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ISSUE #36-2006
Friday, September 15, 2006

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Canadian Athletics in mourning as Emilie Mondor suffers tragic death
  • Gary Reed of BC one of 10 Canadians named to Americas World Cup team
  • Attention Officials - deadline for upgrading applications is approaching!
  • Bobsleigh/Skeleton Canada making a Aboriginal Talent ID stop in Vancouver
  • Rising Stars in Athletics - This week's spotlight is on Novelle Murray
  • **2007 Calendar Event Submission Open**


Athletics Canada in mourning as Emilie Mondor suffers tragic death

September 10th 2006, OTTAWA - Athletics Canada is in mourning today as Olympian Emilie Mondor was killed in a car accident late yesterday afternoon, one-hour east of Ottawa. Mondor, the first Canadian woman to run the 5,000-metres under 15 minutes, competed at the 2004 Olympic Games and was once the Canadian record holder over the 5,000-metre distance.

"On behalf of Athletics Canada, our sincere condolences to the Mondor family and many friends," said Jean-Guy Ouellette, Chairman of the Board. "Emilie's loss is even more difficult because we didn't just lose a great athlete; first and foremost we lost an outstanding individual."

Born April 29th 1981, Mondor of Mascouche, Que. competed in a host of international events including the 2003 IAAF World Championships where she finished 12th in the 5,000. Her first taste of national success came in a win at the 1997 Canadian Cross Country Championships where she was the fastest junior.

Emilie was living and training in Ottawa looking to make her marathon debut on November 5th at the New York City Marathon. She missed most of the 2005 and 2006 seasons due to a bone condition where her body didn't absorb calcium, making her bones similar to someone with osteoporosis, causing her to suffer multiple stress-factures. Earlier this year she made her comeback in a 10K race in Toronto, finishing 2nd. On her website Mondor would say about the race "I do not care being 2nd here, it is a victory overall for me. My comeback is unbelievable."


Rising Stars in Athletics - This week's spotlight is on Novelle Murray

Novelle Murray

Born: 1984
Hometown: Surrey
School: University of Hawaii
Club Affiliation: Kajaks
Coach: Garrett Collier
Event(s): Discus

2006 Best Outdoor Performance & Ranking:

51.26m - Dominican Republic, #2 in Canada

2005 Best Performance and Ranking

54.45m - Honolulu, HI, #2 in Canada


2006 NACACs Discus - 3rd
2006 Canadian Track and Field Championships Discus - 2nd
2004 NACACs Discus - 3rd
2004 NCAA WAC Championships Discus - 1st
2003 NCAA WAC Championships Discus - 1st
2003 Canadian Junior Championship Discus - 1st

Team Selections:

2006 Canadian U23 NACAC team
2005 Canadian FISU Games team
2004 Canadian U23 NACAC team

Favourite Experience in Track:

Travelling and seeing hard work pay off.

Goals for the future:

Olympics, of course!

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


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.

To submit your event information to BC Athletics, use our new event listing management system (create your own account):

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.

Bobsleigh & Skeleton Canada will be making an Aboriginal Talent Identification stop in the Vancouver area - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th - and they are looking for motivated and hard working athletes with speed and explosive power to fast track towards 2010!

Are you or do you know an Aboriginal athlete who has the passion and desire to succeed? It is not too late to make an Olympic or Paralympic dream come true for 2010!


Candidates include athletes from lacrosse, football, track and field, weightlifting, rugby, hockey and other related sports backgrounds.

These sliding sports are full of thrills, speed and excitement. If you thrive on adrenalin and want to see if you have got the basic skills, come to the Vancouver camp! The 2010 Whistler Sliding Centre is currently under development and scheduled to open in winter of 2007 and will serve as a legacy for Canada's bobsleigh and skeleton athletes… YOU could be one of them!


Date: Saturday, September 16th, 2006
Time: Registration begins at 9:30AM, Talent ID begins at 10:30AM
Location: SFU Outdoor Running Track, Burnaby


Contact Derek Hansen, BCS Vancouver Regional Recruiting Coach
Email or Phone 604-291-4059


**based on facilities, and the athletes attending, some tests may not be used**

  • 30m & 60m Sprint
  • 20m resistance pull (15kg)
  • Bench Press
  • Power Clean
  • Front Squat


Please help to spread the word… this truly can be the opportunity of a lifetime for Aboriginal athletes. It would be incredible to see Aboriginal people on the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic team in 2010.

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

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


Attention Officials - The deadline for upgrading applications is fast approaching!

For Level 4 and 5 (national levels), you can find the necessary forms on the NOC website. This must be completed by September 25.

Upgrading for Levels 1, 2 and 3 (provincial levels) must in submitted by the end of September for processing in 2006. For these levels send a photocopy of your record card, a request for upgrading, including your full name and address, and for Level 2, a photocopy of your "Passport" to becoming an official.

Please send all paperwork to Kathy Terlicher.
3328 Wellington Ave. Vancouver BC V5R 4Y2

BCA Officials Incentive Program 2006

Don't miss out!! Check out the BCA website Officials section for a link to the officials incentive program application. Great award items are designated for each year of service, so be sure you are recognized for your contribution to our sport. Remember, events would not happen without our BCA officials!

BC Athletics Officials who are members in good standing, and have worked a minimum of 6 days (48 hours) in 2006 are eligible for awards in the officials incentive program. Incentive awards (classy uniform items and useful equipment) will be distributed at the Officials AGM, November 19. For a list of items, and the claim form, click on the link above. Deadline for 2006 claims is October 31.

