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ISSUE #8-2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • BC Athletics is on the move!
  • Point Grey Community Track Project – Fundraising initiative
  • Canadian Sport Centre Pacific – INFINIT Nutrition partnership
  • 2008 NACAC U-23 Championships – Selection Criteria
  • BC Road Running AGM – March 19, 2008
  • BC 8K Road Running Championships


BC Athletics is moving on March 31st!

As of April 1, 2008 the new address will be:
BC Athletics
190B 3820 Cessna Dr.
Richmond BC
V7B 0A1

Phone: (604) 333-3550
Fax: (604) 333-3551

Brian McCalder – President/CEO (604) 333-3552
Maurice Wilson – Technical Manager Road & Cross Country Running (604) 333-3553
Thelma Wright – Run Jump Throw Program Coordinator (604) 333-3554
Jessica Olfert – Administrative Assistant, Run Jump Throw Administrator (604) 333-3554
Track and Field Technical Manager (604) 333-3555
Ron Bunting – Coaching Education
Sam Collier – Manager Registration and Membership Services (604) 333-3556
Accounting (604) 333-3557

All email addresses will remain as they are.

Point Grey Community Track Project

Phase One (the Track) has been completed and we now need to work on phase two: the Long/triple pole vault and high jump facility.

We are looking to fund-raise the capital to cover the cost which is approximately $37,000 dollars which includes two long jump and one pole vault lanes and a high jump apron finished with the same quality material as the track.

For information on how you can help out, please visit the following link: 

Canadian Sport Centre Pacific Performance Services – INFINIT Nutrition

Athletes train up to three times a day, seven days a week. They travel to the ends of the earth to prove themselves against the best. They come home with world titles, personal bests and sometimes disappointments, only to do it all over again day in and day out, month after month. Training at this level will take its toll on an athlete's health and performance. To improve the odds, athletes looking for a competitive edge often turn to supplements. The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) advises athletes against the use of supplements as it is impossible to guarantee they are free from prohibited substances, yet athletes continue to ask for, and risk using, supplements. With this in mind Canadian Sport Centre Pacific (CSCP) developed a partnership with INFINIT Nutrition Canada, a provider of high quality, custom designed sport beverages.

For more information, please visit the link below:

Canadian Olympic Committee Calls for Applications for the 2008 Carol Anne Letheren Leadership and Sport Scholarship

VANCOUVER, February 19, 2008 – The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is now accepting applications for the 2008 Carol Anne Letheren Leadership and Sport Scholarship.

The scholarship is a national, three-year, $1,500 per year, university award presented to one outstanding female high school graduate. The award is named in honour of the late Carol Anne Letheren (1942-2001), former chief executive officer of the COC.

The Carol Anne Letheren Leadership and Sport Scholarship is given to a female student (Canadian citizen or permanent resident) presently enrolled at a Canadian high school or CEGEP (private or public) in her graduating year and applying to a Canadian university or college in business, sport management, marketing, physical education or related fields. In addition to demonstrating qualities and personal values that personify the Olympic values, the eligible candidate will have a minimum grade average of 85% in her final year of high school. She will also be an accomplished athlete in high school, community or provincial level competitive sport(s). Please note that athletes competing at the national level (junior and senior) will be given preference.

The COC administers the scholarship with the support of the Carol Anne Letheren Foundation (CALF). CALF is the founding body of the scholarship and is composed of close friends and colleagues of Letheren who are committed to raising funds to ensure that more young women are able to follow in Letheren’s footsteps to pursue leadership roles in business and the sport community.

As CEO of the COC and member of the International Olympic Committee, Letheren was an avid promoter of the Olympic values. Her passion for sport and experience spanned more than four decades and included the following high-profile roles: COC president, director of Toronto’s 2008 Olympic bid, international gymnastics official and Chef de Mission for the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. In many of these roles, Letheren was either the first woman or first Canadian woman to hold the position, distinguishing her as one of Canada's most prominent women involved with high performance sport.

To learn more on how to apply please visit  Applications must be received at the COC Vancouver office by mail by 5:00 p.m. PST, April 11, 2008. Selections will be made shortly thereafter and the successful candidate(s) will be notified by May 23, 2008.

