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ISSUE #27-2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Children's Fitness Tax Credit Form information
  • 2007 JD Award Nomination Standards and new criteria
  • Employment Opportunity with BCA: Technical Manager — Road and Cross Country Running
  • streaming live from Osaka
  • Victoria Marathon Society joins BC Athletics to sanction three races
  • Call for bids for 2008, 2009 BC Cross Country Championships
  • Rising Stars in Athletics – This week's spotlight is on Alyxandra Treasure


Children's Fitness Tax Credit Information

The Children's Tax Credit is an initiative put forth by the Government of Canada to provide some financial relief to parents to pay for the rising cost of organized sports, in order to keep our children involved in physical activity. The form can be found on the BC Athletics website at 

Below are the instructions (also available from the above link) for filling out the form.

Receipt Number:

The receipt number includes the child's BC Athletics membership number preceded by the applicable year – example: 2007-95-24187

Calculating eligible fees:

Registration and membership costs can include the costs of administration, instruction and the rental of facilities. If the fees charged to parents include part for accommodation, travel, food, or beverages then this part must be deducted when calculating the part of the fees that qualify for the tax credit. For example if club membership fees total $400 and includes a charge of $50 for travel and $50 for a club uniform then the eligible amount would be $400 - $50 - $50 = $300.

Description of Eligible Programs:

Eligible activities must include the following in order to qualify. Make sure descriptions of club programs makes mention and details all of the following:

  • Ongoing (either a minimum of eight weeks duration, with a minimum of one session per week or, in the case of children's camps, five consecutive days;
  • Supervision;
  • Activities suitable for children; and
  • Substantially all of the activities must include a significant amount of physical activity that contributes to cardio-respiratory endurance plus one or more of: muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, or balance.

If you have any further questions please contact Sam Collier – Manager, Registration & Membership Services at (604) 737-3177 or

2007 Junior Development Award Standards

The Junior Development Committee has changed the criteria for the awarding of JD awards


  • It was felt that the previous criterion of giving a JD Award based upon the #10 performance in an event on the All Time Top Ten list had certain deficiencies
  • The spread between number #1 and # 10 for established events such as the long jump and 100m was very small so that an athlete almost had to get a #1 performance to be considered
  • The percentage difference between the #1 and #10 performances tended to bias the criteria in favor of one of the three areas of track and field
  • The distribution of awards between the three areas of track and field was not very representative of the actual number of events or the participation in those events

New Criteria:

  1. Athlete must be a full time competitive member of BC Athletics
  2. Athlete must compete in at least one BC Junior Development Championship in the preceding 12 months (Track and Field, Pentathlon and Cross Country)

           AND at least two other meets from the approved list
  3. At any meet on the approved list of meets:
    1. 9 to 12 year olds should have at least one performance that attain or exceeds the standard

      AND during the season have competed in at least one running event, one jumping event and one throwing event (each can be at the same or different meets)

    2. 13 to 14 year olds should have at least one performance that attains or exceeds the standard

For 2007 Standards and Nomination form, visit 

NOTE: This year, awards for 15-year-olds will be included in the BC Athletics Annual General Meeting and Awards Banquet. There will be a call for award nominations later this fall along with the older age categories. BC Athletics would also like to assure members that the integrity of the awards for 15-year-olds will be maintained.

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.

Letter to BC Athletics from Minister of Tourism, Sport and the Arts

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
Gιrante de services aux membres et ιvιnements
2445 St. Laurent Blvd. Suite B1-110
Ottawa, ON K1G 6C3
Ph: (613) 260-5580 ext. 3311 / Fax: (613) 260-0341

Rising Stars in Athletics - This week's spotlight is on Alyxandra Treasure!

