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Friday, April 7, 2006
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Highlights from this issue:
- Calgary's Malindi Elmore cracks top-20 at world cross country
- Canada's Kevin Sullivan shines at cross country running worlds
- Harassment Advisor Training in Abbotsford
- Sun Run Volunteer Information
- Free RunJumpThrow Demo at Sun Run
FROM THE BCA OFFICE
New Club in Zone 2
BC Athletics has received a 2006 BC Athletics Club Membership
Application from the Southern Okanagan Athletics Club. This is a new club
to BC Athletics and to Zone 2. Zone 2 BC Athletics affiliated clubs are
asked to send any comments regarding the application to Sam Collier at email@example.com
by April 18, 2006. The application along with any comments will be
presented at the next Board of Directors meeting for approval.
Southern Okanagan Athletics
Summerland, BC, V0H 1Z0
Phone/Fax: (250) 494-8219
Geographical drawing area: Peachland & Summerland
President/Head Coach: Derick Pariag
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
Athletics Canada Newsletter "The Gold Standard" Issue #2,
Track and Field
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
Review Kajaks International Track Classic
June 6, 2006
Harry Jerome International Track Classic
June 8, 2006
Victoria International Track Classic
June 11, 2006
Calgary's Malindi Elmore cracks top-20 at world cross country running
April 2 2006, FUKUOKA, Japan - Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele earned an
unprecedented 10th consecutive title on Sunday at the world cross country
running championships while Malindi Elmore of Calgary was the top
Canadian finishing 19th in the women's four kilometre race.
In the women's four kilometre, Gelete Burika Bati of Ethiopia took the
gold in 12:51 with Priscah Jepleting Ngetich of Kenya second in 12:53 and
Meselech Melkamu of Ethiopia third in 12:54. All the races Sunday were
held in high winds which provided a stiff challenge to the runners.
Elmore clocked 13:21 for 19th place, Carmen Douma-Hussar of Cambridge,
Ont., was 22nd in 13:25. Courtney Babcock of Chatham, Ont., 24th in 13:27,
Megan Metcalfe of Edmonton 50th and Tara Quinn-Smith of Toronto 57th.
All the Canadians except Metcalfe competed at the Commonwealth Games
which concluded last Sunday in Melbourne.
''I was wondering whether I would be ready to race four kilometres here
after preparing for the 1,500 on the track at the Commonwealth Games most
of the year,'' said Elmore. ''I've done a lot of work over the last six
months, I'm very fit and that carried through today. This was a harder
race than my last participation two years ago especially with the strong
winds. I had to stay relaxed and not fight myself.''
In the team standings, the Canadian women were seventh out of 14.
''Our goal as a team was to win back the bronze medal from two years
ago,'' said Douma-Hussar. ''We knew we could all run strong together and
be in position for it. That didn't work out today but we're still very
pleased with our results.''
In the men's 12 kilometre race, Bekele led Ethiopia to a 1-2 finish
clocking 35 minutes and 40 seconds. He has won both the four and 12
kilometre races at the last five worlds.
Ryan McKenzie of Windsor, Ont., was 76th, Steve Osaduik of
Nanaimo, B.C., 92nd, Cristiano Mauricio of Leamington, Ont., 95th, Jeff
Scull of Jordan Station, Ont., 99th, and James Nielsen of Toronto 125th.
In the junior men's eight kilometre race, Mangata Kimai Ndiwa led Kenya
to a 1-2 finish clocking 23:53.
Marcus Dillon of Toronto was 61st, Sean Fleming of Regina 75th, Allan
Brett of Ottawa 77th, Kyle Boorsma of Guelph, Ont., 86th, Joseph Brunsting
of Stirling, Ont., 88th while Cory Currie of Brantford, Ont., did not
''What we'll remember most from these cross country worlds are Kevin
Sullivan's superb performance (13th in the men's four kilometre on Satuday)
and the women's team performance in the four kilometre which was better
than the result indicates,'' said Martin Goulet, Director, Endurance
Programs for Athletics Canada. ''There was great team spirit especially on
the junior women's squad. They'll have great memories from these worlds
and will be motivated to pursue excellence in their careers.
''Next year the short distance races will be removed form the cross
country worlds program. Since 1999 our focus has been on the shorter
distances therefore we will need to evaluate our situation and have a
realistic approach for the future. Surely the new programs at the NACAC
cross country championships will fill a void. Regardless cross coutnry
running will remain a great way to develop middle and long distance
runners. We won't forget that.''
