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ISSUE #15-2006
Friday, April 21, 2006

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • 2006 BC Athletics Student Summer Employment Opportunity
  • Harry Jerome Scholarship Award
  • 2006 Club Membership Applications now due
  • Canadians Diane Roy and Kelly Smith win medals at Boston Marathon
  • Date change to Lynx Course: Sat. April 22
  • Dr. Bonderchuk Coaching Clinic in Kamloops


Harry Jerome Scholarship Award

This award is administered by BC Athletics and financed by the Vancouver Foundation. The regular competition for this award will close at 4:30pm on the 3rd Friday of May each year.
Eligible applicants must be residents of British Columbia and matriculating students progressing to full-time post secondary study. Scholarship(s) will be awarded to individual(s) who: have demonstrated exceptional ability and show considerable promise in Track & Field, Road or Cross Country Running (Athletics); demonstrate financial need; have attained an acceptable academic record and; have demonstrated qualities of character and leadership.

Full details and forms are available at:

Ocean Athletics Joins BC Athletics

BC Athletics welcomes Ocean Athletics as an affiliated club. Please make sure that you include them in all of your event announcements, registration packages and correspondence.

Ocean Athletics

Mailing Address:
1708 152 St.
Surrey BC V4A 4N4

Maureen de St. Croix

Ph: (604) 531-7879
Fax: (604) 5317804

Geographical drawing area: Fraser Valley

2006 Club Membership Applications now due

Clubs who have not submitted their 2006 BC Athletics Club Membership Applications should do so as quickly as possible. All club membership benefits including liability insurance coverage lapsed as of April 1, 2006.

As of Friday, April 21, 2006 the following clubs have not submitted their 2006 club membership forms and individual members signing up will be entered as "Unattached" unless clubs renew their club membership for 2006.

Full Club Affiliate Club

Application form: On-line | Printable (PDF, 50 KB)  

Bella Coola Valley Track Club
Burnaby Striders
Central Track & Field Club
Coquitlam Falcons
Dawson Creek Athletics Club
Deerfoot Athletic Club
Kootenay Lake Runners Club
Penticton Athletics
Prairie Inn Harriers
Racewalk West
Royal City Track & Field Club
Shuswap Hill Runners
Squamish Titans Athletic Club
Tri-City Greyhounds
Vancouver Island Strength Sport Association
Vernon Amateur Athletics Association
Women in Motion

Athletics Post Secondary (School) Affiliate Club 

Application form: Printable (PDF, 45 KB)

University Athletics:
Simon Fraser University
University of British Columbia

Athletics Society/Organization Affiliate Club

Application form: Printable (PDF, 40 KB)

Victoria International Running Society
BC Secondary Schools Cross Country and Track and Field Association
BC Wheelchair Sports Assoc. - Athletics

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 -


The 2006 Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic featuring The Pacific World Cup - China vs Canada

This international event will start at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2006 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby.

The Achilles International Track & Field Society would like to offer BC Athletics Member Clubs the opportunity to purchase both reserved and general admission tickets at a discount. These tickets may be used by club members to attend the event or sold at face value to raise money for the organization.

Reserved stadium tickets will be $10 (regular $15) and general admission bleacher seats $5 (regular $10). These tickets must be purchased directly from the Achilles International Track & Field Society no later than June 1, 2006.

For further information or tickets contact George Short at (604) 733-9698 or

Athletics Canada

Canadians Diane Roy and Kelly Smith win medals at Boston Marathon

BOSTON - Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., and Kelly Smith of Vancouver earned silver and bronze medals in their respective wheelchair races on Monday at the Boston Marathon.

In the women's wheelchair marathon, Edith Hunkeler of Switzerland took the gold in one hour and 43 minutes and 42 seconds dominating the climbs. Roy was second for the second straight year clocking 1:48:52, her best-ever time in Boston. Shirley Reilly of the U.S. was third.

''I woke up feeling pretty tired and stiff so I didn't expect to go this fast,'' said Roy, a bronze medallist in the 800 last month at the Commonwealth Games. ''The chair was feeling really heavy this morning at the start. But I worked really hard to maintain my second spot. I lost Edith in the hills but I was pleased with how I kept my rhythm.''

In the men's wheelchair race, Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa took the Boston title for the sixth straight year finishing in 1:25:29. His compatriot Krige Schabort of South Africa was second in 1:29.04 and Smith took the bronze in 1:29:34.

