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ISSUE #11-2006
Friday, March 24, 2006

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • 2006 Membership Reminder
  • Hammer thrower Jennifer Joyce wins Canada's first medal in track and field at Commonwealth Games
  • Prime Minister Harper and New Brunswick Premier announce backing for bid
  • Scissor Hurdles and Their Proper Use
  • Hammer Handles - Get a Grip on it
  • Athletics Canada announces team for 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships


Club Memberships

Any clubs who have not submitted their 2006 BC Athletics Club Memberships please do so before March 31, 2006 in order to avoid interruption in your club membership benefits including insurance coverage.

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

Hammer thrower Jennifer Joyce wins Canada's first medal in track and field at Commonwealth Games

March 20th 2006, MELBOURNE - Jennifer Joyce of Richmond, B.C., won Canada's first medal in track and field at the Commonwealth Games on Monday with a silver in the women's hammer throw.

Australian Brooke Krueger won the gold with a Games-record throw of 67.90 metres. Joyce was second at 67.29 metres, with England's Lorraine Shaw third at 66.00 metres.

Joyce, 25, an assistant coach at the University of California at Berkeley, was seventh at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, and didn't compete at the 2004 Athens Olympics, narrowly missing the Canadian qualifying standard.

''I was hoping to win the gold medal here but it's still nice to get the silver,'' said Joyce with her first major international medal. ''For me it's the start of the season and it's very encouraging to know I'm only going to get better as the year goes on.''

Joyce recoded her best throw on the second of six attempts and it was briefly a Games record. She fouled out on her first and third attempts and threw 64.93 on her fourth, 65.94 on her fifth and 65.83 on her sixth. Krueger overtook Joyce for the lead on her fourth attempt.

Canada also had a finalist in both the men's and women's 100 metre dash.

In the women's 100, Sheri-Ann Brooks of Jamaica ran a personal best to win the gold medal in 11.19 seconds. Geraldine Pillay of South Africa was second in 11.31 and Delphine Atangana of Cameroon third in 11.39.

Erica Broomfield of Scarborough, Ont., a 200-metre specialist, won her semifinal heat then placed sixth in the final in 11.49 seconds.

''I was happy to make the final but the race didn't go as well as I had hoped,'' said Broomfield, competing at her first major Games. ''I hope to remedy that in the 200. I had a very good start but my transition phase in the race didn't go so well. I have to stay more composed during the race.''

In the men's 100, world record holder Asafa Powell posted a convincing win clocking 10.03 with Soji Fasuba of Nigeria second in 10.11 and Marc Burns of Trinidad and Tobago third in 10.17. Anson Henry of Pickering, Ont., was seventh in 10.28.

''After yesterday's rounds I expected a bit more today,'' said Henry, who'll now prepare for the 4X100 relay later this week. ''My legs weren't there. I wasn't getting out the blocks and accelerating as well. I couldn't get to the top end speed smoothly.''

In the men's 5,000, Augustine Choge set a Games record 12:56.41 for the gold leading Kenya to three of the top four placings. Reid Coolsaet of Guelph, Ont., was 13th in 14:05.32.

In men's high jump qualifying, Mark Boswell of Brampton, Ont., the defending champion, was first as he needed to only execute one jump after clearing 2.15 metres on his first attempt. South Africa's Ramsay Carelse also cleared 2.15 metres to win the other group but started his competition at 2.10 metres.

In the first round in the women's 1,500, all three Canadian entries advanced to Tuesday's final. Carmen Douma-Hussar of Cambridge, Ont., was second in her heat in 4:09.98 while in another heat Hilary Stellingwerff of Guelph was third in 4:11.75 and Malindi Elmore of Calgary fifth in 4:12.51.

Also in action on Tuesday are Jessica Zelinka of Calgary in the women's heptathlon, Chantal Petitleclerc of Montreal, Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., and Tracey Ferguson of Toronto in the women's 800-metre wheelchair race; Jason Tunks of London, Ont., and Dariusz Slowik of Kamloops, B.C., in the men's discus; Jared MacLeod of Winnipeg and Charles Allen of Brampton in the men's 110 hurdles; and Tara Quinn-Smith of Waterdown, Ont., in the women's 10,000.

Three medals for Canada in track and field at Commonwealth Games 

Mark Boswell wins gold in high jump, silver for Jacques Martin in discus at Commonwealth Games

Chantal Petitclerc brings home gold for Canada at Commonwealth Games

Charles Allen just misses medal in 110-metre hurdles at Commonwealth Games

Prime Minister Harper and New Brunswick Premier announce backing for bid

(OTTAWA) - Athletics Canada is thrilled with today's announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord confirming the support of the Federal Government, and the province of New Brunswick for the bid to host the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick. Prime Minister Harper announced a commitment of $6 million in Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) funds and New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord committed $5 million from the province. The funds will be used to build a brand new state of the art stadium if the city of Moncton's bid is successful to host the international event.

