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ISSUE #10-2007
Wednesday, May 2, 2007

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • 2007 Western Canada Summer Games – Preliminary Information
  • Summer Employment Opportunity – BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association
  • Summer Road Running Performance Clinic starts May 16
  • BC Masters Pole Vault Championship details announced
  • Toronto Star Article: A Miraculous Comeback – Harry Winston Jerome


Toronto Star Article: A Miraculous Comeback – Harry Winston Jerome

Prince Albert, Sask.-born, Vancouver-raised Harry Winston Jerome (1940-1983) was a sprinter who represented Canada three times at the Summer Olympics, winning the 100-metre bronze in 1964 in Tokyo. He also won the gold in the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and the 1967 Pan American Games. During his career, Jerome set a total of seven world records. After retiring from athletics in 1969, he helped create Canada's new Ministry of Sport.

The following is a link to an excerpt from Fil Fraser's new Jerome biography – Running Uphill: The Fast, Short Life of Harry Jerome (Dragon Hill Press) – deals with the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia.

Harry Jerome Scholarship Award

This award is administered by BC Athletics and financed by the Vancouver Foundation. The regular competition for this award will close at 4:30pm on the 3rd Friday of May each year.

For 2007 the deadline will be Friday, May 18, 2007. For details regarding the award, please visit the links below.

Applications should be addressed to:
c/o B.C. Athletics
#206 - 1367 W. Broadway
Vancouver BC V6H 4A9

Harry Jerome Scholarship Application Form, Achievement Form -

60 Volunteers required for UBC Study

"Low frequency electrical intramuscular stimulation for subacute and chronic hamstring muscle injury"

Requirements for participation: male with a hamstring injury
Age of participant: 19 - 54 years old
Reason to participate: Free effective treatment of injury upon completion of the trial.
Place: Muscle & Tendon Strain Injury Clinic, 160- 3920 Francis Rd,
          Richmond, BC
          Student Health Service clinic at UBC
Contact phone/name: 604-818-3462, Nikolay Yelizarov
Research team: Dr. J Taunton, Dr. N. Yelizarov
Recruiting time: Ongoing
What is a hamstring? - The muscles on the back of the thigh that bend the knee
Symptoms: Thigh tightness or stiffness, pain in the leg when stopping or changing direction, reduced leg muscle strength, knee pain
Pain-provoking activities: running, jumping, sitting and driving
Additional information:

BC Athletics Board of Directors Approves New Event Sanctioning Policy and Fee Structure

The details of the new policy and fee structure are now available for the membership and event organizers on the BC Athletics website. Please visit link below.

Athletics Canada

Selection Criteria for the Parapanamerican Games

The document has been posted on the web:

The 2007-2008 Carding Criteria Document for Athletes with a Disability (AWAD)

The document has been posted on the web:

The National 2007/2008 Carding Criteria

The document for able-bodied athletes has been posted on the web:

2007 Technical Congress Announced

November 23-25
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON
Hotel: Holiday Inn Toronto Midtown
Contact Nicole Clarke at 

Canadian Marathon Championships - Ottawa, ON

National Track & Field Championships

Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships

Canadian Track & Field Championships

Road Running

Report on the March 28, 2007 Road Running Committee Annual Meeting and Information Update

The following individuals were elected to sit on the Road Running Committee:

  • Chair - Frank Stebner
  • Vice Chair - Vacant
  • Treasurer – Bob Reid
  • Secretary – Jake Madderom
  • Representative at Large – Geoffrey Buttner
  • Representative at Large – Clifton Cunningham
  • Representative at Large – Rich Jenkner
  • Representative at Large – Maurice Wilson

Note: Additional Representatives from Zone 7/8 (Prince George north) and Zone 1 (Kootenays) will be sought to fill the committee

BC Athletics Board Representative – Greg White
BC Athletics Staff – Jerry Tighe

Please see the minutes of the Road Running Committee Annual meeting posted at:

The BCA Road Running Committee would like to thank the BCA membership for supporting our resolutions at the BCA AGM to introduce a new sanctioning policy that is more in line with sanctioning policies in the rest of Canada. This new sanctioning policy, which was drafted by Maurice Wilson with input from the Road Running Committee, the road running community and the sanctioning sub-committee of the BCA Board was approved by the BCA membership at the January, 2007 BCA AGM. Although there were some prior-to legal and insurance company conditions, these have since been incorporated into the proposal with final BCA board approval being granted on March 7, 2007. The new sanctioning policy is effective as of April 1, 2007.

