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ISSUE #30-2006
Friday, August 4, 2006

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • High school athletes can receive credits for being on BCA Teams
  • Martin Goulet and Les Gramantik named as part of the 2008 Olympics staff
  • Canadian Coaching Conference Announces Scholarship Opportunity for Coaches
  • JD Awards Nomination Forms now available online
  • Rising Stars in Athletics - This week's spotlight is on Camille Richard



Did you know that if you were on a Track and Field/Cross Country regional, provincial, or national team, you can receive high school credits?

If you have been on a BCA team between grades 8 and 12, there are 4 credits or 8 credits that you are eligible for. The course codes are UXSA 10 and UXSA 12. These credits can't be substituted for any required courses, but they do enhance your transcript. Please contact your high school counselor to find out how to receive the credits you've earned. For further information on what qualifies for the credits, visit the BCEd Course Information on Graduation, Chapter 3, page 94:

Junior Development Awards Nomination Form now available

The 2006 BC Junior Development Awards Nomination form is now available on the BCA website, and through the link below. There are two options available for submission: you may print out the PDF version of the form and fax or send it in to BC Athletics (address above) or you may fill out the online nomination form that will be submitted electronically. Both are available through the link below. Please read the selection criteria carefully.

Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif 2006 - Vision 2020: Building a Sustainable System

OTTAWA) July 28, 2006 - Mark your calendars! Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif 2006 is November 3-5 at the Vancouver Sheraton Wall Centre. This year's conference is expected to build on the success of last year's with a wide variety of workshops and stimulating speakers.

The theme for this year's conference is 2020 Vision: Building a Sustainable System


For a tentative schedule of the conference, go to


CAC is in the process of developing the online registration form as well as workshop descriptions and the conference website. Delegates will be able to register for Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif 2006 in September. Registration deadline is October 20.


More than 30 leading experts in sport science, coach education, business management, volunteerism, and other key topics will be presenting at this year's conference.

Coaching Association of Canada
141 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 300
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5J3
Telephone: 613-235-5000
Fax: 613-235-9500

BC Branch Official Committee Annual General Meeting

The BC Branch Official Committee Annual General Meeting will held on Sunday November 19, 2006 at Madison's Restaurant in Abbotsford. This meeting is open to all officials (or prospective officials!) and will include lunch, draw prizes, camaraderie, and also some pertinent information.


The Branch Official's Committee is collecting photos from around the Province to be included in a Power Point presentation shown at the Officials AGM in November 2006. Please forward any photos to April Arsene at


A word of caution to all club equipment managers: The Throws Officials are finding many newly purchased throwing implements are not the correct weight or length, and therefore illegal for competition. Before you pay for any equipment, weigh and measure it yourself. If you need information, or assistance, contact John Cull at


All officials submitting mileage forms must send them to John Cull, Branch Chair, with 30 days of the trip.

Website On-Line Registration Form Problems

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The various online registration and payment forms (with the exception of the Individual Membership form which is working properly) on the BC Athletics website have been temporarily suspended. They will be activated shortly once new programming requirements are dealt with.

We have experienced problems from May 16th. Some registrations did get through but most didn't. If you are unsure please contact Sam Collier at with details on your submission(s) and she can verify for you. You can also print out the form and re-submit it to the BC Athletics office by fax at (604) 737-3171. We will make sure you are not charged twice.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and look forward to getting things back to normal as quickly as possible.

Re-Subscribe to Receive the BC Athletics Bulletin by Email

Unfortunately, when the BC Athletics Office changed computer systems at the end of May the BC Athletics Bulletin Subscriber list did not transfer to the new system. To receive the Bulletin by email, please re-subscribe by entering your name and email at We apologize for the inconvenience.

Rising Stars in Athletics - This week's spotlight is on Canadian Junior Triple Jump Champion Camille Richard

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Camille Richard

Born: 1987
Hometown: West Vancouver, BC
Club: currently Unattached
Coach: Eugene Konart
Events: Triple Jump and Long Jump

2006 Best to date:

Triple Jump - 12.12m
Long Jump - 5.59m

2005 Best Performance & Ranking:

Triple Jump- 11.84m, 2nd Junior, 11th Senior in Canada


2006 - Canadian Junior Championships Triple Jump 1st - 12.03m
2006 - BC Junior Championships Triple Jump 1st - 11.87m
2006 - BC Junior Championships Long Jump 1st - 5.43m
2005 - Canadian Junior Championships Triple Jump 1st - 11.84m
2005 - Canadian Junior Championships Long Jump 3rd - 5.39m
2005 - BC High School Championships Long Jump 2nd - 5.39m


2006 BC Team - Junior Track and Field Nationals
2005 Canada Junior Pan-Am team
2005 BC Team - Junior Track and Field Nationals
2004 BC Team - Juvenile Track and Field Legion Nationals
2003 BC Team - Juvenile Track and Field Legion Nationals

School Attending:

University of Pennsylvania

Favourite Experiences in Track:

Competing in and volunteering at the Penn Relays which my schools hosts, and being able to see track stars like Asafa Powell and Justin Gatlin
Playing in the Waterpark at Bear Creek Park in 1999 with the entire heat 200 metre finalists and running the race soaking wet!
Competing for Canada at Pan-Ams

Future Goals:

Camille plans to continue competing for University of Pennsylvania and hopefully compete for Canada again. She also hopes become a coach, so she can pass on the love and passion for track that her coach has given her.

