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ISSUE #37-2006
Monday, September 25, 2006

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • POSTPONED - NCCP Level 1 Coaching Clinic in Victoria now to take place spring '07
  • Athletics Canada to honour Emilie Mondor at TransCanada 10K
  • Haney - Harrison Relay Registration is now open
  • Junior Development Award Recipients Announced and Awards Banquet Details
  • Gary Reed of BC finished 4th for Americas Team at the World Cup of Athletics
  • Rising Stars in Athletics - This week's spotlight is on Lauren Welch


Athletics Canada to honour Mondor at TransCanada 10K

September 26th 2006, OTTAWA - Athletics Canada will honour Émilie Mondor at the 2006 TransCanada 10km Championships and Run with the Champions mass participation race in Ottawa. Mondor was killed on September 9th outside of Ottawa in a car accident.

Émilie had a deep passion for running and competed in cross-country, the 3,000-metres, 5,000-metres, 10,000-metres, and was training to compete in her first marathon. Mondor battled back from injuries this season and in her first race was 2nd in the Sporting Life 10km in Toronto. She was registered and set to take part in the TransCanada 10K Championships in Ottawa on her way to completing her comeback with a Canadian title.

Émilie Mondor, 17th in the 5,000-metres at the 2004 Olympic Games, will be honoured by Martin Goulet, Athletics Canada Chief of High Performance and friend of the family, followed by a moment of silence preceding the start of the race. Mondor will also be immortalized on every participant's personal race bib.

This unique event will feature top Canadian athletes as they vie for a Canadian title running on the same course and race, as participants registered in the 10K Run with the Champions. The race begins in front of the new Canadian War Museum at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday October 7th. For more information on the event and to register, please visit


2006 Junior Development Award Recipients

BC Athletics is proud to announce the 2006 Junior Development Award Recipients. Please click on this link for a complete list of Recipients:

2006 Junior Development Awards Banquet Luncheon

Preliminary details of the JD Award Banquet are as follows:

Date: Sunday October 15, 2006
Time: Special Hour - 11:15am
         Banquet Luncheon - 12:00pm
Location: Croatian Cultural Centre
              3250 Commercial Drive (close to Victoria and Commercial intersection), Vancouver

Ticket order form is available at: 

2006 Junior Development Committee Annual General Meeting

Saturday, October 14, 2006 - Time TBA
Brighouse Pavilion, Richmond BC (Granville Avenue - between #3 Rd. & Minoru Blvd.)
Agenda and details will be posted on the website as they become available.

Rising Stars in Athletics - This week's spotlight is on Lauren Welch

Lauren Welch

Born: 1985
Hometown: Vancouver
School: UBC
Club Affiliation: Vancouver Olympic Club
Coach: Richard Hillson
Event(s): 400m Hurdles

2006 Best Outdoor Performance & Ranking:

59.82 - Langley Pacific Invitational, #2 Senior in BC, #4 in Canada

2005 Best Performance and Ranking

60.52 - Louisville, KY, #1 Senior in BC, #5 in Canada


2006 NACACs U-23 400m H - 6th
2005 NAIA Track and Field Championships 400m H - 2nd
2006 NAIA Academic All Canadian
2006 Canadian Track and Field Championships 400m H - 4th
2005 Canadian Track and Field Championships 400m H - 3rd

Team Selections:

2006 Canadian U23 NACAC team
2006 Provincial Senior Team
2006 BC-Alberta Dual Team
2005 BC Canada Summer Games Team

Favourite Experience in Track:

Achieving my long-standing goal of going under 60 seconds, done in Langley in 2006

Goals for the future:

Further improvements of 400m Hurdles time with an emphasis on getting down into the 58 second range in the upcoming season


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.

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


BC Officials Committee Nominations

Nominations are now open for any officials interested in being part of the BC Officials Committee. The group meets about five time a year, and is responsible for developing programs to support competitions. Meetings are informative and good company….and include lunch! Consider nominating yourself or another official.

We are particularly interested in recruiting committee members from Vancouver Island, to support our efforts to recruit and train new officials in that region.

Read our minutes for an overview of activities this year. Elections take place at the Officials AGM.

Send nominations to Chair John Cull,

Starting Block Rules

There has been some recent confusion about the use of starting blocks for sprint events. The following describes the age rules for blocks:

Ages 9-13    Blocks NOT allowed
Ages 14-15  Blocks MAY be used, by athlete discretion
Ages 16-35  Blocks MUST be used.
Ages 35+     Blocks MAY be used, by athlete discretion

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

This popular event for officials (or anyone interested in becoming an official) will be held November 19 at Madison's Restaurant in Abbotsford.

The meeting begins at 10:00, and includes lunch and a social time.

Clubs are asked to donate draw prize items to thank the hard working officials group, all those volunteers wearing blue and white who support your organizations and athletes during the year. (Thank you in advance to those groups who donate to the officials meeting each year).

Send your donation details to Sanda Turner:, (604) 525-2375.

And a hearty thank you to the Achilles International Track Society for sponsoring the official's lunch at the annual event.

Cross Country

Canadian National Team Cross Country Program - 2007

The Canadian national team cross country program for 2007 will strictly be focusing on the NACAC Cross Country Championships to be contested in Florida in March (with trials held at XC Nationals in Vancouver on Dec 02, 2006). Athletics Canada will not participate in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa, Kenya. This decision has been taken after a comprehensive consultation and study.

