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ISSUE #7-2006
Friday, February 24, 2006

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • 2006/2007 BC Team Staff Coaching Application
  • "First Half" Half Marathon in Review
  • Running Injury Prevention Seminar
  • Athletics Canada announces 2006 IAAF World Cross Country team
  • Ottawa to host Track and Field's Elite
  • National Team Relay Opportunities


2006 AGM and Awards Banquet Questionnaire

Those who took part in the 2006 AGM and the Awards Banquet are asked to take a few moments and complete the on-line questionnaire. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. The form is available at:

2006 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. If you have questions or need information please contact as follows:
Track & Field events: Ron Bunting - 
Road Running & Cross Country Events: Jerry Tighe - 

Nationally Carded Athlete Memberships

All nationally carded athletes are reminded to get your 2006 memberships in place as quickly as possible. There is no fee for your membership so please complete a form and fax or mail it in to the BC Athletics office. The form is available at:

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

Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada announces team for 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships

Athletics Canada announced today its team for the 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. The event takes place April 1-2 in Fukuoka, Japan.

Dave Scott-Thomas, Head Coach of Athletics Canada's World Cross Country team believes this event is very important in the development of middle-distance runners. "One of my motivating factors to be part of this team is since this is the last time there will be a short course race, I view this as the end of an era. Cross country is the seed from which other middle-distance performances grow and the World Cross Country Championships have been a critical component in the development of the National Team Program for the past decade." Scott-Thomas also sees this event as an opportunity to link the past with the present with the future. "Athletics Canada's strategy to use the meet for team building and a vehicle to build the next generation of elite Canadians has worked fantastically well. The vast majority of our current crop of elite athletes cut their teeth on the WXC stage, where they were able to mix with established names and share in their wisdom. On the flip side, our vets were able to be connected with the up and comers and to feel positive about continuity with the ground they've broken and the lessons they've learned."

Junior Men - 8km race

Boorsma, Kyle - Guelph, ON
Brett, Allan - Ottawa, ON
Brunsting, Matthew - Stirling, ON
Currie, Cory - Brantford, ON
Dillon, Marcus - Toronto, ON
Fleming, Sean - Regina, SK

Junior Women - 6km race

Campbell, Anita - Abbotsford, BC
Carson, Lindsay - Cambridge, ON
McBean, Mandy - Toronto, ON
McKay, Tarah - St. Clements, ON
Reid, Sheila - Newmarket, ON
Van Buskirk, Kate - Brampton, ON

Senior Men - 4km short course

Coolsaet, Reid - Guelph, ON
Gillis, Eric - Antigonish, NS
McKenzie, Ryan - Windsor, ON
Milne, Taylor - Guelph, ON
Sullivan, Kevin - Brantford, ON

Senior Women - 4km short course

Babcock, Courtney - Chatham, ON
Douma-Hussar, Carmen - Cambridge, ON
Elmore, Malindi - Kelowna, BC
Metcalfe, Megan - Edmonton, ON
Quinn-Smith, Tara - Toronto, ON

Senior Men - 12km long course

Murphy, Taylor - Guelph, ON
Mauricio, Cristiano - Leamington, ON
Nielsen, James - Toronto, ON
Osaduik, Steve - Nanaimo, BC
Scull, Jeff - Jordan Station, ON

Senior Women - 8km

Kuzyk, Cari - Vancouver, BC
Smith, Kirsty - Vancouver, BC
Stallwood, Rebecca - Burlington, ON

Head Coach - Dave Scott-Thomas
Assistant Coach - Christine Laverty
Physio Therapist - Marilou Lamy
Massage Therapist - Frank Manzo
Team Manager - Thelma Wright
Team Leader - Martin Goulet

Scott-Thomas knows his team will be ready for this competition. "We'll have a number of athletes coming straight from the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne to race, and another group who will arrive from the NACAC Championships in Florida. This will be a race-sharp and hungry group, ready to put team Canada head to head with the best in the world."

