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ISSUE #13-2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008

Questions or comments? Ph: (604) 333-3554 Email:

Highlights from this issue:

  • BC Athletics has moved!
  • Canada's Junior women 5th at World XC Championships
  • 2008 Paralympic Games Coach Selection information
  • Athletics Canada partners with Accelerade, launches fundraising program
  • In The News – Angus Taylor, Christabel Nettey
  • NCCP Intro to Competition Part A - Abbotsford
  • BC Athletics Summer Student Employment Opportunity



BC Athletics has now moved. Please note the change of our new address:

BC Athletics
#120 3820 Cessna Dr.
Richmond BC
V7B 0A1
Phone: (604) 333-3550
Fax: (604) 333-3551 (Currently not in operation)

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

Thank you very much for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Juvenile Membership Category Name Changed

On March 8, 2008 the BCA Board of Directors voted to officially change the "Juvenile" membership category to "Youth". This change brings us in line with the IAAF membership categories.

Harry Jerome Scholarship Award

This award is administered by BC Athletics and financed by the Vancouver Foundation. The regular competition for this award will close at 4:30pm on May 16th this year

Eligible applicants must be residents of British Columbia and matriculating students progressing to full-time post secondary study. Scholarship(s) will be awarded to individual(s) who: have demonstrated exceptional ability and show considerable promise in Track & Field, Road or Cross Country Running (Athletics); demonstrate financial need; have attained an acceptable academic record and; have demonstrated qualities of character and leadership.

Award amount is based on available funding from the Vancouver Foundation.

Applicants must:

  1. Submit a brief biographical letter noting family background, educational history and plans, as well as career or vocational aspirations.
  2. Provide three letters of reference, one from each of: the principal, Track & Field coach, and other appropriate sources.
  3. Submit a verified statement of marks or academic transcript.
  4. Complete and submit the application and Athletics (Track & Field, Road and Cross Country Running) Achievements forms.

The award(s) will be announced by the time of the BC High School Track & Field Championships.

The award will be paid to the student's account at his/her place of study upon confirmation of registration. The award will be applied first to fees and subsequently to other appropriate educational expenses.

Applications should be addressed to:
Suite 120 - 3820 Cessna Dr
Vancouver BC V7B 0A2

Application and Achievement form can be found at:


Saturday April 12 & Sunday April 13, 2008
9:00am - 4:00pm

Hansworth Secondary School
1044 Handsworth Road, North Vancouver.


  • One-On-One Nutrition Counselling (with Jenn Krempian)
  • Hands-On Strength and Conditioning (with Steve Ramsbottom)
  • On Track Mental Training Skills (with Rob Roy)
  • Dartfish Analysis -Stroke and Acceleration (with Michelle Wyngaarden)

As well as…
Exercise equipment to take home, WC Race
Series Season Overview, Food and Great draw prizes!
***Don’t forget to bring rain gear, water & your helmet!***

Subsidies are available for out of town coaches/athletes as well as subsidies for those with financial need. Please Pre-Register by April 4, 2008.

For more information or to register:
Contact James at 604-616-7106 or
BC Wheelchair Sports at 604-737-3191
(604-333-3525 After April 1, 2008)

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.

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

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 

**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

Canada takes on the world at 36th IAAF World Cross Country Championships

Canada fifth in women’s junior team standings at cross country running worlds

EDINBURGH, Scotland – Canada placed fifth in the women’s junior team standings on Sunday at the cross country running world championships.

The Canadian team members were Kendra Schaaf of Craven, Sask., Paula Findlay of Edmonton, Danelle Woods of Ottawa, Lindsay Carson of Cambridge, Ont., Geneviève Lalonde of Moncton, N.B., and Tamara Jewett of Toronto. They placed 20th, 23rd, 25th, 31st, 36th and 55th respectively in the individual six kilometre race.

‘’It’s a great team result, we knew we had a strong team,’’ said Schaaf, 17, competing at her first worlds. ‘’It was good to have raced internationally. A really good experience.’’

Genzeze Dibaba led Ethiopia to the team gold with a victory in the individual race.

For full story of Team Canada at World XC Championships, see 

2008 Paralympic Games Coach Selection

The process and criteria for selection of coaches for the 2008 Paralympic Games has been posted on the Staffing page on the Athletics Canada website:

We have received an expression of interest from a number of coaches. Thank you. Any other interested coaches are asked to express their interest in writing and complete and submit the online 2008 Coach Application Form and 2008 General Application Form to Melissa Dowling, National Team Programs Manager (, by April 15th, 2008.

