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ISSUE #25-2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • BC Athletics announces new affiliated clubs
  • BC Athletics joins Volunteer BC
  • BC Hall of Fame ‘Hero In You’ speaker series – July 23rd Track and field
  • Athletics Canada nominates 2008 Olympic Team – 4 BC Athletes named
  • Athletics Canada Call for Team Coaches – Commonwealth Youth Games
  • Follow Canada at World Junior Track and Field Championships
  • BC Results from Canadian Track and Field Championships
  • Road Running news: Midsummer 8k - Kelowna


Employment Opportunity

BC Athletics Administrative Assistant (½ time)
Run Jump Throw Program Administrator (½ time)

BC Athletics invites applications for the full time position of Administrative Assistant/Program Administrator. This is one position that will have responsibilities for the Run Jump Throw Program and other administrative responsibilities associated with the ongoing delivery of BC Athletics Programs and Services. This individual must be well organized and have the ability to deal with various details associated with these programs and services.

A detailed job description is available at 

Qualifications and Experience:

This is a full time position located at the BC Athletics office in Richmond. The salary for this position is commensurate with your experience and training. The current salary range for this position is $30,000 to $36,000 per annum plus benefits. The anticipated starting date is Tuesday, Aug 4, 2008.

BC Athletics as an equal opportunity employer, invites applications from all interested and qualified individuals.

Applicants are invited to submit their applications by Friday, July 11, 2008 and should include: A covering letter; your resume; and at least 3 references. Mail, fax or Email applications to: BC Athletics, 1367 West Broadway, Ste 206, Vancouver, BC V6H 4A9 Fax: (604) 737-3171 Email:

BC Athletics announces new BCA affiliated clubs

BC Athletics is pleased to welcome the Guardian Athletics Society as a new Athletics Society/Organization member club and Maple Grove Track as a BC Athletics affiliated club.

Walnut Grove Track Club

c/o Wes Moerman
7600 Glover Rd.
Langley BC
V2Y 1Y1
Ph: (604) 882-4220
Fax: (604) 513-2156

Guardian Athletics Society

#3 - 136 10th St.
New Westminster, BC
V3M 3X8
Phone: (604) 684-2139
Fax: (604) 684-2149

BC Athletics joins Volunteer BC

BC Athletics has joined Volunteer BC as a Category C member (Provincial Voluntary Organization). What this means for BC Athletics and its member clubs is the opportunity to seek volunteers to assist in officiating of Track & Field, Road and Cross Country Running competitions in their communities/regions throughout the province.

Athletics Officials currently number about 120 for the entire province. Officials are in high demand for an expanding list of sanctioned events, and there is a need to recruit and train new members. Social changes of the last 15-20 years have made it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain adequate numbers of volunteers. It is important for BC Athletics and Clubs to improve their ability to reach out beyond their own membership network to the community more broadly.

As a member of Volunteer BC, BC Athletics and its member Clubs can post volunteer and paid positions on the Volunteer BC website and through other electronic communications which they publish. BC Athletics receives additional benefits such as access to volunteer leadership training and posting of training opportunities.

For more information about this opportunity and how to post your Club’s specific position needs contact Laurel Wichmann at 604-858-0515 or or Sue Kydd at 604-530-8224 or k& .

Remember to check out the Officials section on the BC Athletics web site as well.

Hero in You Speaker Series

Every Wednesday at 1pm from July 9, 2008 to August 27, 2008 as well as September 14 and 21, 2008

The Hero in You Speaker Series is a unique opportunity to meet some of BC’s greatest sports hero’s in an intimate setting at the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Every Wednesday this summer, different Hall of Fame inductees will present their unique stories to the public. Visitors will have the chance for autographs, questions and pictures with inductees. Speakers include: media legend Steve Armitage; boxer and Olympic bronze medalist Dale Walters; BC Lions great Al Wilson; Wheelchair Basketball Olympic gold medalist Marni Abbott; Canada’s greatest rugby player Gareth Rees and many other inductees. A full list of speakers and more information about the program can be found at  Drop in visitors are welcome, as are group bookings for groups of 10 or more.

