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ISSUE #1-2008
Friday, January 11, 2008

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Call for 2008 Track and Field, Cross Country Fixtures
  • Silent Auction at AGM – Call for donations
  • 2008 AGM Reports Procedure
  • Ottawa and Toronto awarded IAAF Silver Labels
  • Track and Field community mourns loss of Glenda Reiser


IMPORTANT: 2008 Track and Field, Cross-Country Fixtures

Please submit all 2008 Track and Field and Cross-Country Fixtures AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Submission form can be found here:

Call for Silent Auction donations

To all BC Athletics Clubs, Individuals, or Associations

Once again this year, there will be a silent auction held in conjunction with the BCA Annual Award Banquet. We would greatly appreciate any donations that can be made to this event.

Please contact Diana Hollefreund at by January 23rd if you are able to make a donation or for further information.

Donations may be dropped off at the BC Athletics offices, to Diana, or brought to the AGM meetings.

Thank you very much for your support!

2008 AGM Reports Procedure

The following procedure will be used this year in order to facilitate a smooth flow at the BC Athletics Annual General Meeting and to ensure enough time is allotted for everyone who wishes to speak to reports.

All reports will be numbered in the order they will be dealt with at the AGM meetings.
Example: 1 (F) = the first report to be dealt with (Friday), 10 (S) = the tenth report to be dealt with on Saturday.

Reports posted on the website:

  • Reports received up to Thursday, January 24, 2008 at noon will be posted on the website along with a link to the report author(s).
  • Please forward any questions or comments to the event author(s). It is hoped that the majority of questions, clarifications and comments can be dealt with prior to the meetings.
  • A sign up list will be posted on the website starting Jan 13 for delegates who wish to speak to a report at the AGM meetings on Friday and Saturday.
  • There will be a 3 minute limit per each speaker and response.
  • Each report will be allotted a 10 minute time period in total.
  • At the Chair’s discretion this time period may be extended.

Reports not posted on the website:

  • Reports received after Thursday, January 24, 2008 (noon) will be printed and made available at the AGM meetings.
  • There will be a 3 minute limit per each speaker and response.
  • Each report will be allotted a 10 minute time period in total.
  • At the Chair’s discretion this time period may be extended.

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 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

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

Track and field community mourns the loss Glenda Reiser

Athletics Canada is deeply saddened by the passing of Glenda Reiser on January 6. Glenda competed at the 1972 Olympic Games, and won a gold medal in the 1974 Commonwealth Games.

Sincere condolences to Glenda’s family and friends.

Ottawa and Toronto awarded IAAF Silver Labels

On December 20, 2007, the IAAF issued Labels to a number of leading Road Races around the world for 2008. Three races held in Canada are part of the group receiving labels. The MDS Nordion 10K and ING Ottawa Marathon held in Ottawa as part of the Race Weekend and the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon both received the Silver Label.

For full story, see 

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.


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.


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:

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