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

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

Ottawa to host Track and Field's Elite

Athletics Canada is pleased to announce that Ottawa will be the site of the 2006 Canadian Track and Field Championships. The Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club will host the event August 4th to 6th at the Terry Fox Track.

The Canadian Track and Field Championship is Athletics Canada's premier event. The nation's top athletes will converge on the capital to claim the titles of the 100, 200 and 400 metre dashes; the 800, 1500 and 5000 metre runs; the 20 kilometre race walk; the 100, 110 and 400 metre hurdles, and the 3000 metre steeplechase. The country's finest will also be looking to be crowned Canadian champion in field events such as the high jump, pole vault, long jump, triple jump, shot put, discus throw, hammer throw and javelin throw.

The event will feature world class international athletes such as Olympians Perdita Felicien, Charles Allen, Mark Boswell, Dana Ellis, Gary Reed, Jason Tunks, and 2005 World Championships bronze medalist Tyler Christopher.

Founded in 1973, the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club is one of Canada's top national competitive clubs. The Ottawa Lions are an inclusive program offering opportunities suitable for all levels of ability and development. Over the past nine years, more than 170 members of the club have represented Canada internationally.

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

National Team Relay Opportunities

The 2006 Athletics Canada National Team Relay Opportunities Selection Criteria and Declaration Form are now available:

Athletics Canada Board of Directors - Male Athlete Representative Position

Please be advised that the term of one (1) male athlete representative position has been completed.

The nominations for a new representative are to be received by March 31, 2006 by email, mail or fax to the attention of Michele Edmiston-Hurter ( at Athletics Canada.

The one (1) male athlete representative candidate will serve for a two year term (May 2006 - May 2008). The voting and nomination process is restricted to senior and junior athletes who have been on a National Team within the last four years.

Once all nominations are received, the following is the election process:

Item / Timeline
Notification of nominations (by email and on AC web) By April 3, 2006
National Team athletes welcome to pose questions to candidates through the National Office By April 14, 2006
Candidates responses posted By April 19, 2006
Electronic, fax poll Open April 21 @ 9 a.m. EST
Close April 25 @ Noon EST
Announcement of new athlete representative April 27, 2006
Athlete first representation Annual General Meeting
Board of Directors May 26-28, 2006 Ottawa, Ontario

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

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

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 - Race Report

The 18th annual Pacific Road Runners "First Half" Half Marathon was run on a beautiful February day in Vancouver on Sunday. Sunny skies and no wind were tempered only by the chilling temperatures at race start.

In the absence of Jon Brown, Steve Osaduik was the favourite to win, but the competition was much closer than anticipated. Osaduik (from Nanaimo), Jason Loutitt (from Banff) and Nik Southwell (from Victoria) quickly formed a leading trio in the first mile, with Warren Barker just behind, and a further gap to a chasing pack. Southwell fell off the pace after 3 miles, but Loutitt stuck with Osaduik all the way around the Stanley Park Seawall, and was setting the pace for much of the way. It wasn't until the final short rise under the Granville Bridge with less than a kilometre to go that Osaduik finally broke away to win by 80 metres in 1:06:34. Loutitt was rewarded with a big PR of 1:06:50.

Southwell (1:09:24) maintained his distance over Barker (1:09:45) to take third, both running in relative isolation for most of the race. The final prize money position was only decided over the last mile, as Oliver Utting (1:11:13) triumphed over Derek Vinge (1:11:30) and Graeme Wilson (1:11:36). For Vinge, a UBC student, it was also a big PR, and qualified him for the NAIA marathon championships this spring.

The leading women, Tina Connelly and Lisa Harvey, were together through the first couple of miles, before Connelly upped the tempo and started picking off a few of the faster starting guys. This eventually carried her ahead of the leading male masters, but in a hotly contested finish the men beat her to the line. Paul Skarsgard was first master in 1:15:23, with Anthony Skuce just behind in 1:15:29. Connelly ran out a comfortable winner of the women's race in 1:15:30, though nearly three minutes off her course best from two years ago.

