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ISSUE #28-2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Post-race Interviews and Video from Osaska
  • BC’s Gary Reed brings home Silver from Osaka
  • Peticlerc is World Champion in T54 1500m, Felicien finishes 2nd in Osaka
  • Pacific Road Runners Annual Fall Seminar details
  • Employment Opportunity with BCA: Technical Manager, Track and Field and Director Power/Speed Event Group
  • 2007 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Conference updates


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 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.

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: 

Athletics Canada

Post-Race Interviews and Video from Osaka

For Post-Race Interviews and video from the 2007 IAAF World Track and Field Championships, visit Athletics Canada at

Results from around the Track (and Field)

September 4, 2007 -

Road Running

Pacific Road Runners' Annual Fall Seminar

Training Strategies for Full and Half Marathon Running – A Panel Discussion

  • 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Monday, October 1, 2007
  • Roundhouse Community Centre,
    181 Roundhouse Mews (Pacific Blvd @ Davie St.)
  • Seating is limited, please arrive early
  • Admission is free
    No advance registration

OVERVIEW: The evening will be split into two sections. In session #1, panellists Peter Butler, Carey Nelson and Art Boileau will deal with the specifics of run based training for distance running. You will hear what these experts have to say concerning the principles of training programs, the use and place of clinics, the value of tempo runs, intervals, and long slow distance in the training program. In Session #2 our experts Anjulie Latta and Brenna Rudd will discuss the importance of nutrition both while training and competing. In rounding out the full spectrum of considerations for a well designed training program, the principles behind strength and flexibility programs in a comprehensive training regimen will be presented. This panel of experts comes with impeccable credentials and years of experience. Furthermore, each and every panellist is personally involved in running and makes it part of their own life. The format will be a panel discussion, and audience participation is highly encouraged.

Join us for this exciting program! Bring your questions and put your personal running plans into focus and perspective through the expertise of our panel. For more information, visit

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

Canada’s Gary Reed wins silver in 800 at 2007 IAAF World Track and Field Championships

Sunday, September 02, 2007

OSAKA, Japan - Gary Reed of Kamloops, B.C., was just nipped at the finish line in the men’s 800 final Sunday to win the silver medal for Canada’s second podium appearance as the 2007 IAAF World Track and Field Championships concluded.

Perdita Felicien of Pickering, Ont., was Canada’s other medallist, also with silver earlier in the week in the women’s 100 hurdles. Chantal Petitclerc of Montreal won gold in the women’s 1,500-metre demonstration wheelchair race on Saturday.

In the 800, Kenya's Alfred Kirwa Yego won the gold at 1:47.09 after he made a late surge past Reed as the two competitors crossed the line. Yego, 20, is the youngest world champion at any distance below 1,500 metres.

Reed, who led the race from the outset, clocked 1:47.10. Olympic champion and two-time world silver medallist Yuri Borzakovsky of Russia came away with the bronze in 1:47.39.

Reed almost pulled off an upset when he charged into the lead and took the field through the first lap in an almost leisurely 55.08 seconds to save himself for the sprint finish.

He was still in front when he came off the last bend into the straight and looked as though he would win before Kirwa Yego lunged past him on the line to win by little more than the thickness of his vest.

"This is just the greatest day of my life, this is beautiful," Reed said. "This is huge, this is bigger than big. It is a breakthrough for my career. When I was leading I slowed the race down because I knew I would have a better chance. The advantage of me not being the favourite was then when I striked nobody expected me to do so.

‘’It feels great; I’ve worked so hard for this. I’ve been training and getting ready for this and it all paid off. I finally accomplished my goal to win a medal at a majors. It just feels phenomenal.’’

In the women’s marathon, Canadian champion Lioudmila Kortchaguina of Thornhill, Ont., did not finish.

- AC -

Gold medal for Chantal Petitclerc at 2007 IAAF World Track and Field Championships

Saturday, September 01, 2007

OSAKA, Japan– Chantal Petitclerc of Montreal won the gold medal in the demonstration women’s 1,500-metre wheelchair race on Saturday at the 2007 IAAF World Track and Field Championships.

Petitclerc clocked three minutes and 37.10 seconds for the win with Edith Hunkeler of Switzerland second in 3:37.49 and Jessica Galli of the U.S., third in 3:37.77. Diane Roy of Sherbrooke Que., was sixth in a personal best 3:40.38.

‘’This is a big win,’’ said Petitclerc, who’ll train this winter in Australia to prepare for next year’s Paralympics Games where she’ll be the defending champion in five events. ‘’All the top names are here and everybody is in peak condition. The victory gives me an indication of my strength and what I need to work on towards next season.’’

In the men’s 50 kilometre walk, Nathan Deakes of Australia won the gold medal in three hours and 43:53 minutes. Yohan Diniz of France and Alex Schwazer of Italy were second and third respectively less than a second behind the winner.

Tim Berrett of Edmonton was 19th in 4:06:47. It’s the third time at worlds he’s finished 19th. His best ever result was seventh at the 1993 worlds in Stuttgart. He was 11th two years ago in Helsinki.

‘’It was one of the tougher ones but there’s no easy 50 kilometre races,’’ said Berrett, a 42-year-old professor and consultant. ‘’I stuck to my race plan which was to go out conservatively up until about 30 kilometres and then see what I could do. Unfortunately at that time I had two warnings so I couldn’t push as much as I would have liked at that point. Still the last five kilometres I passed four five runners.’’

