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ISSUE #15-2007
Wednesday, June 6, 2007

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Bruny Surin named Canadian Legend
  • Athletic Canada Announces 2008 Olympic Qualifying Standards
  • Event Organizers: BC Athlete and School Club Membership Lists are now available
  • Changes in Events offered in LaFarge Track Classic
  • BC Athlete Declaration deadlines June 20th, July 1st
  • Rising Stars in Athletics – This week’s spotlight is on Geoffrey Law!


Attention BC Athletics Sanctioned Track and Field Meet Organizers:

Please be advised that this year's Results Round-up email address is Please send ALL meet results to this address.

Crucial to results rankings are:

  • Wind Readings (100m, 200m, LJ, TJ, and Sprint Hurdles).
  • Implement weights (The metric weight must be noted in event title).
  • Electronic Timing (If times are not electronic, please let us know since they are not valid).
  • Please send results in a Hi-Tek / Excel spreadsheet.
  • Indicate birth year, NOT athlete age in each event

2007 BC Athlete Declaration

All BC athletes hoping to be considered for the BC Senior, BC Junior, Western Canada Games, BC Juvenile teams MUST fill out an athlete declaration before the dates below:

  • BC Senior Team - June 20, 2007
  • BC Junior Team - June 20, 2007
  • Western Canada Games Team - July 1, 2007
  • BC Juvenile Team (National Legion T&F Champs.) July 1, 2007

The athlete declaration form can be found at the BC Athletics website:

Attention BC Athletics Sanctioned Event Organizers

Membership Lists:

The following 2007 BC Athletics membership lists are now available on the BC Athletics Website:

  • 2007 BC Athletics Athlete Members
  • 2007 BC Athletics School Club Members

The lists are to be used to determine Day of Event fee requirements for those participants in sanctioned events who are not current BC Athletics Athlete members.

Both lists are updated each Friday and can be found at:

BC Athletics Sanctioned Events Submission Form:

The new form replaces the old Day of Event Remittance Form and can be found at:

2007 SPIN Summit – Powering Sport Performance with Science and Technology

September 24-26, 2007

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

Register on-line at For more information regarding conference logistics, contact the Conference Secretariat:

DeArmond Management Ltd.
Tel: (250) 472-7644
Fax: (250) 472-7664

To submit an abstract or inquire about sponsor and exhibit opportunities, contact Roz Eckardt at

Rising Stars in Athletics - This week's spotlight is on BC High School Pole Vault Champion Geoff Law

Geoff Law

Born: 1989
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Club: Vancouver Thunderbirds
Coach: Laurier Primeau, Ryan Hvidston
Events: Pole vault

2007 Best to date:

4.70m – Pole Vault

2006 Best Performance & Ranking:

4.30m – BC Juvenile #1, Canada Youth #2


2007 – BC High School Pole Vault Champion
2007 – BC High School Decathlon, 4th
2006 – BC High School Pole Vault, 2nd
2006 – BC High School Decathlon, 4th
2006 – BC Juvenile Championships Pole Vault Champion
2006 – Canadian Juvenile Championships Pole Vault Champion
2006 – Canadian Juvenile Championships 4x100 (Team BC) Champions


2006 – BC Juvenile Team
2004 - Zone 5 BC Summer Games

School Attending:

Saint Georges High School

Future Goals:

2007 Pan-American Junior Team
2008 World Junior Team
Continue vaulting at the University of Toronto
Jump 5.00m in the near future

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

Athletics Canada announces 2008 Olympic Games Qualifying Standards

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada published today the draft standards for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. For the vast majority of events, the 2007 repeat performance qualifying period began today and will end on September 30th.

The 2008 qualifying period will begin on April 1st 2008 and will tentatively conclude with the Beijing Trials on July 6th 2008. A Top 12 performance during the 2007 qualifying period will heavily impact an athlete’s selection to the Olympic team.

Athletics Canada will review and finalize the standards as well as the final qualifying period following the 2007 World Championships. The A+ standard is based on statistical analysis of rankings, World Championships and Olympic Games of the past five years. The A+ standard represents a Top 12 ranked athlete in the world while the A and B standards, other than Road Racing events, are equivalent to the International Association of Athletics Federations A and B standards.

Road Racing standards are established equivalently with other event standards. A Road Racing performance must only be achieved once during the two-year qualifying window.

Athletics Canada is the national sport governing body for the sport of track and field including cross-country running and road running.


Bruny Surin named Hershey’s Canadian Legend for 30th Anniversary of Track and Field Games

OTTAWA – Olympic gold medalist Bruny Surin has signed on as Canadian Legend in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the Hershey’s Track and Field Games. Surin will attend two Canadian Hershey’s Track and Field Games events and will attend the 30th Hershey’s Track and Field Games North American Final on August 4th in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Bruny will be joined at the North American Final by American Legends Michael Johnson, Carl Lewis, Bruce Jenner and Rafer Johnson.

Bruny Surin comments on his role as a Canadian Legend; “I was very privileged to earn my living as a track and field athlete, and to be invited by Hershey to see the next generation of athletes evolve is a great pleasure and honor. The youth is our future; we must take the necessary steps to ensure that their road to success is as smooth as possible.” Bruny captured the gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta as a member of the 4x100-metres relay team. In 1997 he was a world champion with the relay team and in 1995 was the Indoor World Champion.

