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ISSUE #5-2006
Friday, February 10, 2006

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • "First Half" Half Marathon happens February 19, 2006
  • World Athletics Day Host Application - Deadline February 5th
  • 2006 NACAC U-23 Championships Selection Criteria Posted
  • Athletics Canada - Championship Hosting - Request for Letters of Intent
  • Decorated Weekend for Athletics Canada Athletes
  • 2006 PacifiCanada Series
  • BC Athletics 5KM Road Running Championships
  • Lethbridge 10 Mile Road Race - Looking for a Runner


World Athletics Day - May 6 or 7, 2006

Hosting Application Available
Deadline February 15, 2006 (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 NACAC U-23 Championships Selection Criteria

The 2006 NACAC U-23 Championships Selection Criteria has been posted on Athletics Canada's website:

Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada - Hosting of Championship Events
Request for Letter of Intent


Athletics Canada is the national sport governing body for track and field, cross country and road running in Canada. Our purpose is to provide leadership, development and competition that ensure world-level performance in athletics. Our key event properties are the best opportunity to showcase our sport and raise awareness and interest in our programs and services, and therefore must be planned and presented in a professional manner. The organizers selected to host the events must be willing to work in close partnership with Athletics Canada to meet and exceed expectations in this regard.

Project Overview

We currently seek suitable host organizations for the following Athletics Canada Championships events:
2007-2008 Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships
2007-2008 Canadian Track and Field Championships (including athletes with disabilities)
2007-2008 Canadian Half Marathon Championships
2007-2008 Canadian Marathon Championships
2007-2008 Canadian Cross Country Championships

Letter of Intent and Supporting Documentation

Athletics Canada invites interested parties to submit a Letter of Intent to host the championship event listed above. All Letters of Intent must be submitted with the following information:

Championship event to be hosted;
Name and location of facility/event;
Name(s) and position(s) of key event organizer(s) including Meet Director;
Commitment in principle to work in close partnership with Athletics Canada and its corporate and funding partners in hosting and presenting all aspects of the event;
Summary of previous experience in hosting similar events;
Provincial branch endorsement;
Host facility endorsement (if applicable).

Submission Deadline and Address

The Letter of Intent to advise Athletics Canada of interest in hosting any of these championships must be received by Athletics Canada no later than February 24, 2006.

Letters of Intent along with all required supporting documentation must be submitted either by mail or by e-mail to:

Ivonne Shoucair
Members Services Manager
Athletics Canada
2197 Riverside Drive, Suite 300
Ottawa (Ontario) K1H 7X3


To ensure that applicants have sufficient time to prepare their submission and Athletics Canada has the time required to properly review the applications, the following timelines have been established;

Submission of Letter of Intent - by February 28, 2006
Athletics Canada to send Bid Documents to all those having submitted a Letter of Intent to host an Athletics Canada championship - by March 10, 2006
Completed Bid Applications submitted to Athletics Canada - by March 31, 2006
Notification of successful candidates - April 17, 2006

Decorated Weekend for Athletics Canada Athletes

(Ottawa, ON) - At the 25th annual Cargill Indoor Games in Winnipeg Tyler Christopher of Edmonton broke the Canadian record and set a meet record in the 300-metre race clocking in at a blazing 32.75 seconds. Gary Reed of Victoria, BC narrowly edged out Achraf Tadili of Montréal in the 600-metre race with a time of 1:18.15, six tenths of a second faster than Tadili. Toronto's Carline Muir won the women's 300-metre with a time of 38.60. Winnipeg's Jared MacLeod broke a 13 year old meet record in the 60-metre hurdles with a time 7.77 seconds.

On Friday February 3rd at the 99th Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden, Carmen Douma-Hussar of Cambridge, ON, Courtney Babcock of Chatham, ON and Malindi Elmore of Calgary, AB finished one, two, and three at the women's 1 mile run. Douma-Hussar finished in a time of 4:35.64, edging out Babcock and Elmore who clocked in at 4:36.0 and 4:36.28 respectively. Kitchener's Dana Ellis matched her recently-set Canadian record, 4.40 metres, in the pole vault.

On Saturday February 4th it was a photo finish at the 19th Meyo Invitational held at Notre Dame University as Ottawa's Mike Woods finished the 3,000-metre race with a time of 7:52.27, one tenth of a second ahead of Chepstow, Ontario's Kurt Benninger's time of 7:52.28. Ryan McKenzie of Windsor, ON was the third Canadian in the top four finishing fourth with a time of 7:57.36.

