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ISSUE #7-2007
Friday, March 23, 2007

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Gary Tayler - 1939 - 2007
  • Club Membership Renewals are due MARCH 31, 2007
  • Meet approval for the JD Awards and Top Ten List
  • Wendy Taylor and Jack Robertson to be inducted into the Abbotsford Hall of Fame
  • 2007 Canadian Marathon Championships
  • Hosting of the Canadian Half Marathon Championships - Request for Letters of Intent
  • BC Athletics Road Running Committee Annual General Meeting
  • Long Term Athlete Development for Athletics Presentation - Victoria


Gary Tayler - 1939 - 2007

We are saddened at the loss of BC Athletics official Gary Tayler after suffering a massive heart attack on Monday, March 19, 2007. Gary was a member of the Langley Mustangs. Our sympathy and best wishes go out to Gary's family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 2:00pm at the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre.

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

Approval of meets for the 2007 Season for JD Awards and Top Ten.
Deadline APRIL 1, 2007

The following meets have been approved by the JD Committee for All Time Top 10 listings and for JD Awards. If any Club would like to have their meet(s) added to this list please submit the name of your meet by APRIL 1 for approval at the next JD Committee meeting. If a meet is not approved for the above purposes an athlete will not be able to use results obtained for awards or All Time Top 10 listings. Only sanctioned meets may be approved.

BC JD Track and Field Championships
BC JD Pentathlon Championships
BC Summer Games (even years)
BC Midget Event (BCSG alternate meet)
Trevor Craven Memorial Meet, Burnaby.
Jesse Bent Memorial, Coquitlam
Pacific Invitational, Langley
** Track City Classic, Eugene
** Classy Classic, Seattle
Jack Brow Memorial, Kelowna
Spruce Capital, Prince George
Kamloops Centennial, Kamloops
George Dean Meet, Sidney
Eagle Classic, Maple Ridge
Cougars Invitational, Courtenay
Bob Dailey Invitational, Port Alberni
Elwood Wylie Meet, Nanaimo
Dogwood Meet, Victoria
Garriock Invitational, Duncan
Nat. Legion T and F Championships
NorWesters Elementaries Meet, Burnaby.
Junior Olympics, Surrey
BC Elementary Championships, Richmond
BC Interior Championships (provisional)
Island Pentathlon and Throws Meet

** Athletes competing in US Meets must present a certified copy of meet results.

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 BC Athletics Individual Membership Process

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.

Wendy Taylor and Jack Robertson to be inducted into the Abbotsford Hall of Fame

Wendy Taylor Charney and Jack Robertson will be inducted into the Abbotsford Hall of Fame at a gala reception and dinner that will take place at the Legacy Centre on Saturday, April 28.

Taylor was a former Canadian Senior and Junior Champion in the 100-metre hurdles. She represented Canada internationally as a hurdler and member of the national 400-metre relay team at the 1971 Pan American Games, 1970 and 1974 Commonwealth Games and the 1973 World Cup of Athletics.

During her collegiate career she represented Western Washington University and established three school records that included a time of 13.7 for the 100-metre hurdles that remains the school record at this time. In 1973 she placed third in the AIAW Women National Collegiate Championships. In 1980 she was inducted into the Western Washington Hall of Fame.

Jack Robertson is a long time supporter of track and field both in Abbotsford and British Columbia. In the late 1960's he was the founder of the Abbotsford Track and Field Club, which later became the Valley Royals. Robertson was an original member of Achilles International and he was Chairman of the 1995 Western Canada Games that were held in Abbotsford. In addition, in 1969 Robertson was responsible for building the original track in Abbotsford.

Athletics Canada

Canadian Marathon Championships - Ottawa, ON

National Track & Field Championships

Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships

Canadian Track & Field Championships

Road Running

Hosting of the Canadian Half Marathon Championships - Request for Letters of Intent


Athletics Canada would like to begin the process of selecting a host for the Canadian Half Marathon Championships for 2008 & 2009.

