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ISSUE #38-2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • BC Athletics Annual Awards – 15 yr-old criteria and forms now available
  • Jon Brown, Marathon Olympian, changes allegiance to Canada
  • Guelph the site of the 2007 Canadian Cross Country Championships
  • Best in the West High School Spring Break Training Camp – San Diego
  • Spring Break Vertical Jumps Camp – Phoenix, Arizona
  • 2007 BC Cross Country Team
  • Employment Opportunity – Manager Fundraising Services, SportBC


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 is now available:

The deadline for all nominations is November 30, 2007 with the exception of the Youth 15 yr category which is due December 7, 2007.

Marathoner Jon Brown changes allegiance

Placed 4th for Great Britain in the last two Olympic Marathons, Jon Brown has declared that from now on he will be running for Canada. He has been a long-time resident of British Columbia and carried a Canadian passport but still competed internationally for Great Britain. Brown missed a marathon medal by just seven seconds in Sydney and by 15 seconds in Athens. He holds the British 10000m record of 27:18.14 and his best marathon time is 2:09:31.

Brown had planned to run the Flora London Marathon last April, and traveled from Canada, but came down with a fever the night before the race and withdrew. "This decision has been long overdue" he said, "and has renewed my enthusiasm for the sport which had been waning recently". He will apparently try to qualify for the Canadian Olympic Team at the Fukuoka Marathon in December or Tokyo Marathon in February. He is 36 years of age and lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Sport BC Athlete of the Year Award Nominations

Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards is the longest-standing sport recognition event in the country. Awards in 16 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches and officials based on their performance and contribution to sport in the province.

Sport BC hosts this annual gala event to celebrate the achievements of BC’s best and brightest sport participants.

2007 Athlete of the Year Awards

Sport BC proudly presents the 42nd Annual Athlete of the Year Awards to be held in March 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.

Our theme of “Actively Growing Together” accurately reflects the way sport brings together communities and partners who believe that working together is the only way to grow and prosper to and beyond 2010. British Columbians are actively leading the way to healthier lifestyles.

Nominations are now being accepted for awards to be presented in 16 categories

The deadline for submitting nominations is 5:00pm on Friday, November 23rd

Nominations are vetted to ensure that the nominee meets the criteria of the category in which he or she is being nominated. In January 2008 the Selection Committee, comprised of sport media and sport sector representatives, will meet to select finalists in each of the categories. Recipients are announced at the awards dinner in March.

Nominations are posted on this website in an editable Word format. New this year, all nominations must be typed or word-processed.

Nominations can be submitted by:
Fax: 604-737-3097
E-mail: aoynominations(at)

For more information about Sport BC's 42nd Athlete of the Year Awards or the nomination process, please call 604-737-3099.

2007-2008 BC Athletics Athlete Assistance Program application

The 2007-2008 BC Athletics Athlete Assistance Program application is now available on the BC Athletics website: 

Application is due November 30, 2007.

Long Term Athlete Development - A Sport Parent's Guide

This guide is an indispensable tool for any coach, club or association looking to introduce parents to good sport for their children. The latest (but not the last) of Canadian Sport for Life publications includes A Sport Parent’s Guide, a look at LTAD (long-term athlete development) from the parent’s perspective. Introducing concepts such as physical literacy, the five S’s (stamina, strength, speed, skill & suppleness (flexibility), this guide introduces the seven stages of athlete development and demonstrates how parents can support their child as they move through these stages. A must have for any parent of active children; available to download from

Is the Purchase of Track and Field Equipment From the USA In Your Near Term Plans?

Then Perhaps You Should Take Advantage of Current Exchange Rates

As the Canadian dollar approaches $1.09 in comparison to the American dollar, for those contemplating purchasing track and field equipment from a United States supplier, this might be the ideal time to do so. Even if you do not wish to make the purchase for a few months, perhaps it would be wise to convert some Canadian dollars to American dollars and place them in an American interest bearing account.

There is no certainty that the Canadian dollar will not appreciate further against its USA counterpart—predicting the future trend of currencies is a hazardous occupation. But one thing I have learned in the past is that whenever an asset appreciates very quickly, as has the Canadian dollar, there is a very good chance that a top in its value is fast approaching and that drop in value is very possible.

For those who intend to make a purchase but not for the next three to six months, perhaps a good method would be to establish the cost of the purchase and place half that amount in a USA account. By doing so, you have hedged against a fall in the Canuck buck with at least 50% of the purchase price.

Contact me if you need any further information or a few tips on purchasing from a US supplier.