July 9:    Bob Ackles                    FOOTBALL
July 16:   Jim Taylor and Steve Armitage SPORTS MEDIA
July 23:   Thelma Wright                 TRACK AND FIELD 
           Lynn Kanuka
           Stephanie Berto-Berkum
July 30:   Al Wilson and Jack Farley     FOOTBALL
August 6:  Gareth Rees                   RUGBY
August 13: To Be Determined
August 20: Dale Walters                  BOXING
August 27: Marni Abbott                  WHEELCHAIR B-BALL

BC Sports Hall of Fame

Gate ‘A’ – BC Place, Robson and Beatty
Open 10am to 5pm seven days a week
$10 Adults
$8 Youth, Seniors and Students
$25 Family of Four
$5 Groups of 10 or more

For more information or bookings please call 604 687 5520


ACDirect Results Management Program and Rankings

We are using the ACDirect Results Management Program for all of our outdoor meets in 2008. Next year all provinces will use this system but for now BC is the only one. Rankings will be done through ACDirect which will be used for BC team selection, funding etc. so it is VERY important that your meet results are included.

In order for results to be uploaded to the ACD Results site you will have to set your meet up in a certain way in HyTek Meet Manager. Once you've set your meet up you will be able to download BC Athletics members information directly into your Athlete Roster so you will have everyone you need there, complete with their birth dates, BCA numbers etc. It also ensures that names are spelled correctly. After your meet you will need to create a simple export file and send it in to me and then we can upload your results.

Don't panic - it's really very easy (if Sam Collier can do it anyone can!) and Sam will get you all the information, links and assistance you need.

So before you set up the meet on HyTek contact Sam at

If your meet does not use HyTek please contact Sam and she will let you know what you need to do so we can actually use your meet results and get them in to the BC Rankings.

ATTENTION: Event Directors

Equipment Rental

BC Athletics has equipment for rent for Track & Field, Cross Country Races, Road Running Events and Race Walk Competitions. For details and the equipment rental form go to the following link: 

Sport Injury / Accident Report Form

BC Athletics has posted a Sport Injury / Accident Report form that event directors should use if one is not provided by the host organization or the company/organization providing medical / first aid coverage at the event. Completing of this form at the time of the sport injury / accident at a practice or hosted event will provide the club or organization with a valuable reference of the details and first aid treatment given, should it be necessary. Note: If the First Aid Company or Organization (e.g. St. John's Ambulance; SportMed BC) have a similar form that they complete then be sure to get a copy of it for your files. The report should be retained for 3 years. This form can be found at: 

**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

Athletics Canada nominates athletes for the 2008 Olympic Team

WINDSOR – Athletics Canada announced today the names of the athletes that will be forwarded to the Canadian Olympic Committee for nomination to the 2008 Olympic Games team. The announcement came this morning in Windsor, Ontario at the RBC Breakfast of Champions.

The Canadian track and field team’s objective in China is to replicate the result of 2 medals achieved at the 2007 World Championships. Last August in Osaka, Japan Perdita Felicien of Pickering, ON captured silver in the women’s 100 metre hurdles and Gary Reed of Victoria, BC won silver in the men’s 800 metres.

Les Gramantik, Head Coach, sees the team as being very competitive and able to compete with the world’s best, “Based on its selection criteria, Athletics Canada has nominated the best group of athletes to represent the maple leaf at the Beijing Olympics. In six weeks these athletes will be asked to perform in the most competitive global sport under the world’s spotlight.” Gramantik adds, “I, along with the support staff, coaches and medical personnel, are excited to assist the athletes in their final phase preparation to achieve their individual goals, which will help us achieve our collective goals as a team.”

