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ISSUE #35-2006
Friday, September 8, 2006

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • RunJumpThrow coming to the NorthWest as part of the Power of Sport Tour!
  • BC's Michelle Stilwell wins Gold at World Track and Field Championships for athletes with a disability
  • Utting and Pells win 2006 Timex BC Road Running Series
  • NCCP Level 1 Workshop to take place in Victoria Oct. 7, 8
  • **2007 Calendar Event Submission Open**



In our office we still have many 2006 Calendars to be picked up. Listed below are the Clubs who have not picked theirs up.

Metro Athletics
Central T&F
Chilliwack T&F
Tri City Greyhounds
Ridge Rockets T&F
Royal City T&F
West Van T&F
South Fraser T&F
Valley Royals T&F
Universal Athletic Club
Vancouver Olympic Club

LET US KNOW IF YOUR CLUB DOES INTEND TO PICK THEM UP. After September 15, they will no longer be available:

Attention all Athletes, Coaches, Branches, & Clubs:

The submission deadline for the 2006-2007 Carding Application Document (along with training and competition plan) is September 18, 2006. The application is available at: and must be sent to Gilbert Legault, High Performance Coordinator.


  • An electronic copy is preferred but faxed and mailed copies are accepted (application is available in both WORD and PDF).
  • Incomplete applications and applications submitted after September 18, 2006 will not be accepted nor processed.
  • Applications without a training and competition plan will be considered incomplete until its reception.
  • Athletes are advised to confirm reception with Gilbert Legault following submission.

Gilbert Legault, High Performance Coordinator
Phone: (613) 260-5580 ext. 3308
Fax: (613) 260-0341

Fire Destroys Vernon Amateur Athletics Association Equipment

It is with great sadness that I inform you that the Vernon Triple A Track Club has sustained a tragic loss after fire spread through the grandstands at Polson Park in the wee hours of the morning of August 15, 2006 under suspicious circumstances.
The grandstands were also our Club's storage facility.
Due to the high price of insurance and the fact that our Club was only in its 3rd season our equipment was not covered.

If you know of any used equipment that may be available could you please let myself or one of the other coaches know. It would be greatly appreciated.

On a sad day like today our hearts may be heavy but the enthusiasm and dedication our athletes have exhibited for the sport over this last year will carry us forward and help us cope with this terrible set back.

Any help or information would greatly be appreciated.

Breck Sinclair (coach) 
Brian Lemercier (coach and President) 
Darrel Eddy (coach) 


Here at BC Athletics we're starting to put together the 2007 Calendar of Events. It has been requested numerous times that the calendar be produced and distributed before the following calendar year begins. In an effort to accomplish this we are asking for your cooperation and participation. In order to have the calendars out in December, 2006 we are setting the submission deadline as October 15, 2006.

There are three ways you can submit your event information to BC Athletics:

  1. Use our new event listing management system (create your own account):
  2. E-mail all information to:
  3. Fax in a printable form:

In order to assist your planning we have put together a preliminary list of 2007 Track & Field events, including many major championships. It can be found here:

Please assist us by replying in a timely manner. Additions & Corrections receivable until Oct. 15.

2006 TransCanada 10km Championships Technical Package

The 2006 TransCanada 10km Championships Technical Package is now available on the web:


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:

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.

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.

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

Athletics Canada mourns Canadian hero's death

September 5th 2006, OTTAWA - The Athletics Canada family is in mourning today as former athlete Mark Graham was killed in Afghanistan while serving his country. Graham was shot by mistake by American warplanes.

"Athletics Canada wishes to pass on our deepest sympathy to Pte. Mark Graham's family and friends," said Joanne Mortimore, Chief Executive Officer. "Mark was a proud bearer of the Canadian colours, competing internationally, and later in life on the battlefield."

Graham, an accomplished sprinter, was a member of the 4X400m relay team which competed at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. He captured the silver medal at both the 1993 and 1994 Canadian Track and Field Championships in the 400m dash. He also represented Canada at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria and at the 1992 World Junior Championships in Seoul, Korea where he made the semi-finals and finished 11th.

Graham was forced to retire from competition in 1994 due to injuries.


Point Grey Community Track Fundraising

In the past year, we have received a great new addition to our community - a beautiful new turf field and the initial groundwork laid for a first rate track facility at Point Grey Secondary. Unfortunately, due to budgetary constraints, the track surrounding the new turf has not been completed to its full potential.

We are excited to unveil our plans to finally finish the new facility by building a lit, eight lane rubberized track. This will provide our community access to first class athletic facilities which will significantly enhance the surrounding neighborhoods and will boost business in the area. With the only comparable facility located in Richmond, we are thrilled about the prospect of completing this much-needed addition to our community.

We urgently seek your help in making this proposed track facility a reality.
Here are the ways in which you can help:

  1. Attend the Benefit to Build Oct. 20.
  2. Help make the benefit a success by:
    • Make In-Kind donations
    • Event Sponsorship
    • Participate in the Brick Program
  3. Tax-Deductible Donations

For complete information, see 
Printable Donation form:

B.C.'s Michelle Stilwell wins gold at world track and field championships for athletes with a disability

September 6 2006, ASSEN, The Netherlands - Michelle Stilwell of Nanoose Bay, B.C., won the gold medal in the women's 200-metres wheelchair race for quadriplegics on Wednesday at the world track and field championships for athletes with a disability.

