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Friday, March 31, 2006
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Highlights from this issue:
- Canada completes improved performance in track and field with
three more medals at Commonwealth Games
- Moncton awarded 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships
- World Cross Country Championships to be Webcast on wcsn.com
FROM THE BCA OFFICE
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
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Road Running & Cross Country Events: Jerry Tighe - email@example.com
Canada completes improved performance in track and field with three
more medals at Games
MELBOURNE-Nathan Brannen of Cambridge, Ont., the men's 4X100 relay and Stephanie
McCann of Surrey, B.C., all stepped on the medal podium Saturday to
conclude a successful showing for Canada's track and field team at the
The Canadians complete the Games with 13 medals (two gold, seven silver
and four bronze) in track and field surpassing the 12-medal total from
four years ago in Manchester.
In the men's 1,500, Nicholas Willis of New Zealand took the gold in
three minutes and 38.49 seconds. Brannen followed in 3:39.20 and Mark
Fountain of Australia was third in 3:39.33. Kevin Sullivan of Brantford,
Ont., was seventh in 3:41.19.
''This is the most important step I've taken in my international career
and hopefully there's more to come,'' said Brannen, sixth entering the
final lap. ''The race unfolded differently than I thought. I waited a
little too long and let the gap between Nicholas and the rest of us get
too big but I had a great finish. This is what I've been working towards
since the summer. This was one of the toughest fields in a long time at
the Commonwealth Games. Everyone was saying it was just going to be hard
to make the finals.''
In the men's 4X100 relay, Jamaica, anchored by world record holder
Asafa Powell, won the gold medal in 38.36 seconds. South Africa was second
in 38.98 and the Canadians with, in order, Charles Allen of Brampton,
Ont., Anson Henry of Pickering, Ont., Nathan Taylor of Coquitlam,
B.C., and Emanuel Paris of Etobicoke, Ont., were third at 39.21. Only five
teams finished the race when three teams botched their final relays.
The Canadians didn't match the 38.86 they ran in Friday's preliminaries
mainly due to their own fumbling on the final exchange but were pleased
with the medal. The Canadian relay is coached by Glenroy Gilbert of
Ottawa, a member of Canada's 1996 Olympic champion relay squad
Paris: ''We were looking on improving on our time and that exchanged
cost us. Everything was done properly up to that point. We got ahead of
ourselves. The medal was great but we're hoping for a different color. It
was an incredible experience to run for Canada.''
Allen: ''This is a big step forward for the relay program. We were able
to put together a medal performance with two rookies on the team (Parris
and Taylor) which shows we have some depth. This is my first international
medal and we've sent a loud message that this is a sign of things to
Taylor: ''We've been here since March 3 and our practices were
pretty consistent. We spent a lot of time with the relay and we were
definitely prepared. We're not surprised we did this well and we showed
yesterday in prelims that we belonged. We gained a lot of confidence from
Henry: ''I was very confident going down the second leg and I knew I
was going to give these guys a good position. Charles and I clicked real
well on that first exchange. These guys are passionate about the relay and
stepped it up today. This is the result of a team effort.''
In the women's pole vault, Kym Howe set a Games record clearing 4.62
metres to lead Australia to 1-2 finish. Tatiana Grigorieva was second at
4.35 and McCann third at 4.25. Dana Ellis of Kitchener, Ont., was
fourth also at 4.25 but needed three attempts to clear the height while McCann
went over on her second try. Kelsie Hendry of Saskatoon was eighth at
''I've had a rocky time with injuries so I was just excited to make the
team and come here,'' said McCann, who missed most of last season
due to a shoulder injury. ''A medal on top of that is great. Technically
things have been coming together in practice and that showed today.''
Scott Russell of Windsor, Ont., was eighth in men's javelin.
Here are the Canadian track and field medallists this week.
Gold: Chantal Petitclerc, Montreal, women's 800-metre wheelchair race;
Mark Boswell, Brampton, Ont., men's high jump.
