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ISSUE #12-2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • IAAF World Athletics Day celebrated in Surrey
  • International Throws Conference 2007 in Windsor, ON
  • Kamloops to Open BC's first ever Indoor Track and Field Facility
  • 2007 Canadian T & F Championships will integrate athletes with a disability
  • Sport Innovation (SPIN) Summit date set


2007 IAAF World Athletics Day celebrated in Surrey, BC

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada is thrilled to announce that 2007 World Athletics Day, the IAAF's (International Association of Athletics Federations) annual worldwide festival of youth, will be celebrated in Surrey, British Columbia today.

Hosted by the Ocean Athletics Track and Field Club, the event will take place at South Surrey Athletic Park and is expected to attract over 350 athletes. A training clinic will begin at 1:00pm covering a wide range of athletic topics such as the steeplechase, throws, block starts and race walking. The competition will begin at 2:00pm.

The IAAF's annual worldwide festival of youth, which was inaugurated in 1996 remains as popular as ever, with 157 of the 212 IAAF Member Federations taking part this year.


2007 SPIN Summit – Powering Sport Performance with Science and Technology

September 24-26, 2007

The Best Western Richmond Hotel & Convention Centre
Richmond, British Columbia

Registration information will be available shortly on the website.

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 is 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

Earl Church named Head-Coach of Para-Athletics - May 9 2007

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada is pleased to announce that Dr. Earl Church from Welland, ON has been named Athletics Canada Head-Coach of Para-Athletics. The naming of Dr. Church to the position sees Jean Laroche transition to a high performance coaching position based in Sherbrooke, QC.

“Athletics Canada is delighted to be able to count on an individual of Earl's caliber to head our Paralympic program as we head towards the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. Earl will face many challenges given the increasing competitive landscape on the international Para-athletics scene, but he brings wisdom and experience, qualities that will help Athletics Canada reach its stated objectives.” Martin Goulet, Chief High Performance Officer.

For full article, please visit the Athletics Canada website:


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

Please be advised that the following Event Technical packages have been recently updated:

Also, please be advised that registration for the 2007 Canadian Track & Field Championships will be delayed until Tuesday, May 15th. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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

Road Running

SIRC May Newsletter features Marathons

Whether you are a veteran marathon runner or just getting started, preparing for a marathon is hard work. There are many things to consider before heading out for the big race.

A training program is one of the most important aspects of marathon preparation. But which training program is right for you? How often should you train? How can you improve your time? To help answer these questions numerous scientific studies have been conducted. The risk of injury is high for marathon runners; therefore it is important to be aware of the common running injuries and how to avoid them prior to beginning your training. Once race day arrives the planning continues, everything from what you eat for breakfast to what clothing you wear may have an affect on your results.

Featured Articles:

  • Reviving the Cardiovascular Engine
  • Scoop of Running Injuries
  • Top three Marathon Workouts
  • Research: Can you improve your running time?

To read the above articles and to view the whole May Newstletter, sign up to recieve your free copy at 

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.

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.

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

For full article and photos visit:

International Throws Conference 07 – “Legendary Training Systems”

When: Saturday September 29, 2007
Sunday September 30, 2007

  • Over 20 presentations available
  • Practical and technical sessions
  • Presenters include:
    • Dr. Ekkart Arbeit
    • Dr. Anatoly Bondarchuk
    • Kari Ihalainen
  • Special appearance by Don Babbitt

For details regarding registration, presenter and presentation descriptions, see the brochure at:

Windsor will host Track and Field's finest in 2007

OTTAWA – The 2007 Canadian Track and Field Championships, co-hosted by the University of Windsor and the Windsor Legion Track and Field Club, will take place July 12 to 15 at the University of Windsor Stadium. For the first time ever the Canadian Track and Field Championships will be a fully integrated event, staging both the athletes with a disability and able bodied championships at the same venue.

For further event information please visit Athletics Canada (  or the event website - CBC television will once again broadcast the championships; check your local listings for broadcast dates.

- AC -


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.

17th World Masters Track & Field Championships
Riccione, Italy – Sept 4 – 17, 2007

Notice to affiliates and athletes:

Deadline for entries:

Please note that the closing date for entries to the Local Organizing Committee in Riccione (ITA) World Masters Championship “Stadia” - is 31st May, and this means that entries must be with your affiliations (Canadian Masters Ass.) well before this date, check with your affiliation for the correct procedures for your entry.

We look forward to seeing many athletes in Riccione and wish them all success in their events.

