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ISSUE #2-2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Submit Track & Field, Cross Country Fixtures ASAP
  • BCA AGM – Important deadlines
  • Win your club a FREE 2008 BCA Membership!
  • Contact information – Maurice Wilson
  • Road Running – Results and News
  • National Officials Committee Newsletter


**IMPORTANT: 2008 Track & 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:

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

2008 AGM / Annual Awards Banquet updates and reminders


  • The proposed agenda for the AGM Weekend will be posted on the website shortly. Please take look as there are changes in the proceedings from previous years.
  • 2008 Resolutions for the AGM are now posted on the website


  • The deadline for the discounted BC Athletics room rate at the Hilton Vancouver Airport hotel is THIS FRIDAY - JANUARY 18, 2008. The rate will not be available after the deadline.
  • Banquet tickets must be ordered no later than NEXT WEDNESDAY - JANUARY 23, 2008
  • All Invited Guests are asked to RSVP in order to reserve seating
  • Completed Proxy Vote forms need to be sent in to the BC Athletics office prior to the meetings. Please fax to (604) 737-3171 or email to 
  • All individuals attending the AGM Meetings must be a 2008 BC Athletics member in order to attend. Please get your memberships done prior to arriving at the AGM

Win your club a free Club Membership for 2008!

("Full Club Membership", "Athletics Post Secondary (School) Affiliate Club", or an "Athletics Society/Organization Affiliate Club" membership)

BC Athletics will offer a free 2008 BC Athletics Club Membership to the club that manages to bring in the most amount of money through their donations to the Silent Auction to be held at the 2008 Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday January 26, 2008

Be creative and come up with some really special items! Gift cards, gift baskets, running gear, complimentary entries are just some of the items put up for auction in the past. We've even had a table saw that created quite a bidding war!

Items can be dropped off at the BC Athletics office up to Wednesday, January 24th or brought to the AGM meetings to be dropped off. Please let Diana Hollefreund know what is being donated, the suggested value and how they will be sent in so we can prepare ahead of time. Diana can be reached at

Thanks for your support.

Sam Collier
BC Athletics
Manager Registration & Membership Services

Cross-Country/Road Running Technical Director – Maurice Wilson

All questions and concerns in the areas of Cross Country and Road Running can be directed to:

Maurice Wilson

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 is posted on the website 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.

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.

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 


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

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.

Results from around the Track (and Field)

January 15, 2008 - 

Road Running

Results Roundup

A summary of recent events and notable results by BC athletes.

Pioneer 8K

The local road running season got off to an exciting start with the Pioneer 8K hosted by the Prairie Inn Harriers in Central Saanich. The first race in the VIRA Frontrunners Island Race Series saw some unexpected winners, and fast times. Results: 

1.  Todd Howard, 24:39
2.  Jim Finlayson, 24:40
3.  Scott Simpson, 24:56
4.  Bruce Deacon, 25:28  (1st master)
5.  Steve Osaduik, 25:27
1.  Cheryl Murphy, 27:18
2.  Lucy Smith, 28:03  (1st master)
3.  Kerry Spearing, 29:24
4.  Catrin Jones, 30:10
5.  Jen MacLean, 30:20

Houston Marathon

9.  Jerry Ziak, 2:21:14

Houston Half Marathon

    Matt Clout, 1:09:32
    Marilyn Arsenault, 1:19:30

Egmond Half Marathon

7.  Jon Brown, 1:06:16

In the News

Osaduik down to last Beijing chance:

Leader of the Pack:


A New Balance, Pacific Road Runners and Roundhouse Partnership
Friday, Feb 8, 7:00-9:30pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre

Tickets available by donation ($10 minimum) at:
Forerunners in Vancouver, 604-732-4535
Forerunners in North Vancouver, 604-982-0879

New Balance & the Pacific Road Runners are proud to present an inspiring speaker, Dick Beardsley, as part of the ‘First Half’ Half Marathon weekend on Friday, February 8th, 2008 at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Motivational. Inspirational. Captivating. Dick Beardsley is a professional speaker who speaks at sporting events, schools, non-profit organizations, and large corporations. His comfortable style and inspiring message has endeared him to audiences all over the world.

Dick Beardsley is a champion - in running and in life. Although his competitive running career ended in 1986, Dick still has the 5th fastest U.S. men’s marathon time in history. Best known for his 1982 Boston Marathon “Duel in the Sun” with Alberto Salazar in which Dick finished two seconds behind Salazar. It is often called the most memorable race in marathon history. It was the closest finish ever at the world’s premier marathon, and both runners broke the course and the American records. Dick is also a two-time Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier. He is a two-time winner and course record holder of the Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota and has won the London and Napa Valley marathons. But Dick is more than a running champion. He is a fighter. After a series of near-fatal accidents and a journey of self-discovery, Dick has turned his life around.


National Officials Committee Newsletter – January 2008

NOC NOC, the National Officials newsletter has now "gone digital". It will no longer be delivered by post. For some of us, this faster delivery will be welcome. For others, it will signal the beginning of the end of life as we know it.

Your Provincial Branch Chair was consulted by the editor, and agreed, on your behalf, that the advantages of "digital" outweighed the sentimental attachment that many of us have to ink on paper.

It will be delivered by e-mail, in PDF form to any Level 3+ official with a current e-mail address (based on the National Directory, plus updates). We recognize that this will not hit everyone who is interested, for various reasons.

We will "widen the circle" by posting a link to each issue on the BCA Officials Web Page.... and notifying members through the BCA Bulletin. This will have the added advantage of offering it to level 1 and 2 officials, who have never received it.

Read the January Issue on the NOC web page:

Please note the "Call For Nominations" for two NOC positions with terms that run from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2010. Applications must be postmarked or e-mailed dated no later than January 31, 2008.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact a current NOC member whose e-mail addresses are provided on page 3 of the newsletter.

Philippa Fairbairn
Vice-chair Communications
National Officials' Committee

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