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ISSUE #2-2007
Friday, January 26, 2007

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Highlights from this issue:

  • 2007 Awards Announced
  • GM High Performance Coach Grants - Submission deadline Feb. 28 2007
  • Changes to Events and Age Groups
  • Upcoming Coaching Clinics
  • Newsletters


2006 BC Athletics Awards

GM High Performance Coach Grants

General Motors together with CAC announces grants to Canadian High Performance (Olympic and Paralympic Winter and Summer) Athletes and Coaches

Program Description:

To impact Olympic performances by creating a unique competitive advantage through customized grants for athletes and their personal coaches.

These grants will build on the power of the athlete-coach relationship to contribute directly to achieving podium performances. Ten grants of $10,000 will be awarded annually for such activities as:

  • Travel to ensure the personal coach can attend international competitions with the athlete
  • Special training camps
  • To expose the athlete and coach to the next Olympic venue and host city environment
  • For Athlete/Coach training with other recognized world class competitors
  • Innovations in coaching techniques or tools (eg. Access to leading Edge Athlete Performance Technology or Equipment)

Selection Criteria:

Athlete/Coach partnerships will be selected:

  • From Olympic or Paralympic sports
  • Based on athlete performance at major international competitions
  • Uniqueness, quality, and impact of the proposal (newsworthiness)

The 10 grants will be distributed as follows:
5 Winter Olympic; 1 Winter Paralympic; 3 Summer Olympic and 1 Summer Paralympic

To download the application form, please click here.

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2007

Upcoming Coaching Clinics

Registration forms may be found on the BC Athletics website.

Fort St. John
Level 2 Distance
Conducted by Al Johnston
February 9th - 11th
Held in conjunction with the BC Northern Winter Games in Fort St. John, B.C conducted by Al Johnston.

Level One Clinic
Conducted by Ron Parker
March 10th and 11th
Held at Oak Bay Secondary School in Victoria
All interested coaches and teachers are encouraged to register for this practical workshop.

Changes to Events and Age Groups

At the recent BC Athletics Annual General Meeting a number of motion were passed related to events and age groups

Some additions to the events for the Junior Development athletes

  • 60m added to the 9,10 and 11 year olds
  • Pole vault added for both male and female 13 year olds

Some deletions to the events for some of the junior development age groups

  • 200 metre event will be eliminated from the 9 and 10 year old age groups
  • 400 metre event will be eliminated from the 9 and 10 year old age groups
  • 200 metre hurdle event will be eliminated from the 11 year old age group
  • The Medley Relay event will be eliminated from 9, 10 and 11 year old age groups

A separate resolution focused on the 15 year old age group and some changes were passed:

  • The 15 year old age category now will come under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile, Junior and Senior Track and Field Committee as Youth 15
  • The provincial Championships for the Youth 15 athletes will be held in conjunction with one or more of the Juvenile, Junior and Senior age group championships
  • The Combined Events competition for the Youth 15 females will be contested as the Heptathlon with 80m hurdles and by the Youth 15 males as the Octathlon with 100m hurdles

A further motion altered the steeplechase event for the Juvenile age category from 1500m steeplechase to the distance of 2000 metres for both male and female athletes.

The technical specifications on the BC Athletics website is currently being up-dated and will soon reflect the above mentioned changes to our event listings.

2007 Individual Membership Application Process

Members of BC Athletics affiliated clubs must sign up with BC Athletics through their club Registrar. Only individual memberships from Unattached athletes will be processed by the BC Athletics office.

Any clubs who have not sent in their BC Athletics 2007 Club Registrars Waiver must do so immediately. Once the waiver is completed and submitted to the BC Athletics office information will be forwarded with a link to the ACDirect on-line membership database.

All club members who are active in the club at this point in time including athletes, coaches, officials, and club executives must have their 2007 memberships in place in order to be sure insurance coverage for the club is in place.

2007 Calendar of Events:

The 2007 edition of the (printed) BC Athletics Calendar of Events will soon be finalized and will be sent for design layout and printing shortly thereafter.

Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada announces 2006 Award Winners - Petitclerc named Outstanding Overall Athlete

Track & Field

Point Grey Community Track Fundraising

In the past year, we have received a great new addition to our community - a beautiful new turf field and the initial groundwork laid for a first rate track facility at Point Grey Secondary. Unfortunately, due to budgetary constraints, the track surrounding the new turf has not been completed to its full potential.

We are excited to unveil our plans to finally finish the new facility by building a lit, eight lane rubberized track. This will provide our community access to first class athletic facilities which will significantly enhance the surrounding neighborhoods and will boost business in the area. With the only comparable facility located in Richmond, we are thrilled about the prospect of completing this much-needed addition to our community.

We urgently seek your help in making this proposed track facility a reality.
Here are the ways in which you can help:

  1. Participate in the Brick Program
  2. Tax-Deductible Donations

For complete information, see 
Printable Donation form:

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 (new as of June 2006)
  • Registration forms for hosting a Workshop

Please visit



A newsletter published by PacificSport, Performance Services…

WebAlive Newsletter

WebAlive - now called SmartWeb held a workshop for clubs at our AGM this past weekend for clubs interested in creating websites:

Job / Volunteer opportunities

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

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

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