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ISSUE #6-2007
Friday, March 16, 2007

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • IAAF Road Race Course Measurement Workshop Announced
  • Sport BC's 41st Annual Athlete of the Year Awards Dinner Presentations
  • Club Membership Renewals are due MARCH 31, 2007
  • Updated information from Athletics Canada
  • WORLD MASTERS Age-grading calculator 2006


2007 BC Athletics Club Membership Application Forms

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


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

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.

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.

Sport BC's 41st Annual Athlete of the Year Awards Dinner

Congratulations to Liz Gleadle (High School Female Athlete of the Year and John Hawkins (Master Athlete of the Year).
Full Details are available at: Room/Athlete of the Year Recipients.asp

Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada Updates:

Please make note of the following updates on Athletics Canada's website:

Please note: A bulletin will follow if there are any further changes to these documents.

National Track & Field Championships

Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships

Canadian Track & Field Championships

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.

IAAF Road Race Course Measurement Workshop Announced

British Columbia Athletics is pleased to announce that there will be an IAAF Road Race Course Measurement Workshop presented by IAAF/AIMS Grade "A" Measurer Paul Adams. The course will be held in Abbotsford, B.C., Canada on April 14 - 15, 2007.

This course will be held during the week of Sport BC's, Power of Sport tour to the communities of Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack, B.C.

For more Information: Contact: Jerry Tighe, 604-737-3174

Cross Country

2006 Lower Mainland Cross Country Series Awards

If you haven't already received your award 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

WORLD MASTERS Age-grading calculator 2006

Select the event (or enter the distance), enter your details and result, then press Age-grade to lookup the WMA factor. This factor is used to calculate an age-graded result, which can be compared with athletes of different ages.

Also shown are the Open and age-graded standards set by WMA, and from these, your age-performance as a % of the Age std is calculated. This can now be compared between different events.

Pressing Result will calculate your result for a given age-performance - e.g. use your age-performance in one event to predict a different event or the same event at a different age.

Times can be entered as hh:mm:ss.dd - if no colon is supplied it will be taken as seconds; only one colon will be interpreted as mm:ss. The decimal seconds (dd) are not required. Distances and heights can be entered in metres, with or without decimal places.

Note that the factors are stored in this page, in Javascript, so that you can save the page to your local machine for use as an off-line calculator.

Decathlon and heptathlon scores (Dec pts) are also calculated from (relevant) results (including age-grading).

This calculator uses the 2006 Age-grading factors - see: Master's track website.
(The calculator using the previous (1994) factors is still available.)

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

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

Athletics - Run Jump Throw
(Elementary Schools - any or all grades Monday to Friday)

Athletics Canada and BC Athletics grassroots development program for our sport, this FUNdamentals program teaches the technical skill progressions for track and field events for boys and girls ages 6-12. The skills of running, jumping and throwing form the basis of all land based sport and as such, RunJumpThrow is a foundation program all youth can benefit from. The classes can be held either inside or outside and schools can request ˝ day direct delivery for classes. Equipment bag is provided. More information can be found at

Teachers RunJumpThrow Instructor Workshop(s)
(Elementary teachers - School or District Pro D)

Teachers can be trained as RJT Instructors by attending a one day or 1/2 day Pro D workshop which includes lesson plans and reference materials .

RunJumpThrow Instructor course for teachers will be offered Friday in Abbotsford. Location TBC. This is also open to High school students wishing to help coach at the elementary level and for parents and community coaches working with elementary age athletes. IF warranted the workshop will continue on Saturday for non teachers to complete NCCP certification.

Track and Field Athlete/Coach Development sessions
(High Schools- teachers and students grades 8-12)

Skills, Drills and Progressions for all event areas of Track and Field are offered in Physical Education classes or part of after school programs. Teachers can request specific skill progressions or event areas to be covered.

Evening 1-2 hr workshops are offered to cover any topic of interest in track and field from officiating and putting on meets to teaching and coaching specific skills and understanding the Long Term Athlete Development model.

Coaching Certification Workshops
(Club and High School coaches, parent volunteer coaches, youth leaders)

RunJumpThrow Instructor course for teachers will be offered Friday in Abbotsford. This is also open to High school students wishing to help coach at the elementary level and for parents and community coaches working with elementary age athletes. IF warranted the workshop will continue on Saturday for non teachers to complete NCCP certification.

Introduction to Track and Field Coaching course can be offered in either Mission or Chilliwack, over a two day weekend April 21 and 22. This opportunity will provide coaches with event specific coaching strategies and is aimed mainly for the junior high and senior high coach who would like to extend their knowledge about coaching track and field. Community coaches wanting event specific information are also encouraged to take part.

Both workshops provide the opportunity for NCCP certification. To receive a registration package for either of these workshops please contact or go to for more information about BC Athletics programs.

Thelma Wright
Run Jump Throw Coordinator
Tel 604 737 3175
Fax 604 737 3171

Coaching Clinics / Seminars

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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