Update on the AC Direct Membership Database

All of the 2006 BC Athletics Individual memberships have now been entered on the new, national on-line database system - AC Direct. We are still in the process of tweaking the new system in preparation to hand over membership management to the club registrars. The Membership card production is the last function to be finalized and this is why we have been slow getting them out. I am hoping to get everything up to date within the next two weeks. In the meantime if you need your BC Athletics number or are not sure you've actually applied for your 2006 membership please use the Membership Number Check system now available through our website. It can be found at:

In order to set up AC Direct access for club Registrars we will need verification of who is your official club Registrar for 2006. Club Registrars must ensure that their 2006 BC Athletics memberships are in place prior to being able to use the system. Club Registrars should contact Sam Collier at and verify the following information:

  • Registrar Name
  • Club Affiliation
  • 2006 BCA #
  • Email address
  • Full mailing address
  • Phone contact

Once this information is received we can start setting up access to the system and get all the details out to each club Registrar.

Sam Collier
Manager - Registration & Membership Services

Reminder to Meet Directors

This is a reminder to all meet directors to please submit your results as soon as you can following your event so that we can get them onto our website. Be sure to include the official event name, location (city), and date in the body of your message in order for the results to be posted correctly.

In addition, results must include implement weights, hurdle heights, and wind readings (where available) in order to be included in the BC Track and Field Rankings. If no wind index is available for the necessary events (100m, 200m, 100mH, 110mH, long jump, triple jump), the results will be placed under the illegal performance ranking. Year of birth of the athletes is also appreciated for the rankings.

If you have athletes that are part of the paralympic program competing in your meet you need to send an additional copy of the results to Jean Laroche at

Track & Field

First Ever Thunderbirds Beach Pole Vault Challenge!

On Wednesday August 16th the Thunderbirds Beach Pole Vault Challenge, the first of its kind ever in Canada, will take place at Jericho Beach in Vancouver. The women's warm-up will begin at 2pm, with the Open Women's competition to begin at 3pm, followed by the Men's warm-up at 4:30pm, and the Open Men's competition beginning at 5:30pm. Spectators are welcome - this will be a fun event for the whole family.

The entry deadline is August 9th, 6pm. All entries are welcome.

Please contact Meet Director Mike Clapson at for registration or further information.

July 31st 2006

Athletics Canada names CHPO and Head Coach to lead on the Road to Beijing

July 31st 2006, OTTAWA - Athletics Canada is pleased to announce today the naming of Martin Goulet to the position of Chief High Performance Officer (CHPO), and Les Gramantik to Head Coach of the national team, finalizing the association's national office core staff leading into the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing, China.

Goulet's main responsibilities will include leading the development of Athletics Canada's strategic plan relating to technical planning, including the articulation of multi-year and annual high performance program plans to achieve performance objectives, as well as leading and monitoring the implementation of national team programs in accordance with established objectives.

Goulet is excited to put his experience and skills to work, "I am honored and pleased to be leading the technical direction of the association, my motivation and enthusiasm will be put to task on achieving the association's objectives." Not only will he lead the technical direction, he wants to create the best possible environment for athletes right here in Canada, "My approach will be focused on harmonizing our diverse programs, with the intention of strengthening our cohesive group. Our solid programs will help our athletes by providing them an opportunity to train, study, perform, and to develop to their potential, at home, in Canada."

As well as selecting national team staff, providing technical leadership to national teams and providing leadership on coaching education / development, Gramantik will also serve as national team head coach at major international competitions such as the 2007 Pan American Games, 2007 World Championships and the 2008 Olympic Games. In September 2005 he was named interim head coach.

"This opportunity represents the greatest challenge of my professional life, and I am looking forward to providing the technical leadership to both athletes and coaches as we prepare for Osaka in 2007 and Beijing in 2008." Gramantik adds, "I am extremely excited to be part of a new and dynamic leadership group, as we work together to bring more recognition to our sport."

Born in Montréal, Québec in 1957, Goulet who holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, began coaching in 1975, and served as head coach of the Club Montreal Olympique for 14 years (1986 to 1999) and has coached for Canada at numerous international events since 1986, including the 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympic Games. Martin Goulet previously held the role of Athletics Canada Director of Endurance Programs.

