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ISSUE #3-2007
Monday, February 12, 2007

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • 2007 Masters Track & Field Championships announced
  • RunJumpThrow needs BC Athletics Club Participation and Support!
  • Long Time Track Supporter Celebrates 100!
  • 2006 Lower Mainland Cross Country Series Awards
  • Atlantic Region Head Coach Position


RunJumpThrow needs BC Athletics Club Participation and Support!

WANTED: More Club participants to attend the Run Jump Throw Instructor certification Workshop the weekend of February 23-25th, 2007 at Semiahmoo High school, South Surrey.

The workshop is for club coaches, elementary teachers, parent assistants who either teach or are interested in working with children ages 7 and up. It is also an excellent workshop for Juvenile/Junior/University age athletes who may be coaching or delivering track and field activities during sports camps or spring break club promotional camps.
Participants will be eligible to receive NCCP certification as Instructors upon completion.

Please go to to get further details or contact Thelma Wright at or AT (604) 737 3175. There are still spots left so first come first serve. I am trying to save some spots for the Juvenile, Junior age athlete who may wish to get trained so they can help your club with summer sports camps and spring break camp.

It may be able to be used for credit for some of the University students in a Human Kinetics or teaching program, or for high school leadership students practical requirements.

It really is a win win for your athletes and your programs. Having certification gives credibility and recognition to your program and coach/athletes as well as promoting the program that all of us as BC Athletics members have agreed to support.

For more information including a list of other upcoming clinics in BC please go to the RunJumpThrow section of this bulletin.
Thanks and please feel free to pass this request on to others you may know might be interested.

Thelma Wright
Run Jump Throw Coordinator
BC Athletics
Suite 206 1367 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC, V6H 4A9
Tel 604 737 3175
Fax 604 737 3171

Long Time Track Supporter Celebrates 100!

Isobel Campbell, mother of Heather Campbell (1959 & 1963 Pan Am Games sprinter) who was an early member of the Vancouver Olympic Club will celebrate her 100th birthday on Saturday February 10th. This is probably the first time anyone in Vancouver associated with Track & Field has reached this age. Long time BC Athletics member and Hall of Fame member Marion Crowley notes that Isobel was always involved in helping as much as possible and graciously gave her time and support to the sport.

BC Athletics would like to take this opportunity to wish Isobel a very happy 100th birthday!

2007 BC Masters Track & Field Championships

June 15 - 17, 2007
Langley BC - hosted by the Langley Mustangs
Held in conjunction with the Pacific Invitational

GM High Performance Coach Grants

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

Program Description:

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

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

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

Selection Criteria:

Athlete/Coach partnerships will be selected:

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

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

To download the application form, please click here.

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2007

Upcoming Coaching Clinics

Registration forms may be found on the BC Athletics website.

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

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

Changes to Events and Age Groups

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

Some additions to the events for the Junior Development athletes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2007 Memberships

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

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

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

Athletics Canada

(Based in Moncton, New Brunswick)

Athletics Canada is searching for a full-time coach to design and coordinate the training and competition program based on a Team Atlantic concept. The focus will be on increasing results for athletes and coaches from the Atlantic region for the 2009 Canada Games and 2010 World Junior Championships. The ideal candidate will be minimally a fully certified level three coach who has the capabilities to communicate in both official languages with five or more progressive years of experience in Athletics. You will also have national leading experience in a particular event discipline or group of events and ability to coordinate and lead activities across disciplines.
For a complete job description please visit Athletics Canada's website:

Road Running

Run The Ridge - to offer nearly $6000 in prize money!!

Set against the magnificent Golden Ears Mountains near Maple Ridge, B.C., the inaugural Run The Ridge road race will offer participants an experience in a premier event. The course not only boasts spectacular views, but is flat and fast. With a total prize purse of $5800, the event is expected to attract top notch competition in Open & Masters categories.
Information can be found at:

Cross Country

2006 Lower Mainland Cross Country Series Awards

Congratulations to all participants and award winners in the 2006 Lower Mainland Cross Country Series. Prizes were awarded to the first 3 boys and girls in each age group. There are a few trophies still to be claimed. Please email Chris Dalhuisen at to make arrangements to pick up trophies.

Track & Field

Lost and Found at the 2006 Jack Brow Meet

Someone left a camcorder at the Jack Brow meet last summer and the Kelowna Track & Field Club would like to see that it gets home. It is a Sharp VL-E610 Viewcam, found in a red cloth carrying case.
Please contact Pam Medland at 

Point Grey Community Track Fundraising

Participate in the Brick Program
Tax-Deductible Donations

For complete information, see 
Printable Donation form:

Run Jump Throw!

Upcoming RunJumpThrow Events

For information on upcoming RunJumpThrow Events taking place across the province, please visit our RJT web page at

RunJumpThrow Instructor Workshops Available

Now Online:

  • Descriptions of the types of Instructor Workshops that are available
  • Fee Schedule for Workshops
  • Registration forms for hosting a Workshop

Please visit

Upcoming Workshops:

February 16
Vernon SD #2
RJT Teacher Certification/community coach workshop

February 16
Chilliwack SD#33
RJT Teacher Certification workshop

February 23-25
Ocean Athletics, South Surrey
RJT Teacher/high school student/community coach workshop

May 4
Surrey SD#36
RJT Teacher Certification/community coach workshop


The Gold Standard - February 2007

The February edition of Athletics Canada's newsletter - The Gold Standard

CABC E-News - February 2007 

Halifax 2014 Commonwealth Games Bid

Job / Volunteer opportunities

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

BC Team Staff Positions

Coaches wishing to apply for staff positions on BC Teams should complete the application below as soon as possible:


New Sport Science articles are posted to the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre website every Wednesday. Access can be found at either through the "Sport Science Articles" link on the main page or through the sport science page. You can also access the articles listed above through the weekly "Top Stories" link.

REMINDERS and Quick Links

Managing Risk - Keeping our Sport Safe

In the continuing effort to provide information and tools to assist member clubs in managing risk and providing a safe environment for children, youth and adults to train, participate and compete in Athletics (Road Running, Track & Field, Race Walking, Cross Country Running, Marathons, Ultras, Trail and Mtn Running), please find below the link to the Sport BC website and information on:

  • Harassment and Abuse in Sport
  • Safety in Sport
  • Screening Staff and Volunteers Management/ Risk Management Main.asp

New Online Drug Database Helps Canadian Athletes Compete Doping-Free

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