Track Classic

June 6, 2006 - DATE CHANGE
Richmond, B.C.

Harry Jerome International Track Classic

June 8, 2006

Victoria International Track Classic

June 11, 2006

Road Running

Jesper Olsen World Run
One Earth - 26,000 Km - 2 years - 1 runner

Friday, March 24, 2006 - 7:30 pm Centennial Theatre 2300 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver (doors open at 7:00)

Purchase tickets at:
North Shore Athletics 1200 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver 604.990.6888
Centennial Theatre Box Office 604.984.4484
Online ticket purchases:
adults $30 kids 12 and under $20
2 for 1 discount to all BC Athletics members (have your BC Athletics # handy)

Man runs around the world, lives to tell the tale in Vancouver; first-person account set to raise funds for BC Lung Association

Local runners and outdoors enthusiasts of all types are looking forward to meeting the first person to complete a fully documented run around the Earth. Jesper Olsen, 32 at the time, from Denmark, started running on January 1, 2004, and ran nearly every day until he finished his 26,000 km trek around the world on October 23, 2005. Vancouverites will have their chance to meet Jesper and hear his story at a presentation on March 24, 2006, at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver.

Note: There will also be a Club Fat Ass run on the Sunday in honour of Jesper.

Running Injury Free 2006

Hosted by Dr. Jack Taunton: Director of the UBC Allan McGavin Sports Clinic
and Chief Medical Officer 2010 Olympic Games.

This ever-popular seminar offers runners, trainers, coaches and sport & health professionals an in-depth look at the latest research on running related injuries. Topics to be covered include Achilles tendon injuries, orthotics, ITB exercises, strength and flexibility.

SFU Harbour Centre Campus 515 West Hastings Vancouver
Date: Saturday March 25, 2006
Time: 1:30 - 4:30pm
Tickets: $15 per person.

All proceeds go to the Allan McGavin Education Fund
Limited space…reserve seating today:
Tel: 604-518-940 or 

2006 Road Running Calendar

The 2006 Road Running, Relay, Ultra, Marathon and Cross Country/Trail calendars are now up on the website and any errors or omissions need to be sent to Jerry Tighe at

Camps & Clinics

NCCP Level 1 Track & Field Coaching Certification Technical Course

Victoria, BC
March 25-26, 2006
Oak Bay Track Facility

NCCP Level 1 Track & Field Coaching Certification Technical Course

Port Alberni
April 1-2, 2006

Run Jump Throw!

RJT Workshops in 2006:

Registration forms are posted as they become available.

March 2006

  • March 20-26 Power of Sport Tour: RunJumpThrow will be part of the Vancouver Island Power of Sport Tour March 20th-26th, visiting Comox, Campbell River, Courtenay and Qualicum Beach.
    Schools can request to have RJT demonstrations and workshops for kids during the week. See below.
  • March 22 Teacher workshop, Brechin Elementary school, Nanaimo - registration thru the Nanaimo School district, contact Jackie Poulin at
  • March 25-26 Nanaimo - details and registration (PDF)
  • March 25-26 Courtenay - details and registration (PDF)

April 2006

May/June 2006

  • May 1 Teacher Workshop Prince George, Greg Peters - registration information to come
  • May 2 - June 16 Malaspina College, 6 week instructor course, Nanaimo

RJT Camps for kids:

April 2006

  • April 23 – Vancouver Sun Run. Demonstrations at the post-race party in BC Place Stadium

July 2006


Run Jump Throw Learning Outcomes for Instructors and Requirements for Certification

See the following link for an outline of the Learning Outcomes and Requirements for RJT Instructor Certification:


BC Athletics Board of Directors

Chair: Tom Hastie - 

Juvenile, Junior, Senior Track & Field Committee

Committee Chair: Ron Bunting - 

Branch Officials Committee

Committee Chair: John Cull -

Masters Committee

Committee Chair: Jake Madderom - 

Road Running Committee

Contact: Jerry Tighe - 

Junior Development Committee

Committee Chairs: Alwilda van Ryswyk - 
Denise Clements - 

Cross Country Committee

Committee Chair: Frank Reynolds - 

REMINDERS and Quick Links

2006 Canadian Senior Combined Events Championships

The 2006 Canadian Senior Combined Events Championships will take place July 21-23 in Sherbrooke at the University of Sherbrooke. They will be held in conjunction with the 2006 Canadian Junior Combined Events Championships. Standards will be posted on the Athletics Canada website shortly and an integrated schedule will be available the first week in April.

National Team Relay Opportunities

The 2006 Athletics Canada National Team Relay Opportunities Selection Criteria and Declaration Form are now available:

Athletics Canada Board of Directors - Male Athlete Representative Position

Please be advised that the term of one (1) male athlete representative position has been completed.

The nominations for a new representative are to be received by March 31, 2006 by email, mail or fax to the attention of Michele Edmiston-Hurter ( at Athletics Canada.

The one (1) male athlete representative candidate will serve for a two year term (May 2006 - May 2008). The voting and nomination process is restricted to senior and junior athletes who have been on a National Team within the last four years.

Once all nominations are received, the following is the election process:

Item / Timeline
Notification of nominations (by email and on AC web) By April 3, 2006
National Team athletes welcome to pose questions to candidates through the National Office By April 14, 2006
Candidates responses posted By April 19, 2006
Electronic, fax poll Open April 21 @ 9 a.m. EST
Close April 25 @ Noon EST
Announcement of new athlete representative April 27, 2006
Athlete first representation Annual General Meeting
Board of Directors May 26-28, 2006 Ottawa, Ontario

Possible Dual Meets with Team Alberta

A possible series of Dual Meets with Team Alberta is being put together and could be a part of the Pacific/Canada Series. This Team BC opportunity will be for athletes 18-25 years of age. They will need to be available for the three meets scheduled for June 4 in Abbotsford, June 6 in Richmond and June 8 in Burnaby. The events will be posted and team selection criteria will be further clarified in up-coming bulletins.

Masters Age Category Change

The Masters age category now begins at 35 for both men and women. For those who still wish to compete in the Senior age category it is still available for those who wish to compete in that category.

2006 NACAC U-23 Championships Selection Criteria

The 2006 NACAC U-23 Championships Selection Criteria has been posted on Athletics Canada's website:

2006 National 10000m Championships will be hosted as part of the Pacific Canada Series once again this year

Tuesday June 4 in the evening (as part of the Abbotsford International Track Classic)

Jane & Gerry Swan Track in Abbotsford, BC

Note: the 2006 National 10000m Championships - Men's event only - should normally serve as Trials for the NACAC U-23 Championships to be held in Santo-Domingo in July. Please check for the release of the Selection Criteria of the NACAC U-23 champs for a confirmation of this element of the program.

More details will be available on Athletics Canada website within the next few weeks.

CABC Coach of the Year Awards

Nomination Deadline: April 14, 2006

British Columbia Lottery Corporation launches SportsFunder lottery to support amateur sport in B.C.

Launch celebrates first local partnership with Vancouver 2010
SportsFunder Website:

Media releases and background info:

Approved Meets for JD Awards and All Time Top 10 Listings

New Online Drug Database Helps Canadian Athletes Compete Doping-Free

2006 National Team Programs and Selection Criteria

Back issues of the BCAB are available at