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ISSUE #23-2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Athletics Wordsearch: Win free Athletics gear
  • BC Junior Team is awarded 23 medals
  • Canada – USA Junior Racewalk Dual team announced
  • Masters Therapeutic Use Exception application due August 14
  • Assistant Coach Employment Opportunity – York University
  • Rising Stars in Athletics – This week's spotlight is on Chantelle Groenewoud!


BC Athletics Wordsearch

Follow the link below for this week’s feature: Athletics Wordsearch. Prizes of various athletic gear/supplies will be awarded to the first 10 successfully completed puzzles (who have not been winners this summer thus far).


Send completed forms via fax, email or mail to Jessica – 604-737-3175

Canadian team for 5th NACAC mountain running championships

The Canadian Trail and Mountain Running Association (CTMRA), sponsored by La Sportiva, in association with the Canmore Challenge Trail hosted the fourth North American Central American Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championship in Canmore, Alberta, on Saturday, July 28. This up and down event acted as a tune-up for NACAC teams in preparation for the World Mountain Running Trophy (WMRT) events to be held in Saillon, Switzerland on September 15.

The Canadian teams were made up of both veterans (Husband-and-wife team Simon and Katrina Driver, and Amy Golumbia from the 2006 team) and rookies (1:19 half marathoner Jennifer Faraone and orienteering whiz Laszlo Orosz). See below for a complete list.

The race site was the Canmore Nordic Centre, venue for the 1988 Winter Olympic cross country ski and biathlon events, which recently completed a $16 million dollar renovation. The elevation at the Centre is 1425 metres. The course was a 12 kilometre route for all competitors (men, women, juniors, masters) and started at the Nordic Centre, descended to the Bow River, climbed back up to the top of the Nordic Centre Trails, and looped back down to the start/finish area. The two-lap course had an elevation gain of about 450m. For more information visit or

The CTMRA and La Sportiva are pleased to announce the Canadian team for the NACAC championships/Canmore Challenge. These runners, and others, were vying for a spot on the national team for the World Mountain Running Trophy in Switzerland in September.

Senior men:

Dan Roycroft, Canmore AB
Adam Campbell, Victoria BC
Laszlo Orosz, Oakville ON
Erik Carleton, Canmore AB
Simon Driver, Vancouver BC
Sean Chester, Victoria BC

Junior men:

Kevin Sandau, Canmore AB
Shaun Stephens-Whale, Roberts Creek BC
Taylor Reid, Terra Cotta, ON

Senior women:

Magi Scallion, Canmore AB
Katrina Driver, Vancouver BC
Jennifer Faraone, Toronto ON
Amy Golumbia, Calgary AB
Sharlene Cobain, Toronto ON
Milaine Theriault, Canmore AB

Junior women:

Katie Tongue, Coquitlam BC
Tana Chesham, Canmore AB

For more information please contact John Lofranco, President CTMRA

Ocean Athletics Twilight meet cancelled

The Ocean Athletics Twilight meet that was scheduled for August 2, 2007 is now cancelled.

Attention Athletes competing outside of B.C.:

Please submit your performances (especially if they are season's bests) for meets outside of B.C. and a link to the official rankings if you wish to be included. We will try our best to search them, but this is a timely process. This is very important for University athletes competing during their university season. Please email performances to:

Result (including event):
Wind: If applicable

AWAD Results

All BC Athletics sanctioned events having an AWAD component to their meet/race should be sending results in to the BCA office along with Able-Bodied results. Any 2007 events that have already taken place are asked to send in the AWAD results from their meet/race to

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

Rising Stars in Athletics - This week's spotlight is on Chantelle Groenewoud!

Chantelle Groenewoud

Y.O.B: 1989
Hometown: North Vancouver
Club: NorWesters
School: University of Illinois
Coaches: Ashley Weber, Cindy O'Krane
Events: 1500m, Steeplechase

Best 2007 Performance:

1500m - 4:34
1500m SC - 5:07
2000m SC - 6:53
3000m - 11:12

Best 2006 Performance and Ranking:

Was injured


2007 - Set new BC 2000m Steeplechase record 6:53
2007 - 6th Pan Am Juniors 3000m steeplechase


2007 – BC Juvenile Cross Country Team
2007 – BC Junior Team
2007 – Canadian Pan Am Junior Team

Future Goals:

Improve all my times and be successful with my new future at Illinois.

