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ISSUE #15-2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • John (Jack) Hutchins 1926-2008
  • PacificSport Fraser Valley nomination call for Recognition Awards
  • Decorated Oak Bay High School coach joins Vikes
  • 2008 Canadian Penn Relays Team named
  • Canadian Senior, Junior Track & Field Championships qualifying standards
  • Canadian Half Marathon Championship Start List
  • Frontrunners Island Running Series age-group winners


Call for Nominations, Annual PacificSport Fraser Valley Recognition Awards

PacificSport Fraser Valley seeks your nomination(s) for outstanding athletes, coaches, builders and volunteers to be recognized at its Annual General Meeting & Recognition Awards presentation on Tuesday, May 27, 2008.

The nomination deadline is Friday, May 16, 2008.

The 2008 Recognition Awards nomination form, including eligibility criteria, is attached and also posted online at
Please feel free to forward this notice to your sport colleagues and contacts.

Please contact me if you have any questions or require further information.

Christine Scott, BSc
Communications Coordinator
PacificSport Fraser Valley
Tel: 604-864-4657
Fax: 604-854-4197

Canadian Olympian Passes Away at 81

BC Athletics is saddened to announce the passing of Olympian and Commonwealth Games Team Member John (Jack) Hutchins, 1926-2008.

For Obituary, please visit 

Decorated Oak Bay High coach joins Vikes

VICTORIA - Keith Butler, one of the most accomplished high school coaches in the province, will join the UVic Vikes cross-country and middle distance team as an assistant coach. Butler comes to the Vikes as head coach of Oak Bay High School.

"I'm really happy that he wants to take his coaching to another level," said Vikes head coach Brent Fougner. "Keith will have an immediate impact on the quality of our team."

Butler has coached the cross-country and track teams at Oak Bay for the past 21 years. Since 1995, he has led the Bays to an unprecedented 25 B.C. Provincial championship titles. In the past year, Oak Bay swept the track and cross-country titles to become the first school to accomplish this feat.

"It's an exciting opportunity for me," said Butler. "I went to school here, and ran here myself, so I'm really looking forward to working with Brent (Fougner) and the team."

The former All-Canadian competed for the Vikes for five seasons, from 1981-86. Butler earned All-Canadian honours after placing fifth at the 1983 Cross-Country National Championships, and in 1986 was the Canada West champion in the 5,000-metre.

In addition to his coaching duties, Butler will also be responsible to recruiting and alumni relations.

Butler graduated from UVic in 1986 with a Bachelor's of Education and just completed his Masters of Coaching Studies.

One of Butler's first orders of business will be conducting a cross-country summer camp, for runners 13-17, at Camp Barnard. The residential camp will combine daily training sessions with a variety of fun activities. The camp runs August 10-15, and for more information you can visit: and follow the link to Summer Camps.

Media Contacts:
Michael Tucker
Public Relations Coordinator
University of Victoria
Athletics & Recreation
250.721.8725 P
250.721.8956 F


BC Athletics has now moved. Please note the change of our SUITE NUMBER and corrected POSTAL CODE:

BC Athletics
#120 3820 Cessna Dr.
Richmond BC
V7B 0A2
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

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:

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) 333-3556 

**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

2008 Penn Relays team named

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada announced today the team that will represent Canada at the 114th Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The competition takes place at Franklin Field, April 24-26.

Canada will be represented in the USA vs. The World competition by five teams. Two teams will be entered in the men’s 4 x 100 metres relay, and one women’s 4 x 400 metres relay team will line up. A women’s team will be entered in the sprint medley relay as well as a men’s team in the distance medley relay.

The men’s 4x100 metre relay team won silver last summer at the Pan American Games held in Rio de Janeiro. The team of Richard Adu-Bobie, Anson Henry, Jared Connaughton and Brian Barnett was edged out by host Brazil, but were able to defeat the Americans who would finish third.

USA vs. the World Schedule

Women Sprint Medley USA vs. the World, Saturday April 25, 1:30pm
Men 4x100m USA vs. the World, Saturday April 25, 2:15pm
Men Distance Medley USA vs. the World, Saturday April 25, 3:15pm
Women 4x400m USA vs. the World, Saturday April 25, 3:40pm

Championship Qualifying Standards

Please be advised that qualifying standards for the following events are now available:

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

Athletics Canada announces 2008 Team 2012 Athlete Identification List

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada announced today the 2008 edition of Team 2012, the athlete identification program for the 2012 Olympic Games. The program also serves to encourage developing athletes to transition to high performance teams, and recognize coach / athlete partnerships required to achieve world class success.

Initiated in 2007, Team 2012 evolves on a yearly basis to eventually closely resemble the team which will be named to compete at the London Games.

The program contains three categories of recognition:

  • Gold – Athletes born in 1980 or later identified on the Road to Excellence program as targeted athlete or carded under the “international” criteria
  • Silver – Carded athletes part of the national team program born in 1982 or later, with exceptions for 1981 birthdays members of a major national team.
  • Bronze – Athletes nominated by their provincial branch and who display evidence of national and international competition success born in 1984 or later, with exceptions for athletes part of a targeted event born in 1982.

