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ISSUE #31-2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • JD Award Banquet details – ticket order form now available
  • Canada at World Mountain Running Trophy
  • Deadline Imminent – ‘08/09 BC Cross Country Championships Bids
  • Christopher places 2nd at World Athletics Final
  • SportBC Profile – Dylan Armstrong
  • Employment Opportunity – Executive Director, Saskatchewan Athletics


2007 BC Junior Development Awards Banquet Luncheon

Sunday October 14, 2007

Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver BC
3250 Commercial Drive (close to Victoria Drive/Commercial Drive intersection)

11:15 am - Social Hour
12:00 noon - Luncheon followed by Awards Presentations and a PowerPoint presentation


Tickets must be ordered by Monday, October 8th.
Ticket order form available here: 


Athlete dress should be appropriate for this occasion. Please wear your best as you would to any special occasion.

Graduating 14 and 15 year old JD athletes will receive certificates.

Copies of the PowerPoint presentation will be on sale.

Door Prizes Needed !!

Each club with JD members is asked to send two prizes (or more) of at least $10 value to the banquet. All athletes will be given a ticket and have the opportunity to be a winner! This is not a fund raiser, just a fun event to make the afternoon more memorable for our young athletes.

When selecting items for this event, please remember that the winners will all be athletes, ages 9-15, and choose your donation accordingly. Suggestions of popular gifts in past years include: video rental or movie gift certificates, store gift certificates, videos, sports equipment, toys, etc.

Please contact Denise Clement (250-724-6176), John May (259-337-8384), or Len Van Ryswyk (604-531-9844) with your donations.

2007 JD Award Recipients announced

Congratulations to the 79 Junior Development athletes that are recipients of the 2007 awards. To view the list, please visit our website at

For the 2007 year only, athletes were considered for an award if they met or exceeded the new JD Awards standard AND/OR #10 on the All Time Top List and provided they also met the other criteria:

  1. are a competitive member of BC Athletics
  2. have competed at three or more of the meets approved by the JD committee including at least one JD championship meet
  3. for 9 to 12 year olds have competed in at least one run, one jump and one throw event.

In future years only athletes who have met or exceed the JD standards for that year will be considered. Top Ten performances will still be recorded in the All Time Top Ten list.

Attention Event Directors

This is a reminder that as of April 2007, there has been a new event sanctioning policy in place. Among other changes, a $25 surcharge has been added for sanctioning applications that are received less than 30 days prior to the event, so please apply for sanctioning in a timely matter.

For more details on the updated policy, visit our website

The 2007 H2H is calling all BC Athletics Clubs

Does your club have a team or teams ready to take on the H2H 100km Road Relay challenge this November?

The H2H is a great way to get your members together and compete for your club in this fantastic relay event.

We're also looking for some dedicated volunteers to man exchange points along the race route.

We're looking to make the 2007 event even better with help from clubs like:

  • Alouette Achilles
  • Kajaks
  • Lions Gate Road Runners
  • Pacific Road Runners
  • Hershey Harriers
  • Semiahmoo Sun Runners
  • Vancouver Falcons

H2H has been a successful running event with amazing run exchanges over the past 26 years! We are hoping that your team/club is interested in assisting some of our current teams with one of our 8 exchanges!

Your team can be an integral part of this fun and exciting event for 2007.

Register online at or contact to register your team to assist with an exchange!

Application form to Host 2008 BC Athletics Provincial Championships now online!

The following is a list of BC Athletics Championships that BC Athletics members clubs can apply to host. If your club is interested in hosting one of these events as either an event unto itself or incorporated into an existing event, please submit the form by the indicated dates: 

  • Cross Country Championships bids to be received no later than September 27, 2007
  • JD Championships bids to be received no later than October 12, 2007
  • All other bids to be received no later than October 19, 2007:
    • Midget/Juvenile Track and Field Championships
    • Junior Track and Field Championships
    • Senior Track and Field Championships
    • Masters Track and Field Championships
    • Combined Events Championships (Mid., Juv., Jr., Sr., Mast)
    • 5km Road Race Championships
    • 10km Road Race Championships
    • 20km Road Race Championships
    • Half Marathon Road Race Championships
    • Marathon Road Race Championships
    • Road Relay Championships

Athlete Ombudsperson Position
2008 Paralympic Summer Games
Beijing, China

Athlete Ombudsperson Position 2008 Paralympic Summer Games Beijing, China The Canadian Paralympic Committee and AthletesCAN seek a highly motivated individual for the volunteer position of Athlete Ombudsperson for the 2008 Paralympic Summer Games in Beijing, China.

