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ISSUE #13-2006
Friday, April 7, 2006

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Calgary's Malindi Elmore cracks top-20 at world cross country running championships
  • 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


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 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
Box 344
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 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

Athletics Canada Newsletter "The Gold Standard" Issue #2, April 2006:

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

2006 PacifiCanada Series

Lafarge Abbotsford Track Classic

June 4, 2006

Review Kajaks International Track Classic

June 6, 2006
Richmond, B.C.

Harry Jerome International Track Classic

June 8, 2006

Victoria International Track Classic

June 11, 2006

Cross Country

Calgary's Malindi Elmore cracks top-20 at world cross country running championships

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 finish.

''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 kilometre.

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 hindrance.

''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 standings.

''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.

Road Running

Sun Run Volunteer Information

BC Athletics Vancouver Sun Run Booth - BC Place Stadium - April 21 - 23, 2006
(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

Shifts available:

  • 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 Tel: 604-737-3174

Courses and Clinics

Aboriginal Sports & Recreation Association (ASRA) - Information Sessions

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

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

Lynx System Photo Timing Training Session

Saturday, May 22 at Swan Track in Abbotsford
Exact time to be announced
If interested, email 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 2006

  • 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/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:

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 Chair: Denise Clements - 

Cross Country Committee

Committee Chair: Frank Reynolds - 

Job / Volunteer opportunities

Position: Coaches Association of BC Communications and Member Services Coordinator

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 system.
Applications can be emailed to

Position: Douglas College Regular and Contract Teaching in Sport Science Department

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 Society

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 - 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

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 

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 If you are interested in this position, please send your resume to Curl BC thanks all applicants - only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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

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 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

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 Track Classic)

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
SportsFunder Website:

Media releases and background info:

New Online Drug Database Helps Canadian Athletes Compete Doping-Free

Back issues of the BCAB are available at