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Thursday, November 22, 2007
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Highlights from this issue:
- BC Athletics Annual Awards – 15 yr-old criteria and forms now
- 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
- Spring Break Vertical Jumps Camp – Phoenix, Arizona
- 2007 BC Cross Country Team
- Employment Opportunity – Manager Fundraising Services, SportBC
FROM THE BCA OFFICE
2007 BC Athletics Annual Awards
For the descriptions of categories awarded and nomination forms for the
2007 BC Athletics Annual Awards visit www.bcathletics.org/main/awards.htm
The Youth 15 yr Award information/form is now available: www.bcathletics.org/main/awardsnom/y15awardscrit.htm
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
The deadline for submitting nominations is 5:00pm on Friday, November
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:
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: www.bcathletics.org/main/pdf/aap0708.pdf
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 www.ltad.ca.
Is the Purchase of Track and Field Equipment From the USA In Your Near
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
Contact me if you need any further information or a few tips on
purchasing from a US supplier.
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 www.bcacademy.ca.
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 email@example.com
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 www.bcathletics.org/main/resources.htm
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 www.bcathletics.org/main/pdf/cftc_form.doc
Below are the instructions (also available from the above link) for
filling out the form.
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
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- 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
- 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: www.athletics.ca/page.asp?id=35
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 - www.athletics.ca/files//NationalTeamPrograms/Events/
2008 National Team Staff Applications
The 2008 National Team Staff Applications for Coach and Manager
positions have now been posted on the AC website: www.athletics.ca/page.asp?id=20.
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 email@example.com
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
- 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
Results from around the Track (and Field)
November 20, 2007 - www.athletics.ca/display_news.asp?newsid=451
Track and Field
BEST IN THE WEST HIGH SCHOOL SPRING BREAK CAMP 2008
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
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.
- Local Transport
- Accommodation (based on three per room)
- Facility rental and Coaching fees
- Transportation from Vancouver
- Meet Entries
ACT QUICKLY TO ENSURE YOUR SPOT IN THE CAMP!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
2007 BC Cross Country Team
Canadian Cross Country Championships – Guelph, Nov 29 – Dec 2
JUNIOR WOMEN AFFILIATION
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 email@example.com,
Darcie Montgomery MontgomeryD@northvanrec.com
Jerry Tighe, Vancouver, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Job / Volunteer opportunities
Manager, Fundraising Services
Position Type: Full time
Application Deadline: November 30, 2007
Years Experience: 4+
Compensation: Commensurate with experience.
To view complete job posting visit, www.sport.bc.ca/files/PDF/Career_Postings/
Applications, including a current Curriculum Vitae and covering letter,
will be accepted in confidence by email only to email@example.com.
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
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 http://coach.ca/eng/story_details.cfm?ID=422.
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
- COACHING CONVERSATIONS - A WAY OF FOSTERING ATHLETES TO PEAK
- SPORTS DRINKS FOR ATHLETES
- LEGACY OF AN OLYMPIAN: TRANSITIONING FROM OLYMPIAN TO COACH
- USOC SPORT PSYCHOLOGY’S “TOP TEN” GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR
- RPE - RATE OF PERCEIVED EXERTION
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.
- 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 www.sirc.ca/
New Sport Science articles are posted to the Canadian Athletics
Coaching Centre website every Wednesday. Access can be found at www.athleticscoaching.ca
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 www.asra.ca
PODIUM - Canadian Olympic Committee's Newsletter Vol. 5, Issue 5 is
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 www.bcathletics.org/main/bcabulletin.htm.