Gerry Swan

Team BC Athletes and Coaches:

If you are a Team BC athlete attending Grade 9 or 10, please read on about an exciting opportunity to attend the next BC Olympic & Paralympic Youth Leadership Academy in Kimberley-Cranbrook.

The BC Olympic & Paralympic Youth Leadership Academy is an opportunity for young people to learn about the Olympic movement, Olympic values, individual leadership styles and abilities, and how to tackle projects and issues with teamwork. The next Academy will be held February 21-24, 2008 in Kimberley-Cranbrook in conjunction with the 2008 BC Winter Games. For more details or to apply, please visit the Academy website at The application deadline is December 1, 2007.

Kamloops Track and Field presents - “An Evening with Gary Reed”

Date: November 25, 2007

Location: Thirsty Dog
355 Lansdowne Street, Kamloops BC

Time: 6:00 pm-10pm
Roast Beef/Chicken Dinner, Roast Potatoes, Vegetables, Salad and Dessert

Tickets: $25.00 per person, all proceeds to Kamloops Track and Field Club
Contact Judy for tickets.

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

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

Guelph site of the Canadian Cross Country Championships

OTTAWA - The 2007 Canadian Cross Country Championships will take place Saturday December 1 at the University of Guelph. The race begins at the HR Hilton Centre in the Universities arboretum.

Guelph native Hilary Stellingwerff will have the opportunity to compete in front of friends and family. Hilary won the 1500 metres Canadian Championship earlier this year in Windsor, ON. She then went on to compete at the World Championships in Athletics, finishing 6th in her semi-final heat just missing making the final.

Other notable athletes at the Championships include:

  • 10km Canadian Road Race Champions Dylan Wykes of Kingston, ON and Megan Metcalfe of Edmonton, AB. Megan won gold at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro as well as taking the 5000 metres Canadian title.
  • Reid Coolsaet of Hamilton, ON will be a threat to the Canadian title. Reid, who trains in Guelph, finished second at the 2006 Cross Country Championships. Reid is the reigning 5000 metres Canadian champion.
  • Cambridge, Ontario’s Carmen Douma-Hussar. Carmen has competed in numerous international events through 2007 including the World Championships in Osaka, Japan.

Schedule of Events

Event	                                        Start time  Distance
Community/Open Winter Cross (Non Championship)   9:45        5km
Masters Men's and Women's Championships          10:45       8km
Children's Fun Run                               11:45       1km
Junior Women's Championships                     12:00       5km
Junior Men's Championships                       12:45       8km
Senior Women's Championships                     1:30        7km
Senior Men's Championships                       2:15        10km

For more information including the course map please visit: 


2008 National Cross Country Program – Preliminary information

Due to unforeseen NACAC XC delays, Athletics Canada (AC) is unable to publish full details about the 2008 Cross Country National Team Programs at this time. In order to allow coaches and athletes to adequately prepare for the Canadian Cross Country Championships, AC wishes to minimally offer the selection guidelines since the event is just a few weeks away. Further details will be made available by AC staff at the championships in Guelph.

Selection Guidelines as of Nov. 13, 2007 -

2008 National Team Staff Applications

The 2008 National Team Staff Applications for Coach and Manager positions have now been posted on the AC website:

Deadline for applications to be received by email or fax is December 1, 2007. Applicants interested in the cross country projects are encouraged to apply by Thursday, November 15.

Please contact Melissa Dowling, National Team Programs Manager at or (613) 260-5580 x3307 with any questions.

The Gold Standard

The November edition of the Gold Standard is now available. This month's newsletter includes:

  • Interview with 2007 World 1500m Wheelchair Champion Chantal Petitclerc
  • 2007-2008 Athlete Assistance Program
  • 2008 World Indoor Selection Criteria
  • TransCanada 10K Championships
  • 2007 AC Award Nominees
  • And Much More

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

Results from around the Track (and Field)

November 20, 2007 -

Track and Field


The 2008 Spring Break Camp will be in San Diego, and features many of the top coaches in Western Canada, including Stephanie McAnn (Olympic finalist, pole vault), Tom Nielsen (coach of Canadian Jr. javelin champion), and Graeme Fell (Canadian record holder, steeplechase).

The camp is almost 3/4 full, so reserve your spot as soon as possible!

For more information, go to:

Spring Break Vertical Jumps Camp - Arizona

Hey Leapers! If you are a high jump or pole vault enthusiast, here is your chance to a get a jump on your competitors. Join us in the Arizona sun for some spring training and competition.

Pole Vaulters: Train with vaulting guru Todd Lehman, jumps coach at Paradise Valley College and Sky Athletics. Vaulters at Sky Athletics include 2000 Olympic Champion Nick Hysong and former world record holder Stacy Dragila. Vaulters from around North America visit Todd for his advice.