As the Athlete Ombudsperson you will be a contributing member of Team Canada's Mission Staff and will liaise with the 2008 Canadian Paralympic Team and AthletesCAN leading up to and during the Games.

The Athlete Ombudsperson will provide guidance and counsel for Canadian Paralympic Team athletes to quickly and effectively resolve disputes and issues. If necessary, with the athlete's consent, the Ombudsperson may arrange representation for the athlete at any hearing, dispute resolution or appeal process in order to ensure the athlete's interests are served.

Deadline for applications is Friday October 5, 2007 at 5:00 PM (EST).

We thank all candidates who apply, but only those to be interviewed will be contacted.

For Job Description and Application Procedures, visit

BC Athletics In-Province SportsFunder Travel Program 2006 – 2007

BC Athletics is pleased to announce the SportsFunder In-Province Travel Support Program for the time period of October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007. The BC SportsFunder Program funded by the Lotteries Branch of the Ministry of Attorney General is to support travel within British Columbia for Junior age athletes and under. For BC Athletics this program is targeted to assist athletes and supervising adults as members of BC Athletics Clubs or as Unattached Members of BC Athletics with the costs of travel within British Columbia to BC Championships, BC Team Trials, BC Club Competition and approved Training Camps.

Deadline for Application is October 5, 2007

For Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria for the Program and application form visit 

Any questions, please contact BC Athletics at 603-737-3177.

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

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

Chantal Petitclerc to take part in TransCanada 10k Championships

OTTAWA - Chantal Petitclerc of Montreal will make the trip to the nation’s capital to compete for the Canadian title on Saturday October 13 in the TransCanada 10k Championships.

As one of Canada’ s most recognized and decorated athletes, Chantal has swept multiple titles in major international competitions such as the Paralympic Games, World Championships, and Commonwealth Games. This year alone she has broken two world records in both the 1500 and 200 metre events and won gold in the 1500 metres demonstration event at the 2007 World track and field Championships held in Osaka, Japan.

The TransCanada 10K Championships will mark the first wheelchair road race national championships staged by Athletics Canada. The Championships comprise the following events:

  • TransCanada 10K Canadian Championships
  • TransCanada 10K Canadian Wheelchair Championships
  • National Timex Series Road Racing Series Finale
  • Canadian Masters 10K Championships

The races begin on the Ottawa Parkway at the Canadian War museum at 8:45 am. 2007 Canadian marathon champions Lioudmila Kortchaguina of Thornhill, ON and Matthew McInnes of Toronto, ON will be looking to add to their mantles. Kortchaguina recently participated in the 2007 IAAF World Championships where Canada came away with two medals.

Awards will be handed out to both the Canadian male and female champions as well as to 11 age category champions. Prize money will be awarded to the top five overall Canadian male and female finishers and to the wheelchair division top finishers.



Deadline: October 15, 2007

Athletics Canada is seeking nominations for the 2007 awards. A revision and update of our awarding system and criteria will start this year; this includes new awards in order to recognize all disciplines of our sport.

Following are titles and categories of awards in which we are seeking nominations:

Jack W. Davies Trophy             Outstanding overall athlete of the year
Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy    Single outstanding performance of the year
Phil Edwards Memorial Trophy      Top athlete in track events
F.N.A. Rowell Trophy              Top athlete in field events
Fred Begley Memorial Trophy       Top race walk, cross country or off the track athlete
Combined Events Trophy            Top athlete of the year in combined events
Junior Athlete of the Year Trophy Outstanding junior athlete of the year
Myrtle Cook Trophy                Outstanding youth athlete of the year
Dr. Fred Tees Memorial Trophy     Top Canadian university athlete
Wheelchair Para-athlete Trophy    Outstanding wheelchair para-athlete of the year
Ambulatory Para-athlete Trophy    Outstanding ambulatory para-athlete of the year
Coach of the Year Trophy          Outstanding coach of the year in athlete development

The deadline for nominations to be received at the National Office is October 15, 2007. Nominations are welcomed by everyone in the athletics community; please note that athletes nominated need to be current members of a Provincial Branch. Please e-mail or forward all nominations to the attention of:

Ivonne Shoucair, Membership Services and Events Manager
Address: Suite B1-110, 2445 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa ON K1G 6C3
Phone: (613) 260-5580 x 3311
Fax: (613) 260-0341

The nomination form is available at: (in word or pdf format)

The final decision on the awarding of the trophy shall be made by the Rules and Awards Committee of Athletics Canada.

