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ISSUE #9-2007
Monday, April 23, 2007

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Harry Jerome Scholarship Award- Now accepting applications
  • Call for Volunteers for Hamstring Injury study
  • Penn Relays National Team Announced, Lauren Seibel sole BC athlete named
  • IAAF Newsletter - NEWS 85 - April 2007 is now published
  • 2007/2008 National Carding Criteria


Harry Jerome Scholarship Award

This award is administered by BC Athletics and financed by the Vancouver Foundation. The regular competition for this award will close at 4:30pm on the 3rd Friday of May each year.

For 2007 the deadline will be Friday, May 18, 2007

Eligible applicants must be residents of British Columbia and matriculating students progressing to full-time post secondary study. Scholarship(s) will be awarded to individual(s) who: have demonstrated exceptional ability and show considerable promise in Track & Field, Road or Cross Country Running (Athletics); demonstrate financial need; have attained an acceptable academic record and; have demonstrated qualities of character and leadership.

Award amount is based on available funding from the Vancouver Foundation.
Applicants must:

  1. Submit a brief biographical letter noting family background, educational history and plans, as well as career or vocational aspirations.
  2. Provide three letters of reference, one from each of: the principal, Track & Field coach, and other appropriate sources.
  3. Submit a verified statement of marks or academic transcript.
  4. Complete and submit the accompanying application and Athletics (Track & Field, Road and Cross Country Running) Achievements forms.

The award(s) will be announced by the time of the BC High School Track & Field Championships.
The award will be paid to the student's account at his/her place of study upon confirmation of registration. The award will be applied first to fees and subsequently to other appropriate educational expenses.

Applications should be addressed to:
c/o B.C. Athletics
#206 - 1367 W. Broadway
Vancouver BC V6H 4A9

Harry Jerome Scholarship Application Form (web page)
Harry Jerome Achievement Form (web page)

60 Volunteers required for UBC Study

"Low frequency electrical intramuscular stimulation for subacute and chronic hamstring muscle injury"

Requirements for participation: male with a hamstring injury
Age of participant: 19 - 54 years old
Reason to participate: Free effective treatment of injury upon completion of the trial.
Place: Muscle & Tendon Strain Injury Clinic, 160- 3920 Francis Rd,
          Richmond, BC
          Student Health Service clinic at UBC
Contact phone/name: 604-818-3462, Nikolay Yelizarov
Research team: Dr. J Taunton, Dr. N. Yelizarov
Recruiting time: Ongoing
What is a hamstring? - The muscles on the back of the thigh that bend the knee
Symptoms: Thigh tightness or stiffness, pain in the leg when stopping or changing direction, reduced leg muscle strength, knee pain
Pain-provoking activities: running, jumping, sitting and driving
Additional information:

Female Athlete Representative - Athletics Canada Board of Directors

We wish to extend congratulations to Nicole Forester who has been appointed by acclamation to the position of Female Athlete Representative on Athletics Canada's Board of Directors. Nicole's term will be from May 2007 to April 2009.


2007 BC Athletics Club Membership Applications

DEADLINE HAS PASSED for renewing club memberships for 2007. Any clubs that have not renewed do not have membership benefits in place including liability insurance coverage.

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

The details of the new policy and fee structure are now available for the membership and event organizers on the BC Athletics website. Please visit link below.

Athletics Canada

The National 2007/2008 Carding Criteria

The document for able-bodied athletes has been posted on the web:

2007 Technical Congress Announced

November 23-25
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON
Hotel: Holiday Inn Toronto Midtown
Contact Nicole Clarke at 

Canadian Marathon Championships - Ottawa, ON

National Track & Field Championships

Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships

Canadian Track & Field Championships

Road Running

TransCanada 10K Online Registration Now Available

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada is pleased to announce that online registration is now available for the 2007 TransCanada 10K Canadian Championship and for the TransCanada 10K Run with the Champions. The races take place jointly on October 13 2007 in Ottawa. In its second year, the event offers the unique opportunity for running enthusiasts, or people looking to stay fit and get exercise, to enter and run alongside - well most likely behind - Canada's top road runners.  The First 250 registrants will receive a FREE pair of Nike running long tights.

