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ISSUE #3-2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • SaskAthletics Coaching Symposium ’08 – March 21-13, 28-30
  • BC Athletics 2008 Club Memberships
  • AGM Updates and Reminders
  • GM’s Making Dreams Possible – Club and Coaching grants
  • Athletics Canada welcomes Marathoner Jon Brown
  • UBC Thunderbird Mike Mason qualifies for World Indoor Championships
  • Road Running – Results and News


The Saskatchewan Athletics Coaching Symposium ’08:
Insights into World Class Coaching

Regina – March 21-23

Gary Winckler, USA – Hurdles, coach of Perdita Felicien
Irving Schexnayder, USA – Horizontal Jumps, coach of Walter Davis and John Moffit
Wynn Gmitroski, CAN – Endurance, coach of Gary Reed

Saskatoon – March 28-30

Dan Pfaff, USA – Sprints, Speed and Power, former coach of Donovan Bailey, Bruny Surin, Glenroy Gilbert
Kevin Tyler, CAN – Sprints, coach of Tyler Christopher and Adam Kunkel

Full Brochure:

Online Registration form:

2008 Track & Field Results - ACDirect Results Management System

Beginning in 2008 all Track & Field results will be centralized through the ACDirect Results Management Systems. The document found at the link below is a draft of how the system will work and what the procedures will be. This is not a final document but will give Meet Directors and idea of how results will be handled.

With this system a national results program will be developed assisting greatly in provincial and national rankings, archiving results etc. There will be more information available in the near future and this information will be circulated as soon as the BC Athletics office receives it.

Once you have had a chance to look the draft document over please get back to the BC Athletics office with any comments you may have on the procedures.

If you have any comments or questions please contact:
Sam Collier
Ph: (604) 737-3177 

BC Athletics 2008 Club Memberships

The club membership period runs from January 1st to December 31st each year. There is a 3 month grace period provided because of the various times that clubs have for their members renew. The grace period ensures that the club's liability policy is in place as the club gets organized for the upcoming year. Club Membership applications and renewals must be received in the BC Athletics office no later than March 31st.

The forms are available at the following link (Club memberships can not be renewed through ACDirect at this time): 

**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 is posted on the website. Please take look as there are changes in the proceedings from previous years.
  • 2008 Resolutions for the AGM are now posted on the website


  • Where possible please complete your BC Athletics AGM Delegate Registration and get it in to BC Athletics prior to Friday. This will insure that space is available and the proper documentation is ready for you when you arrive.

    Delegates can register on-line at:
    A printed form is also available and can be faxed in -  
    Everyone attending the 2008 BC Athletics AGM must be a current, 2008 BC Athletics member.

  • 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

GM’s Making Dreams Possible

In its first year, the General Motors (GM) Making Dreams Possible initiative, in partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) has awarded 115 community clubs grants and 10 high performance grants across Canada! These grants have already provided funds for coach training and development to over 5,000 coaches, and ultimately affecting nearly 70,000 Canadian athletes.

Enhancing the experience of our Canadian athletes by providing them with coaching excellence from the grassroots all the way up to our elite athletes is an important step for Canadian Sport, however Making Dreams Possible could not be done without the support from our partners in spreading the word to provincial/territorial and local sport organizations.

CAC is now accepting applications for the next wave of GM’s Making Dreams Possible Club Coaching Grants and High Performance Coach Grants and the grant deadline of February 14, 2008 is fast approaching.

This year, to help clubs and coaches complete their applications, there is a new Helpful Hints page which gives an outline of specific criteria the Selection Committee is looking for.

Information on the grant and application process can be found at:

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 Thursday, 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

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.

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

Athletics Canada welcomes marathoner Jon Brown

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada is pleased to announce that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has accepted the transfer of eligibility of marathon runner Jon Brown. Born February 27 1971, Brown has lived in Victoria, BC since 1996 and officially became a Canadian citizen on June 2 2005.

Jon is a former European Cross Country champion and a three-time Olympian. He placed 4th in 2000 and 2004 competing for the United Kingdom.

“Jon has an impressive international resume and brings a lot of experience to the start line,” said Martin Goulet, Athletics Canada Chief High Performance Officer. “We are happy to welcome him to our fold and wish him the best in his attempt to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games National Team.”

The IAAF received Mr. Brown’s request of transfer of allegiance in late 2007, as per IAAF rules, they then confirmed with UK Athletics that they accept to release him.

Athletics Canada is the national sport governing body for the sport of track and field including cross-country running, road running and road racing.



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 22, 2008 - 

Track and Field

High Flying Bird Hits New Heights

Saturday, January 19, 2008

SEATTLE - UBC's Mike Mason turned heads with a 2.30-metre high jump on Saturday at the University Of Washington’s Dempsey Indoor meet in Seattle, which qualifies him for the IAAF world indoor championships March 7-9 in Valencia, Spain.

It topped his records of 2.27 set last year, and is the highest indoor jump by a Canadian since Mark Boswell set a national record of 2.33 in 2002. It's also the highest Canadian jump, period, since Boswell cleared 2.30 at the 2004 worlds.

"I never would have thought we'd be thinking about the indoor worlds," said Mason, who is ranked seventh in the world. "The training has always been around performing well into Beijing. It means a lot to hit 2.30."

Mason’s leap also sets a new UBC record, a new Dempsey Indoor meet record, achieves the 2008 Olympic qualifying standard, and is one of the top-five in the world in 2008.

In the News

Clan Compete at Washington Preview 

Vikes Open Season at Washington Indoor 

Road Running

Results Roundup

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

Naples Half Marathon

Richard Mosley  1:06:00
Ryan Day        1:09:25

In the News

Todd Howard of Victoria and Suzanne Evans of New Westminster have been selected to represent Canada at the AT&T Austin Marathon in Texas on February 17. Together with Peter Vail and Nicole Stevenson they will compete against teams from the US, Mexico and Great Britain.

Victoria’s Brown OK to run for Canada


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

Job / Volunteer opportunities

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