''I wasn't in top shape and I had to be more tactical in my racing,'' said Smith, 41, an air traffic controller in Vancouver competing in his seventh Boston Marathon. ''That's not easy in Boston. I kept myself in the hunt and it worked out. But it was a challenging day.

''This is a strong course for Ernst. You have to be with him from the start or have a concerted effort from the guys to track him down.''

Alan Bergman of Cobble Hill, B.C., was fourth in 1:29:56 and Michel Filteau of St-Jean-Baptiste, Que., sixth.

Both Smith and Bergman earned spots for the marathon at the world track and field championships for athletes with a disability set for later this summer.

''I was really pleased with how I kept pace with Kelly and Krige from the start,'' said Bergman, who operates his own bicycle selling business. ''It was a big goal of mine to assure myself a spot on the world team.''

Filteau posted one of his best performances at the Boston Marathon.

''I improved my climbs quite a bit,'' said Filteau. ''I kept pace for more than 30 kilometres with the leaders. I raced well tactically.''

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

Track and Field

Recent updates/additions and late breaking information on events:

Kamloops Track & Field Club Throws Competition - April 29, 2006

Full details available at:

Eagle Classic Meet - May 13-14, 2006

The Eagle Classic has just been approved by the JD committee as an eligible meet for performances for the Junior Development Top 10

Eastern Canadian High Performance Athletics Series

The series of 5 race dates encompassing four eastern cities will provide top flight competitive opportunities for national caliber and higher track and field athletes. Contested over a 12 day period from June 28th until July 9th, the series brings a much needed high performance aspect to Eastern Canadian Track and Field Competitions.

Elite fields of 12 to 16 athletes per event (The OTFA Senior Championships has no entry limits) the competitions will provide an intense two hour package of outstanding athletic achievement.

Starting in London Ontario on June 28th, TD Waterhouse Stadium at the University of Western Ontario will kick off the inaugural season of what should become a major fixture for all elite athletes on the East Coast.

Three days later on July 2nd and 3rd, Ottawa will provide the scenic background for the second stage of the series. Combined with the Ontario Senior Track and Field championships the tightly packaged event schedule will provide race opportunities in all track and field disciplines. July 2nd and 3rd the stands of the Terry Fox Track Complex will be rocking to the beat of track and field.

The third series stage unfolds on Wednesday July 5th. Again at the Terry Fox Complex in Ottawa, the picturesque Mooney's Bay will provide the background for the final Ontario event I n preparation for the journey through Canada's eastern provinces.

Stage four provides the competitors the opportunity to enjoy a taste of French and the top calibre competition facilities at the University of Sherbrooke in Sherbrooke, Quebec on July 7th. Like series dates one and three a limited number of events tightly packaged to maximize competitive and spectator interest will be provided.

The final series event concludes fittingly in Halifax at the Aileen Meagher meet on July 9th. One of Eastern Canada's premiere elite competitions for many years the wrap up event provides a fitting send off to an exciting race series.

Plan to make this series part of your summer racing schedule. For more information check out the following link to access information about the series and specific information about each event:

Team BC vs Team Alberta Dual Track & Field Meet

BC Athletics and Athletics Alberta have agreed to a series of Dual Track & Field Meets to be held as part of the 2006 PacifiCanada International Track & Field Series. These dual meets will focus on the Espoir Age Group (athletes aged 18 to 25) - the next wave of Canadian National Team Athletes.

There will be 3 Separate Scored Dual Meets and an overall Dual Meet Series Score. The Dual Meet Competitions will be:

Lafarge Abbotsford Track Classic

Featuring - Canadian & Chinese National Track & Field Team Members and
Meet #1of the 2006 BC vs Alberta Dual Meet Series
June 4, 2006
Abbotsford, BC
Meet Website:

Review Kajaks International Track Classic

Featuring - Canadian & Chinese National Track & Field Team Members and
Meet #2 of the 2006 BC vs Alberta Dual Meet Series
June 6, 2006
Richmond, BC
Meet Website:

The Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic / Pacific World Cup

Featuring - Canada vs China in Pacific World Cup II
Meet #3 of the 2006 BC vs Alberta Dual Series
June 8, 2006
Burnaby, BC
Meet Website:

Qualifying for Team BC

  • Athletes must be between the ages of 18 and 25 years of age as of Dec 31/06 and meet the BC Athletics General Criteria for Team Selection and Funding - see the following website for details:
  • Number of athletes per event - 2
  • BC Team Size - minimum of 30 athletes + team staff
  • Events - will be based on the events offered in the PacifiCanada Series Meets and agreed to by BC Athletics and Athletics Alberta. See above for the Individual Meet websites where you will find a draft of the events for each of the PacifiCanada meets in the BC/Alberta Dual Meets. Note: Events are subject to change.
  • Performances during the current 2006 outdoor season will be used to select athletes who have confirmed their interest in being considered for this team.

