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ISSUE #28-2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Deadline Extended – Employment Opportunity with BC Athletics
  • 11 Medals for BC at the Canadian Junior T&F Championships
  • Earl Connor breaks 100m Amputee World Record on his birthday
  • Gary Reed breaks Canadian 800m Record
  • 2009 World Masters Games – Early registration deadline today!
  • Squamish Days 10k will go ahead but not count for Timex points; best 6 of 13 to be scored


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.

Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada’s Beijing Connection

Athletics Canada launched today With 8 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

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 28, 2008 - 

Track & Field

11 Medals for Team BC at the 2008 Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships

The Canadian Track and Field Junior Championships this past weekend in Abbotsford proved a success for many athletes, especially those on the BC Team. With 2 double-medalists and nine other medalists, BC athletes saw their share of the podium. Christabel Nettey brought home the Gold in women’s long jump with an impressive jump of 6.09m, as well as a Bronze in the 100mH. Angus Taylor, reigning Hammer Throw Champion, retained his title, beating out the crowd by over 7 metres with a throw of 62.09m. One medal wasn’t enough for Angus either, as he brought BC a silver medal in the discus as well.

For full results, visit 

BC Team Medalists

NAME                      EVENT      RESULT
Dosanjh, Gurinder         DT         Bronze – 48.61m	
Fraser, Nicolle           JT         Silver – 44.99m
Irvine, Stacey            PV         Bronze – 3.55m
Lowe, Christine           400mH      Bronze – 1:00.21 
MacCorquodale, Emmalynne  HT         Gold – 49.55m
Nettey, Christabel        100mH, LJ  Bronze – 14.19s, Gold – 6.09m
Nielsen, Kyle             JT         Silver – 64.18m
Pattison, Alana           HEP        Silver – 4581 pts
Swartz, Shawn             HJ         Gold – 2.14m
Taylor, Angus             HT, DT     Gold – 62.09m, Silver – 50.42m
Treasure, Alyx            HJ         Gold – 1.80m

Earle Connor breaks 100m Amputee World Record… on his birthday

Ottawa – Earle Connor of Calgary, AB bettered his 100 metre amputee T42 class World Record at the Bayer Meeting in Leverkusen, Germany. Connor won the race in a time of 12.084 seconds, edging out Christopher Hoffmann of Germany in a photo finish. Hoffmann crossed the line in 12.086 seconds. Connor set the old record of 12.14 in 2002 at the same competition.

“Today's performance was exactly what I have been waiting for all year! I couldn't have asked for a better day, everything was totally perfect! I have so much history on this track and to run another World Record, on my 32nd birthday nonetheless; nothing could top today.” Connor now has his sights set on the Paralympic Games in September, “My coach Les Gramantik had me extremely ready, the support from my wife and family and Mr. Kevin Reed was unparalleled, in the end all I needed to do was run fast. I am now looking forward to Beijing and winning Canada a Gold Medal… and if everything goes right accomplishing my quest of breaking the 12 second barrier".

Gary Reed breaks Canadian 800m Record

Gary Reed bettered his own Canadian record in the 800m today at the Herculis Super Grand Prix in Monaco. Reed ran 1:43.68 surpassing his last mark of 1:43.93 set back in August 2006.

Please follow the link below for the full meet results. 

Sydney 2009 World Masters Games

Last chance to save!

Time is almost up to save on your Sydney 2009 World Masters Games Competitor Registration. Our Early Bird deal ends at midnight, in your local time zone Thursday 31 July 2008, so be sure to register now and save:

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

Road Running

Squamish Days 10K

The Squamish Days 10K will go ahead as planned on Sunday, August 3, but in a simpler format (don’t expect chip timing). However, because most Timex BC Series participants live on the wrong side of the slide that has closed Highway 99, the race results won’t count towards the Series. For those people hoping to contest the final two races to qualify for Series awards, Don’t Panic! The 2008 Timex BC Series will now be scored on the best 6 of 13 placings (rather than 7 of 14). And if you’ve always wanted to win a Timex watch, your chances of having your name drawn at the Squamish Days 10K have improved significantly if you make it there.

BUPA Great Wales Run 10K – Cardiff, WAL

Jon Brown improved significantly over his previous week’s time in another international field, this time in Wales. His 29:31 clocking is the fastest 10K by a BC athlete this year.

Esquimalt 8K – Esquimalt

Scott Simpson and Nancy Fedorak cruised to victories, Simpson winning the men's race in a time of 25:23 and Fedorak crossing the line in a quick 32:20. Simpson said after the race that his goals include racing the National 10km Championships this fall and potentially the National Cross Country Championships. Fedorak plans on breaking 30 minutes for 8km at the annual Royal Victoria event in October. Her personal best is 30:02.

Kris Swanson and Eric Kiauka were second and third on the men's side. On the women's side the infamous Tenacious Blue was second, while Alison Hunt was third.

Other notables were Teresa Ovie winning the women's 60-64 age category in a time of 1:06:21 and youngster Derek Machin throwing up when he crossed the line in 33:03. Good enough to earn him the "hard work" award, a pair of socks and a complimentary entry to the 2009 race!

Sea Cavalcade Mile - Gibsons

Neil Holm and Kim Boskov were repeat winners at the Sea Cavalcade Mile, clocking 4:42 and 5:41 respectively, each earning $100 for their efforts. One Mile Runner, David O'Meara ran 4:49 to continue his sub-5:00 streak as he attempts 20 one mile races in 20 weeks in 20 cities, all under 5:00 at age 45.

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.


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