Alyxandria Marie Treasure

Born: May 15, 1992
Hometown: Prince George, BC
Club: Prince George Track & Field
Coach: Tom Masich
School: D.P Todd Secondary School
Events: High Jump, Triple Jump, Long Jump, 100m & 200m

Best 2007 Performance:

High Jump - 1.76m
Triple Jump - 11.73m
100m - 12.92
200m - 26.69


2007 – Legion Championships High Jump, 1st – 1.76m, national meet record
2007 – Legion Championships Triple Jump, 2nd – 11.73m
2007 – BC Midget Championships High Jump 1st – 1.74m
2007 – BC High School Championships High Jump, 3rd – 1.69m


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

August 22, 2007

Flash Interview with 100m Hurdler Angela Whyte

Flash interview with 100-metre hurdler Angela Whyte from Edmonton, AB is now available online. The interview focuses around the 11th IAAF world championships featuring Angela's pre-race comments.

To access Angela's interview please following this link 

2 Canadians re-elected, 1 elected at IAAF Congress

Osaka, Japan – Athletics Canada is proud to announce that two Canadian delegates have been re-elected, and one elected, at the 46th IAAF Congress held at the New Otani Hotel in Osaka, Japan.

Abby Hoffman of Ottawa was reelected to the IAAF Council. She was first elected in 1995 and has since been re-elected on three occasions (1999, 2003, 2007). Dr. Danny Daniels from Sydney, BC was re-elected to the IAAF Masters Committee. Dr. Daniels has been involved with the committee since 1999; in 1997 he was elected to the Canadian Road Running Hall of Fame.

Thelma Wright from Vancouver, BC was elected to the IAAF Cross Country Committee. Thelma was inducted in the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 and has been involved with 15 World Cross Country national teams as manager and coach since 1981.

Other notes from the Congress

  • The dates for the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships to be held in Moncton, New Brunswick have been approved. The World Juniors will take place July 20-25, 2010.
  • The 13th IAAF World Championships will take place in Daegu, Korea August 27 to September 4, 2011.
  • The 14th World Championships will be held in Moscow, Russia August 10 to 18, 2013.
  • The 2008 IAAF outdoor and indoor calendars were approved. The indoor season will kick off on January 27 in Moscow. The outdoor season begins March 2 in Melbourne, Australia.


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.

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

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 27 -

Road Running

Royal Victoria Marathon, Sunday, October 7, 2007

Thanks to our new sanctioning policy we have opened the door for many race organizers to now consider sanctioning their events with BC Athletics.

We would like to welcome the Royal Victoria Marathon, Half Marathon and 8k (with almost 10,000 participants) as the most recent addition to our family of sanctioned events. This event is now the 3rd largest sanctioned event in BC and one of the largest in Canada. This popular event has a rich history and a loyal following from across BC, Alberta and the US Pacific Northwest.

We encourage the BCA membership to participate in this great sanctioned event. We also recommend registering by September 15 to avoid the late fee. As entry fees were set and brochures were printed months ago, unfortunately RVM cannot offer a $3 discount to BCA members in 2007, as sanctioning approval was just confirmed recently. This change will be implemented in 2008 on both the brochures and the online registration system.

Royal Victoria Marathon Becomes Sanctioned

For the first time in 28 years the Victoria Marathon Society has joined BC Athletics and has had their three road races officially sanctioned by the Provincial Branch of Athletics Canada. RVM stands to benefit from the sanctioning by having access to Certified Officials, by having access to Course Measurement and Certification and by listing their Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K Road Race on the electronic BCA Calendar of Events which is distributed to over 80,000 clubs, schools and event directors throughout British Columbia.

RVM stands to increase participation, to increase prestige and to increase performance from elite runners entering Provincial, Regional and National Road Racing Championships, which Victoria intends to host in the near future. Sanctioning also helps events in that race times can immediately be ratified and used to qualify athletes for national, international and world championships. Provincial and national age class records are also ratified and accepted at sanctioned events.

BC Athletics sanctioning assures all participants that the event is being run in accordance with acceptable IAAF rules. RVM literature can now display logos and brand marks of the BCA Road Running Division.

