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ISSUE #4-2006
Friday, February 3, 2006

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Ed Gaspard 1922 - 2006
  • BC Lottery Corporation launches SportsFunder lottery
  • World Athletics Day - May 6 or 7, 2006
  • 2006 National 10000m Championships
  • CABC Coach of the Year Awards
  • 2006 PacifiCanada Series
  • PacificSport Regional Centre, Greater Vancouver Coaches Breakfast


Ed Gaspard
1922 - 2006

Passed away on January 21, 2006 in White Rock. Though born in Vancouver in 1922, he spent most of his childhood in Williams Lake. As did so many of his era, early years in the Navy, on both sides of the continent, and overseas. With the end of the War, he entered the field of electronics, a fledgling discipline that would have been all but unknown to society. His work took him across North America, working on a variety of military projects. By the early 1960's, he joined the teaching staff of BCIT, and spent over 20 years instruction in the electrical and electronics Department. Perhaps Ed's greatest passion however was working with young people, coaching hurdles in Track & Field. His coaching efforts transitioned him from his working years, into a fruitful and productive retirement. Ed coaches first in Surrey, and later in the Comox Valley. As a husband, father and grandfather, he will be missed. Edward is predeceased by his brother Victor, and is lovingly remembered by his wife Agnes; daughter Joanne; son Jim; daughter-in-law Gina; and grandchildren Laura, Michelle and Eric. At Ed's request, he will be cremated and there will be no service.

Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre
(604) 536-6522

World Athletics Day - May 6 or 7, 2006
Hosting Application Available

The World Athletics Day has been in existence for ten years and is organized jointly with schools and local track and field clubs. The event is for two age groups:
16-17 years of age
14-15 years of age ( school participants)
Athletics Canada is now looking for an event to host the Canadian World Athletics Day event to be held May 6th and 7th. Any interested clubs can find further information including a required event list and application form at: (530 KB)

2006/2007 BC Team Staff Coaching Application

Deadline March 1, 2006
Team staff opportunities for this coming outdoor season along with 2007 opportunities. Questions should be directed to Ron Bunting at: or (604) 737-3176

2006 National 10000m Championships will be hosted as part of the Pacific Canada Series once again this year

Tuesday June 6 in the evening (as part of the Abbotsford International Track Classic)

Jane & Gerry Swan Track in Abbotsford, BC

Note: the 2006 National 10000m Championships - Men's event only - should normally serve as Trials for the NACAC U-23 Championships to be held in Santo-Domingo in July. Please check for the release of the Selection Criteria of the NACAC U-23 champs for a confirmation of this element of the program.

More details will be available on Athletics Canada website within the next few weeks.

CABC Coach of the Year Awards

The Coaches Association of BC and the Bob Bearpark Foundation are proud to present British Columbia's Coach of the Year Awards. The purpose of the Coach of the Year Awards is to recognize a history and dedication to coaching in British Columbia. If applicable please forward this email to your clubs and encourage them to nominate a coach. If you have any questions regarding this program there is more information on our website at or you can contact the CABC office.

Nomination Deadline: April 14, 2006

To nominate a coach click this link!

Track and Field

British Columbia Lottery Corporation launches SportsFunder lottery to support amateur sport in B.C.

Launch celebrates first local partnership with Vancouver 2010

(Vancouver) Thursday, February 2, 2006 - Today, British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games announced their new partnership with the unveiling of SportsFunder, a suite of lottery games that will produce an estimated $20 million for amateur sport in B.C.

Funds generated through the sale of SportsFunder-branded products will be targeted at four areas: 1) Sport BC's KidSport™ program providing sport registration grants to financially disadvantaged children; 2) Game Plan/Team BC, providing support for high-performance B.C. athletes; 3) financial assistance for coaching development; 4) travel assistance for B.C. athletes to attend sporting competitions.

SportsFunder lottery games feature prizing that will provide winners with exciting Olympic opportunities, such as travel, merchandise and even tickets to events including the Vancouver 2010 opening ceremony.