Thank you for your participation in recognizing Canada’s top athletes.

1st Annual Spikes and Clubs Charity Golf Tournament

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada cordially invites you to take part in the first annual Spikes and Clubs charity golf tournament October 1st 2007 in Toronto. The tournament takes place at the exclusive Ladies Golf Club of Toronto in Thornhill, ON.

The golf tournament serves as a fundraiser to support Youth Development Programs – funding the next generation of track and field stars. All proceeds will be directed to offset and eventually eliminate the costs associated with self funded teams as well as supporting grassroots programs which combat child obesity and inactivity. Certain national teams require athletes to pay a portion of the costs due to budget restrictions - other countries have opted to cut these teams altogether.

A component of the event will be a silent auction featuring a trip to Panorama, BC brought to you by Boulevard Travel. The trip includes a one week stay (7days 6 nights) in a 5 bedroom 3 bathroom log cabin situated on a golf course. Other items available will be:

  • Signed photos of Lyle Overbay and Jeremy Accardo of the Toronto Blue Jays
  • Autographed World Championship bibs by silver medalists Perdita Felicien and Gary Reed
  • National team jacket signed by the Canadian World Championship team
  • Autographed Toronto Raptors basketball
  • Nike product
  • Autographed Athletics Canada T-shirt from the 2007 World Championship team
  • Signed Canadian flag from the 2007 World Championship team and much more.

The Ladies Golf Club of Toronto was established by Canadian Sports Hall of Famer Ada Mackenzie and designed by well-known course architect Stanley Thompson in 1924. In 1936 the ladies’ golf club opened its doors inviting men as guests, however today it remains to be the only golf club in America owned and operated solely by women.

There are still limited 4-somes available for this exclusive event which also includes dinner and a unique registration kit. Contact Athletics Canada to sign up or you can register online by visiting:

Sign-in and lunch will begin at 11:30am with tee off times beginning at 1pm.


2007 Canadian 10km Championships

Please be advised that the following Event Technical and/or Registration packages are now available:

If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Clarke, Events Coordinator at or 613.260.5580 ext.3309

The September edition of The Gold Standard is now available.

This month’s newsletter includes:

  • World Championship highlights and results
  • Spikes and Clubs Golf Tournament
  • Parapanamerican Games Results
  • 10km TransCanada Run with the Champions
  • August Highlights
  • And Much More

Please visit to view the September edition of The Gold Standard.

Results from around the Track (and Field)

September 24, 2007

5th IAAF World Athletics Final, Stuttgart, Germany, September 22-23

  • Men’s 400m - Tyler Christopher, 2, 44.87
  • Women’s 100m Hurdles - Perdita Felicien, 4, 12.83
  • Men’s 1500m - Kevin Sullivan, 5, 3:38.91
  • Women’s 1500m - Carmen Douma-Hussar, 9, 4:08.33

Road Running

2007 Haney to Harrison Road Relay and 100k Ultra

Registration is now open for the 2007 Haney to Harrison Road Relay and Ultra. Please visit for the online registration and all the information about the race.

Ottawa site of 2007 Timex Road Race series final

OTTAWA – The TransCanada Run with the Champions 10K is back in 2007 once again serving as the Timex Road Race series final. TransCanada Run with the Champions also serves as the 10 kilometre road race Canadian championships. This edition will also mark the first ever wheelchair national 10 kilometre road race championship. The event takes place on October 13 with a start at the Canadian War Museum and continuing along the picturesque Ottawa Parkway with Parliament Hill serving as the backdrop.

Please visit for race and registration information. The first 250 entrants will receive a complimentary pair of Nike running tights.

TransCanada Run with the Champions provides race participants the unique opportunity of competing alongside Canada’s elite as they vie for the Canadian title. 2007 Canadian marathon champions Lioudmila Kortchaguina of Thornhill, ON and Matthew McInnes of Toronto, ON will be looking to add to their mantles. Kortchaguina recently participated in the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan where Canada came away with two medals.

Awards will be handed out to both the Canadian male and female champions as well as to 11 age category champions.

Prize money will be awarded to the top five overall Canadian male and female finishers and to the wheelchair champions. Each age category division winner will win a Timex watch.