After four days of competition Canada has eight medals with two gold, four silver and two bronze.

In the women's 200 wheelchair race for quads, Stilwell clocked a Games record 39.51 seconds for her second medal of the competition. She also won silver in the 100 on Monday. Pia Schmid of Switzerland, the 100 winner, was second on Wednesday in 42.75.

''I'm in shock that I've been able to come here and do this,'' said Stilwell, a former member of the women's national wheelchair basketball team competing at her first track and field worlds. ''I relied on the same plan as on Monday except this time it went a lot better. I was a lot more comfortable and lot less stressed. Plus my husband and parents arrived here today to see me race and that gave me an extra boost as well.''

Courtney Knight of Burnaby, B.C., was 12th in the women's 100 semifinals for visually impaired. Also, advancing to finals was visually impaired runner Dustin Walsh of Coquitlam, B.C., in men's 400m.


2006 Championship Photos

To view and order photos from the 2006 Canadian Junior Track and Field Championship please visit:

To view photos from the 2006 Legion National Track and Field Championships please visit:

Road Running

Utting and Pells win Timex BC Road Running Series

The 2006 Timex BC Road Running Series wrapped up last Sunday Sept 3rd at the Labour Day Weekend 8k in Steveston. After final points were tallied, the top 4 overall men's and women's winners were:

MEN                                          Points        Races
 1. OLIVER UTTING                              165           7 
 2. JAMIE EPP                                  137           9 
 3. GRAEME WILSON                              133           7 
 4. WARREN BARKER                              130           7 
WOMEN                                        Points        Races
 1. LEAH PELLS                                 205           7 
 2. KRISTINA RODY                              181           8 
 3. JESSICA SOLYMOSI                           147           8 
 4. NANCY TINARI                               141           7 

Cash prizes from Timex were awarded to these athletes. Full results, including all age group qualifiers, can be found at



On September 27 to 29, 2006, the Center for High Altitude Training will once again combine efforts with the United States Olympic Committee's Coaching and Sport Sciences Division to offer a collaborative Altitude Training Symposium.
The 2006 symposium, open to U.S. National Team coaches as well as sport scientists and coaches around the world, will be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado and will focus primarily on the practical application issues associated with using altitude training as a means of performance enhancement.
REGISTRATION: Professional Registration $175.00; Student Registration $125.00. To register, please go to For questions, please call 928.523.4444.

Catherine Sellers
United States Olympic Committee
Manager, Coaching
1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
FAX 719.866.4850

Road Race Management - Race Directors Meeting & Trade Show

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

Courses and Clinics

Want to become an Official?

A Level 1 Officials Introductory Course will be taking place Sunday September 24 in MacLeod Park, Langley.

NCCP Level 1 Track & Field Coaching Workshops

This course is ideal for the school educator/coach, club parent & community volunteer. The presentation will provide you with the material, knowledge and confidence to help you with your track & field coaching and start you on your way to becoming a certified track & field coach.

LANGLEY - On Saturday September 23 and Sunday September 24 there will be a level 1 workshop in McLeod Park, Langley, conducted by Barb Vida. To download the registration form please visit:

VICTORIA - On Saturday October 7 and Sunday October 8, there will be a level 1 workshop at the Oak Bay Track facility, Victoria. This course will be conducted by Ron Parker. To download the registration form please visit:

NCCP Level 2 Track & Field Coaching Workshop

Upcoming is a Level 2 Course for all event areas that will be held in October. More information with all the details will be available on our website in the near future.

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

Run Jump Throw!

RunJumpThrow coming to the NorthWest as part of the Power of Sport Tour!

RunJumpThrow will be offering a variety of courses/workshops to the schools and communities in the Hazelton, Kitimat, Terrace, and Prince Rupert areas as part of the Power of Sport Tour October 16-22.

Available will be:

  • Instructor workshops with NCCP certification for Teachers as well as Youth and Community leaders
  • Direct RJT delivery to Elementary schools
  • RJT program Presentations

In addition, there will be introductory workshops for the communities on officiating and coaching Track and Field.

If you are in the area, and are interested in hosting or taking part in any of our offered programs, please fill out the registration request form, and fax/send it back to BC Athletics.

Registration request form: 

For more information, or if you have any questions, please email

Upcoming RunJumpThrow Events

For information on upcoming RunJumpThrow Events taking place across the province, please visit our RJT web page 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

The Gold Standard September 06

To view the September 2006 edition of Athletics Canada's Official Newsletter, please follow this link:

This month's edition features:

  • Q&A with national team head coach Les Gramantik
  • TransCanada 10K Championships
  • Charles Allen pays a special visit
  • Records fall in August
  • Olympic gold medal relay team reunites in Ottawa
  • Canadian Championship medalists
  • Canadians in the IAAF Top 50 rankings
  • and much more…


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:

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