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ISSUE #5-2007
Friday, March 9, 2007

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Highlights from this issue:

  • BC Athletics Board of Directors Approves New Event Sanctioning Policy and Fee Structure
  • Athletics Athlete Julia Leavitt and Personal Coach John May Awarded Petro-Canada's FACE Program Funding
  • Level I Coaching Clinics
  • RJT - Prince George


BC Athletics Board of Directors Approves New Event Sanctioning Policy and Fee Structure

At a March 6/07 meeting of the BC Athletics Board of Directors, a new sanctioning policy and fee structure was approved for implementation April 1/07. The new policy provides for:

  • Alternative Liability Insurance for BC Athletics Sanctioned Events. Sanctioned events will have the option with respect to Liability Insurance of providing their own insurance (equivalent to that provided thru BC Athletics) or having it included as part of the BC Athletics event sanction package.
  • The separation of the Event Liability Insurance costs from the fees for sanctioning the event.
  • The sanctioning of the competitive portion of events, defined as providing recorded results and/or performance based awards to individuals.
  • A discount of $3.00 on the entry fees to BC Athletics sanctioned events.

The details of the new policy and fee structure will be available to the membership and event organizers through the BC Athletics Website and Bulletin prior to April 1.

Athletics Athlete Julia Leavitt and Personal Coach John May Awarded Petro-Canada's FACE Program Funding

Paralympic Athlete Julia Leavitt of Nanaimo and her coach John May of Black Creek have each been awarded the Petro-Canada's Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE) Program grants. The FACE Program is designed to provide much needed funding to help developing athletes achieve national carded status in the short term, and assist coaches to improve their educational skills and capabilities over the long term. Fuelling the dreams of athletes and coaches together allows the pair to work in tandem sharing experiences and knowledge while achieving success on the field of play. The FACE Program is a partnership between Petro-Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada. Congratulations to Julia and John!

2007 BC Athletics Club Membership Application Forms

2007 Club Membership Application forms are available for renewing clubs on the BC Athletics website. Deadline March 31, 2007

2007 BC Athletics Full Club Membership Application

2007 BC Athletics - Athletics Society/Organization Affiliate Club Membership Application

2007 BC Athletics - Athletics Post Secondary (School) Affiliate Club Membership Application

2007 Memberships

Members of BC Athletics affiliated clubs must sign up with BC Athletics through their club Registrar. Only individual memberships from Unattached athletes will be processed by the BC Athletics office.

Any clubs who have not sent in their BC Athletics 2007 Club Registrars Waiver must do so immediately. Once the waiver is completed and submitted to the BC Athletics office information will be forwarded with a link to the ACDirect on-line membership database.

All individuals who are active in the club at this point in time including athletes, coaches, officials, and club executives must have their 2007 memberships in place in order to be sure insurance coverage for the club is in place.

Athletics Canada

Selection Criteria posted on Athletics Canada's website:

**Athletes are reminded that they do not need to wait until they achieve standards to declare. If you are interested in competing in these events you are encouraged to declare now by completing the declaration form linked on the event pages.

The Gold Standard - March 2007


  • Interview with Geneviève Thibault
  • 2007 AGM
  • IPC Trials at Boiling Point Track Classic
  • Canadian 10,000m Championships
  • 2007 World Athletics Day
  • Danny Daniels still Flying
  • Website Sneak Preview and more...

Road Running

BC Athletics Road Running Committee Annual General Meeting

March 28, 2007 - 6:00pm
Sport BC Building - 1367 W. Broadway - Room 106
Elections will be held for positions on the committee.
Everyone in the Road Running community is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Cross Country

2006 Lower Mainland Cross Country Series Awards

Congratulations to all participants and award winners in the 2006 Lower Mainland Cross Country Series. Prizes were awarded to the first 3 boys and girls in each age group. There are a few trophies still to be claimed. Please email Chris Dalhuisen at to make arrangements to pick up trophies.

Track & Field

2007 BC Masters Track & Field Championships

June 15 - 17, 2007
Langley BC - hosted by the Langley Mustangs
Held in conjunction with the Pacific Invitational

Changes to Events and Age Groups

At the recent BC Athletics Annual General Meeting a number of motion were passed related to events and age groups

Some additions to the events for the Junior Development athletes

  • 60m added to the 9,10 and 11 year olds
  • Pole vault added for both male and female 13 year olds

Some deletions to the events for some of the junior development age groups

  • 200 metre event will be eliminated from the 9 and 10 year old age groups
  • 400 metre event will be eliminated from the 9 and 10 year old age groups
  • 200 metre hurdle event will be eliminated from the 11 year old age group
  • The Medley Relay event will be eliminated from 9, 10 and 11 year old age groups

A separate resolution focused on the 15 year old age group and some changes were passed:

  • The 15 year old age category now will come under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile, Junior and Senior Track and Field Committee as Youth 15
  • The provincial Championships for the Youth 15 athletes will be held in conjunction with one or more of the Juvenile, Junior and Senior age group championships
  • The Combined Events competition for the Youth 15 females will be contested as the Heptathlon with 80m hurdles and by the Youth 15 males as the Octathlon with 100m hurdles

A further motion altered the steeplechase event for the Juvenile age category from 1500m steeplechase to the distance of 2000 metres for both male and female athletes.

The technical specifications on the BC Athletics website is currently being up-dated and will soon reflect the above mentioned changes to our event listings.

Canadian 10,000m Championships - Abbotsford, BC

If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Clarke, Events Coordinator at or 613.260.5580 ext.3309

Lost and Found at the 2006 Jack Brow Meet

Someone left a camcorder at the Jack Brow meet last summer and the Kelowna Track & Field Club would like to see that it gets home. It is a Sharp VL-E610 Viewcam, found in a red cloth carrying case.
Please contact Pam Medland at 

Run Jump Throw!

Upcoming RunJumpThrow Events

For information on upcoming RunJumpThrow Events taking place across the province, please visit our RJT web page at

RunJumpThrow Instructor Workshops Available

Now Online:

  • Descriptions of the types of Instructor Workshops that are available
  • Fee Schedule for Workshops
  • Registration forms for hosting a Workshop

Please visit

Upcoming Workshops:

March 17

Prince George
RJT Instructors Workshop
Registration form will be available shortly

May 4
Surrey SD#36
RJT Teacher Certification/community coach workshop

Coaching Clinics / Seminars

Level I Coaching Certification - Victoria

Conducted by Ron Parker
March 10th and 11th
Held at Oak Bay Secondary School in Victoria

Level I Coaching - Kelowna

March 24th and 25th
Conducted by Amber Gilbert
Held at the Apple Bowl in Kelowna

Job / Volunteer opportunities

Atlantic Region - Head Coach 

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

BC Team Staff Positions

Coaches wishing to apply for staff positions on BC Teams should complete the application below as soon as possible:


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

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

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