Favourite Track Experience:

Pan Am Juniors in Brazil

Athletics Canada

IAAF World Championships - catch the action on CBC

CBC Sports will carry the 11th IAAF World Championships which begin on August 25 in Osaka, Japan. To view CBC’s scheduled coverage of track and field, please visit: 


Results from around the Track (and Field)

July 30th - 

Road Running

"Miracle Mile” at Balaclava Park (W 30th Av & Balaclava St., Vancouver) running track

6pm, Friday August 3rd, 2007

Hosted by: Lions Gate Road Runners

This will be the fourth annual edition of the run that commemorates the famous mile race that was held as part of the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, at Empire Stadium Vancouver in 1954. The tradition started in 2004, when Lions Gate Road Runners decided to hold a mile run to mark the 50th anniversary of the famous race between Roger Bannister and John Landy. The race was the first in which two runners went under the magic 4-minute barrier. The reason for choosing Balaclava Park was two-fold. First, it is an imperial size 440 yard track and so is ideal for a classic mile run. Second, and most important, it is the track where Bannister had trained in preparation for the big race, so there is unusual local history. Remarkably, the track still has the classic old dirt and cinder surface. It’s a double-edged sword of course; on the one hand it’s a tad slower that many tracks but, on the other hand, it offers a rare chance to run under the same conditions as the star runners of years ago.

This year, the day nearest the anniversary is FRIDAY AUGUST 3rd. Plan on arriving by about 6pm to register (no fee, but please bring your favourite post-race refreshments); the first of several timed runs will begin at 6:30. Please contact Roger Brownsey for more details and to register. If there is sufficient interest, it might be neat to follow the individual mile runs with a 4 x 440 yd (Mile) relay race. Maybe we can have a team run under 4 minutes??

For more Information: Contact Roger Brownsey - 

Scotiabank International Team Challenge

Team Canada vs Team Great Britain, Team America [USA], and Team Mexico

The organizers are finalizing the selection of 2 men and 2 women for TEAM CANADA at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon scheduled for Toronto, September 30th.

The ITC provides a fabulous opportunity for younger, up and coming athletes to gain invaluable international experience in a major, international marathon. Toronto Waterfront is also building a reputation for its flat, fast course.

All travel, accommodation and food expenses will be covered for those selected to their national teams. Team members will also be housed in our "Athletes Village" hotel along with all the top African and other international runners, located near High Park.

Teams consist of 2 men and 2 women. We are looking to select the best possible team.

Finishing times for all 4 athletes will be scored using the Mercier scoring tables for comparative performances, and the points for the best THREE performances on each team will count for final standings for the Scotiabank International Team Challenge.

2007 Team Prizing

  • 1st place Team receives CDN$4,000
  • 2nd place Team receives CDN$2,000
  • 3rd place Team receives CDN$1,000

Note: Team members share the prize money.

If any athlete or coach would like to confirm a nomination for this selection please email me ASAP with personal details.

Hugh Cameron
Coach - Team Canada (for Team Challenge)

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

Track & Field

BC Junior Team brings home 23 medals

This past weekend, Abbotsford was host to the 2007 Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships. In a great showing by Team BC, they were awarded a total of 19 individual medals and 4 relay medals. To see full results of the meet, visit 