The main objective of the sanctioning policy is to encourage more events to seek sanctioning so that athlete performances from more events can officially be recognized for records, team selection and for annual awards consideration. The new policy will hopefully encourage more road running events to get their events sanctioned and have their race courses officially certified. Some specifics of the new sanctioning policy include:

  • Applies to all disciplines in Athletics
  • Provides for events to have their own liability insurance for the sanctioned event. The alternative coverage must meet the BC Athletics requirements
  • Separates the Competitive Registrants Fee from the BC Athletics Participation Fees (which includes the cost of insurance)
  • Allows for the sanctioning of only the competitive portion of an event. Competitive defined as providing results for participants or presenting performance based awards.

We do recommend and encourage sanctioned events to choose insurance with BC Athletics if at all possible.

The following new and formerly sanctioned events have already indicated that they will now seek sanctioning with BC Athletics. We welcome these events to BC Athletics.

  1. BMO Vancouver Marathon, Half Marathon & Marathon Relay - 6 May 2007 –Vancouver
  2. Twilight Shuffle 4 Miler – 13 June 2007 – Chemainus.
  3. Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon - 24 June 2007 – Vancouver
  4. Royal Victoria Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K -7 October 2007 – Victoria
  5. James Cunningham Seawall Race – 28 October 2007 –Vancouver
  6. Harriers Thetis Lake 20K Relay – 11 November 2007 - Victoria
  7. Harriers Gunner Shaw 10K XC Classic - 27 November 2007, Victoria
  8. Harriers Stewart Mountain 10 Mile XC Challenge – 08 December 2007 Vancouver Island
  9. Central Saanich Pioneer 8K – 20 Jan 2008 - Saanich
  10. Mill Bay 10K – 28 January 2008 – Mill Bay Vancouver Island
  11. Cedar 12K – 10 Feb 2008 – Cedar, Vancouver Island
  12. Hatley Castle 8K – 24 Feb 2008 - Colwood, Vancouver Island
  13. Harry’s Spring Run Off- 8K – 09 March 2008 – Vancouver
  14. Synergy Health Management Bazan Bay 8K – 9 March 2008 – Sidney, Vancouver Island
  15. Comox Valley Half Marathon – 16 March 2008 – Courtenay, Vancouver Island
  16. Merville 15K – 30 March 2008 – Merville Vancouver Island
  17. Sooke River 10K - 13 April 2008 – Sooke, Vancouver Island
  18. Harriers Elk/Beaver Ultras – Victoria - 3 May 2008

This above list includes all of the events in the Vancouver Island Road Running Series. More events will soon follow. Both the Royal Victoria Marathon Society and the Vancouver Island Runners Association (VIRA) have indicated that they will now also join BC Athletics as member societies.

Summer 2007 Road Running Performance "Interval Training" Clinic

The BC Athletics Summer 2007 Road Running Performance "Interval Training" Clinic starts May 16th at Brockton Oval in Stanley Park.

The clinic, coached by past Vancouver Marathon winner, BC Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee and Certified Level 2 NCCP coach John Hill, is on 20 consecutive Wednesdays at 6PM until September 26th. The cost is $140 (plus BCA Athletics membership, minimum $10 per calendar year), or a drop-in of $15 (includes BCA day membership).

Registration form is available on the BC Athletics website to be printed off and mailed in to BC Athletics. For more information contact John Hill at 604 688-8648 or email

BMO Vancouver International Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay and MacDonald's Kids Marafun

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Enter or come out and support this major Vancouver event. Entry information, course maps, road closures at

TransCanada 10K Online Registration Now Available

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada is pleased to announce that online registration is now available for the 2007 TransCanada 10K Canadian Championship and for the TransCanada 10K Run with the Champions. The races take place jointly on October 13 2007 in Ottawa. In its second year, the event offers the unique opportunity for running enthusiasts, or people looking to stay fit and get exercise, to enter and run alongside - well most likely behind - Canada's top road runners.  The First 250 registrants will receive a FREE pair of Nike running long tights.

The race also hosts the Timex Series final which is the culmination of the Timex provincial series, encompassing every province across the country. New in 2007 will be a Pasta Dinner on Friday night at the Marriott Ottawa.

All proceeds raised from this event benefit Athletics Canada's Junior Development Fund, helping off-set the cost of athletes attending World Youth Championships, World Junior Championships and World Cross Country Championships. Awards will be presented to Canadian Champions, Age-Category winners, and Timex Series Final Champions. All participants will receive an event shirt, a Finisher's Certificate and Medal.