His first Canadian stop will be on June 9th at Foote Field in Edmonton, Alberta. For more information on the Edmonton event, please contact Jason Wallsmith:

The second Canadian event takes place in Moncton, New Brunswick on July 8th. The competition will take place at École Anna Malenfant and is open to all communities in New Brunswick. For more event information please contact Dave Thomas: 506-849-4940 or

Participants attending local events can earn a spot in a district / provincial meet. All winners at the district / provincial meets become eligible for selection to the regional team which attends the Hershey’s Track and Field Games North American Final in Pennsylvania. For more information the Hershey’s Track and Field Games, please visit the official website:


Results from around the Track (and Field)

June 4, 2007 -

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:

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

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

Tyler Christopher wins opener in New York

OTTAWA – Tyler Christopher from Edmonton, AB won his 400-metre opener in New York this past weekend in a time of 44.93 seconds. Christopher faced tough competition from lane 8 beating an excellent field which also featured LaShawn Merritt and Andrew Rock from the United States.

Christopher wasn’t the only Canadian athlete to excel at the Grand Prix in New York; Malindi Elmore from Calgary, AB won the 1500-metres in a time of 4:07.01. Carmen Douma-Hussar from Cambridge, ON was 4th in 4:08.74 and Hilary Stellingwerff from Guelph, ON finished in 10th in 4:14.09.

Kevin Sullivan from Brantford, ON was 7th in the one mile race crossing the line in 3:57.91. Ryan McKenzie from Windsor, ON was 10th in the same race in a time of 4:02.98.

Other Canadians in New York: Reid Coolsaet from Guelph, ON finished in 8th place in the 5000-metres (13:50.89); Megan Metcalfe from Edmonton, AB was 4th in the women’s 5000-metres (15:38.78); Diane Cummins from Victoria, BC was 3rd in the 800-metres (2:00.36) while Aimee Teteris from Victoria BC was 9th (2:05.64).

Harry Jerome International Track Classic team

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada announced today the team that will compete at the 24th Harry Jerome International Track Classic. The competition takes place in Burnaby, BC at Swangard Stadium on Friday June 8th.

The Harry Jerome has been sanctioned by the IAAF as a relay qualifying meet for the World Championships taking place later this summer in Osaka, Japan.

The meet is named in honour of the late Canadian sprinter Harry Jerome who won a bronze medal at the 1964 Olympic Games. For more event information including schedule, tickets and complete start lists, please visit

For complete team list see


Athletics Canada launches "Team 2012 Athlete Identification Program"

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada announced today the launch of the Team 2012 Athlete Identification Program (Team 12) for the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in London, England.

Team “12” features three levels of recognition in which athletes and their coaches are eligible to be identified based on their 2012 podium potential.

The program will progress as we get closer to the 2012 Games with the full list of athletes in the Gold, Silver and Bronze levels updated on a yearly basis. The objective being that the list will evolve as the Games approach, to eventually closely resemble the team which will be named to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games.

To see the complete list of Canadian athletes 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.

Changes to LaFarge International Track Classic

Due to demand, the Women’s High Jump will be added to this Sunday’s LaFarge Track Classic in Abbotsford. It will take place at 5:00pm, followed by the Men’s High Jump that will begin at 6:00pm.

Also, the Women’s Triple Jump has been dropped from the meet and replaced by the Women’s Long Jump that will begin at 5:00pm.

See below for Meet Contact information.

2007 PacifiCanada Track & Field Series

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

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 schedule, 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



Plan ahead! The Officials AGM will be held on October 28, in Abbotsford, at Madison’s restaurant. Details to follow.

And speaking of the AGM, those in attendance last fall were treated to a power point presentation, created by our own April Arsene, of “the season in review”, full of photos of officials in action. She has agreed to do another production, but will need you to send photos to her at

When did you begin officiating? Please send your start year (or as close as you can remember) along with your BCA number to Kathy Terlicher at

The National Official Committee is honouring long time officials with recognition at 25 years, and then for each five year span after that. But they need your statistics to compile this history.

New (to us) Officials! A hearty “Welcome to British Columbia” goes out to two officials; we are fortunate to have them re-locating to our province, and look forward to seeing them at events this season.

Peter Hesketh is moving from Alberta to White Rock. He is very welcome, and look at the talents: Vertical Jumps 5 and Throws Referee 3. Peter will be in his new home at the end of May, and is already volunteering for meets.

And Peter Francis (newly promoted to Horizontal Jumps 5, congratulations) is moving from Manitoba to "somewhere near Victoria" in the near future.

Job / Volunteer opportunities

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


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 June 2007 edition of The Gold Standard is now available for viewing at: 

In this edition you will find:

  • Canadian Marathon Championships
  • Harry Jerome team
  • Jessica Zelinka sets new Canadian Record
  • Team 2012 Identification Program with addition information on selection process
  • IAAF World Athletics Day
  • 2007 Swiss Racing Series
  • 2007 CBC schedule of track and field coverage
  • and much more.

- AC -

SportMed BC Quarterly Newsletter

Volume 23 Number 1 of the SportMed BC Newsletter is now available for viewing.

Articles and Information this quarter:

  • Posture Meets Performance
  • Keeping a Training Journal
  • SportSafety
  • Total Sport Nutrition
  • Product Review
  • Courses and Conferences

To read more, click on the link below.

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