To Be Considered for Team BC

  • Confirm your interest by May 10, 2006 by email to Ron Bunting, T&F Technical Mgr at the BC Athletics office: by May 10, 2006.

This is a significant competition as both BC Athletics and Athletics Canada begin the process of identifying athletes for:

Team BC Opportunities

  • 2006 Cdn Junior T&F Championships
  • 2006 Cdn Senior T&F Championships
  • 2007 Western Canada Games - Sherwood Park, Alberta
  • 2009 Canada Summer Games - Prince Edward Island

2006 Athletics Canada Team Opportunities

  • NACAC Track & Field Championships - July 7-9 - Santa Domingo, DOM
  • World Junior T&F Championships - Aug 15-20 - Beijing, China

Information and Updates:

  • Look for more information on our website and the sites of the various meets.


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

Synthetic Surfaced (Rubberized) Track & Field Facility for Vancouver?????

For almost two years now advocates for a synthetic surfaced track & field facility have been lobbying and presenting proposals the Vancouver Parks Board and City Council. So far the politicians have acknowledged the need but have yet to commit to building or refurbishing / upgrading any existing rubberized asphalt tracks in Vancouver parks or at schools. Please see the article (link below) in the April 7/06 edition of The Vancouver Courier about the most recent developments and the efforts to put in place a synthetic surfaced track & field facility in Vancouver.

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

Question: What has 8 legs, 16 feet and runs all day?
Answer: The Thrifty Foods Vancouver Island Road Relay

Experienced Haney 2 Harrison Relay teams know the fun that comes with participating in the premier BC team running event every fall. Did you know there is a springtime event that allows runners to capture that same magic?

Alert your captain that it is time to get your team together again, because the Thrifty Foods Island Relay is happening on May 27th! For the first time, the event is not being run on the May long weekend. Now teams from the Lower Mainland can travel back and forth with ease.

The Thrifty Foods Vancouver Island relay is a unique adventure uniting athletes, communities and volunteers in a celebration of running, teamwork and life. Each relay team has eight runners, but individuals are encouraged to sign up and will be matched with an existing team. (There are lots of teams looking for additional runners.)

Join hundreds of other participants who come to this annual event to run along some of the most beautiful ocean views on the west coast. The route starts in Courtenay, follows the eastern island shore through to Nanaimo and features a rolling course with gentle, warm breezes, post event meal and party at the finish line (all included in the team price). These are just some of the amenities that make the Thrifty Foods Island Relay the premiere team running event on the Island.

To make your weekend complete, numerous tour groups and businesses are offering discounts to relay participants for accommodations and activities such as kayaking, cycling, sailing, fishing, diving and other excursions. Stay tuned to the website for updates.

Check out the details at and register on line now!

This relay is not only scenic and challenging but also has a purpose. The funds raised will go towards helping PacificSport provide athletic programs, such as XploreSportZ summer camps for inner city children and families. The BC Transplant Society will be on site to raise awareness about the need for organ donors.

See you at the finish line!

Drew Cooper
General Manager
PacificSport - Vancouver Island

Tel: 250.753.3245 Ext. 1-2072
Fax: 250.740.6170

Courses and Clinics

Kamloops Track and Field Club Coaching Workshop

Dr. Bonderchuk will be hosting a clinic for coaches on April 30, 2006 from 9:00 am to 2 pm at the throwing site end of McGill Rd in Kamloops. Cost is $50.00 per person, lunch included.
Dr. Bonderchuk is a Dr. of pedagogical science and his research into technique and high performance training methods formed the basis for many of the common techniques and practices used by the worlds top athletes today. He has authored 11 books and 195 articles in his area of expertise.

