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ISSUE #11-2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • 2007 BC Athletics Student Summer Employment Opportunity
  • Athletics Canada ‘Gold Standard’ May Issue available
  • Results from Around the Track (and Field) – May 7
  • PacifiCanada Series Entry information
  • Respect in Sport Program from Sport BC


Respect in Sport Program

The Respect in Sport program is available until the end of May. This is a free coaching tool provided through Sport BC. Log on to to begin.

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

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

Kamloops to Open Indoor Facility

Kamloops Opens New Tournament Capital Centre Facility May 26, 2007. It is one of only 10 in North American that has the range of amenities offered. The City of Kamloops will offer a tour to athletes, coaches, club members and officials right after the Kamloops Centennial Meet on Saturday May 19th at 7:00 pm.

The City of Kamloops will be opening its new indoor facility to the general public on Saturday May 26, 2007. The facility will have a dual role for sports tourism by attracting tournaments and events and as a community-based recreation facility for the majority of the time. It will provide the flexibility needed in a facility. It will give new opportunities for track in the winter. It will provide a link between training and competition whether people are professionals or recreational athletes. The building is integrated with the Canada Games Pool and Hillside Stadium. The huge steel and glass box is 14,240 square metres of which 5,850 square metres is athletic space. It includes a 200 metre international standard 6 lane track and a training centre that incorporated a weight throw area, shot put circles, long jump, triple jump and pole vault pits. It has a dedicated throwing room. Weightlifting takes place in a dedicated room with mondo rubber floor. The new facility is one of only 10 in North America that has the range of amenities offered. For Kamloops Dylan Armstrong, ranked right up there in Canadian Shot Put, it will be like a dream come true to spend his twice daily workouts in such a space, summer and winter if he chooses.

Three hardwood courts, within the infield of the running track are designed for basketball, volleyball and badminton. Courts can be curtained off to allow more than one activity at a time. The main space is lit by both natural daylight and inverted light fixtures on the ceiling for both the players and the up to 2,200 spectators.

There are many other features that make the facility unique. Access to physiotherapy, swimming pools, athletic testing facilities and other amenities are available in a seamless fashion between the facilities. A 342 square metre private sports medicine clinic leases space inside the building and TRU will also rent space.

Telecommunications are an integral part of the building with a dedicated area for news media that, when they arrive for world class events, will showcase Kamloops to the world. One has only to look back the 1993 Canada Summer Games coverage Kamloops got from coast to coast to see the benefits gained by accommodating the media.

Besides building revenues that allow the city to operate these top-notch facilities the centre will, on a daily basis serve residents of Kamloops in a big way. Community programming will emphasize the combined field house and the pool complex where one can swim and gym all at the same time.

There are 15 different sports user groups, some club-based and others with professional coaches making use of the building including the Kamloops gymnastics and Trampoline Center that has 1,350 square meters of dedicated space.

The Kamloops Track and Field Club is excited. The arrival of Dr. Anatoliy Bonderchuk, a Russian Olympic Champion in 1972 and European Champion in the hammer throw is a welcome addition to the coaching staff. This is an opportunity for coaches and athletes to learn and excel under one of the greatest coaches in sports history, and in one of the most up-to-date facilities in the country.

Ribbon cutting by Mayor Terry Lake and other dignitaries is to take place May 26, 2007.
See photos at:


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
Entries may be submitted online or via fax until May 30, 2007.

Victoria High Performance Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Registration form is available at the following website:

Victoria International Track Classic Wednesday, June 6, 2007 Victoria
Athletes’ request for Invitation to the meet should be directed to:
Rob Connors

Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Friday, June 8, 2007 Burnaby
Featuring the Pacific World Cup: China Provinces vs. Canada
Athletes’ request for Invitation to the meet should be directed to:
Marek Jedrzejek

Abbotsford International Track Classic Sunday, June 10, 2007 Abbotsford
Entries may be submitted directly to Entry Chairperson:
Shirley Young

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

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

May 7 - 

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


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

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

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

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

For complete descriptions of these programs, the services they provide, and how to get involved, visit our website at or contact our provincial coordinator, Thelma Wright.

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. 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

2007 BC Athletics Student Summer Employment Opportunity

(Supported by: The Canada Summer Jobs Program - Government of Canada and BC Athletics)

Job Position: Programs and Information Assistant
Length of Employment: 14 weeks
Starting Date: Earliest possible starting date: Monday, May 21/07
Ending Date: Friday, August 31/07

Program requirements for all applicants:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations
  • Not be a family member or related to members of the Board or Staff of BC Athletics

Job Responsibilities:

  • Results, Rankings, Statistics – computer entry of results, performance ranking list development, publishing and website posting
  • Marketing/Promotion – assist with program and event promotion; media releases; weekly bulletin; liaise with sponsors; program delivers; and event organizers. Assist with program and promotional displays
  • Work in the development of marketing and promotional brochures and posters for provincial, regional and community programs in Athletics
  • BC Team Programs – assist with team travel arrangements, entries, accommodation & communications to team athletes and staff
  • Instructor, coach and officials training programs – assist in the staging and promotion of training
  • Strategic Planning – work with staff and committees in producing the strategies/activities, timelines, responsibilities and budget estimates as part of the 2006 thru 2012 BC Athletics Strategic Plan
  • Western Canada Games Program – work with the Team BC staff and athletes (able bodied & athletes with a disability) in the preparations, communications and promotions relating to this team program
  • Other duties as assigned from time to time

Hours per Day/Week: 7 hrs per day / 35 hrs per week   Salary: $15.00 per hour
Job Location: BC Athletics Office, 1367 West Broadway, Ste 206, Vancouver

Preferred and Beneficial Skills:

  1. Self starting/initiating, organized individual with problem solving capabilities
  2. Experience in sport as a participant, organizer or event volunteer
  3. Event promotion, marketing and sponsorship
  4. Computer knowledge and experience with: Word Processing; Excel Spreadsheets; Access; Website design and posting; Hy-Tech Meet Management software
  5. Experience working with volunteers
  6. Good writing and speaking skills
  7. Previous work experience

This position will also involve: a) travel throughout the Lower Mainland - driver’s license and access to a vehicle may be needed; b) the position may also require lifting and set up of various materials.

BC Athletics is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals.

Application Process: Please submit a covering letter of application along with a resume and 3 references to:

BC Athletics, 1367 West Broadway, Ste. 206, Vancouver, BC V6H 4A9 / Fax: (604) 737-3171
Email:  Application Deadline: Monday, May 14/07 - 4 pm

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.

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 - May 2007

The Gold Standard is Athletics Canada's Monthly Newsletter. 

This month's edition features:

  • 113th Penn Relays
  • Pan Am Race Walk Cup Results
  • News from the IAAF – Nutrition for Athletics
  • New Championship Relay Events
  • Bootlegger Generation B Scholarship for Life Contest
  • Emilie’s Run
  • 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

PODIUM - Canadian Olympic Committee's Newsletter Vol. 5, Issue 5 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