Gramantik, who speaks four languages, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and a Masters in Coaching Science. Over the past 35 years he has coached in Romania, the Middle East and Canada. Gramantik, the track and field head coach for the past 18 years at the University of Calgary, has coached for Canada at three Olympic Games, five Commonwealth Games, eight World Championships and two Pan American Games. Gramantik was the coach of decathlon Canadian record holder and double world championship medallist Michael Smith as well as heptathlon Canadian record holder and current Canadian champion Jessica Zelinka.

"Our association is aiming for podium success at the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games" said Joanne Mortimore, Chief Executive Officer, "Martin Goulet and Les Gramantik are both great leaders who can raise the level of our performances on the track and in the field." Mortimore adds "With their vast national and international experience, they both bring a wealth of experience to the table as coaches and leaders."


Canadian World Junior Team Announced

Congratulations to the following BC Athletes that will compete in the World Junior Championships in Beijing, China August 15th-20th.

Name                      Hometown       Event
Campbell-Fell, Corri-Ann  Vancouver, BC  400m hurdles
Gleadle, Elizabeth        Vancouver, BC  Javelin 
Gustavson, Reid           Vancouver, BC  Decathlon
Marpole-Bird, Justin      Vancouver, BC  1500m
Moss, Curtis              Burnaby, BC    Javelin
Wellington, Whitney       Surrey, BC     100m
Team Staff
Laurier Primeau           Jumps / Combined Events Coach
Mike Murray               Sprints / Hurdles

BC Senior Team announced

Congratulations to the following athletes who will compete for BC in the Canadian Track and Field Championships August 4-6 In Ottawa, ON.

Abdulai   Ruky       LJ, 200m, HJ
Cummins   Diane      800m
Engelmann Andrea     HT
Evans     Tiffany    1500m
Kennelly  Bevin      3000ms/c
MacGregor Meredith   3000ms/c
McCann    Stephanie  PV
Murray    Novelle    DT
Payne     Gabrielle  HJ
Rutley    Erica      PV
Seibel    Lauren     400m, 200m
Teteris   Aimee      800m
Welch     Lauren     400mH
Whitehead Liza       100m
Armstrong Dylan      SP
Halcro    Joel       400m
Hurtubise Neal       400m
Johnson   Chris      800m
Laforest  Sean       HT
Martinson Geoff      800m
Mason     Mike       HJ
Miller    Andy       PV
Morfitt   Graham     JT
Negrin    Rob        HT
Reed      Gary       800m
Taylor    Nathan     100m, 200m
Thomson   Ira        200m, 400m
Ziak      Jerry      5000m
Green     Brandon    800m


Larry Blaschuk, - Jumps
Ron Parker - Sprints/Hurdles
Richard Collier, - Throws
Allen Johnson, - Middle Distance
Thelma Wright, - Manager

BC Legion Team (15, 16, 17 year-olds) announced

The following athletes will take part in a week-long National camp and competition hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion. The camp will take place at SFU from August 10th - 17th, with the competition taking place August 12th, 13th.

15 year-olds

NAME                   HOMETOWN   EVENT
Christabel Nettey      Surrey     LJ/100 m
Quinn Erickson         Comox      Shot Put/Discus
James Lee              Vancouver  Discus
Katelyn Green          Comox      Javelin
Emma Kimoto            Richmond   High Jump
Imrosebir Baga         Surrey     Shot Put
Kaitlin Nelson         Victoria   400 m
Justine Johnson        Victoria   800 m
Ian Miller             Abbotsford High Jump
Timothy Smith          Vancouver  400m
Jocelyn Webster        Coquitlam  80m H
Matthew Daly-Grafstein Vancouver  100mH
Rowan Forseth          Coombs     800 m
Christine Law          Courtenay  300 mh
Katherine Digby        Vancouver  3000 m

Juveniles (16, 17 yrs)

NAME                HOMETOWN        EVENT
Dunfee, Evan        Richmond        RW
Irvine, Stacey      Smithers        PV
Henderson, Trey     Richmond        HT
MacCorquodale, Emma Nanaimo         HT
Pattison, Alana     Langley         CE
Nielsen, Kyle       Coquitlam       JT
Payne, Gabrielle    Richmond        HJ
Macauley, Laura     Port Alberni    SP
Fraser, Nicolle     Port Coquitlam  JT
Law, Geoffrey       Vancouver       PV
Lowe, Christine     Coquitlam       400mH
Kuma-Mintah, Kofi   Surrey          LJ
Lotnick, Samantha   Langley         1500SC
Smith, Jessica      North Vancouver 800m
Chester, Ryan       Courtenay       400mH
Clark, James        Maple Ridge     3000m
Swartz, Shawn       Port Coquitlam  HJ
Culley, Mitchell    Coquitlam       1500
Warwick, Heather    Richmond        RW
Sprenkels, Tiffany  Squamish        TJ
Parker, Keynan      New Westminster 100m
Wakefield, Brett    Maple Ridge     1500SC
Mara, Jordan        Surrey          800m
Taylor, Angus       Richmond        HT
Tarzwell, Lyle      Salmon Arm      400M

