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ISSUE #26-2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Willi Krause 1909-2008 – Celebration of Life July 19th
  • 2009 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting Info
  • Eric Gillis and Nate Brannen join nominated Olympic Athletes
  • NACAC U-23 Track and Field Team announced
  • Athletics Canada’s Beijing Connection – website launched
  • RJT Activities July 23rd at the BC Sports Hall of Fame
  • Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 'Team Challenge' Team announced
  • XC Running Opportunities at BC Colleges


Willi Krause Celebration Of life:

A Celebration of Life for longtime Trail Track & Field Club coach Willi Krause will be held at the Fieldhouse in Trail, B.C. on Saturday, July 19th, 2008 at 1 P.M. In lieu of flowers donations would be appreciated for the Willi Krause/Trail Track & Field Club Youth Development Program payable to the National Sport Trust Fund c/o the Trail Track & Field Club, 3577 Carnation Dr., Trail, B.C. V1R 2W4.

Donor Contribution Declaration Letter- contribution declaration letter.pdf  

2009 AGM Information

2009 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting
January 30, 31, February 1, 2009

2009 BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet
January 31, 2009

Hilton Vancouver Airport
Richmond BC

Important Deadlines:

More information will be posted in the BC Athletics Electronic Bulletin as it becomes available.

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.

Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada adds Eric Gillis to Olympic nomination list

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada announced today that 10 000 metre runner Eric Gillis from Antigonish, NS has been added to the Olympic Games nomination list.

Gillis who currently resides and trains in Guelph, ON was not on the original list when the team was nominated July 7 but the National Team Committee re-considered their decision as new elements were presented during the appeal process.

Martin Goulet, Athletics Canada’s Chief High Performance Officer endorses the decision, “The National Team Committee has a high level of confidence in Eric’s program and coaching, this, combined with the fact that the appeal brought to light some grey zones in Athletics Canada’s Olympic Selection Criteria led us to rule in favour of the athlete”.

The number of track and field athletes nominated to the Olympic team now stands at 31.

Nate Brannen qualifies for Olympic team

Friday, July 11, 2008

Nate Brannen has officially qualified for the track and field team which will compete in Beijing, China at the Olympic Games. On Monday he was given an extension to qualify for the team (along with 5 other athletes) due to an injury, he needed to achieve the necessary standard by July 22nd. Nate ran the standard at a race in Rome, Italy today.

He set a new personal best of 3:34.65 and will join Kevin Sullivan and Taylor Milne in the 1500 metres in Beijing.

Athletics Canada names NACAC U-23 Team

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada announced the 2008 NACAC Under-23 Championships team which will compete in Toluca, Mexico July 18-20.

The Canadian track and field team won 15 medals (three silver, 12 bronze) at the last championships held in Santo Domingo in 2006. Only two years removed from the NACAC U-23 program, three athletes who competed on the 2006 team were recently nominated to the Beijing Olympic team. Jared Connaughton of New Haven, PEI and Mike Mason of Nanoose Bay, BC both came away with bronze medals while Pickering's Tabia Charles was 4th at the 2006 NACAC U-23 Championships.

BC Athletes and Staff:

Name               Event               Coach              Hometown
Carolyn Ellis      3000m Steeplechase  Dave Scott-Thomas  Lake Forest, BC
Elizabeth Gleadle  Javelin throw       Laurier Primeau    Vancouver, BC
Inaki Gomez        20km Racewalk       Gerry Dragomir     Vancouver, BC
Reid Gustavson     Decathlon           Laurier Primeau    Vancouver, BC
Team Staff
Janet Neufeld      Manager                                Westminster, BC	
Richard Collier    Throws Coach                           Richmond, BC 
Carolyn Daubeny    Massage Therapist                      Vancouver, BC

For Entire Team visit  

Athletics Canada’s Beijing Connection

Athletics Canada launched today With 24 days until the games begin the site offers up to date information on the track and field athletes, schedule and results, CBC broadcast schedule and a special Beijing Wallpaper.

Visit the site to follow the Canadian athletics team as they wind down the Road to Beijing.

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 - July 2008 Issue

Issue contains:

To view full edition:

Results from around the Track (and Field)

July 14, 2008 - 

Track & Field

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.

Run Jump Throw

RunJumpThrow at the BC Sports Hall of Fame Hero in You Speaker Series

The Hero in You Speaker Series is a unique opportunity to meet some of BC’s greatest sports heroes 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 23
Thelma Wright, Lynn Kanuka
Talk: 1:00pm – 1:30pm
RunJumpThrow Activities: 1:30pm – 3:00pm

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

Registration/Liability Form:

Road Running

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon “Team Canada” Selections

This is not an Athletics Canada Team per se but this team has the full support of AC. The intent is that Marathon Programs such as this initiative of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon "Team Challenge" on September 28 will support Athletics Canada in the development of the marathon event.

The team consists of 2 men & 2 women + alternates.

1. Dylan Wykes, ON
2. Matt McInnes, ON
Alt 1 - Jerry Ziak, BC
Alt 2 - Stephen Drew, ON

1. Nicole Stevenson, ON
2. Suzanne Evans, BC
Alt 1 - Lisa Harvey, AB
Alt 2 - not yet selected.

Head Coach: Steve Weiler, ON

Road Running Performance Clinic – Summer 2008



Registration form: 

Cross Country

XC Running Opportunities at BC Colleges

The Canadian Colleges Athletics Association (CCAA) has a vibrant and growing Cross Country Running program and within CCAA, the 14 member Colleges and Universities of BCCAA are in the process of resurrecting their XC Running program.

The CCAA XC Running Championships started in 2002, and in 2008 will be hosted Nov. 7, 8 in Kingston, Ontario on the same course (Fort Henry) which will be used for the FISU World XC Running Championships in 2010 - an exciting opportunity for runners and coaches! CCAA distances are 5000m for Women and 8000m for Men, the same as the Athletics Canada Junior distances. Many athletes are 18 to 20 years old and CCAA programs fit well with the concept of long term athlete development.

Selkirk College is presently taking the leadership in resurrecting XC Running in BCCAA. UBC Okanagan has a XC program and coach, has sent runners to CCAA Championships in both 2002 and 2007, and is presently planning to host a BCCAA XC race in October. Douglas College has had a XC Program and coach and has competed in NWAACC (US). Capilano College has a coach and plans to compete in BCCAA XC this fall. College of the Rockies, University College of the Fraser Valley, Malaspina University College, and Columbia Bible College have also sent runners to CCAA and/or Interprovincial College Championships in the past. Funding is an ongoing challenge for most if not all BCCAA members so athletes should be prepared to contribute towards their competition expenses but the competitive and cultural experiences are well worthwhile. The CCAA does offer travel subsidies of $200 per person for the top seven women, the top seven men, and two coaches from each Provincial College Athletic Association (such as BCCAA) to compete in the CCAA XC Championships.

Interested runners attending or planning to attend BCCAA Colleges for their post secondary education should approach the Athletic Director or XC coach at the College/University of their choice to find out what possibilities exist there. A list of BCCAA Colleges and Universities with contact information for Athletic Directors (email and phone) and in some cases XC coaches can be found on the CCAA web site ( under members.



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


CABC’s member E-News - June 2008 edition 


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

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