Harvey barely held on to second, as fellow Calgarian Lindsay McLaren surprised by closing to within one second at the finish (1:17:28 and 1:17:29). Suzanne Evans finished fourth in 1:20:19, and top master Joan McGrath rounded out the money winners with her usual gutsy performance in 1:22:08.

Further up the age groups there were some fiercely contested races. None more so than the women's 70 plus division. BJ McHugh ran out the winner in 1:56:48, with Lenore Montgomery only two minutes back in 1:58:48. Both these remarkable ladies are actually over 75, and showed many of their younger competitors a clean pair of heals.

Herb Phillips gained an event age group best, but also lost one. Now in the M6569 division, he set a division best of 1:23:20. But in the M6064 division, Jack Miller bettered Phillips' previous division best with a 1:23:48 clocking.

Other outstanding performances came from Jan Selman who won the F6064 division in 1:43:21, and Hans Fenz winner of the M70 plus division in 1:42:08.

Complete results are on the event website at

During the awards, a cheque for $37,500 was presented to Variety - The Children's Charity, resulting from the dedicated efforts of all the volunteers.

Running Injury Prevention Seminar

"Sports Injuries: Importance of stretching for performance and injury prevention"
Dr. Jack Taunton: Director of the UBC Allan McGavin Sports Clinic
Chief Medical Officer 2010 Olympic Games

"Foot structure and gait issues …What runners should know!"
Mr. Trevor Pritoula: UBC Allan McGavin Sports Clinic, Gait Analysis Expert

"Consider your foot type and mechanics when choosing a shoe"
Mr. Phil Moore: Owner of Lady Sport , Retailer Lecturer, Author

"Be a better runner....Do more than just run"
Carmen Bott MS(c), BHK, CSCS, Core Conditioning and Weight Training

"Best food…Best performance"
Asia Peters, Registered Dietician

Riley Park Community Centre - 50 E 30th Ave., Vancouver
Date: Sunday March 5, 2006
Time: 1:00 - 4:00pm
Cost: $10 per person
Limited space…reserve seating today:
604-257-8545 Riley Park C.C.
LadySport 3545 W 4th, Vancouver, 604-733-1173

Adidas 40ft RV will be on site with 3 Plasma screens and draw prizes!


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

Camps & Clinics

NCCP Level 1 Track & Field Coaching Certification Technical Course

Victoria, BC
March 25-26, 2006
Oak Bay Track Facility

NCCP Level 1 Track & Field Coaching Certification Technical Course

Port Alberni
April 1-2, 2006

Run Jump Throw!

RJT Workshops in 2006:

Registration forms are posted as they become available.

March 2006

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Dates TBA: Vancouver - More Sports Program - Leaders and Instructor Training - Contact: Thelma Wright Ph: 604-737-3175 Email:

April 2006

May/June 2006

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

RJT Camps for kids:

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

Possible Dual Meets with Team Alberta

A possible series of Dual Meets with Team Alberta is being put together and could be a part of the Pacific/Canada Series. This Team BC opportunity will be for athletes 18-25 years of age. They will need to be available for the three meets scheduled for June 4 in Richmond; June 6 in Abbotsford and June 8 in Burnaby. The events will be posted and team selection criteria will be further clarified in up-coming bulletins.

Discount with Hy-Tek Software Purchases

BC Athletics is Standardized with Hy-Tek and all BC Athletics member clubs are eligible to receive a 25% discount on software purchases. Please mention BC Amateur Athletics Association when ordering.

Masters Age Category Change

The Masters age category now begins at 35 for both men and women. For those who still wish to compete in the Senior age category it is still available for those who wish to compete in that category.

2006 NACAC U-23 Championships Selection Criteria

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

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.

PacificSport Regional Centre, Greater Vancouver Coaches Breakfast

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.

Approved Meets for JD Awards and All Time Top 10 Listings

New Online Drug Database Helps Canadian Athletes Compete Doping-Free

2006 National Team Programs and Selection Criteria

Back issues of the BCAB are available at