Printed from Subscribe to the BCA Bulletin:

Close window « BACK NEXT » Print This Page

BC Athletics Bulletin

Your source of up-to-date Athletics news in BC. If you came to this page via email link, click here to get to main BCA site.

ISSUE #32-2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • 2007 BC Athletics Annual Awards
  • Upcoming Level 2 Coaching Clinic – All event areas
  • Haney to Harrison print distribution needs you!
  • Wynn Gmitroski and Andy Higgins receive Coaching Awards
  • BC team for Canadian 10km Championships announced
  • Masters Runners needed!
  • Run Jump Throw heads to the Kootenays for the Power of Sport Tour


2007 BC Athletics Annual Awards

For the descriptions of categories awarded and nomination forms for the 2007 BC Athletics Annual Awards visit 

The Youth 15 yr Award information/form will be available shortly.

The deadline for all nominations is November 30, 2007

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 Athletics needs you!

We are rapidly approaching our 26th annual Haney to Harrison Road Relay event, and we need you to help us get the word out. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to distribute some posters and flyers to some designated athletic clubs and stores in the lower mainland.

This should take one weekend day, or two evenings at most, and we would need them distributed by Oct 15th.

We are offering $10 an hour plus gas.

Please contact Miranda at or call at 604-317-0864.

Coaching Association of Canada Announces 
2007 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award Winners

October 3, 2007

OTTAWA – The Coaching Association of Canada today announced the names of the 30 coaches who are the 2007 recipients of the Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards.

The awards will be presented during Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif, scheduled to take place in Halifax, October 12-14, 2007. The Sport Leadership Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday, October 12, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. at the Cunard Centre.

This year, these prestigious awards recognize coaches whose athletes won medals over the past year at open world championships. “At Petro-Canada, we dream big, and that's why we support coaches who do the same,” says Steven Keith, Petro-Canada's director of Olympic and Community Partnerships. “We are proud to support the 2007 Coaching Excellence Award winners.”


Wynn Gmitroski of Victoria, coach of Gary Reed, 800m silver medallist at IAAF World Championships in Athletics

For full list of award recipients, see 

Coaching Association of Canada Selects Andy Higgins for Prestigious National Award

OTTAWA, October 4, 2007 – The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) today announced that track and field legend Andy Higgins of Toronto is the recipient of the 2007 Geoff Gowan Award for his lifetime contribution to coaching development.

“Every winner of the Geoff Gowan Award has been an exemplary leader in all aspects of coaching in Canada, and Andy Higgins is no exception,” says Jean-Marie de Koninck, chair of CAC’s board of directors. “This modest man’s reputation as an innovator and leader is unparalleled. He has contributed enormously to public recognition of coaching as a respected profession. CAC is very proud to be recognizing Andy with this well-deserved award.”

For full story, follow this link: 

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 had to be ordered by Monday, October 8th.


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 DEADLINE PASSED
  • 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

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

Athletics Canada


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.

TransCanada 10K Championships set for Saturday in Ottawa

OTTAWA - The 2007 TransCanada 10K Run with the Champions is set to take place this Saturday October 13th along the picturesque Ottawa Parkway. The races begin and finish in front of the historic Canadian War Museum.

Chantal Petitclerc will line up in Ottawa to compete for the Canadian wheelchair 10K championship. Already this year Chantal has broken two world records in the 1500 and 200 metres distances and captured gold medal in the 1500 metres demonstration event at the 2007 World Championships held in Osaka, Japan. This will be the first national wheelchair road race championship fully staged by Athletics Canada. “It has been a good year at Athletics Canada for the complete integration of paralympic athletes,” said Petitclerc. “We have been working together for a long time and these projects of common championships have been in the plans for many years, and it is a true pleasure to see them become reality, with a big success. After a good experience for all at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Windsor, I’m looking forward in participating in the 10 km Canadian Championships.”

Schedule of Events

  • TransCanada 10K Canadian Wheelchair Championship 8:45am
  • TransCanada 10K Canadian Championship Women 9:20am, Men 9:30am
  • National Timex Series Road Racing Series Finale 9:30am
  • Run with the Champions 9:30am
  • Canadian Masters 10K Championship 9:30am
  • Award Presentations 10:45am

The Championships also play host to the Timex National Road Race Series Final. Developed in 1989 in conjunction with the provincial branch associations of Athletics Canada, the Timex Road Race Series holds over 110 races with in excess of 140,000 participants per year. It is Canada’s only National Road Race Series, encompassing nine series in all provinces.

