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ISSUE #4-2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Congratulations to all our 2007 Award Winners
  • Urgent: Call for Intent to Host 09/10 Canadian Championships
  • 2008 NACAC Cross Country team named
  • Canadian Marathon Championships – Registration/Technical Packages
  • Canadian Half-Marathon Championships to take place in Montreal
  • Officials Level 2 Clinic - February 9, Kamloops
  • Sport BC Career Opportunities


Congratulations to our 2007 BCA Award Winners

For full details of award winners, please visit - 

Midget – 15 yr old Track and Field Excellence

DEACON, Chantelle S.
DENLEY, Claire M.
DUMONT, Alexander J.
EDEN, James
FRANKE, Joanna
LLOYD, Haleigh M.
MURRAY, Emerson J.
POPE, Stuart
PRINCE, Spencer R.
SUTHERLAND, Christopher A.
TREASURE, Alyxandria
VICIC, Andrea D.
VOGT, Abbey M.

Track and Field Athlete of the Year

Juvenile Female- Nominees

Laura Macauley
Kaitlin Nelson
Sabrina Nettey

Juvenile Female Athlete of the Year

Christabel Nettey

Juvenile Male- Nominees

Evan Dunfee
Angus Taylor

Juvenile Male Athlete of the Year

Keynan Parker

Junior Female- Nominees

Anastasia Pearse
Tiffany Sprenkels

Junior Female Athlete of the Year

Jessica Smith

Junior Male - Nominees

Inaki Gomez
Geoffrey Law

Junior Male Athletes of the Year

Mark Chenery
Kyle Nielsen

Senior Female - Nominees

Ruky Abdulai
Krista Woodward

Senior Female Athlete of the Year

Diane Cummins

Senior Male - Nominees

Dylan Armstrong
Mike Mason

Senior Male Athlete of the Year

Gary Reed

Masters Female Athlete of the Year

Olga Kotelko

Masters Male Athlete of the Year

Tom Dickson

Road Runners of the Year

Senior Female

Kristina Rody

Senior Male

Ryan Hayden

Masters Female

Lucy Smith

Masters Male

Bruce Deacon

Cross Country Runners of the Year

Juvenile Female

Justine Johnson

Juvenile Male

James Clark

Junior Female

Jessica Smith

Junior Male

Mitch Culley

Senior Female

Kristen Kolstad

Senior Males

Eric Kiauka and Kris Swanson

Masters Female

Maureen de St Croix

Masters Male

Paul Reimer

Athletes with a Disability Athlete of the Year Recipients


Michelle Stilwell


Nathan DeWitt

Officials’ Awards

Ian McNeil Award – 2007 Official of the Year

Diana Hollefreund

Ralph Coats Award – 2007 Long Standing Service

Hugh Morrison

Mary Temple Award – Novice Official of the Year

Dave Short
Daryl Palmer

Dave Coupland Award – Inspirational Award

Winston Reckord
Gerard Dumas

Wall of Honour

Keith Newell

Excellence in Coaching Awards

Junior Development Coach

Pam Medland
Tatjana Mece

Senior Coach

Mike Murray
Gerry Dragomir
Richard Collier
James Hustvedt

High Performance

Peter Lawless
Anatoliy Bondarchuk
Wynn Gmitroski

Executive of the Year Award

Diana Hollefreund

BC Athletics Hall of Fame

Valerie Jerome




We currently seek suitable host organizations for the following Athletics Canada Championships events:

2009-2010 Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships
2009-2010 Canadian Track and Field Championships (integrated with AWD’s)
2009-2010 Canadian Marathon Championships (including wheelchair event)
2009-2010 Canadian Cross Country Championships


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 and location of facility/event;
  • Name(s) and position(s) of key event organizer(s) including Meet Director;
  • 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;
  • Host facility endorsement (if applicable).


The Letter of Intent to advise Athletics Canada of interest in hosting any of these championships must be received by Athletics Canada no later than February 22, 2008.

