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Friday, March 10, 2006
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Highlights from this issue:
- Running Injury Free 2006
- Track & Field Coaches for the 2006 JCC Maccabi Games - August
- Canadian track and field athletes gearing up for Commonwealth
- 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
FROM THE BCA OFFICE
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
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 - email@example.com
Road Running & Cross Country Events: Jerry Tighe - firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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
- Diane Cummins finished in second in the 800 metres with a time of
- 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
- 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
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
"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
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
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
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 -
Team Vancouver - JCC Maccabi Games still needs Track & Field
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 http://www.vancouvermaccabi.org/Play.html
- 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 email@example.com
2006 PacifiCanada Series
Lafarge Abbotsford Track Classic
June 4, 2006 - DATE CHANGE
Review Kajaks International Track Classic
June 6, 2006 - DATE CHANGE
Harry Jerome International Track Classic
June 8, 2006
Victoria International Track Classic
June 11, 2006
Running Injury Free 2006
Hosted by Dr. Jack Taunton: Director of the UBC Allan McGavin Sports
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.gov.bc.ca/sbr.
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 email@example.com.
BC ATHLETICS 5KM ROAD RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Resort 5k - Hosted by Penticton Pounders
March 12, 2006
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
NCCP Level 1 Track & Field Coaching Certification Technical Course
March 25-26, 2006
Oak Bay Track Facility
NCCP Level 1 Track & Field Coaching Certification Technical Course
April 1-2, 2006
Run Jump Throw!
RJT Workshops in 2006:
Registration forms are posted as they become available.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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)
- May 1 Teacher Workshop Prince George, Greg Peters - registration
information to come
- Dates TBA Malaspina College, Nanaimo
RJT Camps for kids:
Run Jump Throw Learning Outcomes for Instructors and Requirements for
See the following link for an outline of the Learning Outcomes and
Requirements for RJT Instructor Certification: www.bcathletics.org/main/pdf/rjtoutcomes.pdf
BC ATHLETICS COMMITTEES
BC Athletics Board of Directors
Chair: Tom Hastie - email@example.com
Juvenile, Junior, Senior Track & Field Committee
Committee Chair: Ron Bunting - firstname.lastname@example.org
Branch Officials Committee
Committee Chair: John Cull - email@example.com
Committee Chair: Jake Madderom - firstname.lastname@example.org
Road Running Committee
Contact: Jerry Tighe - email@example.com
Junior Development Committee
Committee Chairs: Alwilda van Ryswyk - firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Clements - email@example.com
Cross Country Committee
Committee Chair: Frank Reynolds - firstname.lastname@example.org
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
National Team Relay Opportunities
The 2006 Athletics Canada National Team Relay Opportunities Selection
Criteria and Declaration Form are now available: www.athletics.ca/article.asp?id=2816.
Athletics Canada Board of Directors - Male Athlete Representative
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
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: www.athletics.ca/article.asp?id=7725
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
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
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 www.bcathletics.org/main/bcabulletin.htm.