For more information:
Steve Keogh
Manager, Communications
Canadian Olympic Committee
Phone: (416) 324-4146
Cell: (416) 806-3949

2009 Canada Summer Games Team BC Mission Staff Application form

The Sport and Recreation Branch in the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts is seeking volunteers from the BC sport and recreation system to serve as Team BC mission staff for the 2009 Canada Summer Games. I invite you to read the attached application form for more information. Please note that the application deadline is 2:00 pm (pacific time) on March 6, 2008.

Application form can be found at: 

check out the Team BC website at 

Call for Aboriginal Team BC Coaches, Assistant-Coaches and Team Managers

We are currently sending out a call for volunteer staff, such as coaches, assistant coaches and managers, of Aboriginal ancestry, for the Aboriginal Team BC to compete in the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in the Cowichan Valley August 3-10 2008.

If you are interested in participating in this celebration of sport and culture, or have any further questions, please visit our website, or go directly to the information page (please DISREGARD the application deadline date - we are still actively recruiting for all positions).

For more information: Coach Application Process/2008 Team BC NAIG Call out for Coaches and Managers.pdf

All Applications must include:

For more information visit: 

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.

Track & Field Submission form can be found here:

Cross Country Submission form can be found here:

Athletics Canada


The selection criteria for the 2008 NACAC Under-23 Championships is now available on the web:

The declaration deadline for this event is June 15th, 2008. Please note that a new online Athlete Declaration Form will be available soon.

Athletics Canada names World Indoor Championships team

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada named today the 2008 World Indoor Athletics Championships team. The Championships take place in Valencia, Spain March 7 to 9.

National team head coach Les Gramantik comments on the quality of the team heading to Spain, “The first major competition of the 2008 athletics season is the World Indoor Championships. Athletics Canada has selected a small but very competitive group of athletes who included the World Indoors as part of their Olympic preparation.” Gramantik adds, “The meet is a highly contested international affair made for TV. I am looking forward to see our athletes compete well, and gain valuable experience which will help them as they strive for Beijing.”

Canadian World Indoor Championships team:

Name                    Event Hometown     Club             Coach
Dylan Armstrong         SP    Kamloops     Kamloops TC      Anatoly Bondarchuk
Tyler Christopher       400m  Edmonton, AB Legacy Athletics Kevin Tyler
Nicole Forrester        HJ    Aurora, ON   Mississauga TC   James Henry
Priscilla Lopes-Schliep 60mh  Whitby, ON   Independent      Anthony McCleary
Mike Mason              HJ    Nanoose Bay  Valley Royals    Laurier Primeau
Megan Metcalfe          3000m Edmonton, AB Edmonton Thunder Sean Cleary
Hilary Stellingwerff    1500m Guelph, ON   Speed River      Dave Scott-Thomas
Angela Whyte            60mh  Edmonton, AB Independent      Wayne Phipps

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



Selection Criteria for the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships have been posted on the web:

Please note that parts of this document refer to the 2008 National Team Selection Rules Book which will be updated and posted by March 1st, 2008. Another bulletin will announce the posting of this document. Links will be added to this Selection Criteria at that time.

2008 Canadian Half-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

IAAF World Race Walking Cup

Selection Criteria for the 2008 IAAF World Race Walking Cup has been posted on the web:

Video Profiles

The Toronto Star’s Randy Starkman is preparing a series of videos showing a side of Canada’s Olympic athletes not often seen on the road to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The first profile is on hurdler Perdita Felicien.

The Gold Standard

The February edition of the Gold Standard is now available.

In this month's edition:

  • AC mourns the loss of Don Wittman
  • NACAC Cross Country Championships team
  • Beijing Tour Packages
  • AC Welcomes Jon Brown
  • Canadian Half Marathon Championships
  • Reactive Hypoglycemia - it it a real phenomena in endurance athletes?
  • Coaching - Making Dreams Possible
  • IAAF Feature - Gary Reed
  • 2007 IAAF Awards Gala
  • World records set in 2007
  • Canadian Records set in 2007
  • Canadian Para-Athletics Records set in 2007
  • Last Tribute to Jesus Ulloa-Lopez
  • Development Program Training Camp
  • Ottawa and Toronto awarded IAAF Silver Labels
  • 30,000 competitors, 28 sports, 1 Golden City