Athletes Nominated for Track & Field for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Name                    Event              Hometown        Coach 
Ruky Abdulai            Long Jump          Coquitlam, BC   Brit Townsend 
Richard Adu-Bobie       4x100m Relay       Ottawa, ON      Glenroy Gilbert
Dylan Armstrong         Shot Put           Kamloops, BC    Anatoly Bondarchuk
Brian Barnett           200m, 4x100m Relay Edmonton, AB    Quin Sekulich
Tim Berrett             50km Race Walk     Edmonton, AB    John Fitzgerald 
Massimo Bertocchi       Decathlon          Toronto, ON     Andy Higgins
Pierre Browne           4x100m Relay       Toronto, ON     Kevin Tyler
Tabia Charles           Long Jump          Pickering, ON   Desai Williams
Tyler Christopher       400m               Edmonton, AB    Kevin Tyler 
Jared Connaughton       200m, 4x100m Relay New Haven, PEI  Monte Stratton
Nicole Forrester        High Jump          Aurora, ON      James Henry
Sultana Frizell         Hammer throw       Ottawa, ON      Anatoly Bondarchuk
Kelsie Hendry           Pole Vault         Saskatoon, SK   Rick & Susanne Petrucha
Anson Henry             100m, 4x100m Relay Pickering, ON   Dan Pfaff
Priscilla Lopes-Schliep 100m Hurdles       Whitby, ON      Anthony McCleary
Michael Mason           High Jump          Nanoose Bay, BC Laurier Primeau
Megan Metcalfe          5000m              Edmonton, AB    Sean Cleary
Taylor Milne            1500m              Guelph, ON      Dave Scott-Thomas
Carline Muir            400m               Weston, ON      Kevin Tyler
Hank Palmer             4x100m Relay       Pierrefonds, QC Daniel St. Hilaire
Emanuel Parris          4x100m Relay       Montréal, QC    Kevin Tyler
Adrienne Power          200m               Halifax, NS     Peter Lord 
Gary Reed               800m               Victoria, BC    Wynn Gmitroski
Scott Russell           Javelin throw      Windsor, ON     Doug Reynolds
Jim Steacy              Hammer throw       Lethbridge, AB  Larry Steinke 
Kevin Sullivan          1500m              Brampton, ON    Julie Henner
Achraf Tadili           800m               Laval, QC       Brent Fougner 
Angela Whyte            100m Hurdles       Edmonton, AB    Wayne Phipps
Jessica Zelinka         Heptathlon         London, ON      Les Gramantik 

Six athletes were granted extensions to qualify for the Olympic team based on previous international accomplishments. All six must achieve the required selection criteria by July 22, 2008 to be confirmed to the team.

Nathan Brannen          1500m              Cambridge, ON   Ron Warhurst
Dana Ellis-Buller       Pole Vault         Kitchener, ON   Ty Sevin
Malindi Elmore          1500m              Calgary, AB     Mike Van Tighem 
Perdita Felicien        100m Hurdles       Pickering, ON   Gary Winkler 
Adam Kunkel             400m Hurdles       Paisley, ON     Kevin Tyler 
Hilary Stellingwerff    1500m              Sarnia, ON      Dave Scott-Thomas 

Track and field events begin August 15th at the Beijing National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, the stadium can accommodate 91,000 spectators.

The Canadian track and field team will hold a pre-Games training camp in Singapore beginning August 1. Athletes will fly from Singapore directly to Beijing four or five days before the start of their competition. The first wave of athletes will fly to China August 11 with the final wave heading over August 17.

Athletics Canada Call for Team Coaches – Commonwealth Youth Games

Two coaches are required for this Canadian Team that will compete in Pune, India, October 7th to 17th, 2008. Coaches are required in the event areas of:

Information on this Athletics Canada Team can be found at:

For more information and the process of applying please contact:

Hugh Conlin
Director/Head Coach
Development Programs
Athletics Canada
Suite B1-110
2445 St Laurent Blvd
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1G 6C3
(613) 260 5580 ext. 3314

Athletics Canada Employment Opportunity - National Event Group Coach

Four positions: Sprint & Hurdles, Distance (middle & long distance), Throws, Jumps (& Combined Events)

Athletics Canada (AC) is the National Sport Organization for Athletics in Canada. Its purpose is to support high performance athletics excellence at the world level and to provide leadership in developmental athletics. Athletics Canada is a not-for-profit, charitable organization operating under a Board of Directors elected by provincial/territorial members.

The National Event Group Coach is a full-time position encompassing responsibilities to lead, coach, administers and coordinates the activities of the event group in accordance with the policies, goals and objectives set by the Association in alignment with the overall Athletics Canada integrated (Olympic & Paralympic programs) Strategic Plan. All four National Event Group Coaches will report to the Head Coach of Athletics Canada.

Please note that the Sprint & Hurdles position will be based at the University of Toronto. The other three positions’ location is flexible.

Responsibilities of these positions include:

The ideal candidate has:

Salary for these positions will commensurate with experience.

Applications with salary expectations should be sent in confidence by September 15, 2008 to:

Athletics Canada
Suite B1-110 2445 St-Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, Ontario.K1G 6C3
Attention: Diane Gagné, Director of Finance, 

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Athletics Canada promotes Employment Equity. These positions are financially supported by Sport Canada and the Road to Excellence.