Silver: Nathan Brannen, Cambridge, Ont., men's 1,500; Jennifer Joyce,
Richmond, B.C., women's hammer throw; James Steacy Lethbridge, Alta.,
men's hammer throw; Jason Tunks, London Ont., men's discus; Jacques
Martin, Sherbrooke, Que., men's wheelchair discus; Angela Whyte, Edmonton,
women's 100 hurdles and Achraf Tadili, Montreal, men's 800.
Bronze: Stephanie McCann, Surrey, B.C., women's pole vault;
men's 4X100 relay (Charles Allen of Brampton, Ont., Anson Henry of
Pickering, Ont., Nathan Taylor of Coquitlam, B.C., and Emanuel
Paris of Etobicoke, Ont); Diane Roy, Sherbrooke, women's 800-metre
wheelchair; Dariusz Slowik, Kamloops, B.C., men's discus.
Chantal Petitclerc brings home gold for Canada at Commonwealth Games
Moncton awarded 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships
March 29th 2006, Ottawa - Athletics Canada is thrilled to announce that
the city of Moncton, New Brunswick has been awarded the 2010 IAAF World
Junior Championships. The decision was made by International Association
of Athletics Federation Directors in Osaka, Japan. While Canada's bid
committee delegation went to Japan intent on winning the 2008 World Junior
Championships, the unanimous approval of the IAAF Council in awarding the
2010 games to Moncton and Canada is still great news.
"IAAF Council fully supports the ambitions of Moncton and
Athletics Canada to organize a top class event which will promote the
sport but also leave a lasting legacy in the shape of this new
track," said IAAF President Lamine Diack.
Athletics Canada Chairman of the Board Jean Guy-Ouellette indicated
that hosting this event in Moncton will play an important role for years
to come; "The 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships will be the
largest international sporting event ever hosted in Atlantic Canada. With
over 180 countries competing, the championships will leave a positive
economic impact in Canada, the province of New Brunswick and the City of
Moncton. A lasting legacy will be established in the form of state of the
art facilities and athletic knowledge, both playing a critical role in the
development of athletes."
The event, tentatively scheduled for early July 2010, will attract over
one thousand participants and hundreds of international media outlets. The
economic impact in the Greater Moncton region is projected to be over $38
million. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced last week a commitment of
$6 million to go towards building a brand new state of the art facility in
Moncton to host this event.
"We received some great news from the IAAF today," said
Moncton Mayor Lorne Mitton. "I want to thank the Canadian government,
the New Brunswick government, and Athletics Canada for their support. I
also want to congratulate Bydgoszcz, Poland for securing the 2008 World
Junior Championships. They put together a great bid."
A second round of voting was necessary as the bids were tied at 13
votes each following the first round. Moncton Mayor Lorne Mitton added,
"Hosting the 2010 World Junior Championships gives us more time to
host other events prior to 2010. This will help us work towards putting on
the best World Junior Championships ever."
The IAAF World Junior Championships are held every two years. The 2006
IAAF World Junior Championships are set for Beijing, China, August 15 -
The City of Moncton is the economic and commercial centre of Atlantic
Canada, with a number of key qualities that make it one of the best places
in the region to live, work, and do business. Moncton is consistently
recognized as a sports tourism hub for Atlantic Canada as well as one of
the best places in Canada to do business. It is Moncton's overall drive to
succeed, commitment to excellence, desire to move forward, and total
quality of life that makes this city what it is.
Athletics Canada’s "The Gold Standard" website:
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
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 www.bcathletics.org/main/techspecs.htm#hurdles
Hammer Handles - Get a Grip on it
Please review the specifications for the hammer in the 2006-07 IAAF
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 - www.iaaf.org/newsfiles/23484.pdf
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2006 PacifiCanada Series
Lafarge Abbotsford Track Classic
June 4, 2006 - DATE CHANGE
Review Kajaks International Track Classic
June 6, 2006 - DATE CHANGE
Harry Jerome International Track Classic
June 8, 2006
Victoria International Track Classic
June 11, 2006
World Cross Country Championships to be Webcast on wcsn.com
For the first time, the IAAF World Cross Country Championships will be
Webcast in the United States and Canada, giving North American fans the
chance to watch the World Cross Country Championships live as they compete
in Fukuoka, Japan, this weekend. The Webcast will begin at 10:20 p.m.
