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ISSUE #33-2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Upcoming Level 2 Coaching Clinic – All event areas
  • Abbotsford Times article highlights active children – Getting fit for life
  • Cross Country – New Balance Invitational information
  • TransCanada 10K Results
  • Level 1 Officials Clinic – October 27


Getting fit for life

Jean Konda-Witte, The Abbotsford Times
Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A daily dose of vigorous exercise is seldom on the menu for many Canadian children, many of who are waging a losing battle against childhood obesity. But Fraser Valley educators and organizations are fighting to reclaim a healthy childhood for kids, through healthy eating in schools and fitness programs designed to get kids moving again.

Unlike many other school districts, Abbotsford has physical education specialists in every elementary school and each student receives a minimum of 90 minutes of P.E. each week.

To read the rest of the article, visit

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: 

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 DEADLINE PASSED
  • 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

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 9 -

Cross Country

New Balance Invitational

Saturday October 20, 2007
Beacon Hill Park
Victoria, BC

  • 12:00 pm Women's 4 km
  • 12:30 pm Men's 6 km

Entries: send rosters to by Wednesday Oct. 17th Day of Race: Registration starts at 10:30 am at the race course.
Entry fee: $10.00 per entry / maximum team fee $50 per race.

For further information contact Brent Fougner
Telephone: (250) 721-8408


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.

Road Running

TransCanada 10K Results

Saturday, October 13, 2007

10K Run with the Champions and Canadian Championship 

Wheelchair 10K 

Men's top 5

1. Curtis Archibald, Halifax NS, 32:36.7
2. Ian Reid, Toronto, ON, 33:19.0
3. Rami Bardeesy, Halifax NS, 33:51.2
4. Chris Serran, Guelph ON, 34:38.6
5. Trevor Dieleman, Enniskillen ON, 34:52.0

Women's top 5

1. Denise Robson, Dartmouth NS, 35:50.6
2. Lavinia Carreau, Truro NS, 36:00.3
3. Jennifer Faraone, Toronto ON, 36:33.3
4. Francine Darroch, Providence, 37:55.6
5. Heather Goodfellow, Halifax NS, 38:26.2

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 registration and all the information about the race.

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


Level I Officials Clinic

Saturday October 27
Time: 10:45am
Location: Langley Secondary, 21405 56th Avenue, Langley


Contact: Sue Kydd

  • Email Sue to register, there is no charge
  • Feel free to bring a friend….or two
  • Please park at the east end of the school, (the track end) and look for signs.

Course will last about 1.5 hours and NO there will not be a test.


Plan ahead! The Officials AGM will be held on October 28, in Abbotsford, at Madison's restaurant. See details on Officials page at

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

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