For a complete job description please visit

Employment Opportunity Director/ Head Coach – Para-Athletics

The Director/Head Coach – Para-Athletic Programs (DHC-P) is a full-time position encompassing responsibilities to direct, administer and coordinate the activities of the Para-Athletics Programs unit in accordance with the policies, goals and objectives set by the Association in alignment with the overall Athletics Canada Strategic Plan. The Director/Head Coach – Para-Athletic Programs (DHC-P) will report to the Chief High Performance Officer (CHPO) of Athletics Canada.

The position is located in the Athletics Canada Head office in Ottawa.

Salary for this position will commensurate with experience.

Applications with salary expectations should be sent in confidence by September 17, 2008 to:

Athletics Canada
Suite B1-110 2445 St-Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, Ontario.K1G 6C3
Attention: Diane Gagné, Director of Finance, 

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Athletics Canada promotes Employment Equity. This position is financially supported by Sport Canada and the Road to Excellence.

For a complete job description please visit

2008 Legion Canadian Youth Athletics Championship

Please be advised that the Event Technical and/or Registration packages are now available:

Please be advised that registration is now available for the Legion Canadian Youth Athletics Championships. If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Clarke, Events Coordinator at or 613.260.5580 ext.3309.

The Gold Standard - June 2008 Issue

Issue contains:

To view full edition:

Results from around the Track (and Field)

July 8 - 2008 

Track & Field

Follow Canada at the World Junior Track and Field Championships

2008 BC Senior Track & Field Team

NAME                  CLUB                   EVENT(S)    RESULT(S)
Abdulai, Ruky         Valley Royals          LJ          1st – 6.48m
Armstrong, Dylan      Kamloops Track         SP          1st – 19.88m
Cummins, Diane        Unattached             800m        2nd – 2:04.61
Dockendorf, Carly     Unattached             PV          NH
Gleadle, Liz          Vancouver Thunderbirds JT          1st – 49.09m
Gomez, Inaki          Racewalk West          20kmRW      2nd – 1:31:53
Howard, Julia         Royals                 800m        9th – 2:08.85
Johnstone, Rebecca    Valley Royals          800m        1st – 2:03.99
Kennelly, Bevin       Unattached             3000mSC     3rd – 10:28.20
Kiauka, Eric          Prairie Inn Harriers   3000mSC     3rd – 8:55.17
Lowe, Christine       Coquitlam Cheetahs     400mH       8th – 1:02.83
MacGregor, Meredith   Valley Royals          3000mSC     2nd – 10:24.75
Mallie, Daniel        Pacific Athletics      1500m       10th – 3:52.54
Marpole-Bird, Justin  Unattached             1500m       9th – 3:47.69
Martinson, Geoffrey   Prince George Track    1500m       6th – 3:41.73
Mason, Michael        Valley Royals          HJ          1st – 2.21m
Mensah, Yvonne        Unattached             400mH       1st – 57.09
Miller, Natasha       Valley Royals          HJ          4th – 1.74m
Nettey, Christabel    Kajaks                 LJ          4th – 5.85m
Nielsen, Kyle         Coquitlam Cheetahs     JT          3rd – 65.12m
Pighin, Brooke        Coquitlam Cheetahs     JT          7th - 43.27m
Reed, Gary            Pacific Athletics      800m        1st – 1:45.61
Richard, Claudia      Vancouver Thunderbirds 400mH       10th – 1:02.22
Smith, Crystal        Unattached             Hammer      3rd – 64.19m
Tolton, Vicki         Track 5450             400m        8th – 56.75
Vandervliet, Megann   Kamloops Track         HT, DT      4th – 58.19m, 4th – 45.16m
Vaughan, Jarid        Coquitlam Cheetahs     100m, 200m  12th – 10.60, 5th – 21.05
Wells, Graeme         Kajaks                 1500m       11th – 3:54.88
Zelinka, Deanna       Kamloops Track         JT          3rd – 46.54m
Canada Games Age Eligible Development Group
Boss, Traci           Coquitlam Cheetahs     400 Hurdles 14th – 1:04.17
Culley, Mitchell      Valley Royals          800m        25th – 1:53.82
Gustavson, Reid       Vancouver Thunderbirds Decathlon   6th – 6975pts
Kane, Brianna         Valley Royals          400m        20th – 58.35
Lim, Kevin            Kajaks                 200m, 400m  18th – 21.86, 9th – 48.82
Little, Paul          Vancouver Thunderbirds HJ          8th – 2.01m
Johns, Adelle         Vancouver Thunderbirds  Heptathlon 8th – 4399pts
Sprenkels, Tiffany    Unattached              LJ, TJ     10th – 5.11m, Foul