High Jumpers: Train with Team B.C. Jumps coach Greg Peters. Greg coaches the top two junior women pole vaulters in Canada and has coached several of the top high jumpers in B.C. in the past 20 years.

Cost: $1900

  • Local Transport
  • Accommodation (based on three per room)
  • Facility rental and Coaching fees
  • Transportation from Vancouver
  • Meet Entries

We have placed a limit of 6 vaulters and 6 high jumpers for the camp to ensure a high quality training environment.

For information and camp registration call
Greg Peters: 250-847-9696 or 250-877-9413 (cell), email: 


2007 BC Cross Country Team

Canadian Cross Country Championships – Guelph, Nov 29 – Dec 2

Jessica Smith       Norwesters/SFU
Justine Johnson     Pacific Athletics
Angela Shaw         Valley Royals/SFU
Katherine Digby     Vancouver Thunderbirds
Helen Crofts        West Van Track
Teegan Schoch       Kelowna T & F
Luc Bruchet         Ocean Athletics
James Clark         Golden Ears Athletics
Jeff Phillips       PIHRT
Rowan Forseth       UNA - Coombs
Mitch Culley        Valley Royals/SFU
Cliff Childs        Kelowna/UVIC
Kristen Kolstad     SFU
Claire Jean         Pacific Athletics/UVIC
Meredith MacGregor  Valley Royals
Kirsty Smith        UNA – North Vancouver
Marilyn Arsenault   UNA - Victoria
Shannon Elmer       UBC
Steven Osaduik      PIHRT 
Eric Kiauka         PIHRT
Morgan Titus        UNA - Whistler
Todd Howard         PIHRT
Kris Swanson        Pacific Athletics
Bruno Mazzotta      Kamloops T & F 
Craig Odermatt      Pacific Athletics
Herb Phillips       UNA - Burnaby
Paul Reimer         UNA - Abbotsford
Art Boileau         Hershey Harriers 
Cindy Rhodes        Kelowna RC
Wendy Davies        PIHRT

Head Coach & Asst Coach:

Graeme Fell,
Darcie Montgomery 


Jerry Tighe, Vancouver,  604-908-1834


Club Officials Needed

BCA Officials provide a valuable service to Clubs, there is a great need to recruit new, young, energetic officials, as many of the current officials have been contributing service to BCA for a very long time.

The BCA Officials' Committee would like to invite all Clubs to place a Link on their website to BCA Officials' web page through BCA's site. On this link please list the number of officials that are associated or belong to your Club. If there are no officials in your Club, please let your members know that a recruitment drive is on for new officials.

If all Clubs encourage at least one member to become an official, the number of officials would increase dramatically and a lasting service would be provided to our athletes.

Jacqueline Barrington

Job / Volunteer opportunities

Manager, Fundraising Services

Position Type: Full time
Application Deadline: November 30, 2007
Location(s): Vancouver
Years Experience: 4+
Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

To view complete job posting visit,

Applications, including a current Curriculum Vitae and covering letter, will be accepted in confidence by email only to

Sport BC thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only those who will be invited for an interview will be contacted.

Job Opportunity at the National Coaching Institute–British Columbia

Director, NCI-BC

Located on the University of Victoria campus, the National Coaching Institute–British Columbia (NCI–BC) offers advanced coaching programs to achieve its mission: to develop world-class professional coaches who are capable of preparing athletes for podium performances in sport and for life outside sport.

Due to the retirement of the incumbent, the NCI is seeking a Director to lead the development and delivery of programs aimed at improving the quality of coaching.

To download the job description, go to

Job Opportunities with Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association BC

Marketing and Communications Coordinator -

Administrative Coordinator -

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


2007 USOC Olympic Coach E-Magazine, fall issue

View the USOC Coach E-Magazine as a Web page: 


  • Message from the Performance Services Managing Director

SIRC Newsletter - Female Participation

Females that participate in sport and fitness have better self-image, higher self-esteem and decreased likelihood of depression. However the Canadian Strategy on Sport and Physical Activity for Girls and Women indicate that girls and women are underrepresented in all areas of sport. Many barriers keep women from participating including time and comfort level however there are ways to motivate women to participate including role models and creating a welcoming environment.

SIRC would like to thank the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) and Women in Coaching (Coaching Association of Canada), for their assistance with this issue of the SIRC Newsletter.

Featured Articles:

  • Developing Female Leadership in the Canadian Sport System
  • Physical Activity and Women 55–70
  • Females' Constraints in Physical Recreation Participation
  • To Coach or Not?
  • Girls, Sport and Becoming Active
  • Fit Female

To read these articles, 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