For more information, please visit or contact

Hosting of the Canadian Half Marathon Championships - Request for Letters of Intent


Athletics Canada would like to begin the process of selecting a host for the Canadian Half Marathon Championships for 2008 & 2009.

The ideal date of the event is in the Spring, separated from the Canadian Marathon Championships by 4-6 weeks or in September and at least two weeks prior to the Canadian 10 km Road Running Championships (scheduled for the first Saturday after Thanksgiving). Dates in June and July would not be suitable for the Championships.

Letter of Intent and Supporting Documentation:

Deadline has passed for Letter of Intent. If you have submitted a Letter, below is a list of subsequent timelines.


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:

  • Completed Bid Applications submitted to Athletics Canada - by Friday May 18th, 2007
  • Notification of successful candidates - Monday, June 11th, 2007

Track & Field


Every four years there is an opportunity for athletes aged 16 years to 21 years from around the province to become involved in a Multi-Sport Games. This year is the Western Canada Games which are being held in Strathcona County, Sherwood Park, Alberta from August 7-11.

The team is comprised of 66 athletes (58 able bodied, 5 wheel chair athletes and 3 Special Olympic athletes).

The trials for being selected to this team will occur on July 7 and 8 in Nanaimo. The selection standards and selection criteria are available on our website.

The team will participate in a dual meet on July 21 and 22 at the Games venue just outside of Edmonton which will provide our athletes an opportunity to become familiar with the venue, to work with the team staff and to grow as a team.

This is an excellent opportunity for BC Athletes to participate in a multi-sport Games environment. More information will be sent out over the next weeks about a development camp, a relay camp and how to register on-line for Team BC. For more information please contact Ron Bunting at or 604-737-3176.


The BC Masters Pole Vault Championships will be held in Victoria on Tuesday June 5th starting at 6:00 pm. For details, please e-mail Gerard Dumas at

2007 PacifiCanada Series -

Review Kajaks International Track Classic Sunday, June 3, 2007 Richmond

Victoria High Performance Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Victoria International Track Classic Wednesday, June 6, 2007 Victoria

Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Friday, June 8, 2007 Burnaby
Featuring the Pacific World Cup: China Provinces vs. Canada

Abbotsford International Track Classic Sunday, June 10, 2007 Abbotsford

Entries should be made to each meet's entry chair of the series.

Events Schedule:

City Richmond Victoria HP Victoria Burnaby Abbotsford
Date 3-Jun 5-Jun 6-Jun 8-Jun 10-Jun
Format Invitational Open/Nat'l Invitational Dual/Tri Invitational
Start time 4 pm 6 pm 5 pm 6 pm 4 pm
100m M&W   M *M&*W M&W
200m M&W   W *M&*W  
400m M&W M&W M   M&W
800m M&W M&W M&W *M&W M&W
1500m   M&W M&W M&W M&W
3000m M&W        
5000m   M&W M    
10000m         M&W - Cd/BC Chps
3000m s/c   M&W      
100mH     W    
110mH     M *M  
400mH         W
PV   M&W M&W *W M&W
LJ M&W O,Jr,Y     *M  
TJ M&W O,Jr,Y     *W  
HJ M&W O,Jr,Y     *W M
SP   O/Jr/Y M&W   M M&W
DT Yth/Jr M&W        
HT Yth/Jr M&W        
JT     M&W *M&W  
4X100m M&W     *M&W only if interest
4X400m M&W     *M&W  
MILE Mstrs Mix        

Under each of the meets are the events that will be contested at the different locations.
There may be additional relay teams on June 8 in Burnaby from other NACAC countries
There may be up to four additional entries in the 1500m from other NACAC countries in Burnaby June 8.
* Dual meet Scoring
Men Scoring 5,3,2,1 relays 5,2 Women Scoring one only to score per team 5,3

Jessica Zelinka named CIS's Top Female Athlete

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada is proud to announce that Jessica Zelinka from London, Ont. was named Canadian Interuniversity Sport's (CIS) top female athlete for the 2006-2007 season at the 15th annual BLG Awards last night.

Zelinka who trains in Calgary, Alb. has a season to remember on the CIS circuit capped off with five gold medals and one silver at the CIS Championships. Her gold medal haul is a new CIS record. She also set a CIS record in the pentathlon and was named CIS female athlete of the year (field events), was a first-team all-Canadian, named CIS Championships MVP and was the Canada West MVP.