Canada should be sending a team to participate in the 2008 World Cross Championships (to be held in either Scotland or Italy); the format and criteria for this event will be announced by October 2007.

Please contact Scott MacDonald, National Teams Program Director, if you have any questions or concerns.

Track & Field

Women's Americas 3rd at Athletics World Cup

September 18th 2006, OTTAWA - The women's Americas team finished 3rd and the men's Americas team finished 5th at the 10th IAAF World Cup in Athens, Greece this weekend. The Americas team consisted of eight Canadians, with the best Canadian performances recorded by Gary Reed from Victoria, B.C. and Kevin Sullivan of Brantford, Ont., who both finished 4th in the 800-metres and 3000-metres respectively.

Nicole Forrester of Cookstown, Ont. finished 5th in the women's high jump, tying her personal best of 1.94-metres set back in 2001 at the Word University Games.

10th IAAF World Cup Results

Women          PTS        Men            PTS
Russia         137        Europe         140
Europe         128        United States  136
Americas       117        Africa         116
United States  101.5      Asia           110
Poland          97        Americas       104
Africa          96.5      Russia          89
Asia            85.5      France          79
Oceania         73        Oceania         78
Greece          60.5      Greece          44

Canadian performances as part of the Americas team 

Nathan Brannen       1500m        6th - 3:55.16
Carmen Douma-Hussar  1500m        6th - 4:07.36
Nicole Forrester     High jump    5th - 1.94m (PB)
Megan Metcalfe       3000m        9th - 9:04.90
Gary Reed            800m         4th - 1:45.54
Kevin Sullivan       3000m        4th - 7:47.99
James Steacy         Hammer throw 6th - 74.04m
Jason Tunks          Discus throw 9th - 56.92m

Athletics Canada is the national sport governing body for the sport of track and field including cross-country running, road running and road racing. Its purpose is the pursuit of leadership, development and competition that ensures world-level performance in athletics.


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:

Road Running

Haney - Harrison Relay Registration is now open

The Haney - Harrison Road Relay and 100km Ultra will begin November 4. Please click on the following link for online registration. 

TransCanada 10K proceeds to go to Youth Development

September 25th 2006, OTTAWA - Athletics Canada is proud to announce today that all proceeds generated from the TransCanada 10K Championships and Run with the Champions event on October 7 in Ottawa will go to youth development programs. The youth development funding will help off-set costs from self-funded and partially self-funded teams such as the Canadian juniors which competed at the 2006 IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing, China.

"The association is pleased to announce this new initiative targeted to raise the necessary funds to send our future Olympians to elite international events, at no cost to them," said Joanne Mortimore, Chief Executive Officer. Mortimore adds; "We are happy to be working with supportive corporate partners such as the TransCanada Corporation and Timex in helping to get this program off the ground on October 7th in the shadows of Parliament Hill." Added Mortimore; "Athletics Canada is laying the building blocks in order to provide the opportunity for this event and the associated revenues to grow over the coming years," added Mortimore. In its first year the event will establish a strong foundation for upcoming editions to significantly contribute to youth development programs. The revenues generated for self-funded and partially self-funded teams will grow as participation and awareness of the event grows.

Due to budget restrictions, athletes attending the IAAF World Juniors were forced to self-fund a portion of their trip. The Canadian squad came away from the juniors with two silver medals. (Justyn Warner from Markham, Ont. in the 100-metres and Brian Barnett from Edmonton, Alb. in the 200-metres) Athletics Canada's goal, through events such as the TransCanada 10K, is to be in a position to fully fund all junior national teams sent to compete abroad at major international competitions.

The TransCanada 10K Championships will feature Canada's best middle distance runners as they run to be named Canadian Champion. The event also includes the Run with the Champions 10K mass participation race, allowing everybody who enters the opportunity to run alongside the elite, while generating funds for youth development programs.

The Championship will also host the TIMEX Series final which is the culmination of the TIMEX provincial Road Race Series, encompassing every province. 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.

To register for the TransCanada Run with the Champions 10K please visit Prizes include an event shirt for all participants, a finisher's medal, as well as prizes for age category winners. Random draw prizes will be handed out featuring TIMEX Ironman watches. Food and refreshments will be provided.


Road Race Management - Race Directors Meeting & Trade Show

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

CAMPS, Courses and Clinics

Winter Training Camp

The Vancouver Thunderbirds Track and Field Club is a partner in the organization of this year's winter (warm-weather) training camp in Orlando, Florida. The camp will take place December 28 - January 5. For details on the camp, guest coaches, and high performance athletes that will be in attendance, please visit the Thunderbirds website:

NCCP Coaching Theory Courses

Under the new NCCP Coaching Certification system, Maple Ridge Leisure Centre is offering the non-sport specific Coaching Theory Course Part A Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and Part B Nov. 25, 26.
For details visit:

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

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.

VICTORIA - POSTPONED This Level 1 coaching course has now been postponed until spring of '07. Details will be posted as they become available.

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 in Abbotsford. 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:

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

New Sport Science Articles Posted

Posted September 20th - New Sport Science articles are posted to the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre website every Wednesday. Access can be found at 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.

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