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ISSUE #26-2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Junior Development Award Banquet details
  • Level One Technical Coaching Clinic – Langley Sept 22, 23
  • BC Games Zone Reps still needed for Zone 2, 4
  • Wave 1 of Team Canada arrives in Osaka
  • Gomez, Dunfee place 1st, 3rd in Racewalk Dual with US
  • Dave McGovern World Class Racewalking Clinic – Bellingham April '08
  • Rising Stars in Athletics – This week's spotlight is on Jared Heldman


2007 Junior Development Award Banquet

This year’s Junior Development Award Banquet will take place Sunday October 14 at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver BC).

Tickets will be approximately $20 for Adults and $17 for children under 16. Doors will open at 11:30am.

Stay tuned to our website for the publication of the 2007 Standards for awards.

Level One Technical Coaching Clinic


McLeod Park, Langley, BC

Date & Time:

Saturday, September 22, 2007
9:00 am - Package Pick up and Late Registration McLeod Park Grandstand
9:00am to 5:00 pm est. - Module presentations
12:30 - Lunch Break – bring your own lunch
1:30 to 5:30 – Module presentations continue

Sunday, September 23, 2007
9:00 am to 5:00 pm est. - Module Presentations
12:30 - Lunch Break – bring your own lunch

Course Conductor: To be determined

An introduction to track & Field coaching: Ideal for the school educator/coach, club parent, community volunteer. The presentation will provide you with the material, knowledge and confidence to help you with your Track & Field Coaching and start you on your way to becoming a Certified Track & Field Coach.

Registration Form: 

Level Two Technical Coaching Clinic – All Event Areas


McLeod Park Langley BC

Date & Time: 

Oct 27 and Oct 28, 2007
8:30 – 5:00pm

Full itinerary and registration form: 

BC Summer Games Zone Reps (Athletics/Track & Field) Still Needed for Zones 2 and 4

  • Zone 2 Thompson-Okanagan (Includes major centres of):
    • Armstrong, Ashcroft, Enderby, Kamloops, Kelowna, Lillooet, Merritt, Peachland, Penticton, Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Summerland, Vernon, Westbank.
  • Zone 4 Fraser River – Delta (Includes major centres of):
    • Burnaby, Delta, New Westminster, Richmond

The responsibilities of the Zone Rep for Athletics include:

  • Organizing and publicizing the qualification process to determine the individuals who will represent their zone a the BC Summer Games in Athletics;
  • Ensuring that all individuals eligible to compete in the zone are made aware of the qualification process, date(s) and location.
  • Consulting and communicating with the Provincial Sport Advisor for Athletics/Track & Field (Diana Hollefreund) on any questions concerning eligibility of athletes or any other aspects of the zone qualification process.
  • Completing and returning the Registration Forms listing the athletes who will represent their zone at the BC Summer Games to the Games Society Office by the deadline for athlete registration and entry.
  • Comply with the deadline dates outlined in the Critical Time Chart provided to each of the zone reps and provincial advisor.

Please submit your letter of interest by August 31 to:
Diana Hollefreund – email: or by phone: 250-658-8023 / fax: 250-658-8023

Thank you for your interest in this position.

Brian McCalder

Coaching Survey

Athletics Canada is conducting a brief survey targeted to coaches, that will allow us to have a more precise idea of where the resources are coming to cover coaches salaries and what is the amount of time dedicated to coaching in Track & Field in Canada. The questionnaire takes less than 5 minutes to be completed and should be answered by any coach working through your branch or club (regardless of the numbers of hours dedicated to this activity). We’re hoping to have the responses before August 30th.

We will very much appreciate your help in sending out this message to all the Track and Field coaches in your Province.

Link for the survey: 

Thanks in advance for your help,

Ivonne Shoucair
Membership Services and Events Manager
Gérante de services aux membres et événements
2445 St. Laurent Blvd. Suite B1-110
Ottawa, ON K1G 6C3
Ph: (613) 260-5580 ext. 3311 / Fax: (613) 260-0341

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

Rising Stars in Athletics - This week's spotlight is on Jared Heldman!