Nettey Sabrina          200m       3rd – 24.63 
Nettey Christabel       LJ         1st – 6.07 
                        100mH      2nd – 14.31
Parker Keynan           200m       3rd – 22.10 
Swartz Shawn            HJ         3rd - 2.04m
Neveu Karly             HJ         1st – 1.71m
Sprenkels Tiffany       TJ         1st – 12.01m
Pighin Brooke           JT         2nd - 44.78m
Nielsen Kyle            JT         1st – 62.18m         
MacCorquodale Emmalynne HT         1st - 50.44m              
Pearse Anastasia        400mH      2nd – 60.92    
Fraser Nicolle          JT         3rd – 44.53m    
Taylor Angus            HT         1st – 54.96m 
                        DT         2nd – 49.78m
terLaak Lara            DT         2nd – 42.64m
Macauley Laura          JT         1st – 47.08m
Groenewoud Chantelle    2000mSC    3rd – 7:07.23 
Whitegibson Billie      100m       2nd – 12.03m
Chenery Mark            DEC        1st – 6850 points
Women's 4x100m                     2nd - 47.76s 
Men's 4x100m                       2nd - 42.30
Women's 4x400m                     2nd – 3:55.79
Men's 4x400m                       3rd – 3:19.03

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada announced today the nine athletes who will compete in Hauppauge, New York on August 12 in the Canada-USA Junior Racewalk Dual Meet.

BC Athletes

Name               Event   Hometown  Club            Coach
Creighton Connolly 10km RW Kelowna   Racewalk West   Marek Jedrzejek, 
                                                     Gerry Dragomir
Evan Dunfee        10km RW Richmond  Kajaks T&F Club Gerry Dragomir
Inaki Gomez        10km RW Vancouver Racewalk West   Gerry Dragomir
Heather Warwick    5km RW  Richmond  Kajaks T&F Club Gerry Dragomir

The junior women's 5km race will begin at 9:00am followed by the junior men's 10km racewalk at 10:15am.


Two Kajaks All-Comers Cancelled

The last two Kajaks All-Comers meets, August 16th and 23rd, have been cancelled. The last All-Comers meet will now be August 9th. Sorry for any inconvenience.

IAAF Golden League: Catch the action on CBC

OTTAWA – The IAAF Golden League kicked off in Oslo with the Exxon Mobil Bislett Games. Comprised of six meets, the Golden League is a series of the most prestigious track and field competitions featuring some of the world's top performers. The Golden League features a $1 Million jackpot for an athlete who can win their event at all six competitions.

Date         Event                   Time
August 25    World Championships     2pm
August 26    World Championships     3pm
September 1  World Championships     3pm
September 2  World Championships     3pm
September 8  Zurich Weltklasse       1:30pm

*Eastern Standard times, check local listings.


Masters Track and Field Survey

This survey is not a CMAA initiative but it has been endorsed by the CMAA.

The Coaching Symposium is an annual event held in conjunction with the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference. Its main objectives are to present current research on coaching and coach education, to create a network of Canadian researchers interested in this field and to strengthen the linkages among researchers and practitioners.

We wish to present a research paper on coaching and masters athletes at the next conference, which is being held in Nova Scotia in October 2007. To this end, we have designed a survey which we are asking you to complete and submit to us. For our research to be valid, we need a fairly large representational sample of masters athletes. Your individual responses will be confidential and anonymous, as all data will be merged in the report. A large part of our analysis will be concerned with the percentages of athletes who responded in a certain way and whether those percentages are significant. The survey, for the most part simply asks you to check off a response to a number of questions. It should take only a few minutes to complete. We ask you to please complete the survey for our research.

We are both masters age athletes who have competed in race walking and are now coaching walkers and distance runners.

You have the option of completing the survey by opening the file, filling in your responses and emailing it back to us or you can print it, complete it and mail it back via Canada Post.

The survey:

Thanking you in advance for your participation.

Sherry Watts                              Nancy Leo 
9 Kensington Ave.                       383 Ellerslie Ave.
London, ON                                Willowdale, ON
N6H 1CI                                     M2R 1B8


Chairman of the WMA Medical and Anti-Doping Committee Stan Perkins has advised that the last date for receipt of Therapeutic Use Exemption Applications is the 14 August, 2007, 21 days before the start of competition in the WMA Stadia Championships in Riccione, Italy.

Athletes are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible to avoid a last minute rush that may delay the assessment of their form.

Perkins also reminded athletes that it was strongly recommended that they discuss their medications/treatments with their medical service provider and determine if there was an alternate treatment available that was not on the IAAF/WADA banned list of medications. Many athletes have found that there are approved alternate medications available to them and additionally, some athletes have found that they can temporarily suspend their medication to allow them to compete in the championships without impacting upon their health situation.