Jean-Guy Ouellette, Athletics Canada Chairman of the Board, indicated that hosting the event in Moncton would play a key role for years to come; "The 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships would be the largest international sporting event ever hosted in Atlantic Canada. With over 170 countries competing, the championships would not only leave a positive economic impact in Canada, the province of New Brunswick and the City of Moncton, but they would also establish a lasting legacy in the form of state of the art facilities and athletic knowledge, both playing a critical role in the development of athletes."

Athletics Canada also recognizes the support of l'Université de Moncton, the Town of Sackville, Mount Allison University and Athletics New Brunswick who have all played key roles in this process. Athletics Canada wishes Moncton Mayor Lorne Mitton and his team good luck as they head to Osaka, Japan in order to present the bid to the International Association of Athletics Federation.

Track and Field

Scissor Hurdles and Their Proper Use

Controversy seems to break out whenever scissor hurdles are set up in a meet. Which way do they go? Pegs facing the athlete? Pegs facing away from the athlete? The correct answer is .... It depends on the manufacturer and model.

The key issue is the direction of the FEET. The hurdles should be set up so the at the balance point is correct and the long part of the foot is toward the athlete. This ensures that the hurdle will tip over easily. If you cannot remember the height and spacings for the different hurdle events then check it out on the BC Athletics web page

Hammer Handles - Get a Grip on it

Please review the specifications for the hammer in the 2006-07 IAAF Handbook.
Hammers will not be accepted for use in competitions unless they meet the specifications in the Handbook. Some manufacturers began supplying "new handles" in 2004-05. Check out Rule 191.7 (page 161) in the 2006-07 IAAF Handbook for the current specifications. You can find this information on the following web site -

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

Cross Country

Athletics Canada announces team for 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada announced today its team for the 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. The event takes place April 1-2 in Fukuoka, Japan.

Dave Scott-Thomas, Head Coach of Athletics Canada's World Cross Country team believes this event is very important in the development of middle-distance runners. "One of my motivating factors to be part of this team is since this is the last time there will be a short course race, I view this as the end of an era. Cross country is the seed from which other middle-distance performances grow and the World Cross Country Championships have been a critical component in the development of the National Team Program for the past decade." Scott-Thomas also sees this event as an opportunity to link the past with the present and the future. "Athletics Canada's strategy to use the meet for team building and a vehicle to build the next generation of elite Canadians has worked fantastically well. The vast majority of our current crop of elite athletes cut their teeth on the WXC stage, where they were able to mix with established names and share in their wisdom. On the flip side, our vets were able to be connected with the up and comers and to feel positive about continuity with the ground they've broken and the lessons they've learned."

Junior men - 8km race

Boorsma, Kyle - Guelph, ON
Brett, Allan - Ottawa, ON
Brunsting, Joseph - Stirling, ON
Currie, Cory - Brantford, ON
Dillon, Marcus - Toronto, ON
Fleming, Sean - Regina, SK

Junior women - 6km race

Campbell, Anita - Abbotsford, BC
Carson, Lindsay - Cambridge, ON
McBean, Mandy - Toronto, ON
McKay, Tarah - St. Clements, ON
Reid, Sheila - Newmarket, ON
Van Buskirk, Kate - Brampton, ON

Senior men - 4km short course

Coolsaet, Reid - Guelph, ON
Gillis, Eric - Antigonish, NS
McKenzie, Ryan - Windsor, ON
Milne, Taylor - Guelph, ON
Sullivan, Kevin - Brantford, ON

Senior women - 4km short course

Babcock, Courtney - Chatham, ON
Douma-Hussar, Carmen - Cambridge, ON
Elmore, Malindi - Kelowna, BC
Metcalfe, Megan - Edmonton, AB
Quinn-Smith, Tara - Toronto, ON

Senior men - 12km long course

Mauricio, Cristiano - Leamington, ON
Nielsen, James - Toronto, ON
Osaduik, Steve - Nanaimo, BC
Scull, Jeff - Jordan Station, ON

Senior women - 8km

Kuzyk, Cari - Vancouver, BC
Smith, Kirsty - Vancouver, BC

Head Coach - Dave Scott-Thomas
Assistant Coach - Christine Laverty
Physio Therapist - Marilou Lamy
Massage Therapist - Frank Manzo
Team Manager - Thelma Wright
Team Leader - Martin Goulet

Scott-Thomas knows his team will be ready for this competition. "We'll have a number of athletes coming straight from the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne to race, and another group who will arrive from the NACAC Championships in Florida. This will be a race-sharp and hungry group, ready to put team Canada head to head with the best in the world."

Road Running

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

Port Alberni
April 1-2, 2006

Track & Field Coaching Workshop, NCCP Throws Level 2 Technical Course

Port Alberni
May 6-7, 2006

Run Jump Throw!

RJT Workshops in 2006:

Registration forms are posted as they become available.

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

6 international internships to apply to before March 26th!

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.

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.

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

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