Jared Heldman

YOB: 1992
Hometown: Langley
Club: Valley Royals
School: Brookswood Secondary
Coaches: Ziggy Szelagowicz, Nick Stoffburg
Event(s): 100m, 200m, Long Jump

Best 2007 Performance:

100m - 11.16
200m - 22.83
Long jump - 6.82


2007 – Royal Canadian Legion Championships Long Jump, 1st - 6.82m, national meet record
2007 – BC Midget Championships 100m, 1st – 11.34
2007 – BC Midget Championships Long Jump, 1st – 6.34m
2007 – BC High School Championships Long Jump, 1st


2007 – Royal Canadian Legion 15 yr-old Team
2006 – BC Summer Games team

Future Goals:

World youths, juniors, nationals and eventually (hopefully) Olympics

Favourite aspect of track:

Travelling and meeting new people

Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada launches Flash Interviews on

Osaka, Japan – In an effort to keep track and field fans informed and provide a means to connect with Canadian athletes, Athletics Canada launched today a Flash Interview section on

The launch coincides with the 11th IAAF World Championships which begin on August 25 in Osaka, Japan. The Flash Interview section will feature interviews with athletes and coaches as well as post-race comments.

The first interview was conducted with Head Coach Les Gramantik and can be accessed by following this link: 


Listen to post-race comments from Worlds at

OTTAWA – With the start of the World Championships in Athletics in 8 days, Athletics Canada announced today that audio interviews featuring post-race comments of Canadian athletes will be available online at throughout the championships.

The team will fly from Singapore to Osaka in three waves beginning on August 20.

  • Pictures from Singapore training camp
  • Team Canada
  • Athletics Canada World Championships home page

Canadian Jane Edstrom named to World Championships officiating crew

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada is proud to announce that the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) recently appointed International Technical Official Jane Edstrom from Winnipeg, Manitoba to officiate at the upcoming 11th World Championships in athletics which will be held in Osaka, Japan. She is one of two International level 5 Technical Officials in Canada.

Jane holds experience officiating at the international level including at previous World Championships, World Junior Championships, World Youth Championships and the 1994 Commonwealth games as both an official and referee. The IAAF appoints officials to such events following very stringent workshops, exams and many years working in the sport.

She has been recognized as a recipient of the Frank McKinnon award for outstanding contributions to high school athletics having coached over 27 years in a variety of sports. Jane is a past president of the Manitoba Officials’ Committee and a current member of the National Officials’ committee.


Athletics Canada Newsletter – August edition

The August 2007 edition of The Gold Standard is now available for viewing - please follow this link: 

In this edition you will find:

  • 2007 World Championships
  • 2007 RBC Canadian Championships
  • Pan American Games Results
  • Parapanamerican Games Team named
  • Summer Universiade (FISU) Team
  • July Highlights
  • And much more

Results from around the Track (and Field)

August 20 -

Road Running

Timex Series Final on September 2nd

The final race of the 2007 Timex BC Road Running Series will take place on Sunday, September 2nd at the Steveston Labour Day Weekend 8k. Series awards will be presented at a separate ceremony following the race awards, at the Steveston Community Centre. 

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

Cross Country and Trail Running

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler presents.... Fairmont Fit Trail Running Weekend

September 21-23, 2007
Whistler, BC

With Special Guest Jasper Blake

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Adidas invite you to an unparalleled fitness weekend designed for both beginning and accomplished athletes with quest speaker and your host, Jasper Blake, elite Canadian triathlete and Ironman champion. See the following link for the cost, and what is included in the weekend.

Reservations for the Fairmont Fit Weekend with guest speaker, Jasper Blake, are available through the Fairmont President's Club Platinum Concierge Desk at 1-888-830-4447.

For more details, call Jennifer Furyk, Director of Leisure Sales in Vancouver at (604) 465-1210 

Track & Field

Wave 1 arrives in Osaka for World Champs

Osaka, Japan – The first wave of Canadian athletes arrived in Osaka yesterday for the 11th IAAF World Championships in athletics. Held in Japan for the second time – Tokyo in 1991 – the championships will be the largest ever with 203 countries participating. The previous record was 201 countries at the 8th World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta.

The second wave of athletes will arrive on Wednesday August 22 while the remainder of the team will arrive from the training camp in Singapore on Friday August 24.