"We're giving lottery players an exciting new choice of play with the opportunity to win great prizes while directly supporting the dreams of amateur athletes across the province," said Vic Poleschuk, President and CEO of BCLC. "Amateur sports are an important part of many people's lives and these lottery games reflect our commitment to strengthening B.C. communities."

"Today marks another milestone in our exciting journey to Canada's Games," said John Furlong, VANOC CEO. "We are very proud to welcome BCLC and its employees to our family of Olympic partners. The Corporation shares our commitment to create a climate of possibility that celebrates everyday champions. The SportsFunder initiative provides a unique way for British Columbians to share in the spirit of the Games while supporting the dreams of amateur athletes. As a recognized corporate leader in our province, BCLC will help to ensure that we achieve our goal to inspire greatness."

BCLC net income generated from SportsFunder products will be administered by the provincial government through the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and the Arts. Funds generated are over and above any current funding provided to B.C.'s sport and recreation system.

"This initiative represents a great step forward for amateur sport," said Sandra Stevenson, President and CEO of Sport BC. "Congratulations to BCLC, the Government of British Columbia and Vancouver 2010 for addressing a need to provide extra opportunities for kids to participate in sport and recreation activities."

BCLC is breaking new ground with Vancouver 2010, becoming the Olympic Committee's first partner in the Official Supporter category and its first sponsor to be headquartered in B.C. The six-year partnership with VANOC provides BCLC with sponsorship rights for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and also includes rights to the Canadian Olympic Team for Torino 2006, Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Games.

Starting today, SportsFunder-branded games are available wherever lottery games are sold in British Columbia. The first suite of games includes a Pull Tab ticket and a province-wide 50/50 game with draws every 30 minutes. BCLC is also introducing Interactives: Road to Vancouver, Going for Gold and Sea to Sky, available only through PlayNow at A SportsFunder Instant Win Ticket will be introduced soon.

Each game in the SportsFunder suite offers great odds of winning cash and prizes. As with all lottery products, these games are only available for sale to adults 19 years of age and older.

About SportsFunder Games

SportsFunder 50/50: The $1 SportsFunder 50/50 gives players a chance to win 50 per cent of the games net sales from every half-hour draw. The more people who play, the bigger the jackpot.

SportsFunder Pull Tab Ticket: The $1 SportsFunder Pull Tab Ticket is available through BCLC's hospitality network, which consists mostly of bars and pubs across British Columbia. The ticket gives players the chance to win cash prizes of $1, $5, $20, $50, $100, and $250.

SportsFunder Interactives: Three new Interactives, which are online versions of Instant win games, provide players with the opportunity to win up to $20,100. Players must have active PlayNow accounts to play Road to Vancouver, Going for Gold, and Sea to Sky.

About the beneficiaries

KidSport™: This program managed by Sport BC provides sport registration grants to financially disadvantaged children in order to remove the financial barriers that prevent some children from playing sport. Each year, the program helps more than 2,000 kids play a season of sport.

Game Plan/Team BC: A strategy developed by the sport community in B.C. to improve performance of B.C. athletes striving to represent Canada at the Olympics, Paralympics and other world competitions. Through this program, funding will be directed to high-performance coaches, sport technology development and equipment.

Coaching development: SportsFunder proceeds dedicated to providing financial assistance for coach training programs will be available to support coaches affiliated with Team B.C., the Canada Games and the North American Indigenous Games.

Regional travel assistance: SportsFunder proceeds will be used to subsidize the cost of travel for athletes to attend competitions and access training facilities as needed. The fund will assist athletes and teams who, by virtue of geographical location, face disproportionately higher costs for training and competition.

About BCLC

BCLC is responsible to conduct, manage and operate commercial casino, bingo and lottery gaming in the province. Its mission is to provide high-quality gaming entertainment in a socially responsible manner, generating income for the public good. Last year, the Corporation generated more than $2 billion in sales. $811 million in BCLC net income was distributed to the Provincial Government to support health care, education and social service needs, as well as municipal programs and services.