You can still register online at or in person Friday from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at The Marriott Ottawa and Saturday from 7:00am to 9:00am in front of the Canadian War Museum. For more information, including the course map and the full weekend schedule please visit


The October edition of The Gold Standard is now available.

This month’s newsletter includes:

  • Interview with World Championships Silver Medalist Gary Reed
  • 1st Annual Spikes and Clubs
  • September Story Highlights
  • No Positive Tests during IAAF World Championships
  • Information from the IAAF Council Meetings
  • IAAF 2008 Calendar
  • And Much More

Please follow the link below to view the October edition of The Gold Standard. 

Results from around the Track (and Field)

October 2 -
October 9 -

Road Running

TransCanada Canadian 10km Championships

Oct 13, 2007 – Ottawa, ON

Representing B.C.

Kristina Rody – Whistler
Meaghan McCollum, Vancouver
Rita Ivanauskas – Vancouver
David Jackson - Victoria
John Hill – Coach – Vancouver


The Run with the Champions will serve as the TransCanada 10km Canadian Championships and the Canadian 10km Wheelchair Championships. Last year more than 40 athletes competed for the Canadian title. If you are interested in racing for the national title, please review the Technical Package for eligibility requirements.


The Championship will also host the TIMEX Series final which is the culmination of the TIMEX provincial series, encompassing every province across the country. The TIMEX National Road Race Series has over 110 races with in excess of 140,000 participants, designed for all runners from beginner to the elite competitor.

The TransCanada Canadian 10km Championships will serve as the Timex Road Racing Series Finale. Prizing will be awarded to the Top 3 male and female finishers in the Timex race. There will also be a trophy for the Top overall provincial branch (top 2 men and top 2 women will score for each province)

Athletics Canada Youth Development Fund

The TransCanada 10km Championship and Run with the Champions 10km benefits Canada’s developing athletes - our future Olympians. All proceeds from this race will benefit Athletics Canada`s youth development programs, helping off-set (and hopefully eliminate) the costs associated with self funded teams.


On Sunday, November 18th 2007, the Snohomish Track Club is hosting the annual Canadian-American Masters Cross Country Challenge in conjunction with the Northwest Region Cross Country Championships (website All masters of age 35 and over of all abilities are invited to participate. The Masters 8k for men and the 6k for women will be held at 11:30 am at Lower Woodland Park near Seattle. If we can get enough Canadian runners, we will rent a bus for the trip. If you are interested in participating, please call George Gluppe at 604-469-7946 as soon as possible.

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.


Run Jump Throw!

Upcoming RunJumpThrow Events

RJT Instructor Workshops for Teachers

Date: Saturday Oct. 20 2007
Times: 8:30am – 4:30am (TBC)
Location: Cranbrook (TBC)
Details and registration form to be posted soon.

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. 19th, 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



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

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


SIRC Newsletter October - Physical Education

Participating in sports can lead to the enhancement of work ethic, discipline, time management and organizational skills of students. It has also shown to boost self esteem, energy levels and concentration. Physical education can provide students with an excellent opportunity to participate in sports on a regular basis. SIRC is pleased to support School Sport Week, October 12-19, 2007.

Feature Articles

Student Fitness Needs

Feeling trapped within your daily teaching routine? Are the same curricular activities getting you down, or worse yet… your students? Perhaps you and your students are craving an injection of new and fun fitness activities designed for the secondary level. The development of health-related fitness has long been associated with primary curricular goals within physical education.

Student Participation

As the Assistant Principal for Activities at Dunedin, I know that participation in extracurricular activities enhances a student's high school experience. In a recent study I conducted, I found that our high school student-athletes were more academically successful than our non-athletes. The biggest difference came when athletes were in season.

Grading in Physical Education

Should we grade students on whether they dress for physical education? Should we grade students on the speed at which they can run the mile? Should we grade students on the number of times they are absent or can't/won't participate? Should we grade students on their ability to maintain their heart rate in the target heart rate zone during the majority of the class period? Should we grade students on x, y, z...?

Teaching Strategies

What teaching strategies does Rockwood School District expect of physical education teachers in order to meet students' varied learning profiles, interests, and readiness levels? One of the key Board of Education goals in the Rockwood school district is that student achievement will be increased through differentiated learning opportunities for each student.

Training Youth Athletes

Information is provided on today's focus on the development of sport talent in children. The physical and mental aspects required to achieve sporting success are explained and the basics of a sports conditioning plan are outlined.

To read this month's edition of the newsletter, please visit 

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