The first athletes to touch down in Osaka were Dylan Armstrong from Kamloops, BC; Diane Cummins from Victoria, BC; Anson Henry from Pickering, ON; Jim Steacy from Lethbridge, AB; Nicole Forrester of Aurora, ON; Kevin Sullivan from Brantford, ON; Angela Whyte of Edmonton, AB.

Expected to arrive on Wednesday are Simon Bairu of Regina, SK; Brian Barnett and Tyler Christopher from Edmonton, AB; Perdita Felicien from Pickering, ON; Adam Kunkel from Paisley, ON; Priscilla Lopes of Whitby, ON.

Two athletes who qualified and were named to the team will not be able to participate. Jessica Zelinka from London, ON sustained an injury on her way to a gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro and Malindi Elmore from Calgary recently suffered a stress fracture.

Rankings heading into the Championships

Name                   Event           IAAF Top List Ranking 
                                       (As of Aug. 14, 2007)
Richard Adu-Bobie      4x100m          10th - 38.81
Dylan Armstrong        Shot put        8th - 20.72
Simon Bairu            10000m          20th - 27:50.71
Brian Barnett          200m / 4x100m   24th - 20.48 / 10th – 38.31
Tim Berrett            50kmRW          24th - 3:55:08
Tyler Christopher      400m            8th - 44.93
Jared Connaughton      4x100m          10th - 38.81
Diane Cummins          800m            18th - 1:59.75
Carmen Douma-Hussar    1500m           22nd - 4:05.91 
Perdita Felicien       100mH           7th - 12.65 
Nicole Forrester       High jump       10th - 1.97m
Anson Henry            100m / 4x100m   NA / 10th - 38.81
Shannon King           4x100m          10th - 38.81 
Adam Kunkel            400mH           5th - 48.24
Lioudmila Kortchaguina Marathon        41st - 2:31:57
Priscilla Lopes        100mH           15th - 12.82
Jared MacLeod          110mH           27th - 13.55
Gary Reed              800m            5th - 1:44.03
Scott Russell          Javelin         11th - 83.98
Jim Steacy             Hammer throw    24th - 77.38
Hilary Stellingwerff   1500m           20th - 4:05.69
Kevin Sullivan         1500m           15th - 3:34.16
Achraf Tadili          800m            30th - 1:45.84
Angela Whyte           100mH           6th - 12.63
Neville Wright         4x100m          10th - 38.81

Everything you need to know about the championships and Team Canada can be found by visiting

Gomez, Dunfee place 1st, 3rd at Racewalk Dual with USA

August 12 saw the best Racewalkers from Canada, US, and other NACAC countries convene for some head-to-head action. Team Canada faced Team USA and Team Puerto Rico in a Junior Racewalk Dual. Four team members were from BC, all of which had just competed in the Western Canada Games. Team Canada ended up just behind the US with an overall 31 points. The BC results were as follows:

Name                Age Category     Time     Result
Inaki Gomez         Junior 10km      46:54    1st
Evan Dunfee         Junior 10km      49.19    3rd
Creighton Connolly  Junior 10km      55:28    9th
Heather Warwick     Junior 5km       27:14    5th 

Dave McGovern will be at World Class Racewalking Clinic in Bellingham, WA

Dave McGovern has agreed to have a 2-day World Class Racewalking Clinic in Bellingham, WA. It will be in April 2008. I am hosting the clinic, please "spread the word" to all the racewalkers in the Pacific Northwest/Lower Mainland. Let's show Dave that this area is FULL of avid racewalkers!!

Here's the direct link for the form: 

I welcome any and all questions.

Kirsten Smith

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

Run Jump Throw!

Upcoming RunJumpThrow Events

RJT Instructor Workshops for Teachers

Cost: $120 (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.

Job / Volunteer opportunities

Assistant Coach, Men's Track and Cross Country

Assist with all aspects of the cross country/indoor and outdoor track and field program including practice organization, coaching, conditioning, recruiting, public relations and fund raising. Bachelor's degree required, master's degree preferred. Collegiate coaching and recruiting experience required. Division I experience preferred. Excellent organizational, administrative, and interpersonal skills required. Computer skills preferred (IBM). USATF Level I and II coaching and CSCS certification preferred.

Contact: John Copeland, Head Track Coach, University of Rode Island, Kingston,
RI 02881. 401-874-2163,

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