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ISSUE #16-2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Volunteers Wanted – BC Athletics booth at BMO Marathon Expo
  • 2008 Legion Coaching Academy information
  • Throwing Implement Technical Specifications
  • Wheelchair Sports Vancouver Track Nights and other News!
  • BC 8K Championships info revised
  • Upcoming PacificSport Coach ToolKits


Volunteers Wanted – BC Athletics Booth at BMO Marathon Expo

BC Athletics is looking for volunteers (individuals or clubs) to assist at the BCA booth at the BMO Vancouver Marathon Expo at the Westin Bayshore on May 1 - 3. This is an ideal opportunity to promote your club and attract new members. If your club would like to be represented or you are available to help for one of the time periods below, please respond to Maurice Wilson (, 604-333-3553). If you are unable to provide representatives but have club information brochures available, please send your brochures to the BC Athletics office so they can be provided to anyone wanting more information.

This event includes school age participation, and adults of all ages and abilities, and hence provides recruitment opportunities for all disciplines.

The following shifts are available:

Thursday May 1, 5 pm – 9 pm
Friday May 2, 10 am – 1 pm
Friday May 2, 1 pm – 5 pm
Friday May 2, 5 pm – 9 pm
Saturday May 3, 10 am – 1 pm
Saturday May 3, 1 pm – 4 pm
Saturday May 3, 4 pm – 7 pm

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 


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.

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

The 2008 Legion Coaching Academy

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

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.

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 Sιlect, 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 21, 2008 - 

Track & Field

Throwing Implement Technical Specifications

With reference to the BC Athletics Technical Standards for Throwing Implements found on the BCA website page: there are Technical Specification for each of the Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Hammer and Weight Throw Implements that must be met when weighed and measured prior to competition.

Technical Specifications can be found at:

  • The IAAF – for ages 16/17 (Youth); 18/19 (Junior); 20 + (Senior/Open) See the following link: 
    Rules 188 (page 149) through Rule 193 (page 176) – shot, discus, javelin and hammer
    Rule 221 (page 188) – Indoor Shot Put
  • Masters age group – 35+ - they use many of the same weights as the age groups referenced above so those technical specifications are part of the IAAF Technical Rules, WMA Rule and the USA Track & Field Rules for Implements (for those weights not covered in the IAAF Rules)
    WMA (World Masters Athletics) – see this link for the Technical Specifications for Masters Throwing Implements - 
  • 15 years and younger – use the IAAF Technical Specifications except where they are not provided for. For those events and technical specifications please reference the USA Track & Field Rules which are found at: 
    Rule 188 (page 59) through Rule 195 (page 69)

BC Wheelchair Athletics News

Vancouver Track Nights:

Thursdays at 5:30
at Eric Hamber Track (33rd and Oak Street).
Please contact James Hustvedt if you plan to attend and need a chair.
James Hustvedt: 604-616-7106 or 
(See flyer attached)

Fraser Valley Junior Wheelchair Sports Club:

Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:30 at Holy Cross School (88th and 160th in Surrey).
Athletics will start off the summer and run for the duration of the program with tennis added in later in the summer.
Please contact Jackie Ehgoetz for more information and if you plan to attend.
Jackie Ehgoetz: 604-333-3525 or 
(See flyer attached)


The dates have finally been set for camps this summer. More information will be sent out soon but keep these dates in mind:

  • BCWSA Coquitlam Camp: Tuesday, August 5th to Friday, August 8th at Pinetree Community Centre, Coquitlam
  • BCWSA Okanagan Camp: Monday, August 11th to Friday, August 15th –Kelowna (location yet to be determined)
  • Easter Seals Camp – Shawnigan Lake – July 8th to 14th
  • Easter Seals Camp – Squamish – July 29th to August 3rd
  • For BCWSA Camps contact Jackie: 604-333-3525 or 
  • For Easter Seals Camps apply on-line at 

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

Road Running Performance Clinic – Summer 2008


  • 20 consecutive Wednesday nights starting May 7, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. through to September 17, 2008
  • Drop-in: on any of the above dates


  • Brockton Oval, Stanley Park


  • Runners who wish to improve their running fitness level and their performance. Each runner will train in a small group with a run leader, under the direction of the clinic professional coach, John Hill.
  • This clinic is for runners already comfortable at running 25 to 30 miles per week. Pace does not matter, whether you are a 5 minute miler or a 10 minute miler.