Please note that any official, level 2 or above, can order additional BCA golf style Nike dri-fit shirts for 32.00. The price may drop if we get a large enough order, so be sure to get your request in before October 31. And remember to include your size, as Shirley is a not a mind reader! She can be reached at

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.

Track & Field

10 Canadians named to Americas World Cup team

September 11th 2006, OTTAWA - Athletics Canada is proud to announce that ten Canadian athletes have been named to the Americas squad that will compete in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) 10th World Cup in Athletics. The event takes place September 16th and 17th in Athens, Greece. The Americas team consists of 58 athletes from the NACAC region and three co-managers, including Canadian Maureen Switzer.

Canadian representation at 10th World Cup:

Brannen, Nathan      Cambridge, ON   1500m
Douma-Hussar, Carmen Cambridge, ON   1500m
Felicien, Perdita    Pickering, ON   Reservist 
Forrester, Nicole    Cookstown, ON   High jump
Metcalfe, Megan      Edmonton, AB    3000m
Reed, Gary           Victoria, BC    800m
Russell, Scott       Windsor, ON     Javelin throw
Steacy, James        Lethbridge, AB  Hammer throw
Sullivan, Kevin      Brantford, ON   3000m
Tunks, Jason         London, ON      Discus throw
Switzer, Maureen     Winnipeg, MB    Co-manager

National team Head Coach Les Gramantik on the Canadians heading to Athens, "I wish to congratulate our athletes selected to the Americas team heading to compete in the World Cup. This is a great accomplishment and a perfect opportunity to end the 2006 season on a high note. I am happy to see a blend of athletes with years of experience along with some athletes who will get their first chance at competing at a prestigious international event. Best of luck to all."

The Canadians selected to the team bring with them impressive credentials. Nathan Brannen was a silver medalist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and is the reigning national champion. James Steacy was also a Commonwealth silver medalist, is the reigning national champ and Canadian record holder. Perdita Felicien recently took the crown at the Canadian nationals and this past weekend was 3rd at the IAAF World Athletics Final. Gary Reed is the Canadian record holder over the 800-metre distance while Megan Metcalfe (5000m), Carmen Douma-Hussar (1500m), and Nicole Forrester (HJ) are all Canadian champs.

The points based competition will also feature teams from four other continental teams (Asia, Africa, Europe and Oceania) as well as the individual power of the United States and individual national teams from Russia (men and women), France (men), and Poland (women). As is custom in the World Cup, the host country, in this case Greece, will field its on team. The Americas team will feature a number of outstanding athletes, including 100m World Record holder Asafa Powell.


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:

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

Elite athletes confirmed for TransCanada 10K in Ottawa

September 12th 2006, OTTAWA - The high performance field at the TransCanada 10K Championships is taking shape with some elite Canadian runners confirming their attendance. The event, which takes place Saturday October 7th at 3:30 pm, will begin at the Canadian War Museum and run along the picturesque Ottawa Parkway.

The championship offers the unique opportunity for everybody and anybody to register and come out to run alongside the nation's best, also serving as a mass participation race. Canadian champions, age category winners and the winners of the Political Challenge will all be crowned. The Political Challenge will pit politicians and political staffers, identified with a unique race bib, against each other.

NCAA sensation Simon Bairu from Regina, Sask. will be looking to add to his already impressive curriculum. Bairu is the reigning Canadian Cross-Country champion; his illustrious career already includes an NCAA championship and a Big Ten Division championship. Reid Coolsaet from Guelph, Ont. is also confirmed in the field. Coolsaet recently won his third straight 5,000-metre Canadian Championship in Ottawa at the Canadian Track and Field Championships. Keep an eye on the event website for the profiles of all the elite athletes as they are confirmed for the race.

All registered participants in the event will receive an official event shirt, a personalized race bib, a finisher's certificate and a participant medal. National champions will be rewarded with cash prizes and championship medals.

The championship will also host the TIMEX Series final which is the culmination of the TIMEX provincial series, encompassing every province across the country. The TIMEX National Road Race Series has over 110 races with in excess of 140,000 participants, designed for all runners from beginner to the elite competitor.

For more information on the TransCanada 10K Championships including how to register, please visit


Utting and Pells win Timex BC Road Running Series

The 2006 Timex BC Road Running Series wrapped up on 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 and list of those who earned a "10 or more races" tech shirt, can be found at

Road Race Management - Race Directors Meeting & Trade Show

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

Courses and Clinics

Harassment Advisor Training course offered

Gymnastics BC is conducting a harassment advisor training session on Friday, November 3rd, 2006 from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn. The cost for this course is $50.00. To register contact: Nicola Humphreys, Gymnastics BC, at 604-737-3113 or by email to

Want to become an Official?

A Level 1 Officials Introductory Course will be taking place Sunday September 24 at Langley Secondary School. See details below.

Date: Sunday Sept 24
Location: Langley Secondary, 216th St @ 56th Ave, Langley
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE

Please contact John Cull at and/or at 604-599-6638.

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 Symposium

Upcoming: a Track and Field Level 2 Certification Symposium for ALL event areas to be held October 28-29, location TBA in the Lower Mainland. 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



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

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

Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre - Articles posted September 13th, 2006:

Youth Development

"Building the Foundations for Strength in Young Horizontal Jumpers" By Gary Bourne


"NSA Photosequence #17: 200 meters - Florence Griffith Joyner" Commentary by Leo Davis

Theory and Methodology

"Optimal Strength Development in Jumping Events" By Dr. Kuulo Kutsar

Access to the above articles is through the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre website either through the "sport science articles" link on the main page or through the sport science page. You can also access the articles listed above through the weekly "Top Stories" link.

For more information please contact:
Derek Evely
Manager, Sport Science / High Performance Training Academy

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…


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

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