Winston Thomas
WMA Secretary


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

China to compete in the 2007 PacifiCanada Track & Field Series

China will enter 23 athletes in the 4 International Meets of the PacifiCanada Series June 3 to 10. The Chinese Team is from the Provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang that have a combined population of over 80 million. Several of the athletes are members of China's national team, with these athletes showing particular strength in the technical events of long jump, triple jump, pole vault and javelin.

Canada's Relay Teams – Men's and Women's 4 x 100 and 1 x 400, will be competing and looking to meet the qualifying standards for World Championships and Olympic Games. Competition for Canada will be Team China with negotiations underway with the USA, Cuba and Jamaica.

Schools, Clubs and Provincial Relay Teams are encouraged contact the Invitations Director for each of the meets about entering a relay team. The contacts are:

Kajaks International Track Classic – June 3/07, Richmond, BC

Richard Collier
Tel: 604-271-0851
Fax: 604-271-0851
Cell: 604-230-5375

Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic

Marek Jedrzejek
Cell – 604-317-7030
UBC Office: 604-822-6259
Fax – 604-833-6011
Email UBC: 

Lafarge International Track Classic

Gerry Swan
Tel: 604-859-9801
Fax: 604-850-7880

Abbotsford International Track Classic Sunday, June 10, 2007 Abbotsford

Entries may be submitted directly to Entry Chairperson:
Shirley Young

Details for all the meets in the PacifiCanada Series can be found at:

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 Invitational & Dual 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    
3000m s/c   M&W      
100mH     W    
110mH     M *M  
400mH         M&W
PV   M&W M&W *W M&W
LJ M&W O,Jr,Y     *M  M - added as of May 15
TJ M&W O,Jr,Y     *W W - added as of May 15
HJ M&W O,Jr,Y     *W M
SP   O/Jr/Y M&W- Tentative   M M&W
DT O,Jr,Y M&W        
HT O,Jr,Y M&W        
JT     M&W *M&W  
4X100m M&W     *M&W only if interest
4X400m M&W     *M&W  
MILE Mstrs Mix        

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

May 14 -

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)

Thank you to all applicants. Those that have been granted an interview have been notified. We appreciate the interest.

SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR - Application Deadline: May 21st, 2007

Note: This position is funded through the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Summer Jobs Program. You must be between 15 and 30 years old and a full-time student returning to school in September, 2007 to be eligible.

ProMOTION Plus is the British Columbia non-profit organization dedicated to increasing opportunities for women and girls in the sport and recreation delivery system.

We are looking for a dynamic and resourceful individual with proven multi-tasking skills who is committed to the values of gender equity. We are looking for students with proven experience in research and coordination, as well as media experience or interest. Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office and strong computer skills is a must. Experience and interest in women in sport is an asset.

Job Description:

The Special Projects Coordinator will be responsible for the coordination of the following projects:

1) In Her Footsteps...Celebrating BC Women in Sport Video Shoot coordination:

  1. This project requires researching the personal journeys of 12 women (or teams) who have made significant contributions to Sport in BC and who are being honoured by the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in the In Her Footsteps...Celebrating BC Women in Sport exhibit. ProMOTION Plus is responsible for researching, developing a script, shooting schedule for shooting (video) 4 - 5 min segments of each woman, pre-production & post-production coordination.
  2. Pre-event planning for the annual Women's History Month celebration, at which we announce the 3 In Her Footsteps... 2007 honourees.

2) Women and Leadership - "Train the Trainers" Youth Leadership program

  1. The coordinator is to provide as much preparation for this program as possible.
  2. The training is scheduled to take place in the fall.

3) Board of Directors meeting and ProMOTION Plus AGM, June 20th.

  1. The coordinator will assist in the preparation for the AGM at which we will elect new Board members, approve budget and strategic plan.

4) Coaching Mentor/Apprenticeship program for female apprentices.

  1. Schedule meeting w/ mentor, apprentice to go over work plan leading up to the 2008 BC Winter Games in Kimberly/ Cranbrook.
  2. Work with BC Games Society and Provincial Sport organizations for program approval as it pertains to the Winter Games.
  3. Coordinate applications and selection of qualified candidates for the Coaching Mentor/Apprenticeship program for the 2008 BC Summer games in Kelowna.

5) Assisting the Administrative Coordinator with other office duties as required.

Terms of Employment: $12/hour, 40 hours/wk May 29th to Aug.30th, 2007. (to be confirmed)

ProMOTION Plus is an equal opportunity employer. We particularly welcome applications from women, people with disabilities, Aboriginal people and members of visible minorities.

Send resumes by email to: 

By regular mail to:

Suite #305, 1367 W. Broadway Vancouver, BC. V6H 4A9

No phone calls please.

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