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Thursday, November 29, 2007
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Highlights from this issue:
- 2008 BC Athletics AGM and Awards Banquet information
- 2007 Athletics Canada Award Winners – Armstrong, Reed, Gmitroski
- 2008 Olympic Qualifying Standards finalized
- 2007 Canadian XC Championships – Entries list available
FROM THE BCA OFFICE
2008 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting
January 25, 26 & 27 2008
Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond BC
2008 BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet
January 26, 2008
As in past years the BC Athletics office will use the website to
provide information, forms and details regarding the upcoming 2008 BC
Athletics Annual General Meeting and Awards Banquet. Information will be
Please pay particular attention to the deadlines listed - www.bcathletics.org/main/agm.htm
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.
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.
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.
2007 Athletics Canada Award Winners
OTTAWA - Athletics Canada is pleased to announce the 2007 Award
winners. The winners were presented with their awards at an Awards Gala on
Saturday in Toronto coinciding with the 2007 Technical Congress.
Congratulations to all recipients, finalists and nominees.
For more information on Athletics Canada’s Awards, please visit: www.athletics.ca/page.asp?id=54
Outstanding Overall Athlete - Jack W. Davies Trophy
Perdita Felicien, Pickering, ON
Perdita Felicien had a great season after missing a few key meets in the
spring due to an injury. For her sixth consecutive year she captured the
Canadian Championship title in the 100 metre hurdles. After nationals
Perdita headed for Rio de Janeiro to compete in the Pan American Games
where she raced to a photo finish capturing the silver medal. In August
she captured silver at the World Championships running a seasonal best
12.49, her fastest mark since she broke the Canadian record in 2004.
Top Athlete in Track Events - Phil A. Edwards Memorial Trophy
Adam Kunkel, Paisley, ON
Adam Kunkel began the season looking to improve the Canadian Record he set
three times in 2006. At the Canadian Championships in Windsor, ON Adam
came away with the gold medal and a new Canadian Championship mark in the
400 metre hurdles. The Pan American Games was where he would better his
Canadian Record finishing in a time of 48.24. Adam Qualified for the final
at the World Championships and would finish 8th due to an unfortunate
injury early in the race.
Top Para-Athlete in Wheelchair Events - Wheelchair Para-Athlete Award
Chantal Petitclerc, Montréal, QC
Chantal Petitclerc’s first international performance of the year was a
clean sweep at the Swiss Race Series. She came away with Gold in the 100,
200, 400, 800 and 1500 metre events. She set three world records this
season; once in the 1500 and twice in the 200 metres. Petitclerc won
Canadian titles in the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 metre events and in the
10km Road Race. At the World Championships in Athletics Petitclerc won
gold in the 1500 metres wheelchair demonstration event.
Top Athlete in Field Events - F.N.A. Rowell Trophy
Dylan Armstrong, Kamloops, BC
Dylan Armstrong set a new personal best in the shot put early in the
season setting the stage for a career year. Dylan won the Canadian shot
put title at the National Championships and captured gold at the Pan
American Games. Competing in his first World Championship, he qualified
for the final finishing 9th overall.
Single Outstanding Performance of the Year - Cal D. Bricker Memorial
Gary Reed, Victoria, BC
Gary Reed is the recipient of the Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy for
his outstanding performance at the World Championships. As a relative
unknown on the international stage, he burst on the scene winning his
heat, and semi-final to qualify for the final. Reed was at it again
leading from the start in the final coming down to a photo finish earning
his first World Championships medal just off the gold by one-hundredth of
Top Para-Athlete in Ambulatory Events - Ambulatory Para-Athlete Award
Jason Dunkerley, Ottawa, ON
Jason Dunkerley is the recipient of the Ambulatory Para-Athlete Award.
Dunkerley broke two Canadian and two Parapanamerican records on his way to
two gold medals at the Parapanamerican Games in the 800 and 1500 metres.
At the Canadian Championships Dunkerley took the title in the 800 metres
and finished second in the 400 metres. Greg Dailey of St. Georges, ON is
Jason’s guide runner.
Top Marathon Athlete - Fred Begley Memorial Trophy
Diane Roy, Hatley, QC
Diane Roy kicked off the season with a win in Ottawa at the 2007
Canadian Wheelchair Marathon Championships. She would later break the
Canadian wheelchair marathon record during the Swiss Racing Series. Diane
also set a new 5000 metres Canadian record on her way to the 5000 metres
Best Athlete of the year in Combined Events - Combined Events Award
Best University Athlete of the Year - Dr. Fred Tees Memorial Trophy
Jessica Zelinka, London, ON
Jessica Zelinka won every event she entered at the Canada West
Universities Athletics Association (CWUAA) Championships (60 metre
hurdles, 60 metres, shot put, long jump, pentathlon). At the Canadian
interuniversity Sport (CIS) Indoor Championships she won gold in the 60
metre hurdles, long jump, shot put and pentathlon and was named CIS Top
Female Athlete for the season. In May Zelinka improved her Canadian
heptathlon with a performance of 6343 points at the IAAF Combined Events
Challenge in Austria. She demonstrated courageous effort at the Pan
American Games suffering an injury in the final event but fought through
the pain to finish the 800 metres and earn gold. Unfortunately the injury
would keep her from competing at Worlds.