The Timex series is Canada’s only national road race series with races in all provinces encompassing in excess of 140,000 participants per year.


Cross Country and Trail Running

Canada at the World Mountain Running Trophy - Switzerland

The World Mountain Running Trophy was held in Switzerland on an up and down course this last weekend. There were two excellent individual efforts by Canadian athletes at this year's championship.

Adrian Lambert of Edmonton gained the highest place by a Canadian Male athlete ever at the World Mountain Running Trophy with a stellar 21st placing. This effort eclipsed the effort of Geoff Williamson who finished 26th in the last up and down event in New Zealand in 2005.

Katrina Driver of Vancouver also put in a strong effort finishing 23rd in the women's event. This is the second best showing by a Canadian woman and moves Katrina closer to emulating Val Chowaniec's 9th placing at the 2001 championship. Katrina can be well satisfied with her performance as she improved from 56th at last year's championship in Turkey. Katrina was joined by Jennifer Farone (44th) and Sharlene Cobain (54th) to finish a creditable 11th place in the team competition.

The race saw Marco De Gasperi take his fifth world title and on the women's side Anna Pichrtova finally taking the title after a number of finishes in the minor placing over the last few years.

Canadian Results

Senior Men



23. Katrina Driver
44. Jennifer Farone
54. Sharlene Cobain

Junior Men


Junior Women


Full results are available at 

The 2008 Canadian Mountain Running Championships are tentatively scheduled for July 19th at Mount Seymour, BC. Details to come!

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

Track & Field

Profile in Sport – Dylan Armstrong

SportBC feature on Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops: 

Dylan Armstrong has had a life long dream of competing in the Beijing Olympics for Canada. He is now on the cusp of making his dream come true by becoming one of the best shot put and hammer throw athletes to come out of Canada.

Having competed as a member of the Canadian National Athletics Team for three years and with PacificSport Interior for five years, Dylan has stood on the top of several international podiums.

In 1999 Dylan won two gold medals in hammer throw and shot put, consequently setting a meet record at the Pan American Junior Games in Tampa, Florida. In 2000 he won the silver medal at World Juniors in San Diego, Chile, and this past July Dylan made his country proud by winning the gold medal in the shot put at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Even more recently Dylan placed ninth in the shot put at the World Championships this September in Osaka, Japan.

Over the years Dylan has won numerous Canadian National Championships and broke a 38 year old record in shot put which was previously held by Dave Steen Sr. He is currently coached by Dr. Anatoliy Bondarchuk, himself a former Olympian in the hammer.

Dylan is strong in physical size, and more so, in his will to succeed. Before Kamloops built their world-class indoor training facility, Dylan (a native of Kamloops) would train throughout the cold winters in a dark and dingy city bunker that looked like something that Rocky might cringe at. This situation only fuelled his never-ending desire to win a medal at the World Championships and the Olympic Games.

The Kamloops community is proud of Dylan and many are in awe of his dedication.

Run Jump Throw!

Upcoming RunJumpThrow Events

RJT Instructor Workshops for Teachers

Date: September 28, 2007
Times: 10am to 2pm
Location: Cindrich Elementary School, Surrey
Registration form: 

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


The Officials' Committee invites you to attend:
The Fall Frolic

at John and Carol Cull's home, 12691 - 55A Avenue, Surrey, BC 604-599-6638 (Please contact Carol or John if you require driving directions)

On Friday, September 28th - (7:00pm until .........)

  • Come, Enjoy, Spend an Evening with us
  • Bring your partners (no square dancing is, however, planned)
  • White and Blue uniforms not required
  • Food and Beverages

We look forward to seeing you.

Please RSVP to Carol if you are able to attend.


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


Saskatchewan Athletics is the non-profit governing body for Track and Field, Cross County and Road Running in Saskatchewan.

The Executive Director has the overall financial and operational responsibility for the Association ensuring it meets its objectives, including the promotion and development of excellence in athletics. The Executive Director reports directly to the Sask Athletics Board of Directors.

The successful candidate must have a knowledge and understanding of the sport of athletics and the Canadian Sport delivery system. A relevant post secondary education as well as skills in financial management, marketing, and human resources and experience within a volunteer setting is essential.

This position offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. This competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. See for full job posting and list of responsibilities.

Please submit your resume to:

Personnel Committee
Sask Athletics
2020 College Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 2W4

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."


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