It should be noted by all athletes that random doping testing will take place during the championships.

Stan Perkins
Medical and Anti-Doping Committee

Run Jump Throw!

Upcoming RunJumpThrow Events

RJT Demonstration

Cost: FREE (entry admission to the PNE grounds may be required)
Date: Sunday August 19th, 2007
Location: the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver
Time: 12-1pm

RJT Demonstration

Cost: FREE
Date: Friday August 31st, 2007
Location: Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal
Time: 1-5pm

RJT Instructor Workshop

Cost: $220 (persons outside Host Organization), discount available for BCA members
Includes: $50 Instructor Resources
NCCP Certification
Hands-on practical experience
Dates: August 14, 15, 2007
Times: 8:30 – 4:30
Location: Queensborough Community Centre
Registration form:

To express interest of attendance, and to receive confirmed details of workshop via email, please email Jessica at

RJT Instructor Workshops for Teachers

Cost: $125 (persons outside Host Organization), discount available for BCA members
Includes: $50 Instructor Resources
NCCP Certification
Hands-on practical experience
Dates: Oct. 20th, 2007
Times: TBC (totals 8 hours)
Location: TBD – various: Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Fraser Valley
Specific details will be posted soon.

To express interest of attendance, and to receive confirmed details of workshop via email, please email Jessica at

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

Assistant Coach, Track & Field
School of Kinesiology and Health Science
York University

York University, Canada's third largest university, is seeking a highly energetic, organized and motivated individual to perform a dual role in the area of track and field.

Under the direction of the Head Coach Track & Field, this position coordinates administrative aspects of York University’s Interuniversity Sport Track and Field team (including cross country); manages all aspects of the York University Track & Field Development Club; and serves as an assistant coach in one or more events.

Responsibilities and job qualifications (see below) are summarized on York University’s job posting website: 

This two-year contract commences September 04, 2007. The salary for this position is $54,000-$61,000 per year. All applications should include a resume and cover letter. The preferred method for submitting application packages is by email at: If you are unable to apply by email, you may apply by fax to 416-736-5566.

All applications should quote Job Posting No. 5519 and must be received by the posted deadline date August 17, 2007. We thank all applicants for their interest; please note that only those under consideration will be contacted.

The University also offers comprehensive benefits, and access to superb educational and recreational facilities.

For more information, please contact Deirdre Cappelli, Personnel Coordinator, with the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, at (416) 736-2100 ext. 33169 or e-mail,

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


SPIN Summit

September 24 - 26, 2007
Best Western Richmond Hotel & Convention Centre
Richmond, British Columbia


Tom Johnson, Swimming Canada, Head Coach

Holding one of the most impressive coaching records in Canadian swimming, Tom Johnson of Vancouver, BC has been named to Canada's coaching staff at seven Olympic Games, nine world championships and eight Commonwealth Games. Nationally his clubs have won 15 overall national team titles and 21 Canadian Interuniversity Sport Crowns (12 for men and nine for women). Currently, Tom is the coach of World Champion Brent Hayden. At the 2007 SPIN Summit, Tom will speak about Building a World Champion.

Don't miss your chance to hear Tom and many other great leaders speak about the latest innovations in their field! Check out the 2007 conference program!

Register now at to attend this unique Canadian conference and please spread the word to other colleagues who may be interested.

See you in Vancouver in September,

Gordon Sleivert, PhD
SPIN Summit Chair

Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching


Developing Female Leadership in the Canadian Sport System: Recommendations for High-Level Sport Organizations

Few would disagree with the contention that women’s leadership differs from that of men. Difference, of course, does not imply inferiority. Difference can be, and often is, positive. But because there are precious few examples of women leaders within the context of Canadian sport, there is, consequently, little opportunity to put women’s leadership to the test. Yes, of course, there are some exemplary role models. But a close examination of the administration, boards of directors, and committees of sport organizations reveals a lingering leadership imbalance, particularly when one factors in the recent outstanding, dominating performances of Canada’s women athletes and coaches on that great testing ground, the world stage.

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

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