About Vancouver 2010

Vancouver 2010 is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. VANOC's marketing program is focused on securing mutually rewarding partnerships with shared values to generate sufficient revenue to host successful Winter Games in 2010 and to leave a financial legacy for sport.

Background information available at:

SportsFunder Website:

Media releases and background info:

2006 Track & Field Calendar of Events

The Calendar of Events is now up on the website and any errors or omissions need to be sent to Ron Bunting at

2006 PacifiCanada Series

Review Kajaks International Track Classic

June 4, 2006
Richmond, B.C.

Lafarge Abbotsford Track Classic

June 6, 2006

Harry Jerome International Track Classic

June 8, 2006

Victoria International Track Classic

June 11, 2006

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards - Call for Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 23rd Annual YWCA of Vancouver Women of Distinction Awards. Awards are presented in ten categories including Arts & Culture; Business & the Professions; Community Leadership; Education, Training & Development; Entrepreneur/Innovator; Recreation, Sport and Healthy Living; and more. Visit for more information or to download nomination forms. The nomination deadline is Friday, March 10th, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. The event will be held at The Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina on Tuesday, May 30th, at 6:00 p.m.

Bobbie Steen Award of Excellence and the Bobbie Steen Foundation Award

ProMOTION Plus announces nomination deadline of Monday, February 13th for the Bobbie Steen Award of Excellence and the Bobbie Steen Foundation Award. "The Bobbie Steen Award of Excellence is designed to recognize an individual who demonstrates exemplary leadership in sport and recreation and serves as an outstanding role model." The $2,000 award is given for the purpose of furthering the recipient's leadership skills and potential. The Legacy Foundation Award is for programming and educational support to achieve gender equity in healthy athletic activities. More detailed information and downloadable nomination forms can be found at:

Canadian Olympic Committee Calls for Applications for the 2006 Carol Anne Letheren Leadership and Sport Scholarship

Road Running


Lakeside Resort 5k - Hosted by Penticton Pounders
March 12, 2006 
Entry Form (PDF, 350 KB), Course Map (JPEG, 75 KB)

Winter 2006 Road Running Performance Clinic

For complete information and registration: 

Camps & Clinics

PacificSport Regional Centre, Greater Vancouver Coaches Breakfast

The PacificSport Regional Sport Centre, Greater Vancouver is having another 'Coaches Breakfast'. We are pleased to have Stephanie Beare, Education Coordinator from SportMedBC, deliver an 'Athletic Taping' workshop. The focus will be on the instruction of ankle taping as well as other taping procedures requested in the allotted time.

Coaches of NCCP levels 1 - 3 are welcome to participate in this complimentary workshop. This is great opportunity for coaches to network and be involved in a hands-on learning experience.

A continental-style breakfast will be available from 7:00am - 7:30am, prior to the start of the workshop.

WHEN: Thursday, March 9th, 7:00am - 9:00am
WHO: Stephanie Beare, SportMedBC
TOPIC: "Athletic Taping"
WHERE: Telus Centre for Sport #500, 1333 West Broadway, Vancouver Map
PARKING: Free parking is available along 'Birch' and on other nearby side streets

Online Registration is available on PacificSport's website RSVP deadline is March 3rd. Please register early to avoid disappointment, as space is limited.

If you would like to register or have any questions in regards to the 'Coaches Breakfast' please contact Kelly Briggs @ or T: 604-730-7223.

NCCP Level 2/3 Middle Distance and Distance

Abbotsford, BC
February 17-19, 2006
Legacy Centre - Swan Track, Abbotsford

NCCP Level 1 Track & Field Coaching Certification Technical Course

Victoria, BC
March 11-12, 2006
Oak Bay Track Facility
Details and registration form will be available shortly

NCCP Level 1 Track & Field Coaching Certification Technical Course

Port Alberni
April 1-2, 2006
Details to follow

Run Jump Throw!

RJT Workshops in 2006:

Registration forms are posted as they become available.