  • A formal interval training session every Wednesday night.
  • An optional training session once a week may be arranged with the running group (day and time to be determined by the group).
  • Personal consultation with John Hill.
  • A day-to-day training schedule.
  • Self monitoring weekly training diary.
  • An atmosphere of running fun and camaraderie (groups are not competitive but mutually supportive).


  • By B.C. Athletics (333-3550). Register by fax (333-3551), by mail, or in person.

Registration form: 

Spirit of the Marathon

The BMO Vancouver Marathon is proud to present the Vancouver re-release of the award winning film “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.

Watch the 7 minute preview on the official movie website: 

Saturday May 3, 2008, Matinee performance 1:30pm
Empire Granville 7 Cinemas
855 Granville St., Vancouver

Tickets are available at the theatre box office; or
Tickets will be available Friday April 25 on-line at 

An extra showing will be added if there is demand.

Results Round-Up

Miworth 5K, Prince George

1.	Margaret Jones-Bricker, 21:57
1.	Brian Martinson, 19:31

Miworth 13.7K, Prince George

1.	Shar Jackson, 58:56
1.	Matt Newman, 52:49

In the News

“Still fit after all these years” profiles 78-years-young runner Maurice Tarrant:

Vancouver Sun Run 10K

Kenyan keeps alive an African winning tradition:

A rest from racing may have helped top woman:

BC Athletics 2008 8K Road Running Championship (revised)

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 Mar 9/08).

The Overall Champions (1st BCA Junior, Senior or Masters members, men and women), will also receive $500 prize money courtesy of Saucony.

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 (

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:


Upcoming Coaching ToolKits

Introduction to Field Testing Kit: 

Presented by Marc Bowles, Performance Planner for Canadian Sport Centre Pacific

Date: Thursday, May 15th, 2008
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: TBD
Fee: These training sessions are free of charge for PacificSport registered IPS and non-IPS coaches, University and College coaches, and community coaches.

Space is limited and registrations will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP by Monday, May 5th, 2008 at 4:00pm to or by phone at (604) 333-3512.

Practical Session:

Facilitated by Marc Bowles, Performance Planner for Canadian Sport Centre Pacific

Practical sessions for coaches and their athletes are available upon request for May 16th, 2008 only. Coaches can book a 2-hour testing session which will provide them with a practical opportunity to use the Field Testing Kit and protocols with their own athletes. This session will be facilitated by CSCP Performance Planner Marc Bowles, who will also be present to help analyze and interpret the data. In order to take part in this session, you must have attended the introductory session. Each group may consist of 1 or more coaches, and up to 12 athletes.

Date: Friday, May 16th, 2008
Time: 8:00am-5:00pm (available upon request)
Location: TBD
Fee: These training sessions are free of charge for PacificSport registered IPS and non-IPS coaches, University and College coaches, and community coaches.

Introduction to Video Analysis: 

Presented by Michelle Wyngaarden, Lab Technician for Canadian Sport Centre Pacific

Date: Thursday, June 12th, 2008
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Lunch will be provided)
Location: Sport Campus BC
160 -3820 Cessna Drive
Richmond BC V7B 0A2
Materials: You will need a laptop, video camera, firewire cable, and Movie Maker/iMovie installed on your laptop.
For the practical application, you will need to bring video footage.
If you do not have a certain piece of equipment, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Fee: PacificSport Registered IPS coaches: Free of charge
*Non-registered IPS coaches: $40.00
Please RSVP by Friday, May 30th at 5:00pm to or by phone at (604) 333-3512

Introduction to DartFish – Level 1: 

Presented by Michelle Wyngaarden, Lab Technician for Canadian Sport Centre Pacific

Date: Friday, June 13th, 2008
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Location: 160 -3820 Cessna Drive
Richmond BC V7B 0A2
Materials: You will need a laptop, video camera, firewire cable, and DartFish software.
If you do not currently have the DartFish software program, you may download the free 30-day trial version at
For the practical application, you will need to bring video footage.
If you do not have a certain piece of equipment, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Fee: PacificSport Registered IPS coaches: Free of charge
*Non-registered IPS coaches: $40.00
Please RSVP by Friday, May 30th at 5:00pm to or by phone at (604) 333-3512

*Non-registered IPS coaches can contact Andrιe-Anne LeRoy to register and will then be able to attend the session free of charge.

Space is limited to 15 spots for each session and registrations will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority registration for the Introduction to Video Analysis and Introduction to DartFish-Level 1 are presently open to IPS coaches only. Registration for non-IPS coaches will begin April 30th, thus if you would like to reserve a spot, please do so before this date.

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!!

CABC’s member E-News - March 2008 edition


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

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: Friday, 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