Canada's Kevin Sullivan shines at cross country running worlds
April 1st 2006, FUKUOKA, Japan - Kevin Sullivan of Brantford, Ont.,
finished an impressive 13th in the men's four-kilometre race on Saturday
at the world cross country running championships, his best result in 10
appearances at the event.
In that race, Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia began his drive for five on a
successful note with the gold in 10 minutes and 54 seconds. Bekele has won
the short and long course races at the cross country worlds the last four
years. He'll go for a fifth consecutive double on Sunday in the men's 12
Isaac Kiprono Songok of Kenya was second in 10:55 and Adil Kaouch of
Morocco third in 10:57.
Sullivan took 13th spot in 11:14. His previous best at the cross country
worlds was 17th two years ago in Brussels. But Sullivan was most pleased
with bouncing back from a self-described disappointing performance on the
track in the 1,500-metre at the Commonwealth Games last week in Melbourne.
''I pretty much did what I needed to do,'' said Sullivan. ''I didn't
get out too fast but by 1,000 metres I was able to get myself in the race.
I hung on until the breaks came and I finished really strong. I thought it
was very solid. This result also really helps my confidence. It shows that
last week at the Games was just an off day. It had nothing to do with
fitness or preparation.''
Sullivan said the quick change over from track to trail wasn't a
''Normally it might be a difficult change,'' he said. ''But this course
was set up well. It was pancake flat and it felt like running on a golf
course. So I think running on the track all winter really helped me here
in the end.''
Ryan McKenzie of Windsor, Ont., was 61st, Eric Gillis of Antigonish,
N.S., 73rd, Cristiano Mauricio of Leamington, Ont., 88th, Reid Coolsaet of
Guelph, Ont., 98th and Taylor Milne of Guelph, Ont., 116th. Canada was
13th in the team standings.
Kenya swept the medals in the junior women's six kilometre race.
Pauline Chemning Korikwiang won the gold medal in a tight finish over
Veronica Nyaruai Wanjiru. Both clocked 19:27. Mercy Jelimo Kosgei was
third in 19:45.
Kate Van Buskirk of Brampton, Ont., was 45th, Sheila Reid of Newmarket,
Ont., 47th, Mandy McBean of Toronto 50th, Anita Campbell of
Abbotsford, B.C., 57th, Lindsay Carson of Cambridge, Ont., 59th and Tarah
McKay of St. Clements, Ont., 62nd. The Canadians were 10th in the team
''I wasn't thrilled, my goal was to be top-30 with the great season
I've had so far,'' said Van Buskirk, 18, the reigning Canadian and North
American junior champion. ''But unfortunately I got a cramp in my stomach
at the four kilometre mark and had to go into survival mode to get my
breath back. That's never happened to me before in a race.''
In the senior women's eight-kilometre race, Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia
took the gold in 25:21 with Lornah Kiplagat of the Netherlands second in
25:26 and Meselech Melkamu of Ethiopia third in 25.38.
Cari Kuzyk and Kirsty Smith, both of West Vancouver, were 77th
and 93rd respectively. Kuzyk was afflicted with a virus last week and was
pleased with how she came back from that setback.
Sun Run Volunteer Information
BC Athletics Vancouver Sun Run Booth - BC Place Stadium - April 21 -
(Skytrain Stadium Station)
If you enjoy talking to walkers & runners, volunteers are needed
for various shifts of time to assist at the BC Athletics booth. Questions
posed by out of town participants will need to be answered as well as
queries from people needing to know more about BC Athletics. Membership
forms, event brochures and BCA information will be available for handout.
Hours of BC Place Stadium Booth:
- Friday April 21st 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
- Saturday April 22nd 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
- Sunday April 23rd 8:30 A.M. - 1 PM
- Friday, April 21st
9:45 AM - 1 PM
1 PM - 5 PM
5 PM - 7 PM
- Saturday, Apr 22nd
9:45 AM - 1 PM
1 PM - 5 PM
- Sunday, Apr. 23rd
8:30 AM - 1 PM, Mini Sun Run starts at 8:00 AM.
Volunteers will also be needed for the following:
- Finish line volunteers will be needed to accompany and guide the
elite athletes to the media/press tent and awards area.