February 2006

March 2006

  • March 23 Teacher Pro D Nanaimo - location to follow
  • March 25-26 Instructor workshop Comox Valley… as part of the Power of Sport Tour - details and location to follow
  • March 20-26 Power of Sport Tour: RunJumpThrow will be part of the Vancouver island Power of Sport Tour March 20th-26th, visiting Comox, Campbell River, Courtney and Qualicum Beach.
    Schools can request to have RJT demonstrations and workshops for kids during the week. More details to follow.
  • Dates TBA: Vancouver - More Sports Program - Leaders and Instructor Training - Contact: Thelma Wright Ph: 604-737-3175 Email:

April 2006

  • April 7 Teacher Pro D Smithers - registration to follow

May/June 2006

  • May 1 Teacher Workshop Prince George, Greg Peters - registration information to come
  • Dates TBA Malaspina College, Nanaimo

RJT Camps for kids:

February 2006

  • February 17 Pro-D Camp, Kelowna, contact Amber Gilbert 250-862-3868
  • In conjunction with Instructor Workshops: Victoria, Nanaimo, Surrey (Walnut Grove School), Kelowna, Richmond - see dates above

July 2006


Run Jump Throw Learning Outcomes for Instructors and Requirements for Certification

See the following link for an outline of the Learning Outcomes and Requirements for RJT Instructor Certification:

Volunteer and Employment Opportunities

2010 Legacies Now - Volunteers Now Website Administrator

2010 Legacies Now has a part time opportunity for a website administrator to develop and manage content and web pages for a Volunteers Now initiative called VolWeb. The position reports to the Project Leader and will involve working 20 hours per week to July 28th, 2006. For a more detailed description of this position, and for information on how to apply, please visit The deadline for applications is Sunday, February 12th.

PacificSport Fraser Valley - Job Opportunity

PacificSport Fraser Valley is recruiting for an Athlete & Coach Services Coordinator. This is a one-year position to fill a maternity leave. The successful candidate will "plan, deliver, and assess a variety of Athlete and Coach Services and Sport Development programs designed to holistically assist athletes and coaches in the pursuit of excellence". The location is Abbotsford (University College of the Fraser Valley) and the deadline for applications is Noon on Friday, February 17th.

PacificSport Fraser Valley
Athlete & Coach Services Coordinator (one position) Competition #FV001-1
[Note: This is a one-year position to fill a Maternity Leave.]

Reports to: PacificSport Fraser Valley, General Manager
Responsible to: Plan, develop, deliver, and assess a variety of Athlete and Coach Services, and Sport Development programs designed to holistically assist athletes and coaches in the pursuit of excellence. The position is also responsible for cultivating relationships with local businesses, stakeholders and/or partners to improve Athlete and Coach Support programs and services.
Location: Abbotsford (University College of the Fraser Valley)
Posting date: February 1, 2006
Closing Date: February 17th, 2006, 12:00 noon
To apply: Send a resume by e-mail to; please indicate Competition # and title of position.
Salary Range: $28,000-30,000, commensurate with level of experience, skills and qualifications, and subject to negotiation.


BC Athletics Board of Directors

Chair: Tom Hastie - 

Juvenile, Junior, Senior Track & Field Committee

Committee Chair: Ron Bunting - 

Branch Officials Committee

Committee Chair: John Cull -

Masters Committee

Committee Chair: Jake Madderom - 

Road Running Committee

Contact: Jerry Tighe - 

Junior Development Committee

Committee Chairs: Alwilda van Ryswyk - 
Denise Clements - 

Cross Country Committee

Committee Chair: Frank Reynolds - 

REMINDERS and Quick Links

Approved Meets for JD Awards and All Time Top 10 Listings

Sport BC Announces Finalists for the Athlete of the Year Awards

A complete listing is available at:

New Online Drug Database Helps Canadian Athletes Compete Doping-Free

2006 National Team Programs and Selection Criteria

National Officials' Committee - Call for Nominations for the National Officials' Committee

Back issues of the BCAB are available at