2008 Team 2012 – BC Athletes

Name (DOB)            Event Coach                     Club
Dylan Armstrong (81)   SP   Anatoliy Bondarchuk       Kamloops T&F
Gary Reed (81)         800m Wynn Gmitroski            Pacific Athletics
Julia Howard (83)      800m Brit Townsend             Valley Royals
Rebecca Johnstone (84) 800m Brit Townsend             Valley Royals
Mike Mason (86)        HJ   Laurier Primeau           Valley Royals
Crystal Smith (81)     HT   Jud Logan                 Unattached
Ruky Abdulai (85)      LJ   Brit Townsend/
                            Jerrod Jones/Tom Dickson  Valley Royals T&F Club
Yvonne Mensah (85)     100m Gary Winkler              Unattached
Sabrina Nettey (90)    100m Mike Murray               Kajaks
Keynan Parker (90)     100m Winston Rechord           Burnaby Striders
Jessica Smith (89)     800m Ashley Weber              Norwesters

For Entire Team 2012 list, visit 

2008 Legion Canadian Youth Athletic Championships

Please be advised that new information regarding the following event is now available:

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

The summer application form is now available for the Canadian Athletes Now Fund (CAN Fund).

Many athletes applied in October 2007, but please note that every application is a new application. We encourage all athletes that are in need of direct funding to apply. Reference letters used in previous applications are acceptable.

Go to to download your application document. Make sure to fill out all necessary information and to attached two reference letters and a 4x6 photo of yourself before sending your package to the CAN Fund office address. This application does not need to be sent to Athletics Canada first, however CAN Fund does confirm application details with us before selection (ie. Canadian rankings, income, etc).

The deadline for the summer application is APRIL 25, 2008 AT 5:00PM EST!

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)

April 14, 2008 - 

Track & Field

World Indoor Masters Championships in 2010

Kamloops will fly the flag of the World Championships at Tournament Capital Centre to promote the event coming here in 2010. Parks, Culture and Recreation director, Byron McCorkell, Recreation director, Scott Hartman, President of the Kamloops Track and Field CLub, Judy Armstrong and past director, Al McLeod spent March 14-22 in Clermont- Ferrand, France taking in the world masters indoor athletic competition, talking to people, meeting with the local organizing committee, the WMA and getting a sense of what needs to get done to host these games. "We got the flag and now the work begins. The competition in France involved 3600 athletes from 60 countries between the ages of 35-99."

Early estimates have suggested that over 2000 athletes will participate but Armstrong predicts more than that after being in France and the athletes’ reaction after informing people about Kamloops. Plus this is the first time it will be held in North America so the contingent from here will be large.

We look forward to hosting a great event; an event that people from all over the world will want to participate in. We are fortunate enough to have a very good official base in Kamloops and in BC and the volunteer base in the city. We have the new facilities and the infrastructure to put this together and we are very excited about it.

In The News

Ralph Vernacchia Recap: 

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.

Cross Country


Reach the Peak, North Vancouver

1.	John Dove
1.	Lina Augaitus

Road Running

Canadian Half Marathon Championships Start Lists

Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal Start List announced, including strong field for Canadian Half Marathon Championships

Also available at 

MONTREAL, QC. 8 April 2008. Organizer today released the Start List for the 6th edition of the Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal, to be run in Parc Jean Drapeau on April 20th. The event will also host the Canadian Half Marathon Championships for the first time.

In addition to a formidable Kenyan contingent led by Samuel Ndereba [Half PR 61:50] and his sister and current Marathon World Champion, "Catherine the Great" [Half PR, 67:54], the Canadian Championships have brought out a stellar Canadian field--especially in the men's race.

For full story and Start list visit: 

Frontrunners Island Running Series

The 2008 Frontrunners Island Race Series concluded with the Sooke River 10K. The Series awards points based on best performances in 5 of the 8 races. By racing at Sooke, Nick Walker was able to discard an earlier result and nip Eric Findlay for the overall title. Nick Best finished third in the Series, while Cliff Kennell was the masters champion.

The overall women’s series places were unchanged by the final race, as most of the leading contenders were absent. Marilyn Arsenault was overall champion, as well as masters champion. Catrin Jones placed second overall, narrowly bettering another master, Nancy Baxendale.

2008 Series Age Group Winners were:

Men 01-15: Takeshi Barnes
Men 16-19: Ian Marenger
Men 20-24: Nick Best
Men 25-29: Nick Walker
Men 30-34: Shane Ruljancich
Men 35-39: Bryan Portman
Men 40-44: Cliff Kennell
Men 45-49: Kevin Searle
Men 50-54: Wayne Crowe
Men 55-59: Bruce Busby
Men 60-64: Brian Connon
Men 65-69: John Crouch
Men 70-74: Garfield Saunders
Men 75-79: Maurice Tarrant
Men 80+:   Ron Welch
Women 01-15: Nichola Kennell
Women 16-19: Brittany Therrien
Women 20-24: Shailie Sanbrooks
Women 25-29: Catrin Jones
Women 30-34: Julie van Veelen
Women 35-39: Charlene Waldner
Women 40-44: Marilyn Arsenault
Women 45-49: Nancy Baxendale
Women 50-54: Heather Beatty
Women 55-59: Gwyn Woodson
Women 60-64: Roslyn Smith
Women 65-69: Sharon Farinha

Results Round-Up

Sooke River 10K, Sooke

1.	Ryan Day, 31:39
2.	Nick Walker, 32:33
3.	Mark Cryderman, 33:01
1.	Melissa Ross, 40:11
2.	Angela Plamondon, 41:17
3.	Julie van Veelen, 42:02

Prince Rupert Half Marathon, Prince Rupert

1.	Shawn Davies, 1:20:45
1.	Rainy Kent, 1:40:35

In the News

Kirsten Sweetland Interview: 

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:


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!!

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: 

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