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ISSUE #9-2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • BC Athletics is on the move!
  • Approved meets for JD Awards and Top 10
  • World Indoor Track and Field Championships – Canadians are ready
  • Canadians dominate NACAC Cross Country Championships
  • Spirit of the Marathon – non-fiction feature film
  • Run Jump Throw Instructor Workshops – March in Surrey, April in Kelowna
  • Level 3 Theory Course – Abbotsford, March 29-30 and April 19-20


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.

Approved Meets for JD Awards and All Time Top 10 Listings

The following meets have been approved by the JD Committee for All Time Top 10 listings and for JD Awards. If any Club would like to have their meet(s) added to this list please submit the name of your meet by APRIL 1, 2008 for approval at the next JD Committee meeting. If a meet is not approved for the above purposes an athlete will not be able to use results obtained for awards or All Time Top 10 listings. Only sanctioned meets may be approved.

BC JD Track and Field Championships
BC JD Pentathlon Championships
BC Summer Games (even years)
BC Midget Event (BCSG alternate meet)
Trevor Craven Memorial Meet, Burnaby.
Jesse Bent Memorial, Coquitlam
Pacific Invitational, Langley
** Track City Classic, Eugene
** Classy Classic, Seattle
Jack Brow Memorial, Kelowna
Spruce Capital, Prince George
Kamloops Centennial, Kamloops
George Dean Meet, Sidney
Eagle Classic, Maple Ridge
Cougars Invitational, Courtenay
Bob Dailey Invitational, Port Alberni
Elwood Wylie Meet, Nanaimo
Dogwood Meet, Victoria
Garriock Invitational, Duncan
Nat. Legion T and F Championships
NorWesters Elementaries Meet, Burnaby.
Junior Olympics, Surrey
BC Elementary Championships, Richmond
BC Interior Championships (provisional)
Island Pentathlon and Throws Meet

** Athletes competing in US Meets must present a certified copy of meet results.

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 

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

Canadians ready to take on the world in Valencia March 7-9

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada’s IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships team is ready to take on the very best in the world in Valencia, Spain beginning Friday March 7. 159 nations will be represented in Valencia making this the largest World Indoor Championships in history.

Eight athletes will be striving for the podium in Spain with six of them having competed at the 2007 World Outdoor Championships in Osaka, Japan.

For full story and team, visit 

Canada dominates continental cross country running championships

ORLANDO – Canada won six gold medals on Saturday at the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) cross country running championships. Canadian runners won three of the four events in both the individual and team races.

For full story, visit - 


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.


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

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:

The Gold Standard

The March edition of the Gold Standard is now available.

In this month's edition:

  • Club Optimum and Club d’Athlétisme of Sherbrooke join forces
  • Favourite Moment Contest
  • U-23 NACAC Championships selection criteria
  • World Juniors selection criteria
  • 2009 World Marathon Cup project
  • AC names World Indoors team
  • Almost $2.5 million at stake in Valencia
  • Willi Krause, 1909-2008
  • Launch of
  • 2008 Annual Congress
  • Paralympic Games selection criteria
  • Zelinka regains Zip
  • Christopher establishes new mark
  • Felicien and Reed named CSA finalists
  • Canadian Championship Series
  • Take the Accelerade Challenge

Follow link to view complete edition:

Results from around the Track (and Field)

March 3, 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

Albany Marathon

Running her first ever marathon in Albany, Georgia, Cheryl Murphy from Victoria finished second female and eighth place overall in an outstanding 2:40:12. Leading for the first part of the race, Murphy was eventually beaten by Janet Cherobon of Kenya by over two minutes. Favourable weather and a flat, fast course helped Murphy record the fastest time in 5 years by a BC athlete. The time also puts Murphy in consideration for selection for a Canadian team place at the Marathon World Cup being contested within the next IAAF World Championships in Athletics to be held in Berlin, Germany in August 2009.

Murphy’s training partner, Phil Nicholls, also took advantage of the ideal conditions to win the masters division in 2:38:29.

Spirit of the Marathon

Spirit of the Marathon is the first ever non-fiction feature film to capture the drama and essence of the famed 26.2 mile running event. Filmed on four continents, the movie brings together a diverse cast of amateur athletes and marathon luminaries.

As six unique stories unfold, each runner prepares for and ultimately faces the challenge of the Chicago Marathon. More than a sports movie, Spirit of the Marathon is an inspirational journey of perseverance and personal triumph; a spectacle that will be embraced by runners and non-runners alike.

Spirit of the Marathon will be showing in 52 theatres across Canada for one night only, on April 9th at 7:00 PM, including 8 theatres in British Columbia. Tickets will go on sale on March 21st. To find out where the movie is playing, and to purchase tickets, go to

For more details about the movie, including reviews, go to

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

Twinkies 'n Cows, The Marilyn Arsenault Interview:

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

Tread the Shed, Delta

1. Scott Steward, 36:35
1. Corinne Issel, 37:38

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.

Run Jump Throw

Developed by Athletics Canada and presented by BC Athletics, RJT is the grassroots development program for our sport. This FUNdamentals program teaches the skills of running, jumping and throwing and the technical skill progressions for track and field events. It is designed for boys and girls ages 6-12, has progressions for older athletes, and can be adapted for special needs.

Upcoming Instructor Certification Workshops

RJT Instructor Workshop

Tuesday March 11, 4:30 pm-8:30pm
Friday March 14, 4:30pm-9pm
Saturday March 15, 9am-4pm
(Teachers may attend Friday & Saturday only, but are also welcome on Tuesday)

Location: South Surrey, BC

Cost: $200 ($120 for Teachers) – 20% for BCA members

Registration Form: 
Teacher Registration Form: 

RJT Instructor Workshop

Friday April 11 6-9pm
Saturday April 12 9am-5pm
Sunday April 13 9am-1pm AT APPLE BOWL
(Teachers may attend Friday and Saturday only, but are also welcome on Sunday)

Okanagan Boys and Girls Club/Martin Ave CC
1434 Graham Rd.
Kelowna, BC

Cost: $200 ($120 for Teachers) – 20% for BCA members

Registration form: 
Teacher Registration form: 



POSTPONED – April 4, 5, 6 (TBC)

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

Upcoming NCCP Level 3 Theory Course – Abbotsford

PacificSport Fraser Valley will be hosting an NCCP Level 3 Theory course in Abbotsford March 29-30 and April 19-20.

Interested participants can call 604 557 4019 for more information, or go to and look at our upcoming events for both information and online registration.

CABC’s member E-News - March 2008 edition


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


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

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