Eastern/7:20 p.m. Pacific on Friday, March 31; at 10:50 p.m. ET/7:50 PT on
Saturday, April 1; and continue in the early-morning hours of April 2.
The World Championship Sports Network (WCSN), in cooperation with USATF
and the IAAF, will host the Webcast at www.wcsn.com. The World Cross
Country Webcast marks the third consecutive World Championship event
Webcast by WCSN, coming in the wake of successful Webcasts of the 2005
World Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Helsinki and the 2006
World Indoor Track & Field Championships in Moscow.
In addition to the live Webcast from Fukuoka, a one-hour summary
program will be available for each day of the competition at wcsn.com.
Highlights of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships will also be
broadcast to in excess of 40 million households in the United States
through Regional Sports Networks. Fans should consult local listings to
check availability in their area.
Cost of the Webcast of the World Cross Country Championships is $19.95
US. Fans also can sign up for the wcsn.com World Athletics pass, which
provides access to all 2006 WCSN track and field Webcasts, including 13
European events such as select Grand Prix meets, the 2006 World Athletics
Final and 2006 World Cup in Athletics.
For more information, visit www.wcsn.com.
Who to watch April 1-2 at IAAF World Cross Country Championship in
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
Run Jump Throw!
Newsletter #2, March 2006
RJT Workshops in 2006:
Registration forms are posted as they become available.
Schools can request to have RJT demonstrations and workshops for kids
during the week.
- May 1 Teacher Workshop Prince George, Greg Peters - registration
information to come
- May 2 - June 16 Malaspina College, 6 week instructor course,
RJT Camps for kids:
- April 23 – Vancouver Sun Run. Demonstrations at the post-race
party in BC Place Stadium
Run Jump Throw Learning Outcomes for Instructors and Requirements for
See the following link for an outline of the Learning Outcomes and
Requirements for RJT Instructor Certification: www.bcathletics.org/main/pdf/rjtoutcomes.pdf
BC ATHLETICS COMMITTEES
BC Athletics Board of Directors
Chair: Tom Hastie - email@example.com
Juvenile, Junior, Senior Track & Field Committee
Committee Chair: Ron Bunting - firstname.lastname@example.org
Branch Officials Committee
Committee Chair: John Cull - email@example.com
Committee Chair: Jake Madderom - firstname.lastname@example.org
Road Running Committee
Contact: Jerry Tighe - email@example.com
Junior Development Committee
Committee Chairs: Alwilda van Ryswyk - firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Clements - email@example.com
Cross Country Committee
Committee Chair: Frank Reynolds - firstname.lastname@example.org
Job / Volunteer opportunities
Position: Full-time Sport Performance Director (Provincial) /
PacificSport BC Society
Application Deadline: April 12, 2006
Starting Date: June 1, 2006
Position located in: Vancouver, BC
Position: Full-time Sport Performance Coordinator / PacificSport BC
Application Deadline: April 14, 2006
Starting Date: July 3, 2006
Positions located in: Abbotsford, Kamloops, Kelowna and Prince George
Position: Full-time Human Kinetics/Athletics Facility Manager
Application Deadline: March 31, 2006
Starting Date: May 1, 2006
Position located in: Langley, BC, Trinity Western University
Track & Field Coaches needed for the 2006 JCC Maccabi Games -
Team Vancouver - JCC Maccabi Games still needs Track & Field
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 http://www.vancouvermaccabi.org/Play.html
- 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
For other job opportunities with specific BC Athletics member clubs,
please see the BC Athletics Homepage under "What's Happening."
REMINDERS and Quick Links
Please see the "Junior Development" Section of the BC
Athletics Homepage for a listing of "Approved Meets for JD Awards and
All Time Top 10 Listings."
If any Club would like to have their meet(s) added to this list please
submit the name of your meet by APRIL 1 for approval at the next JD
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
Senior Heptathlon and Decathlon to take place at Junior Nationals in
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
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: www.athletics.ca/article.asp?id=2816.
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: www.athletics.ca/article.asp?id=7725
2006 National 10000m Championships will be hosted as part of the
Pacific Canada Series once again this year
Sunday June 4 in the evening (as part of the Abbotsford International
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
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
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