The Victoria Marathon Society is the first of three Vancouver Island associations to obtain sanctioning for their events. The Prairie Inn Harriers Racing Team will follow by sanctioning six of their annual races and the Vancouver Island Runners' Association will sanction all eight of its Vancouver Island Race Series events in 2008. This will add 17 new Vancouver Island sanctioned races to the BCA Calendar of Events.

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, 11:30am 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

Call for Bids for 2008, 2009 BC Cross Country Championships

B.C. Athletics offers one of the most comprehensive championships programs of any sport governing body in Canada. If you have not experienced one of B.C. Athletics championships programs, you will be in for a new and rewarding experience. Contained within the bid document are questions to be answered in bidding for the B.C. Athletics Cross Country Championships. It's a program of which we are very proud.

Because of B.C. Athletics overall programs, thousands of athletes all over the Province with a wide range of ages and abilities may compete in Provincial Championships events. Dozens of communities, local sponsors, and competition officials and volunteers get involved with our programs. We are thankful that you are inspired to bid on a championship event and that - in turn - you become a part of our program and share the experience of staging a provincial event.

The Technical Manager for Cross Country can assist you with your bid or answer questions. A numerical objective scoring system for each major portion of the cross country bid will be devised by the B.C. Athletics Cross Country Division and the totals for each bid added up. Deadline for submission is 4:00 P.M. Thursday, September 27, 2007. The announcement of the 2008 & 2009 host will occur Thursday, October 18, 2007.

Bid application form:

Bid Submissions should be sent to:
BC Athletics
Cross Country Championship Bid
1367 West Broadway, Ste 206
Vancouver, BC V6H 4A9 Fax: 604-737-3171 Email: 

Once a Provincial Championship event is awarded, BCA's staff will be available to assist with negotiating contracts where necessary to protect your interests and ours, and provide additional services to the event. Our Provincial clubs form a provincial network of athletes, coaches, officials and supporters, and they can provide invaluable assistance to ensure the success of your event.

We look forward to receiving a bid application from you and your community, and to assisting you in presenting the best possible championships for our individual member athletes of whatever age or level of ability. Thank you for your interest in B.C. Athletics and its championship programs.


Brian McCalder

Jerry Tighe
Chair – Cross Country Division

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

Felicien and Whyte headed to finals at 2007 IAAF World Track and Field Championships

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

OSAKA – Perdita Felicien of Pickering, Ont., and Angela Whyte of Edmonton finished second in their respective semifinal heats to advance to the women's 100-metre hurdles final Tuesday at the 2007 IAAF World Track and Field Championships.

Meanwhile Adam Kunkel didn't finish the men's 400-metre hurdles final. The hurdler from Paisley, Ont., one of Canada's best hopes for a medal, had a strong start, but started to fade, and slowed to a stop after the third hurdle due to an injury.

American Kerron Clement went on to win the gold in 47.61 seconds while Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic was second in 48.01 and Marek Plawgo of Poland got the bronze in 48.12.

Kunkel, who trains in Edmonton, was coming off a gold medal performance at the Pan American Games, where he edged Olympic gold medallist Sanchez to finish in a Canadian record time of 48.24.

In the women's 100 hurdles, the second semifinal pitted the last two world champs with Michelle Perry finishing first in 12.55 and Felicien second in 12.61, her fastest time this season. They were also the two fastest times on the day. Perry won the world title in 2005 and Felicien in 2003.

Also qualifying from that semi heat were Vonette Dixon of Jamaica in 12.65 and Virginia Powell of the U.S., in 12.67.

‘'I'm excited,'' said Felicien. If I can put it together in the final I'll be a contender for the gold. But considering from where I've come , I would be happy with any colour.''

In the other semi, Sweden's Susanna Kallur took the race in 12.64 just nipping Whyte at the finish. The Olympic finalist clocked 12.65. Delloreen Ennis-London of Jamaica was third in that semi in 12.67 and Lolo Jones of the U.S., fourth in 12.68. Only 0.07 seconds separated qualifiers two to eighth in the semis.