Edmonton's Angela Whyte won three titles at the McDonald's Invitational in Moscow Idaho. Whyte won the 60-metre dash in 7.40, the 200-metres in 23.78 and finished first in the 60-metre hurdles with a time of 8.09 seconds. Whyte's times in the 60 and 200-metre races were new personal bests.

At the Governor's Cup in Samara Russia, Anson Henry of Pickering, ON set a personal best in the 60-metre dash running in a time of 6.59.

These performances bode well for Athletics Canada heading into the Commonwealth Games taking place in Melbourne Australia March 15th to 26th. Christopher, Douma-Hussar, Ellis, Macleod, Reed, and Whyte were identified in November 2005 as potential athletes for the Commonwealth Games team. Babcock, Elmore, Henry, Muir, and Tadili were on the list of athletes to be chosen by Athletics Canada for the final eight spots on the team.

Mathieu Gentès
Marketing and Communications Manager
Athletics Canada
(613) 260-5580 ext. 3303

Track and Field

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

Road Running

"First Half" Half Marathon Happens February 19, 2006

As the crow flies, it's about 21 Km from downtown Vancouver to Ladner. On Sunday, February 19, Jon Brown will likely cover the same distance around Stanley Park in slightly over an hour. Less time than it often takes to commute. Only Brown will be running, not driving.

As the fourth place finisher in each of the last two Olympic marathons, Brown is expected to set a course record in the 2006 Pacific Road Runners "First Half" Half Marathon. Each of his three half marathons in 2005 was completed in under one hour four minutes, and his all-time best is 1:01:49. So Bruce Deacon's 1992 record of 1:04:45 is in serious jeopardy. A British international, who has called Victoria home for the last six years and is now a Canadian citizen, Brown is firm favourite to win the 18th edition of the race.

Hoping to be pulled to a fast time will be one of Canada's rising stars of distance running. Steve Osaduik of Nanaimo was the 2004 Canadian Half Marathon champion, and has a best time of 1:05:26. Both Brown and Osaduik are using the race as preparation for the London Marathon in April. Osaduik has also been selected to represent Canada at the World Cross Country Championships in Japan later this year.

Also expected to contest positions on the podium are Albertans Jason Loutitt and Ken Myers, winners of the Calgary Marathon in 2005 and 2004 respectively. Loutitt is also the Canadian Mountain Running Champion.

Additional local competition will come from Nik Southwell of Victoria, winner of the 2005 Edge-to-Edge Marathon; and Oliver Utting and Warren Barker of Vancouver, who finished first and second in the 2005 Timex BC Road Running Series.

On the women's side, 2004 "First Half" champion and course record holder (1:12:47) Tina Connelly of Port Coquitlam returns, following the birth of her second child in 2005. She will face stiff competition from Calgarian Lisa Harvey, a three time winner of the race. Both Connelly and Harvey competed at the 2005 World Half Marathon Championships in Edmonton, helping Canada to a sixth place team finish.

Challenging them will be Suzanne Evans from New Westminster, winner of the 2005 Royal Victoria Marathon; Lindsay McLaren from Calgary; Darcie Montgomery from North Vancouver; Nikki Knapp from Vancouver; Joan McGrath from New Westminster; and triathlete Christine Fletcher from Vancouver, who finished third at the 2005 Ironman Canada.

The "First Half" Half Marathon is organized by the Pacific Road Runners with support from New Balance, and is the second race in the 2006 Timex BC Road Running Series. Proceeds from the event benefit Variety - the Children's Charity. The race starts at 8:30am on Sunday, February 19, from the Roundhouse Community Centre in downtown Vancouver. The course takes the runners around BC Place Stadium and on a loop of the Stanley Park seawall.

For additional information, visit the event website at


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:

Lethbridge 10 Mile Road Race - Saturday, April 8 2006 - 10:00am

Organizers are looking for 1 runner who can run 50 minutes for 10 miles or thereabouts. Airfare, accommodation, $50 per diem for 2 days. First place $250.00.

Camps & Clinics

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:


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

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

Nomination Deadline: April 14, 2006

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

Launch celebrates first local partnership with Vancouver 2010
SportsFunder Website:

Media releases and background info:

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

Visit for more information or to download nomination forms. The nomination deadline is Friday, March 10th, 2006 at 5:00 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

Carol Anne Letheren Leadership and Sport Scholarship

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.

PacificSport Fraser Valley
Athlete & Coach Services Coordinator (one position) Competition #FV001-1

[Note: This is a one-year position to fill a Maternity Leave.]
Closing Date: February 17th, 2006, 12:00 noon
To apply: Send a resume by e-mail to; please indicate Competition # and title of position.

2010 Legacies Now - Volunteers Now Website Administrator

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.

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