Letters of Intent along with all required supporting documentation must be submitted either by mail or by e-mail to:

Ivonne Shoucair
Events and Members Services Manager
Athletics Canada
2445 St. Laurent Blvd Suite B1-110
Ottawa (Ontario) K1G 6C3


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 February 22, 2008
Athletics Canada to send Bid Application packages to all those having submitted a Letter of Intent to host an Athletics Canada championship - by February 29, 2008
Completed Bid Applications submitted to Athletics Canada - by March 28, 2008
Notification of successful candidates – April 30, 2008

For Immediate Announcement

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Saskatchewan Athletics, we are very pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Reindl to the position of Executive Director effective February 1, 2008.

Bob has been employed as the Program Coordinator for Saskatchewan Athletics since 1993.

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:

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:

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 names team for 2008 NACAC Cross Country Championships

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada announced today the national team that will compete at the 2008 NACAC (North America, Central America and Caribbean) Cross Country Championships in Orlando, Florida on March 1 2008.

Canada came away with eight medals from the NACAC Cross Country Championships last year, highlighted by 2007 returnee Lindsay Carson who won gold in the junior women’s race. Elizabeth Wightman will be looking to improve on her fourth place finish in the women’s senior race.

In the team standings Canada was first in senior women, junior men and junior women and finished third in the senior men category.

NACAC Cross Country Championships National Team

Senior Men (8km)

Joël Bourgeois       Grande-Digue, NB
Trevor Caldwell      Mississauga, ON
Taylor Murphy        Napanee, ON
Derek Nakluski       Kitchener, ON
Rob Watson           London, ON
Dylan Wykes          Kingston, ON

Senior Women (6km)

Suzanne Binne-Huse   Winnipeg, MB
Danette Doetzel      Macklin, SK
Carmen Douma-Hussar  Cambridge, ON
Lisa Harvey          Calgary, AB
Erin MacLean         Timberlea, NS
Elizabeth Wightman   Unionville, ON

Junior Men (6km)

Mohammed Ahmed       St. Catherine's, ON
Barry Britt          Hampton, NB
Peter Corrigan       Calgary, AB
Rob Jackson          Guelph, ON
Aleksandr Kuternin   Toronto, ON
Nyial Majock         Calgary, AB

Junior Women (4km)

Lindsay Carson      Cambridge, ON
Paula Findlay       Edmonton, AB
Tamara Jewett       Toronto, ON
Geneviève Lalonde   Moncton, NB
Sheila Reid         Newmarket, ON
Kendra Schaaf       Craven, SK

Team Staff

David Christiani (Team Coach)        Toronto, ON
Nicole Clarke (Team Manager)         Kingston, ON
Richard Gregory (Athletic Therapist) Montreal, QC
Jane Freure (Physiotherapist)        London, ON
Thelma Wright (Head Coach)           Vancouver, BC

Cross Country running is both an individual event as well as a team sport. At the NACAC Championships each country can enter a maximum of 6 athletes per race (Junior, Senior / Men, Women) with the individual placing of each country's top 4 runners included to accumulate a team score.

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


2008 Canadian Marathon Championships

Please be advised that the following Event Technical and/or Registration packages are now available: 

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

Guillaume Leblanc to be inducted into Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada is proud to announce today that race walker Guillaume Leblanc from Sept-Iles, Quebec will be part of the 2008 class inducted into the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) Hall of Fame.

Martin Goulet, Athletics Canada Chief High Performance Officer remembers Guillaume as an outstanding talent; “He was beyond doubt one of our exceptional National Team athletes in the late eighties and early nineties; exceptional from a talent standpoint and how an intelligent and clever competitor he was.” Goulet adds, “There was something immeasurable in his demeanor and attitude that you knew he was truly a world class athlete”.

For full story - 

2008 Canadian Half-Marathon Championships to take place in Montreal

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada announced today that the 2008 Canadian Half-Marathon Championships will take place in Montreal on April 20, 2008 as part of the sixth annual Scotiabank 21k & 5k at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Alan Brookes, Executive Director of the Canadian Running Series on Montreal hosting the event; "Canada Running Series and Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal are delighted to be hosting the Half-Marathon national Championships as well as partnering with Athletics Canada to promote the revival of Canadian distance and marathon running. Montreal is a great city - our event offers a flat, fast course in beautiful Parc Jean-Drapeau. It is perfectly timed for both elite and recreational runners going onto the national marathon championships in Ottawa."