For Full Results –  

2008 BC Junior Development Track & Field Championships

Hosted by the Nanaimo T&F Club and The Vancouver Island Athletic Association

Entry Package and Related Meet Information – see: 

BC Athletics Track & Field Championships Jamboree 2008

Midget 15, Youth (16/17), Junior (18/19) & Senior 20+

July 11 – 13

Hosted by the Kamloops Track & Field Club

Championships Meet Package:

Championships Schedule:

Revised BC Summer Games Schedule

Please note that the draft schedule for the 2008 BC Summer Games has been revised. 

Zone Trials Schedules: 

Zone Rep contact list: 

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.

Road Running

Midsummer 8K – Kelowna

With 265 runners and nine wheelers entering, the 2008 Midsummer 8K ranks second for best Interior Running Association race attendance since 2001. Thanks to all who participated and to the promotional efforts of the Kelowna Running Club, for making this possible. Thanks too, to the many volunteers who made the race possible.

Graeme Wilson (M35-39) of Vancouver, repeated his last year's first place finish with a time of 26:24. Graeme was the male winner of the 2007 Timex series. Second spot went to Connor Clerke (M16-19) of Kelowna, in 27:53 with Jason Malin (M20-29) of Westbank, taking third in 28:08.

In the women's division Rachel Ruus (F30-34) of Richmond, set a new record for the 8K Midsummer distance (since 2005) finishing in 28:57. Kristina Rody (F30-34) of Whistler, last year's female Timex series winner, clocked second in 27:53 and Susanne Russell (F20-29) of Vancouver, claimed third in 31:57, just one second ahead of age category rival Shannon Thompson of Kelowna.

In the men's wheeler division, only eight seconds separated the first three finishers. Sonny Davis (M20-29) of Edmonton, crossed the line in 21:25, with Paul Clark (M50-54) of Kelowna, and Jim Hudec (M50-54) of Salmo, tying for second spot in 21:33 ... shades of Ben Hur?!!

Margaret Conquest (F30-34) of Edmonton was the sole women's wheeler entrant and finished in 39:17.

In the women's age-graded division, Cindy Rhodes (F50-54) of Kelowna, recorded her seventh 2008 a-g win finishing in 28:06. Rachel Ruus was second in 28:44 and Kristina Rody third in 29:11.

In the men's age-graded division, Brian Connon (M60-64) of Victoria, jumped from seventeenth in the overall race standing (31:29) to first, with an time of 25:06. Graeme Wilson took second in 25:30 with Rory Switzer (M45-49) of Kelowna, third in 25:45.

Road Running Performance Clinic – Summer 2008



Registration form: 



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


CABC’s member E-News - June 2008 edition 


World Renowned sport psychologist in Victoria

PacificSport Victoria and LifeSport Coaching are proud to welcome and present World Renowned Sport Psychologist Dr. Terry Orlick to Victoria, BC.

Dr. Orlick has been leading the field of focus training for excellence in multiple disciplines for over 30 years. He has worked with thousands of Olympic and Professional athletes and coaches, corporate leaders, astronauts, surgeons, top classical musicians and many others engaged in high stress performance missions. Please see attached biography for further information on Dr. Orlick and his accomplishments.

We have scheduled two free information sessions for early next week. Any coach or athlete at any level can benefit from Dr Orlick’s expertise.

Informal Coaches Roundtable

Sport Psychology Workshop

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Drew MacKenzie, Program Development Coordinator, PacificSport Victoria 250-744-5524.

SIRC Newsletter – June 2008

The World’s leading provider of sport information and research

Risk Management

Risk is a part of sport. Facilities, organizations, coaches, administrators, athletes, volunteers and officials can be directly impacted by the risk of legal issues, injury or economic downfall. Although it is impossible to avoid risk, educating yourself on risk management can minimize the impact.

SIRC is pleased to bring you the latest information and resources on Risk Management. The SIRC Seminar on June 10th will feature Dina Bell-Laroche of the True Sport Secretariat and Rachel Corbett of the Centre for Sport and Law.

To view the June 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: Management/ Risk Management Main.asp

New Online Drug Database Helps Canadian Athletes Compete Doping-Free

Back issues of the BCAB are available at