It was Berrett’s ninth world championships, the most participations by an athlete at this competition.

‘’It just shows I’ve looked after myself,’’ said Berrett. ‘’In an event in which you don’t recover that quickly just to be able to hit the qualifying mark over 16 years shows something. I was hoping for a top-16 and my plan is still to compete at the Olympics next year.’’

- AC -

Perdita Felicien wins silver at 2007 IAAF World Track and Field Championships

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

OSAKA, Japan – Perdita Felicien of Pickering, Ont., won the silver medal in the women’s 100-metre hurdles on Wednesday at the 2007 IAAF World Track and Field Championships.

She finished in 12.49 seconds, her best time of the season and fastest since she broke the Canadian record in 2004 with a run of 12.46. Michelle Perry of the U.S., buoyed by a blistering start successfully defended her title clocking 12.46 while Delloreen Ennis-London of Jamaica was third in 12.50.

After earning the world title in 2003, Felicien fell during the 2004 Athens Olympics and didn’t qualify for the final at the world championships in Helsinki a year later. At these worlds, she admitted she was fired up by being an underdog and displayed a quiet confidence with promising performances in the opening heats and semifinals.

’’This silver is like a gold to me’’ said Felicien celebrating her 27th birthday as well on Wednesday. ‘’Looking where I’ve come from, even a top-five would have satisfied me. Things have only been coming together in the last few weeks. I just wanted to bring something to Canada. I’ve worked so hard for this and I’m going to continue with the same work ethic heading into Beijing next year.’’

Felicien had been bothered by a foot injury this season and missed a couple of key meets this spring. However she’s been hot lately earning a national title and Pan Am Games silver medal.

The medal was also Canada’s first at these championships ‘’Hopefully, it will help to boost the team,’’ Felicien said.

Angela Whyte of Edmonton was eighth in 12.66.

In the men’s 400 semifinals, Tyler Christopher of Edmonton advanced to the final clocking a season best 44.47 in a fast heat. LaShawn Merritt of the U.S., won the heat in 44.31, the fastest time of the day followed by Leslie Djhone of France in 44.46.

In the men’s 200-metre semis, Brian Barnett of Edmonton was eighth in his heat in 20.68 and eliminated.

In the women’s 1,500 opening heats, Hillary Stellingwerff of Sarnia, Ont., made an impressive world championships debut qualifying for Friday’s semifinal. She was fifth in the first of three heats clocking 4:09.60 less than a second from heat winner Mariem Alaoui Selsouli of Morocco.

‘’I just wanted to get off the line well and stay out of trouble,’’ said Stellingwerff, 26. ‘’I’ve been in races where I’ve been pushed around and it’s not fun. At the end I just kicked with the pack and made sure I was in the top-six finishers.’’

Carmen Douma-Hussar of Cambridge, Ont., was 10th in her heat and eliminated.

In the men’s 110-metre hurdles, Jared MacLeod of Winnipeg qualified for Thursday’s semis clocking 13.61 for fifth spot in his heat. Dongpeng Sho of China was the fastest qualifier in 13.22 followed by David Payne of the U.S., and Andrew Turner of Britain, both at 13.27.

- AC -

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 8  Zurich Weltklasse       1:30pm*

*Eastern Standard time, 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 – Track & Field and Director Power/Speed Event Group

BC Athletics in partnership with the PacificSport, National Sport Centre - Greater Vancouver invites applications for the full time position of Technical Manager Track & Field and Director Power/Speed Event Group. This is one position that will have responsibility for the Technical Management and Development of Track & Field in British Columbia along with providing enhanced leadership in the Power/Speed Event Group (Throws, Jumps, Sprints, Hurdles, and Combined Events). 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: 

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:

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


Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif 2007 – Deadlines and Update

The September 10 hotel and September 26 EARLY BIRD conference registration deadlines for Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif 2007 ( are approaching fast!

With 200 delegates already registered and hotel capacity quickly filling up, this year’s conference promises to be another well attended gathering of Canada’s sport leaders and coaches!

Don’t miss your opportunity to register early and save $50 on conference fees. (

The Westin Nova Scotian and Four Points by Sheraton room rates go up after Monday, September 10. Book your accommodation now and save! (

We are pleased to announce that the Women in Coaching Luncheon and Plenary will feature world-class coaches Michelle Leigh and Carol-Angela Orchard on Saturday, October 13. Both Michelle and Carol-Angela have coached high performance athletes at the national and international level, including winter and summer Olympic Games. The discussion for the Women in Coaching Luncheon and Plenary focuses on developing champions for life. (

Don’t miss out! Visit the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif 2007 website ( to register for Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif today!

Michelle Leigh coaches figure skating at the Mariposa School of Skating in Barrie, Ontario. A coach for 26 years, Michelle's athletes have competed at 24 Canadian, 14 World, and four European championships and over 55 international events, including three Olympic Games. Counted among the many national and international athletes she has coached are Olympic Silver Medallist Elvis Stojko and six-time Canadian Champion Jennifer Robinson.

Carol-Angela Orchard is the Head Coach of Gymnastics at the Claude Watson Sports Program at Seneca College, Toronto. Some of Carol-Angela's major international coaching assignments include seven World Championships, two Commonwealth Games, the Junior & Senior Pan American Games as well as the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney where Canada tied its previous best-ever team ranking of 8th place.

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

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