- Volunteers will receive a Sun Run T-shirt
To volunteer for any of the categories outlined above please contact email@example.com
Courses and Clinics
Aboriginal Sports & Recreation Association (ASRA) - Information
ASRA is hosting a series of information sessions to discuss ASRA's role
as a sport and recreation organization in British Columbia. The first
session takes place in Cranbrook on Monday, April 10th; the second will be
in Richmond on Tuesday, April 11th, and the third one is in Westbank on
Wednesday, April 12th. For more information about these sessions, and the
toll free number to enhance athlete and coach services, please visit
ASRA's website at www.asra.ca/news/index.htm.
Harassment Advisor Training:
The next Harassment Advisor Training session is scheduled for
Abbotsford on Tuesday, April 25th, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The venue
is the Abbotsford 2006 BC Summer Games Office located in the basement of
the Clearbrook Library Building at 32340 George Ferguson Way (north
entrance - no access through library). Snacks and dinner provided. The fee
is $20.00 and you can register with Irene Schell, BC Games Society, at
250-356-3012 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynx System Photo Timing Training Session
Saturday, May 22 at Swan Track in Abbotsford
Exact time to be announced
If interested, email email@example.com
for more details
Run Jump Throw!
Check out the new logo:
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 23 – Vancouver Sun Run. Demonstrations at the post-race
party in BC Place Stadium*
- April 29-30 Special Olympics RJT workshop, Vancouver -
details to follow
*RunJumpThrow Demo at the Vancouver Sun Run Wrap Party (FREE for kids
6 - 11!)
Join us Sunday April 23rd between 8:30am and 12:30pm in BC Place
Stadium for a special RunJumpThrow demonstration. Kids will have fun
learning Running, Jumping and Throwing skills from trained instructors
using safe and age appropriate equipment.
Free t-shirt draw every half hour for participants!
-No advance registration required
-RunJumpThrow is located in a supervised activity area next to KidZone
- 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:
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Juvenile, Junior, Senior Track & Field Committee
Committee Chair: Ron Bunting - email@example.com
Branch Officials Committee
Committee Chair: John Cull - firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee Chair: Jake Madderom - email@example.com
Road Running Committee
Contact: Jerry Tighe - firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Development Committee
Committee Chair: Denise Clements - email@example.com
Cross Country Committee
Committee Chair: Frank Reynolds - firstname.lastname@example.org
Job / Volunteer opportunities
Position: Coaches Association of BC Communications and Member Services
Application Deadline: April 30, 2006
This individual will develop and oversee implementation of a
communications strategy for the Association, and will develop and
implement an effective membership services program. The incumbent should
possess a strong communications background, have experience servicing a
large association's membership, and be familiar with the provincial sport
Applications can be emailed to email@example.com.
Position: Douglas College Regular and Contract Teaching in Sport
Application Deadline: April 24, 2006
Starting Date: September 5, 2006
Position located in: New Westminster, BC
Position: Athletics Canada Full-time Events Assistant
Application Deadline: April 18, 2006
Starting Date: May 1, 2006
Position located in: Ottawa, Ontario
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 BC Regional Innovation Chair In Sport Technology
Application Deadline: December 13, 2006
Position located at: Camosun College, Victoria, BC (PhD Preferred)
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
The Aboriginal Sports & Recreation Association (ASRA) has
started recruiting employees for its 2006 Summer Career Placement
Employment Opportunities. All of the details for these job opportunities
are posted on ASRA's website at www.asra.ca/news/index.htm
Position: Curl BC Member Services Coordinator
Application Deadline: Wed. April 19, 2006
Description: The candidate should be very well organized, great at
multi-tasking and comfortable in a fast-paced environment. Some experience
in curling would be an asset. For more detailed information about this
position please visit the home page of our website at www.curlbc.ca.
If you are interested in this position, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curl BC thanks all applicants - only those selected for an interview will
Position: Synchro BC Office Manager
Description: Part time, flexible hours. Position includes work in the
areas of financial recording and reporting, communications, registration,
and general office administration. Potential exists to add to the
position. You should have well developed skills in the use of Microsoft
programs including Excel, Word, Access and Simply Accounting.
Please forward your resume and cover letter to: Twyla Ryan, Executive
Director, Synchro BC, #301- 1367 West Broadway Ave, Vancouver, BC V6H 4A9;
fax to 604-738-7175; or email to email@example.com.
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."
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
Masters Age Category Change
The Masters age category now begins at 35 for both men and women.
However, for those who still wish to compete in the Senior age category it
is still available for them.
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 10,000m 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.
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:
New Online Drug Database Helps Canadian Athletes Compete Doping-Free
Back issues of the BCAB are available at www.bcathletics.org/main/bcabulletin.htm.