For full article, visit

- AC -

Canada wins a Silver and Bronze at the 2007 Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA – Priscilla Lopes of Whitby, Ont., took the silver medal in the women's 100 metre hurdles and Canada was third in the men's distance relay on Saturday at the 113th Penn Relays track and field competition. (SRIC -

For full Canadian results from the 2007 Penn Relay, visit the April 30, 2007 'Results from Around the Track (and Field)' article – Athletics Canada (see link below)

Results from Around the Track (and Field) - Athletics Canada

April 30, 2007- 

2007 BC Masters Track & Field Championships

June 15 - 17, 2007
Langley BC - hosted by the Langley Mustangs
Held in conjunction with the Pacific Invitational

Track & Field Technical Specifications UPDATED

Canadian 10,000m Championships - Abbotsford, BC

If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Clarke, Events Coordinator at or 613.260.5580 ext.3309

Run Jump Throw!

Upcoming RunJumpThrow Events

For information on upcoming RunJumpThrow Events taking place across the province, please visit our RJT web page at

RunJumpThrow Instructor Workshops Available

Now Online:

  • Descriptions of the types of Instructor Workshops that are available
  • Fee Schedule for Workshops
  • Registration forms for hosting a Workshop

Please visit

Upcoming Workshops:

  • May 7-8 Victoria RJT Presentation, Teacher Certification and Instructor Certification workshop
  • May 11-12 Kelowna RJT Presentation, Teacher Certification and Instructor Certification workshop

For more information and registration forms, visit the Upcoming Workshops section of our website.

Athletics - Run Jump Throw
(Elementary Schools - any or all grades Monday to Friday)

Athletics Canada and BC Athletics grassroots development program for our sport, this FUNdamentals program teaches the technical skill progressions for track and field events for boys and girls ages 6-12. The skills of running, jumping and throwing form the basis of all land based sport and as such, RunJumpThrow is a foundation program all youth can benefit from. The classes can be held either inside or outside and schools can request ½ day direct delivery for classes. Equipment bag is provided. More information can be found at

Teachers RunJumpThrow Instructor Workshop(s)
(Elementary teachers - School or District Pro D)

Teachers can be trained as RJT Instructors by attending a one day or 1/2 day Pro D workshop which includes lesson plans and reference materials .

RunJumpThrow Instructor course for teachers will be offered Friday in Abbotsford. Location TBC. This is also open to High school students wishing to help coach at the elementary level and for parents and community coaches working with elementary age athletes. IF warranted the workshop will continue on Saturday for non teachers to complete NCCP certification.

Track and Field Athlete/Coach Development sessions
(High Schools- teachers and students grades 8-12)

Skills, Drills and Progressions for all event areas of Track and Field are offered in Physical Education classes or part of after school programs. Teachers can request specific skill progressions or event areas to be covered.

Evening 1-2 hr workshops are offered to cover any topic of interest in track and field from officiating and putting on meets to teaching and coaching specific skills and understanding the Long Term Athlete Development model.

Coaching Certification Workshops
(Club and High School coaches, parent volunteer coaches, youth leaders)

RunJumpThrow Instructor course for teachers will be offered Friday in Abbotsford. This is also open to High school students wishing to help coach at the elementary level and for parents and community coaches working with elementary age athletes. IF warranted the workshop will continue on Saturday for non teachers to complete NCCP certification.

Introduction to Track and Field Coaching course can be offered in either Mission or Chilliwack, over a two day weekend April 21 and 22. This opportunity will provide coaches with event specific coaching strategies and is aimed mainly for the junior high and senior high coach who would like to extend their knowledge about coaching track and field. Community coaches wanting event specific information are also encouraged to take part.

Both workshops provide the opportunity for NCCP certification. To receive a registration package for either of these workshops please contact or go to for more information about BC Athletics programs.

Thelma Wright
Run Jump Throw Coordinator
Tel 604 737 3175
Fax 604 737 3171



There have been substantial updates to the officials web page, and all officials are encouraged to check out the new features. The website now has the upgrading information and forms, with an on-line request form for people who want to upgrade in 2007.

You can also download a new record card for the 2007 season. Printed cards will also be available from your Regional Coordinator (Carol Cull, Alice Kubek, Alwilda van Ryswyk). And as encouragement for keeping your record cards current, the awards nomination form and information on the incentive program is also available in the official's section of the BCA website.

We encourage all officials to register with BCA early in the season. And with the first T&F meet of the year (SFU Invitational) coming up on March 31st, the time is ticking for getting the all important registration form processed. You are not insured to be in the competition area unless you have a current membership.

Some important notes on registration this year.

