Printed from Subscribe to the BCA Bulletin:

Close window « BACK NEXT » Print This Page

BC Athletics Bulletin

Your source of up-to-date Athletics news in BC. If you came to this page via email link, click here to get to main BCA site.

ISSUE #13-2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • BC Athletics' own Thelma Wright named National Cross Country Program Coordinator and Coach
  • Canadian Record Holder, BC resident Jeff Schiebler Retires
  • Carla Nicholls Announced as Canada's Leader for Women in Coaching
  • Volunteer Positions for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Summer Games
  • Interview with Henk Kaaijienhof online


Canadian Record Holder, BC resident Jeff Schiebler Retires

Jeff Schiebler, New Westminster native, is the Canadian record holder in the outdoor 3,000, 5,000, and 10,000 metres. He has spent the last 9 years as a competitive runner for corporate teams in Japan.

He has now returned to New Westminster and hopes to soon become a firefighter. To read the full story, see link below.

'Home is runner's finish line' - The Record, New Westminster's Hometown Newspaper
April 4, 2006

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

BC Athletics' own Thelma Wright named National Cross Country Coordinator and Coach

May 2 2007, OTTAWA – Athletics Canada announced today that Mike Van Tighem will step into the role of Middle Distance and Distance High Performance Coordinator while Thelma Wright has been named Cross Country Program Coordinator and Coach. The restructuring was necessary after Hugh Cameron recently resigned due to health related matters.

During the 1970's Thelma Wright was recognized as one of the world’s leading middle distance runners, setting Canadian records and competing in two Olympic Games. Wright served on a number of Athletics Canada national teams, most recently the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa, Kenya. She also coached the University of British Columbia track and field team. Martin Goulet on Thelma’s appointment; “Thelma is probably the most experienced Canadian at the international level as far as cross country goes. Over the last 30 years and more, as an athlete, as a coach, as a manager and as a team leader she has been successful at the international level in cross country. She understands and loves the sport. With such a strong background I am truly excited to welcome Thelma in her new position and absolutely confident that the program and our athletes are in good hands.”

For Full article, visit

- AC -

Athletics Canada announces NACAC Combined Events Championship Team

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada is pleased to announce that two athletes will represent Canada at the 3rd NACAC Combined Events Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on May 25th and 26th. The championships take place at the Felix Sanchez Olympic Stadium which has hosted a number of significant international competitions including the 2003 Pan American Junior Championships, the 2005 CAC Age Group Championships and the 2006 NACAC Under-23 Championships.

3rd NACAC Combined Events Championships Team

Name               Event        Hometown         Coach
Clifford Caines    Decathlon    St. Johns, NFLD  Wayne McMahon
Craig Slaunwhite   Decathlon    Halifax, NS      Gregory Portnoy
Team Coach
Carla Nicholls                  Regina, SK

- AC -

Carla Nicholls Annouced as Canada's Leader for Women in Coaching

It gives me great pleasure to announce Carla Nicholls as Athletics Canada’s leader for women in coaching. Carla represented Women in coaching at a recent Coaches of Canada workshop targeted at facilitating a stronger network of women coaches in national team positions and agreed to bring philosophies and strategies from this workshop to Athletics Canada.

Carla has been the Head Coach of University of Regina for the past 6 years and assistant head coach for 3 years prior. During this time she has expanded a small university team into one of the very most competitive prairie programs. Her coaching interests include combined events, sprints, hurdles, jumps and throws. Thanks to her experience as a National Team Heptathlete, her interest in many events is a bonus to being a head coach.

Since the birth of her first daughter Arden Sage in 2001 and her second child Dawson Shoal in 2005 (First day of Canada Summer Games in Regina!!), Carla has made it a priority to improve Women in Coaching, especially in Athletics. Coaching full time and being a full time mom has made her passionate about WIC.

Carla will be contacting each branch in the near future, seeking a representative to help in the goal of having more women staff as coaches on national teams through discussions and development of strategies.

Joanne Mortimore
Chief Executive Officer
Athletics Canada

Beijing 2008 Paralympic Summer Games
Volunteer Positions

Paralympic Team Mission Staff

The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) invites applications for volunteer positions with the Team Canada Mission Staff for the 2008 Paralympic Summer Games, September 6th-17th, 2008 in Beijing, China.

The Paralympic Games are the premiere event in the world for athletes with a physical disability. The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a not-for-profit, charitable, private corporation responsible for developing and promoting all aspects of the Paralympic Movement in Canada (

The Paralympic Team Mission Staff Positions are:

Operations Team

  • Athlete Services Officer
  • Team Services Officer
  • Database Officer

Communication Team

  • Press attaché
  • Photographers

For the application form and detailed job descriptions, please download the documents from the main page on the CPC website at (left column).

Please submit your complete application by no later than June 22nd, 2007.

Rob Needham
Senior Manager, High Performance
Canadian Paralympic Committee
3585 Graveley St, 7th Floor
Vancouver, BC V5K 5J5
Phone/Téléphone: 604-678-6241
Fax/Télécopieur: 604-678-2554

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:

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 started 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

Track & Field

Interview with Henk Kaaijienhof online

This past week on the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre website, there was an online forum with Henk Kaaijienhof discussing all matters speed/power related. If you did not get a chance to participate in the opportunity, there has also been a 2 hour interview with him posted on the website (, in the 'Interviews' page.

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:


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: For Full updated Events scedule, see the PacifiCanada Series website

2007 BC Masters Track & Field Championships

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

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 / Scholarships & Grants

ProMOTION PlusGreater Victoria in partnership with KidSport Greater Victoria are delighted to announce two new awards available to young women residing in the Capital Regional District.

Find the application form at 

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

Back issues of the BCAB are available at