For your information, selection and an announcement of staff coaches will be made no later than May 10th, 2008.

Please contact Scott Ogilvie, Director Para-athletics Programs at

Athletics Canada Partners with Accelerade and launches Club Fundraising Program

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada unveiled today the details of a new partnership with Accelerade which is highlighted by a Club Fundraising Program and a special promotion during the month of May to raise funds for Athletics Canada programs.

Club Fundraising Program

The fundraising program gives Athletics Canada Clubs, Members and Events the opportunity to purchase Accelerade at a discount price and then resell it at retail prices to fundraise. Visit the program site for more information - 

In-store Donation Promotion

Accelerade will donate 10 cents for every bottle of Accelerade sold during the month of May in Canadian Wal-Marts. Look for the promotion display and Accelerade product in Wal-Mart stores in the “Sports Nutrition” section within the Pharmacy.

Accelerade is the first and only sports drink that features a patent-pending 4:1 carbohydrate to protein formulation scientifically–proven to benefit endurance athletes when consumed before, during, or after exercise. Accelerade’s formula with the unique 4:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio is clinically proven to extend athletes endurance, enhance rehydration, and speed muscle recovery.

“This partnership has been developed to assist Athletics Canada reach their objectives,” says Sarah Donaldson, Accelerade Ambassador. “We’re proud to partner with Athletics Canada because they truly are an athlete-centered organization, dedicated to helping improve athletic performance.”

The Gold Standard

The April edition of the Gold Standard is now available.

In this month's edition:

  • AC Partners with Accelerade and launches Club Fundraising Program
  • World Indoor Championships Results
  • 2008 Canadian Championship Series
  • World Cross Country Championship Results
  • AC finalizes Olympic Games Selection Criteria
  • Nderebas to compete at Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal and Canadian Half Marathon Championships
  • IOC Honours Abby Hoffman
  • Athletes CAN names recipients of the 2008 Team IG Bursary
  • 2008 CSTA PRESTIGE Awards Finalists
  • 2008-2009 Athlete Assistance Program (Carding) Criteria
  • CPC Feel the Rush (FTR) Campaign
  • Club News: Saint-Laurent Sélect, Support our Stars
  • Three New Members to the CCPSA Hall of Fame
  • Canadian Road Race Calendar (April)

To view full edition:

Results from around the Track (and Field)

March 31, 2008 - 

Track & Field

In The News

Province Article - Angus Taylor

Province Article - Christabel Nettey

2008 BC Team Selection Criteria now posted

15 Year Old, Juvenile, Junior and Senior selection criteria and standards are now posted at:

Athlete Declaration Form & Event/Best Performance is also available.

Road Running

Results Round-Up

Spring Classic 5K Vancouver

1.	Jason Terauchi-Loutitt, 15:50
2.	Graeme Wilson, 15:54
3.	Paul Krochak, 16:00
1.	Cheryl Murphy, 17:18
2.	Kristina Rody, 17:39
3.	Rachel Ruus, 18:13

Merville 15K, Campbell River

1.	Eric Findlay, 50:48
2.	Royd Burkart, 51:36
3.	Bryan Portman, 52:40
1.	Nancy Baxendale, 1:00:33
2.	Jessalyn O'Donnell, 1:01:41
3.	Marilyn Arsenault, 1:02:01

Campus to Campus Half Marathon, Kelowna

1.	Rory Switzer, 1:17:16
1.	Yuliya Yastrebova, 1:25:43

Heights Fiver 5K, Prince George

1.	Rob Vogt, 19:52
1.	Anita O'Brien, 20:02

Heights Fiver 8K, Prince George

1.	Dan Watt, 27:06
1.	Shar Jackson, 33:24

In the News

Paul O’Callaghan – Aspire Running: 

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.

Race Information

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.

Entry Information

Download the entry form and complete race information from here: 
Or enter online at: 

Entry fee is only $15.00 for BC Athletics athlete members. Add $5.00 for race day registration.

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 May 23, 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 May 25/08).

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 8K 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 are subject to the General Criteria for Funding Support and Selection (

Additional Information

Complete details on the event website: 
Or contact Geoffrey Buttner (604) 739-9182 (evenings and weekends).

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:

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

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: 


NCCP Intro to Comp Part A - Abbotsford

PacificSport Fraser Valley will be running an Introduction to Competition Part A at the beginning of May. Even if your sport has an integrated program for coaches training, this is still a great opportunity to reinforce some of those 'coaching' basics for young or new coaches.