The Half-Marathon Championships are one of seven events on Athletics Canada’s Canadian Championship Series schedule.

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.


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 28, 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.

Road Running

Results Roundup

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

Icebreaker 8K (

1. Graeme Wells        24:39
2. Henrik Lofas (SWE)  25:05
3. Jeremy Walker (MB)  25:29
Paul Skarsgard         27:08  (1st 40+)
1. Rachel Ruus         29:25
2. Anne-Marie Madden   29:32
3. Fawn Whiting        29:33
Nancy Tinari           30:23  (1st 40+)

Cobble Hill 10K 

1. Steve Osaduik       31:11
2. Todd Howard         31:22
3. Ian Hallam          32:53
Cliff Kennell          34:27  (1st 40+)
1. Cheryl Murphy       34:44
2. Marilyn Arsenault   36:00
3. Nancy Baxendale     38:32  (1st 40+)

In the News

BC 5K Road Running Championship

The 2008 BC 5K Road Running Championship is to be hosted by the Penticton Pounders in conjunction with the Lakeside Resort 5K (also race #3 in the Interior Road Running Series) on Sunday, March 9 in Penticton.

Canadian Half Marathon Championships

The 2008 Canadian Half-Marathon Championships will take place in Montreal on April 20, 2008 as part of the sixth annual Scotiabank 21k & 5k at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

The 2008 Men's and Women's Canadian Half Marathon Champions will receive a trip to represent Canada at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Rio de Janeiro, October 12th, 2008.

Canadian Marathon Championships

The 2008 Canadian Marathon Championships will take place in Ottawa on May 25, 2008 as part of the Ottawa Race Weekend.

The Technical Package for the Championships is now available: 

Road Race Measurement Seminar

Paul Adams is an IAAF/AIMS Grade “A” Measurer, and has been measuring road races in BC since 1996. He really enjoys measuring road races as it gets him out on his bike, connects him with the running community and allows him to give something back to the sport he loves so much. However, he has reached a point where he does not have the desire or the time to measure all the races that he is asked to measure. Unfortunately there are very few active measurers in BC and unless we can identify and train new measurers, race organizers will be unable to find a measurer willing to measure their race for certification.

Paul is prepared to put on a seminar this spring if there are some people interested in taking on this fun and worthwhile challenge. If anyone is interested please let Paul know at He will collect the names of those interested and hopefully will be able to arrange a time that is suitable for all.

For more information on road race measurement in Canada, please refer to:


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.

Cross Country

BC Cross Country Championships

The 2008 BC Cross Country Championships are to be hosted jointly by Hershey Harriers and Vancouver Thunderbirds on Saturday, October 25 in Vancouver.

In the News

Interview with Diane Cummins:

Interview with Steve Osaduik:


Level 2 Officials Workshop

February 9, 2008 10am to 5pm
Sa-Hali Secondary School
255 Arrowstone Drive, Kamloops

Course Fee: $25
Instructors: Carol Cull, John Cull

Registration required (deadline February 4, 2008)
to: Alwilda van Ryswyk
(250) 372-9640

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

Director of Marketing & Communications – Sport BC

To view job description and information -

Please send your confidential resume, along with cover letter stating clearly the role your applying for and your salary expectations to Paul Varian, President & CEO, Sport BC at Closing date for applications is Friday 15th February 2008.

Manager, Fundraising Services – Sport BC

Position Type: Full time Application Deadline: February 15th, 2008
Location(s): Vancouver Years Experience: 4+

For further information -

Manager, Event Sponsorship – Sport BC

To view job description and information - 

Please send your confidential resume, along with cover letter stating clearly the role your applying for and your salary expectations to Paul Varian, President & CEO, Sport BC at Closing date for applications is Friday 15th February 2008.

Director, Corporate Partnerships – Sport BC

For full job description and information -

Please send your confidential resume, along with cover letter stating clearly the role your applying for and your salary expectations to Paul Varian, President & CEO, Sport BC at date for applications is Friday 15th February 2008.

For job opportunities with specific BC Athletics member clubs, please see the BC Athletics home page under "What's Happening."



View the USOC Olympic Coach E-Magazine as a Web page: 

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

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