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ISSUE #9-2006
Friday, March 10, 2006

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Running Injury Free 2006
  • Track & Field Coaches for the 2006 JCC Maccabi Games - August 13-18
  • Canadian track and field athletes gearing up for Commonwealth Games
  • Charmaine Crooks awarded Americas Women and Sport Trophy by IOC
  • Ottawa to host first National Wheelchair Marathon Championships
  • Safety Vests & Safety Bibs exempt from GST


2006 BC Team Staff

BC Athletics continues to seek coaches and managers for the up-coming outdoor season. Please refer to the Coaches Team Application form on our website.

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. 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 - 

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:

Athletics Canada

Canadian track and field athletes gearing up for Commonwealth Games

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada's Commonwealth Games national team is heating up in Australia in preparation of the XVIII Commonwealth Games which begin on March 15th. A number of athletes competed today in the Telstra A-Series IAAF World Athletics Tour at Olympic Park in Melbourne.

Notable Canadian performances

  • Carmen Douma-Hussar's time of 4:10.65 was the fastest in the women's 1500 metres, edging out Courtney Babcock who was third in a time of 4:11.00.
  • Diane Cummins finished in second in the 800 metres with a time of 2:01.95.
  • Angela Whyte was the second fastest women in the 100 metre hurdles in a time of 13.40.
  • Jennifer Joyce earned second place with a distance of 66.06 metres in the women's hammer throw.
  • Gary Reed was second fastest in the men's 800 metres (1:47.25).
  • Scott Russell was second in the men's javelin with a throw of 73.48 metres.
  • Kevin Sullivan finished second in the mile run with a time of 4:01.18, barely ahead of Nate Brannen who was third in 4:01.81.
  • Stephanie McCann had the third highest jump in women's pole vault at a height of 4.20 metres.
  • Chantal Petitclerc finished in third place in a race that also featured men, finishing first among the women in a time of 55.48.

The XVIII Commonwealth Games begin on March 15th in Melbourne Australia with athletics kicking off on March 19th.

Charmaine Crooks awarded Americas Women and Sport Trophy by IOC

Athletics Canada is thrilled to announce that alumni Charmaine Crooks was honoured today in Geneva Switzerland by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with the Americas continent Women and Sport Trophy. The winners were selected by the IOC Women and Sport Commission from candidatures submitted by National Olympic Committees and International Federations of Olympic sports.

Charmaine Crooks represented Canada in track and field for nearly 20 years. The first Canadian women to run 800 meters in under two minutes and a five time Olympian, she won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Charmaine won gold medals at Pan American, Commonwealth, World Cup and World Student Games. She was the Canadian flag bearer at the 1996 Olympics.

Charmaine's impressive career would continue off the track. In 1996 she was elected to the IOC's Athletes Commission and would then serve as an IOC member until 2004. Charmaine is also an active member of the IOC Press Commission, World Olympians Association, Canadian NOC, and Vancouver Organising Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Charmaine was also a part of the athlete driven international humanitarian organization "Right to Play" which focuses on the development of children and youth as well as special support for girls. She is the creator of the "Sportscares" organization, which is devoted to helping disadvantaged youth, in particular girls and women, get involved in sports and healthy lifestyles.

Charmaine was recognized in 2000 and 2004 as the most influential women in sport by the Canadian Association for Advancement of Women and Sport. She was inducted into the British Columbia Sport Hall of Fame in 2003; in 1993 she received the Governor General's Award for community service.

Ottawa to host first National Wheelchair Marathon Championships

Ottawa Marathon organizers today announced that Athletics Canada's first Canadian Wheelchair Marathon Championships will be held during the Ottawa Race Weekend, on Sunday, May 28, 2006. Already, Jeff Adams, a two-time Olympian and five-time Paralympian has confirmed his participation.

"Holding events for all athletes is something incredibly important for our organization," says John Halvorsen, Race Director for the Ottawa Marathon. "With the generous support of our title sponsor, and the help of a new partnership with Pfizer, we are making a long-term investment to make this a wheelchair event with no equal in Canada."

Ottawa Marathon organizers consulted Athletics Canada and the wheelchair athlete community in planning the new event and prize structure. Athletes will compete in two divisions, the open division and the quadriplegic division, with a combined prize structure of $13,500. There will also be resources allotted to bringing Canada's top wheelchair athletes to the competition.

"I really appreciate this commitment to building this event over time and in the right way," commented Jeff Adams. "I have competed all over the world, and I can't tell you how exciting it is to finally have a world-class event to compete in right here at home."

Chantal Petitclerc, known world-wide for her accomplishments in wheelchair racing, including 16 Paralympic medals, one Olympic medal and two world records, praised organizers for their vision and commitment to Canadian wheelchair athletes.

"I am so proud to see that Canada is now going to have a world-class wheelchair marathon event," said Petitclerc. "It's great timing for this to happen. Canadian wheelchair athletes are getting more international recognition and now we'll have a Canadian race to showcase that talent."

"Staging the inaugural wheelchair championship here in Ottawa, where the Canadian Marathon Championships are already held, is a great opportunity to include all athletes into one great weekend," added Scott Ogilvie, Director of Paralympic Programs at Athletics Canada. "The fact that there is a strong and genuine commitment from the race organizers to make the wheelchair event a success really speaks to their dedication to building the sport in partnership with Athletics Canada."

The Ottawa Marathon, the feature event of the Ottawa Race Weekend, is set to take place on Sunday, May 28th.