The race also hosts the Timex Series final which is the culmination of the Timex provincial series, encompassing every province across the country. New in 2007 will be a Pasta Dinner on Friday night at the Marriott Ottawa.

All proceeds raised from this event benefit Athletics Canada's Junior Development Fund, helping off-set the cost of athletes attending World Youth Championships, World Junior Championships and World Cross Country Championships. Awards will be presented to Canadian Champions, Age-Category winners, and Timex Series Final Champions. All participants will receive an event shirt, a Finisher's Certificate and Medal.

For more information, please visit or contact

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:

Deadline has passed for Letter of Intent. If you have submitted a Letter, below is a list of subsequent timelines.


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:

  • Completed Bid Applications submitted to Athletics Canada - by Friday May 18th, 2007
  • Notification of successful candidates - Monday, June 11th, 2007

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 Canadian Penn Relays Team

Athletics Canada announced today the national team that will compete at the 2007 Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 28, 2007. Athletes will be competing in the men's and women's 4X100 and 4X400-metre relays as well as the men's distance medley and women's sprint medley relays. The distance medley consists of the 1200, 400, 800 and 1600-metres. The sprint medley is composed of 200, 200, 400, and 800-metre legs.

Name / Event              Hometown            Personal Coach
Men's 4x100m Relay	
Anson Henry               Pickering, ON       Dan Pfaff
Shannon King              Brampton, ON        Desai Williams
Justin McLennan           Mississauga, ON     Desai Williams
Emanuel Parris            Montréal, QC        Mike Dwyer
Neville Wright            Edmonton, AB        Quin Sekulich
Women's 4x100m Relay
Erica Broomfield          Scarborough, ON     Desai Williams
Kimberley Hyacinthe       Lachenaie, QC       Daniel St-Hilaire 
Priscilla Lopes           Whitby, ON          Anthony McCleary
Teneshia Peart            Calgary, AB         John Cannon
Geneviève Thibault        Val Bélair, QC      Fabrice Akué
Men's 4x400m Relay	
Brian Barnett             Edmonton, AB        Quin Sekulich
Tyler Christopher         Edmonton, AB        Kevin Tyler
Andrew Dargie             Calgary, AB         John Cannon
Adam Kunkel               Edmonton, AB        Kevin Tyler
Keston Nelson             Edmonton, AB        Derek Evely
Women's 4x400m Relay
Esther Akinsulie          Ottawa, ON          Hugh Conlin
Martine Cloutier-Leblanc  Montréal, QC        Jérome Favérial
Carline Muir              Edmonton, AB        Kevin Tyler
Adrienne Power            Halifax, NS         Peter Lord
Lauren Seibel             Vancouver, BC       Richard Hillson
Men's Distance Medley Relay	
Nate Brannen - 1200m      Cambridge, ON       Ron Warhurst
Geoff Harris - 800m       Halifax, NS         Dan Hennigar
Kevin Sullivan - 1600m    Brantford, ON       Julie Henner
*1 other to be named
Women's Sprint Medley Relay		
Holly Ratzlaff - 800m     Calgary, AB         Christine Laverty / Jason Lindsay
*3 others to be named	
Glenroy Gilbert (4X100m)  Ottawa, ON	
Derek Evely (4X400m)      Edmonton, AB
Wilbour Kelsick (Medical) Port Moody, BC

For full article, visit

For more information:
Mathieu Gentès
Marketing and Communications Manager
Athletics Canada
Office: 613-260-5580 ext. 3303
Mobile: 613-868-7692

Results from Around the Track (and Field) - Athletics Canada

April 23, 2007- 

2007 BC Masters Track & Field Championships

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

Track & Field Technical Specifications UPDATED

Canadian 10,000m Championships - Abbotsford, BC

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

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 ½ 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



There have been substantial updates to the officials web page, and all officials are encouraged to check out the new features. The website now has the upgrading information and forms, with an on-line request form for people who want to upgrade in 2007.