Follow link to view complete edition:

Results from around the Track (and Field)

February 25, 2008 - 

Track and Field

In the News

Golden start for Vikes at Canada West Championships 

Three-peat for relay team 


Once again this is a BC Summer Games year! Tom Dingle is the Zone 6 Representative and will post information about the zone trials on the website. The travel arrangements for the Games have changed this year and all athletes must be accompanied on the buses! This means that we will need coaches and/or chaperones from the major centres on the island and athletes will have to get to those centres on their own. So if we only select our zone coaches from Powell River, all athletes will have to travel to Powell River to be picked up for the Games. Ideally it would be great to have coaches/chaperones from Comox/Campbell River, Nanaimo/Duncan and Victoria/Sidney. We also must have a fully certified Level 2 coach serving as our head coach. If you or someone in your club is interested in joining the Games team, let Tom Dingle know. The final decision will be made at the end of the Games Trials which will be held at the Garrioch Meet in Duncan on June 7th and 8th.

Road Running

Hatley Castle 8K

At the Hatley Castle 8K, the 200+ spectators at the finish line were treated to the closest, most thrilling race in the 26-year history of the Island Series with two Harriers finishing 1/100th of a second apart! In horse racing a photo finish shows which horse won by a nose. In track racing, a photo finish shows which runner won the 100 metre race by his torso crossing the line. Horse races and track races are usually won by fractions of a second. Today we needed a photo finish at Royal Roads to determine whether Eric Findlay or Nick Walker actually won Race #4 in the eight-race Frontrunners Island Series. The finish-line judge gave the nod to Eric who out-leaned Nick to take the victory. Both were timed in 26:28, twenty-three seconds ahead of bronze-medalist Stephen Kilshaw. Within the last 50 metres of the race the lead changed hands five times with either Eric of Nick surging to pull 1/2 second or so ahead of each other. With 5 metres to go, both were stride-for-stride, shoulder to shoulder and torso-to-torso. Eric's 1/100th second triumph gave him his second overall victory at Hatley Castle as he won the race last year in 26:09. Kirsty Smith, on the other hand, totally dominated the women's field breaking Judith Leroy's course record by 21 seconds to win easily in 28:40. She was 9th overall of the 385 finishers, down 7 from last year's total of 392. Second female was Marilyn Arsenault in 29:30 and Nancy Baxendale took third in 31:20.

Summerland Centennial Half Marathon

What was supposed to have been a partly sunny day wasn’t that way at all but the precip was at least light. Scott Tremblay (M35-39) of Kaleden finished first overall in a time of 1:16:50, just shy of the course record of 1:16:34, set by Steven Murenbeeld in the inaugural 2006 race. Meanwhile Cindy Rhodes (F50-54) did set a new course record in the women’s division, with her 1:33:10 finish. The other women’s medal placings went to Shannon Thompson (F20-29) of Kelowna, second in 1:34:16 and Laurelee Welder (F50-54) of Kelowna, third in 1:39:22. Last year’s overall winner, Hans Aabye (M30-34) of Merritt, finished second overall in 1:19:18 with Sergio Pio (M40-44) of Penticton, claiming third in 1:23:32.

Road Running AGM

The Road Running Division of BC Athletics invites all clubs and members to attend the Road Running AGM, to discuss issues of interest for road running throughout BC. The AGM will be held Wednesday, March 19 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at 1367 West Broadway, Vancouver, Room 201. Participation by conference call is available. To attend in person or by phone, please contact Maurice Wilson

BC Athletics 2008 8K Road Running Championship

The BC Athletics 2008 8K Road Running Championship will be held in conjunction with the Running Room Shaughnessy 8K, hosted by the Lions Gate Road Runners in Vancouver on Sunday, May 25.

Certified 8K through undulating historic residential streets of Shaughnessy and Kerrisdale. Start and finish at Kerrisdale Arena, 41st and East Blvd., Vancouver. Race starts at 8:30am.

Complete details, including entry options, on the event website:

BC Athletics 2008 5K Road Running Championship

The BC Athletics 2008 5K Road Running Championship is being held in conjunction with the Penticton Lakeside Resort 5K, hosted by the Penticton Pounders on Sunday, March 9.

