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ISSUE #29-2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008

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Highlights from this issue:

  • BC Athletics a member of Volunteer BC – What you need to know
  • Volunteers needed for Nike Human Race 10K
  • AC announces CAN-US Junior Dual Race Walking Team
  • Olympic T&F Team arrives in Singapore for Olympic Training Camp
  • AC Gold Standard Newsletter – August edition available


BC Athletics Membership is now a member of Volunteer BC

What does this mean for BC Athletics and its member clubs?

BC Athletics and its member clubs now have the opportunity to post volunteer and paid positions of all types to assist your Club including events such as Track & Field, Road and Cross Country Running competitions in their communities/regions throughout the province. For example, other sport organizations have been successful in recruiting for positions such as board members, officials, and event volunteers.

What are some of the benefits?

Membership benefits include a free subscription to The Connector, Vol BC’s monthly newsletter; opportunities to post events, job postings, announcements and other activities; free or discounted admission to Vol BC events and participation in volunteer leadership training; posting of training opportunities; and access to unique tools and resources both on-line and print. Check out the Volunteer BC’s website for free tools and resources at

How do member clubs post their volunteer opportunities?

There are two opportunities to submit your Club’s opportunities.

First Clubs can post announcements of events, volunteer needs, job postings and activities for publication in The Connector to the Coordinator at Volunteer BC at

Second, Volunteer BC has teamed up with™, an online registration tool to connect volunteers with event organizations across BC. Access to™ is free for both volunteers and event organizers, and registration is fast and easy. For more information or to register as a volunteer or organization, please visit™.

Need more information?

For more information about this opportunity contact:

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

Volunteers needed: Be a part of the world’s largest running event ever!

Event Description: The Nike+ Human Race is a worldwide fundraiser and celebration-taking place in 25 cities around the world on August 31st. Vancouver has been selected to host the Canadian event, which includes a 10km run a Nike+ live experience and epic entertainment.

Volunteers still needed for:

This is an evening event starting at 7pm

Volunteers will receive complimentary Nike+ Gear for Volunteering including Shirt, Shorts and Shoes

To register as a Volunteer please click on the link 

Be there on the day the world runs!

If you would like more information on the Nike+ Human Race Please click the link

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 announces CAN-USA Junior Dual Race Walking Team

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada announced today the team that will be competing at the CAN-USA Junior Race Walking Dual Meet in Victoria, BC. The event will take place on August 16 with the women competing in the 5km race walk and the men in the 10km race walk.

“The CAN-USA Junior Race Walking Dual Meet has been around for more than a decade,” Says event coach Gerry Dragomir. “Last year’s event ended in a tie and this year is shaping up to be a hard fought battle. The Canadian team has a few returning athletes led by Evan Dunfee of Richmond, BC who recently finished tenth at the World Junior Championships in Poland.”

Canadian Junior Race Walking Team

Name                Hometown                 Coach 
Bruno Carrière      Lachute, QC              Claude Quesnel
Evan Dunfee         Richmond, BC             Gerry Dragomir
Beverley Larsson    Surrey, BC               Gerry Dragomir
André Marchand      Masham, QC               Donald Côte
Marie-Hélene Ratel  Papineauville, QC        Claude Quesnel
Julien Voyer        Dolbeau-Mistassini, QC   Jocelyn Gagné
Heather Warwick     Richmond, BC             Gerry Dragomir  

For more information visit: 

Track and Field team arrives in Singapore - Olympic Games training camp kicks off

SINGAPORE – The majority of the track and field team has arrived in Singapore to take part in Athletics Canada’s pre-Olympic Games training and preparation camp. The athletes first went directly to Beijing to complete the accreditation process and to familiarize themselves with the Olympic Village.

Each day in Singapore comprises of two practice sessions at Bukit Gombak Stadium led by Head Coach Les Gramantik and his coaching staff, “Our camp here last year before the World Championships was very successful so it was an easy decision to come back for the Olympics preparation camp. The temperature and humid conditions are very similar to Beijing, this offers our athletes a great opportunity to train and make their final preparations in conditions similar to what they will be competing in.”

The team will fly back to China in 5 waves, 3 to 4 days before the start of their respective events. The first wave lands in Beijing on Monday August 11th with the final wave arriving Sunday August 17th. As track and field is during the second week of the Games, the first Canadian athlete to see action will be Jessica Zelinka from London, Ont. on August 14th in the 100 metre hurdles, the first competition in the seven event heptathlon.

On Friday (August 8th) the team will participate in a special opening ceremony event. The event has graciously been organized by the Singapore Canadian High Commission. The Singapore event will unfold at the same time as the Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies in Beijing.

Athletics Canada’s Beijing Connection

Athletics Canada launched today With 1 day 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.

The Gold Standard - August 2008 Issue

Issue contains:

To view the August Gold Standard please click here: 

Results from around the Track (and Field)

August 5, 2008 - 

Track & Field

Results from LGRR Miracle Mile – Vancouver

1. Garrett Webster, 4:57.0
1. Rene McKibbin, 5:47.6

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. 

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 – Squamish

1. Hans Aabye, 34:19
1. Aenea Cameron, 39:10

Squamish Days Flashback Mile – Squamish

1. Kyle McReanor, 6:42
1. Stephanie Pawluk, 6:48

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: 



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