You can also download a new record card for the 2007 season. Printed cards will also be available from your Regional Coordinator (Carol Cull, Alice Kubek, Alwilda van Ryswyk). And as encouragement for keeping your record cards current, the awards nomination form and information on the incentive program is also available in the official's section of the BCA website.

We encourage all officials to register with BCA early in the season. And with the first T&F meet of the year (SFU Invitational) coming up on March 31st, the time is ticking for getting the all important registration form processed. You are not insured to be in the competition area unless you have a current membership.

Some important notes on registration this year.

  • You can register in several categories, but if you are planning to volunteer as an official, you MUST check the "official " box on the back of the registration form. This will ensure that you are included in members lists that we receive from BC Athletics
  • If you are a member of a club your registration must go through your club registrar. If you are an unattached official you can register directly though Sam at BCA, just send her your form and payment, either electronically or by mail. The fee is now $15.90

Event Check-in.

We are asking all event organizers to provide a signed area (table) for officials check-in. When you arrive on the site, please sign in and let the organizers know you are there. After you have done that, you can pick up a copy of the officials event feedback form either at the check in table or at the finish line. This form should be returned to the finish line at the end of the day, and will help provide useful information for all of us involved in trying to improve the world of athletics. The event feedback form is also available in the new "Forms" section of the officials web page

Job / Volunteer opportunities

Athletics Canada Employment Opportunity- Director/Head Coach of Development Programs

Athletics Canada is searching for a director and coach to set the overall direction, design and to provide leadership to the national development programs within the scope of the Athletics Canada strategic plan. The ideal candidate will be minimally a fully certified level four coach with ten or more progressive years of experience in Athletics and be able to communicate in both official languages. They will also have national and international leading experience in a particular event discipline or group of events and ability to coordinate and lead activities across disciplines. Preference would be for this candidate to relocate in Ottawa, ON.

For a complete job description please see DESCRIPTION-Director-HC Development Program-ENG..pdf 

Applications with salary expectations should be sent in confidence by April 27, 2007

Athletics Canada
2445 St. Laurent Blvd.
Suite B1-110
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 6C3
Attention: Michèle Edmiston-Hurter, Executive Assistant

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

The Gold Standard - April 2007

The Gold Standard is Athletics Canada's Monthly Newsletter.

This month's edition features:

  • Re-Launch
  • NACAC and World Cross Country Results
  • News from the IAAF
  • TransCanada 10K registration now online
  • Paralympic National Team Selection
  • Beijing medals unveiled
  • and more

Click here to see the Gold Standard archives: 


Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC Press Releases

To find ASRA News such as Press Releases, Employment Opportunities and Important Reminders, visit

The latest IAAF Newsletter - NEWS 85 - April 2007 (19.04.2007) - is now published.

This edition of the NEWS includes information and photos surrounding last month's IAAF Council Meeting in Mombasa and the decisions made regarding the venues of the 2011 / 2013 IAAF World Championships in Athletics. There is also information from recent meetings of various IAAF Committees and all the regular items such as Member Federation election news, and the latest Doping Sanction list.

Click on the following link to go to the Newsletter section of the IAAF website -

NOTE: French internet and English printed versions are as usual also in production, and will follow later.

Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching- April 2007 Feature

The April Feature of the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching: 'Coaching and Motherhood: Staying in the Profession'.
This article can be found at 

PODIUM- Canadian Olympic Committee's Newsletter Vol. 5, Issue 4 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

SmartWeb Canada April Newsletter

BC Athletics sponsor, SmartWeb, April Newsletter is available at

Back issues of the BCAB are available at