‘'I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to make it to the finals,'' said Whyte. ‘'I know there are a lot of expectations after my performance at the Olympics. The podium is the goal now. It's going to be extremely tough but now I have the opportunity to go for one.''

The final is on Wednesday.

Earlier Tuesday, Tyler Christopher and Brian Barnett, both of Edmonton, advanced to the semifinals in their respective races.

In the men's 400, Christopher conserved his energy as much as possible in the stifling heat and still won his round in 45.15 seconds to advance. He was the bronze medallist at the 2005 worlds in Helsinki. The semifinal is on Wednesday.

‘' I spent about 85 percent today,'' he said. ‘'You need to have good climate controlling and my team was trying to keep me cool. In the hot weather many things are different, for example, the warm-up is shorter. But it felt good.''

In the 200, Barnett clocked 20.41 to finish fourth in quarterfinal heat to advance. He clocked a personal best 20.31 to win his opening heat in the morning.

‘'I realized 100 metres into the race that I was in (great) shape,'' said Barnett. ‘'The Japanese runner went hard, with me chasing, and I just kept running my own race. If I can put my race together I still can go faster.''

Competition continues through to Sunday.


CBC is on the inside track in Osaka, Japan this week with live online streaming of the 2007 World Track and Field Championships at Coverage begins at 6:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and at 5:30 a.m. ET on Friday (see below for full schedule).

Throughout the 2007 World Track and Field Championships, will also feature profiles and features on Team Canada as well as daily highlights from Osaka. CBC Television continues coverage of the 2007 World Track and Field Championships on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 12 noon ET.

2007 World Track and Field Championships Online Streaming Schedule

Thurs. Aug. 30
6:30 a.m. ET          Women's Hammer Throw            Final
6:35 a.m. ET          Men's Pole Vault                Qualification A
6:35 a.m. ET          Men's Pole Vault                Qualification B
6:40 a.m. ET          Men's 800m                      First Round
7:25 a.m. ET          Women's 400m Hurdles            Final
7:40 a.m. ET          Men's Long Jump                 Final
7:45 a.m. ET          Men's 5000m                     First Round
8:30 a.m. ET          Men's 110m Hurdles              Semifinal
9 a.m. ET             Women's 200m                    Semifinal
9:20 a.m. ET          Men's 200m                      Final
Fri. Aug. 31
5:30 a.m. ET          Men's Decathlon – High Jump     Round A
5:30 a.m. ET          Men's Decathlon – High Jump     Round B
6:30 a.m. ET          Women's Triple Jump             Final
6:30 a.m. ET          Women's 1500m                   Semifinal
7:05 a.m. ET          Men's 800m                      Semifinal
7:40 a.m. ET          Women's Javelin Throw           Final
7:40 a.m. ET          Men's 4x100m Relay              First Round
8:15 a.m. ET          Women's 200m                    Final
8:35 a.m. ET          Men's Decathlon – 400m          Unique Round
9:05 a.m. ET          Men's 400m                      Final
9:20 a.m. ET          Men's 110m Hurdles              Final

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
September 1  World Championships     3pm
September 2  World Championships     3pm
September 8  Zurich Weltklasse       1:30pm

*Eastern Standard times, check local listings.

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

Employment Opportunity with BC Athletics
Technical Manager — Road and Cross Country Running

BC Athletics, the Provincial Sport Organization for Track & Field, Road & Cross Country Running, Marathons/Ultras and Race Walking is looking for a qualified individual to fill this very important full time position in the Association. Working with staff, committees and volunteers this position is the management and provision of province-wide programs and services for the development and promotion of Road and Cross Country Running. The ideal candidate should be a visionary, energized by the opportunity and have the ability to engage others in the collective achievement of the goals and objectives of the program in British Columbia.

Application deadline: October 1st, 2007

Full details at:

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