Road Running

Road Race Management - Race Directors Meeting & Trade Show

October 12 - 14, 2006, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
For more information, please visit 

Courses and Clinics

Coaching Conference 2006

Fri Aug 25, 2006 - Sun Aug 27, 2006

The Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre in conjunction with its partners, the University of Alberta, Athletics Canada and Athletics Alberta, is pleased to bring in some of the world's most respected coaches to present at a three day conference starting August 25th. Wynn Gmitroski, Irving "Boo" Schexnayder, Dr. Bondarchuk and Mike Murray have extensive experience in developing the world's best athletes in their respective event areas: distance, jumps, throws, sprints, hurdles and relays. At this one of a kind coaching conference participants will be presented with the very best technical and training information for their chosen event. With a strong mix of classroom and athlete integrated sessions coaches will come away with valuable information, and level three NCCP technical certification. Education/Coaching Conference 2006/Final Conference Promotional.pdf 

Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre Announces Scholarship Opportunity For Coaches

Wed Aug 23, 2006 - Fri Aug 25, 2006

The Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre is offering a fully funded apprenticeship opportunity in conjunction with our Annual Coaching Conference at the end of August. Coaches are invited to apply for this program with the support of their Provincial Branch. The successful candidates will travel to Edmonton three days in advance of the conference to work with athletes and master coaches in an applied mentorship setting. These apprentice coaches will have their airfare, accommodations, meals, and level three conference fees covered by the Coaching Centre. This is a rare opportunity and we invite all interested parties to apply via email to . Education/Coaching Conference 2006/conference newsletter 2.pdf 

Sport Technology & Sport Performance Conference

The SPIN Summit, a conference on sport technology and sport performance will be taking place in Victoria, October 2-4, 2006. Registration is online at

The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon 2006 World Congress

Science and Medicine of the Marathon

Presented by American Road Race Medical Society (ARRMS) and the American
College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Oct 18-21, 2006

Conference Topics

Demographics of Modern Marathon Running
Energy Metabolism
Muscle Damage
Doping Issues
Immunology and Hematolgy
Race Day Medical Care
Cardiovascular Medical Issues

Registration at:

Level 1 Coaching Clinic Host needed:

Anyone interested in hosting a Level 1 Coaching Certification Clinic should contact Ron Bunting at

The BC Athletics Summer 2006 Road Running Performance "Interval Training" Clinic from May 10 at Brockton Oval in Stanley Park

The clinic, coached by past Vancouver Marathon winner and Certified Level 2 Coach John Hill, is on 20 consecutive Wednesdays at 6PM until September 20.

The registration fee is $148.40 (with 6% GST) and includes a BC Athletics Training Membership. Please refer to the on-line registration form for deductions given to those who already hold a 2006 BC Athletics annual membership.

There is also a drop-in fee of $10.60 available.

You can print a registration form at For more information call John Hill at 604-688-8648 or email

Run Jump Throw!

FREE RunJumpThrow Demo for Children aged 6-11

On Wednesday August 16, from 2:00-4:30pm, there will be a free RunJumpThrow demonstration taking place at the Vancouver Thunderbirds Beach Vault Competition at Jericho beach. (400 KB)

For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact Thelma Wright at

RunJumpThrow June Newsletter Online

The June edition of the RunJumpThrow Newsletter is now online. You can find it at

RunJumpThrow Instructor Workshops Available

Now Online:

  • Descriptions of the types of Instructor Workshops that are available
  • Fee Schedule for Workshops (new as of June 2006)
  • Registration forms for hosting a Workshop

Please visit

Job / Volunteer opportunities

For job opportunities with specific BC Athletics member clubs, please see the BC Athletics home page under "What's Happening."

REMINDERS and Quick Links

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:

Now you can order your own RunJumpThrow Equipment Bag!

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

Managing Risk - Keeping our Sport Safe

In the continuing effort to provide information and tools to assist member clubs in managing risk and providing a safe environment for children, youth and adults to train, participate and compete in Athletics (Road Running, Track & Field, Race Walking, Cross Country Running, Marathons, Ultras, Trail and Mtn Running), please find below the link to the Sport BC website and information on:

  • Harassment and Abuse in Sport
  • Safety in Sport
  • Screening Staff and Volunteers Management/ Risk Management Main.asp

BCA # Checker

Forgot your BCA membership number? Aren't sure if you've signed up for 2006 or not?
Find out by using the BCA # Checker:

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 - 

New Online Drug Database Helps Canadian Athletes Compete Doping-Free

Back issues of the BCAB are available at