Best Junior Athlete of the Year - Eric E. Coy Memorial Trophy
Jenna Martin, Bridgewater, NS
The 2007 Eric E. Coy Memorial Trophy was awarded to Jenna Martin.
Jenna set a Canadian Junior Indoor record of 54.22 in the 400 metres.
Jenna also represented her country at the Pan American Junior
Championships, coming home with silver in the 400 metres.
Best Youth Athlete of the Year - Myrtle Cook Trophy
Natalie Geiger, Stouffville, ON
At the World Youth Championships Natalie Geiger finished 5th in the
400 metres and captured bronze with her teammates in the medley relay
which consists of a 400 metres leg, two 200 metres legs and an 800 metres
leg. She won gold at the Canadian Junior Championships in the 400 metres.
Outstanding Coach of the Year
Wynn Gmitroski, Victoria, BC
This 2007 Outstanding Coach of the Year is Wynn Gmitroski, coach of
2007 World Championships silver medalist Gary Reed. Wynn has been coaching
for 28 years which has seen him involved in four Olympic Games, twelve
World Championships, and five Commonwealth Games.
Athletics Canada finalizes 2008 Olympic Qualifying Standards
OTTAWA - Athletics Canada announced today the final qualifying
standards for the 2008 Olympic Games which will be held in Beijing, China.
The 2008 qualifying period begins on April 1 and concludes with the
Canadian Championships on July 6. The 2008 Canadian Championships will
serve as the trials for the Olympic Games.
“The selection system we are publishing today is one of the essential
steps we are taking towards a successful showing in Beijing,” explains
Martin Goulet, Chief High Performance Officer for Athletics Canada. “These
standards and the associated repeat performance schedule have been
designed in order to ensure that - equally across all 47 track and field
events - our athletes will really be competitive once selected for the
Games. Then, with this team of selected athletes, our first priority will
be to create and deliver a performance centered environment that
contributes directly to achieve or surpass our set performance benchmarks
which includes two Olympic Games medals.”
The A+ standards were established following an analysis of recent World
Championships and Olympic Games results as well as a statistical analysis
from the past five years in order to reflect what represents - performance
wise - a top 12 ranked athlete in the world. The A and B standards, not
including road events, are the same as the International Association of
Athletics Federation (IAAF) A and B standards. Road events A and B
standards are established homogeneously with other event standards using a
combination of the World List, Scoring Tables and other equivalencies to
ensure balance with the A and B track and field standards. A road event
standard must only be achieved once during the two-year qualifying window.
The final standards published today have not changed very much from the
draft standards published on June 1, 2007. Some of the modifications
include: Women’s throws A+ standards have been adjusted, indoor
component has been added, and a rising star criteria has been included.
Please note that the full Olympic team selection document will be
available in February. Details on the selection of Rising Stars from the
eligible pool of athletes will be provided in this document.
Canadian Cross Country Championships Saturday December 1 in Guelph
Ottawa - The 2007 Canadian Cross Country Championships take place this
Saturday December 1 at the University of Guelph. The 2007 Championships
will serve as the junior and senior selection trials for the 2008 NACAC
Cross Country Championships and 2008 IAAF World Cross Country
Championships in Edinburgh, Great Britain.
A number of local athletes will have the opportunity to showcase their
talents in front of the hometown crowd. Among them is Reid Coolsaet,
second place finisher at the 2006 Canadian Cross Country Championships,
and the Canadian champion in the 5000 metres for a third consecutive year.
Carmen Douma-Hussar and Hilary Stellingwerff will compete in the women’s
Championship, both athletes ran for Canada in the 1500 metres at the 2007
World Championships in Osaka, Japan.
Defending Canadian junior champion Danelle Woods from Ottawa, ON will
line up to defend her title. Earlier this year Danelle finished as the top
Canadian at the World Cross Country Junior Championships. Other notables
include Beth Wightman of Toronto, ON who finished 4th at the 2007 NACAC
Cross Country Championships along with Lindsey Carson of Cambridge, ON and
Marie-Louise Asselin of Sarnia, ON who finished 1st and 2nd respectively
at the NACAC Junior Cross Country Championships. Close to 800 athletes
will converge on Guelph to compete for the junior, senior and masters
Schedule of Events
Time Event Distance
9:45am Community/ Open Race 5km
10:45am Masters Men's & Women's Championship 8km
11:45am Children's Fun Run 1km
12:00pm Junior Women's Championship 5km
12:45pm Junior Men's Championship 8km
1:30pm Senior Women's Championship 7km
2:15pm Senior Men's Championship 10km
Flotrack.com will be on site to cover the event posting race footage
and interviews. Flotrack.com is an internet running site with online
coverage from both international and national track and field and cross
For more information 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/
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 27 - www.athletics.ca/display_news.asp?newsid=455
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
Darcie Montgomery MontgomeryD@northvanrec.com
Jerry Tighe, Vancouver, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.