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ISSUE #27-2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Deadline Extended – Employment Opportunity with BC Athletics
  • BC Athletics announces Legion 15-year-old and Youth Teams
  • Hurdles for ages 9 and up added to All Comers July 29th
  • Commonwealth Youth Games qualifying trials in Abbotsford
  • Peak Challenge, Mt Seymour – 2008 Canadian Mountain Running Championships
  • Planning and Periodization Conference – Montreal, Sept 25-28


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.

BC Athletics Administrative Assistant (half time)

Run Jump Throw Administrative Assistant (half time):

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 Monday, Aug 11, 2008.

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

Applicants are invited to submit their applications by Tuesday, August 5, 2008 and should include: A covering letter; your resume; and at least 3 references. Mail, fax or Email applications to: BC Athletics, 120 - 3820 Cessna Dr., Richmond, BC V7B 0A2, Fax 604-333-3551, Email:

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 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’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 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 21, 2008 - 

Track & Field

2008 BC Legion Track and Field Team Announced.

BC Athletics is pleased to announce the athletes that will be representing our province at the 2008 Royal Canadian Legion Track and Field Championships. These Championships will be taking place August 8-10 in Sherbrook, Quebec and will be preceded by camp August 4-7th. For more information, visit 

2008 BC Youth Legion Track & Field Team

NAME                 CLUB               HOMETOWN         EVENT(S)
Joanna Franke        Cowichan Valley    Duncan           HT
Katherine Digby      Thunderbirds       Vancouver        2000mSC
Quinn Erickson       Comox              Comox            SP/DT
Justine Johnson      Pacific Athletics  Victoria         1500m/3000m
Emma Kimoto          Kajaks             Richmond         HJ/TJ
Haleigh Lloyd        Comox              Ladysmith        400mH/100mH
Christabel Nettey    Kajaks             Surrey           100m/LJ/100mH
Sandra Ngongo        Surrey Athletic    Surrey           200m/400m
Jade Richardson      Nanaimo T&F        Nanaimo          DT
Lauren Stuart        5450               Smithers         HT/SP
Michelle Stuart      Langley            Langley          JT
Alyx Treasure        Prince George      Prince George    HJ/TJ
Andrea Vicic         Ocean Athletics    Surrey           Heptathlon
Abbey Vogt           Burnaby Striders   Burnaby          400m/800m
Matt Daly-Grafstein  Thunderbirds       Vancouver        110mH
Rowan Forseth        Unattached         Coombs           800m
Dylan Haight         Pacific Athletics  Victoria         2000mSC/3000m
Jared Heldman        Valley Royals      Langley          LJ/200m
Del Ingvaldson       South Fraser       Cloverdale       SP/DT/100m
Django Lovett        Valley Royals      Langley          HJ
David McKay          Victoria T&F       Victoria         PV
Ian Miller           Valley Royals      Abbotsford       HJ/PV
Spencer Prince       Valley Royals      Langley          HT/SP
Vincent Schnabl      Kamloops           Chase            Octathlon
Tom Willcox          Coquitlam          Coquitlam        SP/DT

2008 BC Midget 15 Legion Track & Field Team

NAME                 CLUB               HOMETOWN         EVENT(S)
Selina Byer          West Van           North Vancouver  SP/JT/DT
Shai Davis           Kajaks             Richmond         100m/200m
Morgan Marshall      5450               Smithers         HJ/300mH
Katie Reid           Ocean Athletics    Surrey           100m/200/400m
Kirstin Stewart      Comox              Comox            JT
Hayley Stewart       Kajaks             Surrey           LJ
Jade Vaughan         Langley            Langley          80mH/300mH
Ben Ayesu-Attah      Coquitlam          Coquitlam        200m/400m
Nick Blackburn       Comox              Courtenay        100mH/300mH
Stuart Ellenwood     Langley            Langley          400m/800m
Brennan Gademans     Langley            Langley          100m
Clint Haley          Alberni Valley     Port Alberni     JT
Shane McIver         Comox              Courtenay        100m
Dustin Sapala        Peninsula          Saanichton       100mH/300mH
James Turner         Kelowna            Kelowna          200m/DT/LJ

If any club or event information is incorrect, please contact Adelle Johns at

Hurdles Added to All Comers meet

The Hershey Harriers All Comers meet July 29th will now include Hurdle events (with age-appropriate heights, distances) for ages 9 and up.

For more information, visit 

BULLETIN - Commonwealth Youth Games

A reminder that the qualifying trials for the Commonwealth Youth Games will be held at the 2008 Canadian Junior Championships in Abbotsford, BC from July 25-27th.

The athlete declaration deadline is July 27th. Athletes can fill out an online declaration now or fill out their forms onsite in Abbotsford. Athletics Canada staff will be onsite to answer any of your questions (office location to be communicated at registration).

For more information about the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games and to fill out a declaration form, click here:

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: 

Road Running

Results Round-Up

BUPA Great Capital Run 10K – London, ENG

Two BC athletes turned in outstanding performances in an international field in London, England. David Jackson finished 12th overall in 30:32. And Jon Brown was 14th in 31:03.

Summerfast 10K - Vancouver

1. Jay MacDonald, 32:44
2. Tristan Simpson, 33:53
3. Ian Druce, 34:08
1. Rachel Ruus, 36:17
2. Nancy Tinari, 36:26
3. Zosia Brown, 38:16

New Balance Fort Langley Half Marathon – Fort Langley

1. Robert Durrant, 1:18:51
1. Jolene Dejager, 1:37:10

New Balance Fort Langley 5K – Fort Langley

1. Ken Williams, 17:31
1. Susan MacRae, 20:40

Grizzly 12K - Revelstoke

1. Paul McCloy, 42:54
2. Cameron Egan, 43:09
3. Skeets Morel, 43:23
1. Lisa Harvey, 46:21
2. Shannon Thompson, 50:45
3. Abbigail May, 51:34

Diva on the Run 10K - Vancouver

1. Ingrid Alvik, 43:57

Diva on the Run 5K - Vancouver

1. Mercedes Ince, 21:19

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

Peak Challenge – Mt. Seymour, North Vancouver

Incorporating the 2008 Canadian Mountain Running Championship

Congratulations to Suzanne Evans, the 2008 Canadian Mountain Running Champion.

1. Joe Gray (WA/USA), 1:01:56
2. Adrian Lambert (AB), 1:02:44
3. Kris Swanson (BC), 1:03:38
1. Suzanne Evans (BC), 1:17:33
2. Krissy Dooling (AB), 1:21:24
3. Carole McClean (BC), 1:22:08

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.


Planning and Periodization Conference

Below is a link to a conference being held in Montreal on September 25-28/08 which focuses on planning & periodization. This conference is highly recommended for those sports developing plans for Canada Games or other national/international level competitions. 

This conference will provide Canadian coaches an opportunity to work with world experts on the development of their quadrennial and annual training plans. The various workshops will feature short presentations by the expert group, followed by practical “hands on” planning sessions. The 2008 conference will serve as the first step in an overall objective of developing Canadian coaches into world leaders in this aspect of coaching.

Coaches will leave the conference with a quadrennial plan, a yearly training plan for the 2008-09 season and micro-cycle templates for each phase of the yearly plan. Planning will focus on a specific group of athletes in each coaches Club/Province. Coaches will receive pre-workshop readings, as well as paper planning templates and detailed competition calendars. A full resource CD will be provided to each coach on completion of the weekend.


>>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

Back issues of the BCAB are available at