About the Ottawa Race Weekend

The Ottawa Race Weekend, Canada's premier running festival, combines competition, participation and fundraising to make a distinctive contribution to the health of the community. The event has over 30,000 participants in nine races, including the Ottawa Marathon and the MDS Nordion 10K. It is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. This year, the Race Weekend is scheduled for May 26-28.

Canada's Dana Ellis brushes with record at world indoor track and field championships

MOSCOW - Olympic finalist Dana Ellis of Kitchener, Ont., came agonizingly close to breaking her Canadian record in the women's pole vault at the 133-country world indoor track and field championships which opened here on Friday.

On her third and final attempt at 4.45 metres, Ellis appeared to clear but on the way down her chest grazed the bar causing it to dislodge. Ellis wound up tied for 10th in the preliminaries at 4.35 and was eliminated. The top-eight advanced to Saturday's final.

''I had tons of height over it so it was pretty painful to know the bar fell,'' said Ellis, who set the Canadian record at 4.40 this winter clearing the distance at both the Millrose Games and at a meet in Arizona. ''I didn't even feel anything on the way down. When I hit the mat I thought I had made it. It was my best jump of the day but I shouldn't have waited until the third attempt to do it. My first two attempts at 4.45 were crappy.''

Russians are 1-2 after the preliminaries with Svetlana Feofanova clearing 4.50 on her first attempt in first, world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva in second clearing 4.50 on her second attempt.

If she had cleared 4.45, Ellis would have needed a 4.50 height to advance to the final. She opened the competition clearing 4.25 and 4.35 on her first attempts. It was the start she needed after battling a hamstring and Achilles heel injuries in recent weeks.

''I hadn't competed for the last month and not trained that much,'' said Ellis, sixth at the 2004 Olympics. ''Prior to the injury I was training great and jumping high in practice. I managed to get one practice before I left and I was able to clear 4.60. So I was very confident going into the 4.45. The video showed that on that last jump I had a 4.50 and 4.60 height in me.''

Ellis was able to compete Friday with her own poles after they were lost upon arrival in Moscow on Thursday. She now heads to Melbourne, Australia for the Commonwealth Games as one of Canada's top medal contenders in track and field.

Ellis is one of two Canadians in Moscow this weekend. Jared McLeod of Winnipeg races in the 60-metre hurdles on Saturday.

Track and Field

Track & Field Coaches needed for the 2006 JCC Maccabi Games - August 13-18

Team Vancouver - JCC Maccabi Games still needs Track & Field Coaches.
Coaches need to be 21 years or older and need to be able to commit full time at the games August 13-18. Applications are at - go to the bottom of the page to print it out.
Please drop off completed application at the JCC or fax to 604-257-5119 attention Lu Winters.
Please call Lu Winters or Aza Reshef at 604-257-5111 for more details.
Youth Department Coordinator
Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver
604-257-5111 ext 207

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

Lafarge Abbotsford Track Classic

June 4, 2006 - DATE CHANGE

Review Kajaks International Track Classic

June 6, 2006 - DATE CHANGE
Richmond, B.C.

Harry Jerome International Track Classic

June 8, 2006

Victoria International Track Classic

June 11, 2006

Road Running

Running Injury Free 2006

Hosted by Dr. Jack Taunton: Director of the UBC Allan McGavin Sports Clinic
and Chief Medical Officer 2010 Olympic Games.

This ever-popular seminar offers runners, trainers, coaches and sport & health professionals an in-depth look at the latest research on running related injuries. Topics to be covered include Achilles tendon injuries, orthotics, ITB exercises, strength and flexibility.

SFU Harbour Centre Campus 515 West Hastings Vancouver
Date: Saturday March 25, 2006
Time: 1:30 - 4:30pm
Tickets: $15 per person.

All proceeds go to the Allan McGavin Education Fund
Limited space…reserve seating today:
Tel: 604-518-940 or 

Safety Vests & Safety Bibs exempt from GST

For clubs/groups who may be purchasing safety vests or safety bibs please note that the Social Service Tax (GST) does not apply to:
"Safety vests and safety bibs, the sole purpose of which is to enhance the visibility of the wearer."
The Social Service Tax Act and Regulations can be found at

2006 Road Running Calendar

The 2006 Road Running, Relay, Ultra, Marathon and Cross Country/Trail calendars are now up on the website and any errors or omissions need to be sent to Jerry Tighe at


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

Camps & Clinics

Resolving Conflict in a Sports Organization

March 11, 2006
Douglas College - New Westminster Campus
9:00 - 16:00
$65 Incl GST
Call 604-527-5492

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, Courtenay and Qualicum Beach.
    Schools can request to have RJT demonstrations and workshops for kids during the week. See below.
  • March 22 Teacher workshop, Brechin Elementary school, Nanaimo - registration thru the Nanaimo School district, contact Jackie Poulin at
  • March 23 Teacher Pro D Nanaimo - location to follow
  • March 25-26 Nanaimo - details and registration (PDF)
  • March 25-26 Courtenay - details and registration (PDF)

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

2006 Canadian Senior Combined Events Championships

The 2006 Canadian Senior Combined Events Championships will take place July 21-23 in Sherbrooke at the University of Sherbrooke. They will be held in conjunction with the 2006 Canadian Junior Combined Events Championships. Standards will be posted on the Athletics Canada website shortly and an integrated schedule will be available the first week in April.

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

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 Abbotsford; June 6 in Richmond and June 8 in Burnaby. The events will be posted and team selection criteria will be further clarified in up-coming bulletins.

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 4 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:

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