  • You can register in several categories, but if you are planning to volunteer as an official, you MUST check the "official " box on the back of the registration form. This will ensure that you are included in members lists that we receive from BC Athletics
  • If you are a member of a club your registration must go through your club registrar. If you are an unattached official you can register directly though Sam at BCA, just send her your form and payment, either electronically or by mail. The fee is now $15.90

Event Check-in.

We are asking all event organizers to provide a signed area (table) for officials check-in. When you arrive on the site, please sign in and let the organizers know you are there. After you have done that, you can pick up a copy of the officials event feedback form either at the check in table or at the finish line. This form should be returned to the finish line at the end of the day, and will help provide useful information for all of us involved in trying to improve the world of athletics. The event feedback form is also available in the new "Forms" section of the officials web page

Job / Volunteer opportunities

Summer Programmers Needed – BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association

The BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association is looking for two or three Summer Programmers to assist in their delivery of a variety of physical activities for blind and visually impaired individuals of all ages. Duties may include planning and presenting school based sport days, BC Disability Games events, assisting in provincial championships in a variety of sports, assisting in planning individual training programs, assisting with the Annual Run for Light event and other sport administration duties.

Please contact Mike Lonergan at BC Blind Sports (604-325-8638) for further information.

Athletics Canada Employment Opportunity- Director/Head Coach of Development Programs

Athletics Canada is searching for a director and coach to set the overall direction, design and to provide leadership to the national development programs within the scope of the Athletics Canada strategic plan. The ideal candidate will be minimally a fully certified level four coach with ten or more progressive years of experience in Athletics and be able to communicate in both official languages. They will also have national and international leading experience in a particular event discipline or group of events and ability to coordinate and lead activities across disciplines. Preference would be for this candidate to relocate in Ottawa, ON.

For a complete job description please see DESCRIPTION-Director-HC Development Program-ENG..pdf 

Applications with salary expectations should be sent in confidence by April 27, 2007

Athletics Canada
2445 St. Laurent Blvd.
Suite B1-110
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 6C3
Attention: Michθle Edmiston-Hurter, Executive Assistant

For job opportunities with specific BC Athletics member clubs, please see the BC Athletics home page under "What's Happening."

BC Team Staff Positions

Coaches wishing to apply for staff positions on BC Teams should complete the application below as soon as possible:


New Sport Science articles are posted to the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre website every Wednesday. Access can be found at either through the "Sport Science Articles" link on the main page or through the sport science page. You can also access the articles listed above through the weekly "Top Stories" link.

REMINDERS and Quick Links

The Gold Standard - April 2007

The Gold Standard is Athletics Canada's Monthly Newsletter.

This month's edition features:

  • Re-Launch
  • NACAC and World Cross Country Results
  • News from the IAAF
  • TransCanada 10K registration now online
  • Paralympic National Team Selection
  • Beijing medals unveiled
  • and more

Click here to see the Gold Standard archives: 


Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC Press Releases

To find ASRA News such as Press Releases, Employment Opportunities and Important Reminders, visit

The latest IAAF Newsletter - NEWS 85 - April 2007 (19.04.2007) - is now published.

This edition of the NEWS includes information and photos surrounding last month's IAAF Council Meeting in Mombasa and the decisions made regarding the venues of the 2011 / 2013 IAAF World Championships in Athletics. There is also information from recent meetings of various IAAF Committees and all the regular items such as Member Federation election news, and the latest Doping Sanction list.

Click on the following link to go to the Newsletter section of the IAAF website -

NOTE: French internet and English printed versions are as usual also in production, and will follow later.

Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching- April 2007 Feature

The April Feature of the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching: 'Coaching and Motherhood: Staying in the Profession'.
This article can be found at 

PODIUM - Canadian Olympic Committee's Newsletter Vol. 5, Issue 4 is now available.

Managing Risk - Keeping our Sport Safe

In the continuing effort to provide information and tools to assist member clubs in managing risk and providing a safe environment for children, youth and adults to train, participate and compete in Athletics (Road Running, Track & Field, Race Walking, Cross Country Running, Marathons, Ultras, Trail and Mtn Running), please find below the link to the Sport BC website and information on:

  • Harassment and Abuse in Sport
  • Safety in Sport
  • Screening Staff and Volunteers Management/ Risk Management Main.asp

New Online Drug Database Helps Canadian Athletes Compete Doping-Free

SmartWeb Canada April Newsletter

BC Athletics sponsor, SmartWeb, April Newsletter is available at

Back issues of the BCAB are available at