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ISSUE #42-2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Happy Holidays from BC Athletics!
  • 2008 BC Team Staff Applications due January 18th
  • RR & XC Technical Manager Appointment – Maurice Wilson
  • 2008 Beijing Accommodation and Tour Packages
  • Job Opportunity – Race Director, HBC Run for Canada



Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

BC Athletics would like to extend warm wishes to you, your family and your friends this holiday season.

Please note that the BCA office will be closed December 22nd through January 1st. The office will re-open in the New Year on January 2nd. The next Bulletin will be January 10th.

May you have a Merry Christmas, and all the best in the New Year!

Maurice Wilson to Head Up Road and Cross Country Running for BC Athletics

BC Athletics is pleased to announce that Maurice Wilson has been appointed as the BC Athletics Technical Manager for Road and Cross Country Running and will officially begin his duties on January 14, 2008.

“We are very happy that Maurice accepted the position with BC Athletics,” said Larry Harper, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Maurice has been and will continue to be a great contributor and now leader to the Road and Cross Country Running programs in British Columbia,” he concluded.

Maurice has an extensive background as a successful competitive runner at the provincial level in road, track and cross country. He has taken that success and extended it to roles with the Pacific Road Runners as a Coach, Club Administrator and Technical Official. In addition he has been a key figure in the development of the very successful First Half / Half Marathon presented by the Pacific Road Runners, an event that provides a great competitive opportunity for elite and fitness runners alike.

“With experience on the BC Athletics Board of Directors, the BCA Planning Committee, as the President (Past) of the Pacific Road Runners and a member of the BC Athletics Road Running Committee, Maurice brings a great deal of experience and credibility to this position. We are looking forward to having Maurice onboard to continue the development and promotion of Road and Cross Country Running,” said Brian McCalder, BC Athletics President/CEO.

Please join us in welcoming Maurice Wilson to the BC Athletics staff.

2008 BC Team Staff Applications

If you are interested in being staff on any 2008 BC Teams, please fill out the online form that can be found here: 

The deadline for applications is January 18th, 2008.

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 updated regularly. 

Please pay particular attention to the deadlines listed:

  • January 4, 2008 - 2008 AGM Resolutions
  • January 18, 2008 - BC Athletics Guest Rate - Hilton Vancouver Airport
  • January 23, 2008 - 2008 Awards Banquet tickets
  • January 25, 2008 - Voting Delegate Registration Forms must be submitted to the BC Athletics office
  • January 26, 2008 - 2008 Board of Directors Nominations

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

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

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

2008 Beijing Accommodation and Tour Packages

Boulevard Travel, Athletics Canada's official travel partner, is pleased to offer accommodation and tour packages for the Beijing, China 2008 Olympic Games. Whether you are looking for a 3 star hotel or something more upscale, Boulevard Travel can provide you with the custom holiday adventure you are looking for. For more information please click here. (


This partially funded camp is designed for development level athletes to focus on planning for success in the outdoor season and the future. Top 5 Juniors for 2008 (born in 1989, 90, 91) and Team 12 named athletes may apply. After the 1st registration deadline (January 25) other aspiring athletes may apply if space permits. The camp will take place March 8-16 2008.

Athletes will be supported in the execution of their present programs. Coaches are encouraged to attend with their athletes.

Athletes and coaches will have access to current information to enhance results, with presentations in recovery techniques, biomechanics (Dartfish), training theory and planning, strength training, and relays.

The National Training Center, Clermont Florida
1099 Citrus Tower Blvd.
Clermont, Florida 34711
Phone: 352-241-7144

The center is a comprehensive sports training center with access to all track and field training and event specific equipment. The center has at your disposal an aquatic center, strength facility, and numerous trails for endurance athletes.

Accommodations will be at the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott (1760 Hunt Trace Boulevard beside the NTC).

Hugh Conlin: Camp Director, Sprints and Hurdles Coach
Glenroy Gilbert: National Relay Coach
Bruce Pirnie: National Throws Coach

- Stay tuned, more information will follow -

$200.00 - Included in the cost is accommodations and training center expenses. This does not include transportation to Florida.

Please click here to view the registration form

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.


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.

Selection Guidelines as of Nov. 13, 2007 -

The Gold Standard

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

  • The 2007 Athletics Canada Award Winners
  • The Canadian Cross Country Championship Results
  • The 2008 Olympic Qualifying Standards and Repeat Performance Schedule
  • Information on the 2008 Legion Coaching Academy
  • And Much More

Please click here to view the December/ January edition of The Gold Standard.

Results from around the Track (and Field)

December 17 - 

Track and Field

Kamloops Track and Field Winter Training Camp 

CANCELLED – Sorry for any inconvenience


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).

For information on coaching and a tentative itinerary, 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: 


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

Hbc Run for Canada - Race Director

TrojanOne wishes to contract an individual to act as a Race Director and manage the run operations and course management of the Hbc Run for Canada in Vancouver. This individual will be required to provide the following services to TrojanOne on behalf of the client for the Hbc Run for Canada to be held in Vancouver on July 1st 2008.

For full description of position, see the following PDF file:  

If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter and resume to: 
Subject: Hbc Run for Canada Race Director - Vancouver

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


BC Wheelchair Sports December Newsletter

The December 2007 issue of the BCWSA Newsletter can be viewed at:

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