Race Information

The certified 5K course is flat and fast, running alongside Okanagan Lake. Race starts at 10:00am. (Remember to move your clock forward for Daylight Savings Time the night before).

Entry Information

Download the entry form and complete race information from here: 

Online registration is now available: 

Entry fee is only $12.00 for BC Athletics members. Add $5.00 for race day registration.


Stay at the Penticton Lakeside Resort, 100m from the start/finish.
Rates starting at $89/night. Call 1-800-663-9400 and ask for the 5K Rate.

Championship Eligibility

The Championship portion of the event is open to all Junior, Senior and Masters members of BC Athletics. Members must be in good standing as of March 7, 2008.


Championship Medals will be presented to:

  • The first 3 BCA Junior members, men and women (aged 18 or 19 as of Dec 31/08).
  • The first 3 BCA Senior members, men and women (aged 20 plus as of Dec 31/08).
  • The first 3 BCA Masters members, men and women (aged 35 plus as of Mar 9/08).

Championship Ribbons will be presented to:

  • The first 3 BCA Masters members, men and women in each of the following 8 Masters age categories:
    35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70+

National 10K Championships

The BCA Senior 5K champions (men and women), will additionally be guaranteed a place on the BC Team to the Timex National Road Running Series Finale in Ottawa on October 18, 2008, provided they prove fitness by running a qualifying time in a sanctioned, certified event during the period July 1 to August 31, 2008. Qualifying times are:

          Distance          Male        Female
            5 km            15:50       18:45
            8 km            26:22       31:20
           10 km            33:30       40:00
        1/2 Marathon      1:14:05     1:28:30
          Marathon        2:36:10     3:06:40

Champions must also:

Additional Information

Contact Maurice Wilson (BC Athletics): 604-737-3174, 
Or Jason Oliver (Race Director): 250-490-3334, 

In The News

Times Colonist 10K: Your invitation to fitness

TC 10K: A race for everybody

Road Race Measurement Seminar

Paul Adams, an AIMS/IAAF Grade “A” Measurer, will be conducting a Course Measurement Seminar in Port Coquitlam, BC on May 10-11.

Topics to be covered include: The general principals of measurement – simple calculation exercises – layout of a calibration course – introduction to the Jones Counter and mounting it on a bike – riding techniques – bicycle calibration – measurement of a test course.

Participants will qualify as AIMS/IAAF Grade “C” Measurers.

Cost of the seminar is $50.00, plus BCA Officials membership if applicable. Participants must provide their own bike and Jones Counter (contact below for details).

For more information and to register, contact:
Maurice Wilson, 604-737-3174; or
Paul Adams, 604-945-4604.

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

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.


March 1-2, 2008

Alberni Valley Track and Field Club will be hosting a Level 1 Coaches Clinic for all of the VIAA clubs.

Schedule and Registration Form: 

LEVEL 1 Technical Coaching Clinic - Penticton
March 1-2, 2008

Details and registration form are available on the BC Athletics Website - 

March 7-9, 2008

Details and registration form will be available shortly on the BC Athletics Website - 


Level 2 Officials Workshop


Saturday March 8, 2008 10am to 5pm
Nanaimo and District Track and Field Club Clubhouse
close to Nanaimo District Secondary School
355 Wakesiah Ave., Nanaimo

Course Fee: BCA Members: $20 + GST; Others $25 + GST
Instructor: Greg Bush

Registration required
Registrar: Diana Hollefreund 
(250) 658-8023

A Level 1 Officials Workshop is being planned for South Surrey (date TBA)

Host Club: Ocean Athletics
Location: Semiamoo Secondary

Inquiries: Sue Kydd (604) 530-8224 k& 

Job / Volunteer opportunities





West Van Track & Field
604 926-5400

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


Coaching Association of BC E-News – February 2008-02-07


  • Upcoming Deadline for 2007 Coach of the Year Nominations
  • Club Survey – last chance to participate
  • Making Dreams Possible club coaching grants
  • DartFish Training Session
  • 4th International TGfU Conference
  • Book of the Month
  • Article – Psychology of Injury Management 


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

Back issues of the BCAB are available at