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

Note Date Change!!! Lynx System Photo Timing Training Session

Saturday, April 22 at Swan Track in Abbotsford
Exact time to be announced
If interested, email for more details

Officials Workshops:

April 24/06 - South Surrey - Level 1 Clinic
South Surrey Track and Field
Monday, 7-8:30 pm, Semiahmoo Secondary
Contact Maureen de St. Croix
or phone 604-535-2062

April 26/06 - Richmond - Level 1 Workshop
Wednesday: 5:15-7:15 NEW TIME
Room A Brighouse, Richmond
Contact/Registration: Debrah Burleigh 604 543-9094 or

May 4/06 - Maple Ridge / Golden Ears - Level 1 workshop
6:30pm, Maple Ridge Secondary School
21911 -122 Avenue, Maple Ridge
Presenters: John Cull & Jackie Barrington
Contact: Greg Clark (604) 463-3544

Run Jump Throw!

Check out the new logo:

Now you can order your own RunJumpThrow Equipment Bag!

Order form is available on the RJT page of the BC Athletics website:

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 Sun Run Clinic*
  • April 29-30 Special Olympics RJT workshop, Vancouver - details to follow

May/June 2006

  • May 1 Teacher Workshop Prince George, Greg Peters - registration information to come
  • May 2 - June 16 (6 week instructor course) Malaspina College, Nanaimo

*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

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

2006 BC Athletics Student Summer Employment Opportunity

(Supported by: The Summer Career Placements Program - Government of Canada and BC Athletics)

BC Athletics has applied for funding to support the employment of a Summer Student. The funding, at this time, has yet to be confirmed. However, on the chance that the BC Athletics application will be supported, we have initiated this job posting.

Job Position: Program Administrative Assistant
Length of Employment: 16 to 18 weeks (anticipated - based on the funding support through SCPP)
Starting Date: May 2006 - exact date to be determined
Ending Date (anticipated): Friday, September 1/06

Program requirements for all applicants:

  • Be a full time Post Secondary Student
  • Be intending to return to Post Secondary School full time in September 2006
  • Not be attending post secondary school full time while employed under this program
  • BC Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons on whom refugee protection has been conferred und the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Be legally entitled to work in British Columbia cannot have another full-time job
  • Not be a family member or related to members of the Board or Staff of BC Athletics

Job Responsibilities:

  • Results, Rankings, Statistics - computer entry of results, performance ranking list development and website posting.
  • Marketing and Promotion - assist with event promotion, media releases, weekly electronic bulletin, liaise with sponsors & event organizers and assist with BC Athletics promotional displays.
  • BC Team Program - assisting with information to athletes and staff; event entries; accommodation & travel
  • BC Athletics promotional materials - assist in the development of of Marketing & Promotional Brochures and Posters for Provincial, Regional & Community programs in Athletics
  • Association Policies - assist in the review and updating of the BC Athletics Policies & Procedures and associated Appendices to the BC Athletics Policy Manual.
  • Calendar of Events & BC Athletics Handbook 2007 - communicating and assisting event organizers in the online event information posting to the BC Athletics website.
  • Event data base management - redesign and report assembly
  • Other duties as assigned from time to time

Hours per Day/Week: 7 hrs per day / 35 hrs per week
Salary: $15.00 per hour
Job Location: BC Athletics Office, 1367 West Broadway, Vancouver

Preferred and Beneficial Skills:

  • Self starting/initiating, organized individual with problem solving capabilities
  • Experience in sport as a participant, organizer or event volunteer
  • Computer knowledge and experience with: Word Processing; Excel Spreadsheets; Access; Website design and posting; Hy-Tech Meet Management software
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Good writing and speaking skills
  • Previous work experience

This position will also involve: a) travel throughout the Lower Mainland - driver's license and access to a vehicle may be needed; b) the position may also require lifting and set up of various materials.

BC Athletics is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals.

Application Process: Please submit a covering letter of application along with a resume and 3 references to:
BC Athletics, 1367 West Broadway, Ste. 206, Vancouver, BC V6H 4A9 / Fax: (604) 737-3171

Application Deadline: Monday, May 3/06 - 4 pm

BC Blind Sports is looking for Summer Programmers for the summer of 2006.

These positions are fulltime and will run from Mid-May until through August. Full job descriptions and further information can be obtained from Mike Lonergan at BC Blind Sports.
"Experience in sport and recreation for persons who are disabled is an immensely valuable asset to a student seeking a career in physical education, sport science, community recreation, sport administration, kinesiology, in the rehabilitation field, or in other fields related to these."
Call 604-325-8638 for more information.

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

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: 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

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 10,000m 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