Course Details:

  • Location: University College of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford Campus
  • Dates/Times: Friday, May 9 2008 6:00-9:30pm AND Saturday, May 10, 2008 9:00-4:00pm
  • Facilitators: Gord Rogers, Kate Kloos

*100% attendance and participation is required!

Registration Information: An individual registration is $75.00. If two people affiliated with the same sport registers, the cost drops to $65.00 each. If three or more people affiliated with the same sport registers, the cost will only be $50.00 each!

Please go to for more information and to register.
Feel free to contact the facilitators with any questions!!


April 4, 5, 6 2008

Details and registration form: 

Upcoming NCCP Level 3 Theory Course – Abbotsford

PacificSport Fraser Valley will be hosting an NCCP Level 3 Theory course in Abbotsford 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: 



IAAF Handbooks are now in stock. If you are a Level 2+ official with a 2008 BC Athletics Membership, you will receive one from your Regional Contact. Memberships had to be renewed before March 31, to receive this benefit.

Read up on officials news at

Job / Volunteer opportunities

2008 BC Athletics Student Summer Employment Opportunity

(Supported by: The Canada Summer Jobs Program - Government of Canada and BC Athletics)

Note: BC Athletics has applied for funding under the Federal Summer Jobs Program. In anticipation of support BC Athletics invites applications for the following summer position. (Position may be funding dependent)

Job Position: Programs and Information Assistant
Estimated Length of Employment: 16 weeks
Estimated Starting Date: Earliest possible starting date: Monday, May 12/08
Ending Date: Friday, August 29/08
Hours per Day/Week: 7 hrs per day / 35 hrs per week
Salary: $15.00 per hour
Job Location: BC Athletics Office, 3820 Cessna Drive, Ste 120, Richmond, BC

Application Process:

Please submit a covering letter of application along with a resume and 3 references to:
BC Athletics, 3820 Cessna Drive, Ste 120, Richmond, BC V7B 0A2 Fax: 604-333-3551

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 25/08 - 4 pm

For Job Description, and Qualifications/Skills please visit: 

Join the Team in Training Coaching Team!

Team In Training® has more than 1,500 coaches working throughout the United States and Canada to help get participants in proper shape to complete a marathon, half-marathon, century ride or triathlon. They are a resource for every facet of the TNT experience, from purchasing the right apparel to improving racing technique and nutrition. Coaches travel with their teams to events and are along the race route to encourage and guide the athletes.

Job Posting: Walk Coach
Job Region: Vancouver
Position Type: Paid and Perks!
Application Deadline: April 1 2008
Start Date: May 1, 08

Job Posting: Run Coach
Job Region: Cloverdale
Position Type: Paid & Perks!
Application Deadline: April 1 2008
Start Date: May 1, 2008

If you're interested in working with a great organization, helping dedicated volunteers reach their fitness goals, and want to have a good time, this is a great opportunity for you.

Please send a cover letter to detailing your "sport" experience and desire to work for the Society.

Visit for more details on the program.

Alicia Rempel

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




  • PEAK PERFORMANCE REQUIRES OPTIMAL SLEEP AND ALERTNESS By Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., President and Chief Scientist--Alertness Solutions
  • HEAD COACH SELF EVALUATION By Dave Shrock, Modesto Jr. College, Kyle Coffman, USOC Performance Services Intern, and Catherine Sellers, USOC Coaching
  • DEVELOPMENT OF EXPLOSIVE POWER: PLYOMETRIC TRAINING By Kimberly Sanborn, MS, CSCS, Performance Services Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Endurance Team
  • ROUTINES, RITUALS, AND PERFORMING UNDER PRESSURE By Sean McCann, PhD, Performances Services Sport Psychologist Strength and Power Sportfolio)
  • THE BLOOD LACTATE RESPONSE TO EXERCISE By Krista Austin, PhD, Manager, USOC Performance Services Laboratory

To view the above articles and others, please visit 

SIRC Newsletter – March 2008

The World’s leading provider of sport information and research

Aboriginal Sport and Fitness

SIRC is pleased to be collecting articles related to Aboriginal sport and fitness. This past year we identified over 1,200 articles related to sport and various aboriginal topics. The most prominent subjects included sport and social aspects, history, health, culture, games/competitions, women and biographies.

To view the March Newsletter and links to articles visit:

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