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ISSUE #12-2006
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


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 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 Commonwealth Games.

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 come.''

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 that.''

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 4.15.

''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 - 20.

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 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 -

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

World Cross Country Championships to be Webcast on

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 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 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 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

Who to watch April 1-2 at IAAF World Cross Country Championship in Fukuoka, Japan:

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.

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 - 

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 Society

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 - 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

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 Committee meeting.

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:

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

Sunday 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