The ideal date of the event is in the Spring, separated from the Canadian Marathon Championships by 4-6 weeks or in September and at least two weeks prior to the Canadian 10 km Road Running Championships (scheduled for the first Saturday after Thanksgiving). Dates in June and July would not be suitable for the Championships.

Letter of Intent and Supporting Documentation:

Athletics Canada invites interested parties to submit a Letter of Intent to host the championship event listed above. All Letters of Intent must be submitted with the following information:

  • Championship event to be hosted;
  • Name of the mass race with which the National Championship will be hosted (if applicable);
  • Name(s) and position(s) of key event organizer(s) including Race Director;
  • List of current race sponsors;
  • Commitment in principle to work in close partnership with Athletics Canada and its corporate and funding partners in hosting and presenting all aspects of the event;
  • Summary of previous experience in hosting similar events;
  • Provincial branch endorsement (Not mandatory for the Letter of Intent, but is for the Bid Application);
  • Course certification number

Submission Deadline and Address:

The Letter of Intent along with the required supporting documentation must be submitted by e-mail to: Ivonne Shoucair at, Membership & Events Manager, no later than Friday, April 13th, 2007 (at 16:00 hrs ET).


To ensure that applicants have sufficient time to prepare their submission and Athletics Canada has the time required to properly review the applications, the following timelines have been established:

  • Submission of letters of intent - By Friday, April 13th, 2007
  • Athletics Canada to send Bid Documents to all those having submitted a Letter of Intent - By Wednesday, April 18th, 2007
  • Completed Bid Applications submitted to Athletics Canada - by Friday May 18th, 2007
  • Notification of successful candidates - Monday, June 11th, 2007

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.)

Track & Field Technical Specifications UPDATED

TRIUMPH-The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics.
By Jeremy Schaap
Review: Gerry Swan

I found this book to be an absorbing read that follows the career of Jesse Owens considered by many to be the greatest athlete of the 20th Century. The book, which is written by Jeremy Schaap, (who was also the author of CINDERALLA MAN which last year was made into a movie) traces Owens' life placing particular emphasis on this sprinter and long jumper's experiences at the 1936 Olympic Games.

Born in Alabama, Owens' father was a sharecropper and his grand dad had been a slave. Under pressure from Jesse's mother the family moved to Cleveland, Ohio when Jesse was a young boy. High school track coach Charles Riley who taught Owens' how to run with relaxation and good form recognized his running ability.

His ability gained Owens' an athletic scholarship to Ohio State University where he was befriended by coach Larry Snyder. At a meet in Ann Arbor Michigan on May 25, 1935, Owens' established four world records (100 yards, 220 yards, 220 yard low hurdles and long jump) in the space of 2 1/2 hours. The long jump record stood for some 30-years.

Owens then went on to represent the United States at the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, Germany. Known as the Nazi Olympics, Owens overcame the prejudices of his own teams administrators and coaches to win four gold medals (100m, 200m, long jump, 400 meter relay).

The book is well documented and an absorbing read as the author had access to the Owens family, unpublished interviews, and exhaustive archival research. It's a dramatic story that details the struggles, pressures and bigotry that Owens had to overcome (much of it from the American teams administrators) in order for him to be able to represent his country. With a number quotations taken from actual reports filed by journalists of that area, the reader is given a splendid insight into the accomplishments of one of the world greatest ever athletes.

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:

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

Long Term Athlete Development for Athletics Presentation - Victoria

The National Athletics Endurance Training Centre - Victoria will doing a presentation on Long Term Athlete Development for Athletics.
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2007
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: McKinnon Building, Room 150, University of Victoria
Presented by: Wynn Gmitroski, Head Coach, National Athletics Endurance Centre, Victoria

Program Outline:

  • Overview of the entire LTAD for Athletics
  • Specifics on the "Train to Train" Phase of LTAD (this is the phase that most young club athletes are in)
  • Discussion and Question/Answer

This is recommended for all coaches and interested parents. A copy of the Athletics Long Term Athlete Development document is available and can be printed from: - English (FINAL).pdf

Level I Coaching - Kelowna

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


SmartWeb Canada - WebAlive March Newsletter 2007

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

Back issues of the BCAB are available at