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ISSUE #30-2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008

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Highlights from this issue:

  • Athletics Canada names 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games Team
  • Athletics Rankings for the Olympic Games
  • Live Streaming Olympic Track and Field coverage starting 6pm Aug 14th –
  • Canadian Legion Youth Championships – BC comes home with 40 medals
  • Road Running – Delta Half Marathon and Jon Brown Interview part 2
  • Women in Coaching – Follow Carla Nicholls on her journey to Beijing


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 names 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games Team

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada announced today the team that will be competing at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India. The games will begin on October 12 with athletics taking place from October 14 to 16 at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports City, a 153-acre sports complex.

This year will be a debut year for Canadian athletics at the Commonwealth Youth Games which are in their third year of competition. Hugh Conlin, Director and Head Coach of Development Programs at Athletics Canada says; “We are looking forward to our first participation in the Commonwealth Youth Games. This fully funded opportunity will offer a great athletic and cultural experience to our young 18 and under development athletes.”

2008 Commonwealth Youth Games Team

Name                     Event          Hometown        Coach
Ariane Beaumont-Courteau Pole Vault     Montreal, QC    Ambroise Courteau
Olivia Charnuski         100m Hurdles   Elmira, ON      Gary Crossley
Evan Clark               110m Hurdles   Calgary, AB     Derrick Johnston
Karelle Edwards          100m Hurdles   Ottawa, ON      Darcy Cumming
Derek Drouin             High Jump      Corunna, ON     Joel Skinner
Andre Hamilton           400m           Toronto, ON     Bill Stevens
Philip Hayle             100m, 200m     Brampton, ON    Frank Bucca
Karlene Hurrel           100m, 200m     Edmonton, AB    Rob Fisher
Alyssa Johnson           400m           Winnipeg, MB    George Tanner
Loudia Laarman           100m, 200m     Lethbridge, AB  Ray Dorosz
Julie Labonté            Shot Put       Ste-Justine, QC François Pap
Geneviève Lalonde        1500m, 3000m   Moncton, NB     Joel Bourgeois
Lauren Leon              400m           Mississauga, ON Julius Palladino
Simon Léveillé           110m Hurdles   Mascouche, QC   Carole Crevier
Nyjal Majock             5000m          Calgary, AB     Christine Laverty
                                                        / Jason Lindsay
Oluwasegun Makinde       100m, 200m     Ottawa, ON      Glenroy Gilbert
Holly Parent             High Jump      Victoria, BC    John W May
Jessica Parry            800m, 1500m    London, ON      Dave Mills
                                                        / Janet Takahasi
Trent Sayers             800m           Whitby, ON      Bill Stevens
Richard West             800m           Scarborough, ON Bill Stevens

The 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games are expecting more the 1300 athletes from 71 countries to participate in the event. For more information visit: .

Athletics Canada’s Beijing Connection

Athletics Canada launched 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.

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 11, 2008 - 

Track & Field

Athletics Rankings for the 2008 Olympic Games

OTTAWA – The athlete rankings for the 2008 Olympic Games have been confirmed as the Canadian team is ready to take on the very best in Beijing, China. Athletics will begin at 9:00pm (EST) on Thursday August 14 concluding on Saturday August 23.

Canadian Men Rankings

Name                    Event         Performance Place
Tyler Christopher       400m          44.71       6th 
Gary Reed               800m          1:43.68     6th 
Relay Team              4x100m        38.71       6th 
Dylan Armstrong         Shot Put      20.92m      11th 
Mike Mason              High Jump     2.30m       13th 
Jared Connaughton       200m          20.34       14th 
Scott Russell           Javelin       83.20m      17th 
Jim Steacy              HT            79.13m      18th 
Nathan Brannen          1500m         3:34.65     19th 
Bryan Barnett           200m          20.48       22nd 
Massimo Bertocchi       Decathlon     8014pts     23rd 
Tim Berrett             50km RW       3:52:41     24th 
Anson Henry             100m          10.23       25th 
Kevin Sullivan          1500m         3:35.78     28th 
Taylor Milne            1500m         3:36.00     29th 
Eric Gillis             10000m        28:07.20    33rd

Canadian Women Rankings 

Name                    Event         Performance Place
Priscilla Lopes-Schliep 100m Hurdles  12.61       9th 
Kelsie Hendry           Pole Vault    4.55m       11th
Tabia Charles           Long Jump     6.82m       13th 
Nicole Forrester        High Jump     1.95m       17th 
Ruky Abdulai            Long Jump     6.72m       22nd 
Sultana Frizell         Hammer Throw  70.94m      22nd 
Megan Metcalfe          5000m         15:19.70    23rd 
Adrienne Power          200m          22.86       26th 
Angela Whyte            100m Hurdles  12.96       27th 
Jessica Zelinka         Heptathlon    6043pts     27th 
Carline Muir            400m          51.73       30th 


CBC is on the inside track in Beijing, China this week with live online streaming of the 2008 Olympic Games at Coverage of Athletics begins on Thursday August 14 at 9:00pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).

CBC Schedule of Athletics (EST)

Thursday August 14

9:00pm	100m Hurdles   Heptathlon     Jessica Zelinka  London, ON
9:05pm	Shot Put       Qualification  Dylan Armstrong  Kamloops, BC
9:45pm	100m           Heats          Anson Henry      Pickering, ON
10:30pm	High Jump      Heptathlon     Jessica Zelinka  London, ON
10:40pm	Hammer         Qualification  Jim Steacy       Lethbridge, AB

Friday August 15

12:10am	Hammer         Qualification  Jim Steacy       Lethbridge, AB
7:00am	Shot Put       Heptathlon     Jessica Zelinka  London, ON
7:10am	1500m          Heats          Nathan Brannen   Cambridge, ON
                                       Taylor Milne     Guelph, ON
                                       Kevin Sullivan   Brantford, ON
7:45am	100m           Quarter-Final  Anson Henry*     Pickering, ON
9:00am	Shot Put       FINAL          Dylan Armstrong* Kamloops, BC
9:15am	200m           Heptathlon     Jessica Zelinka  London, ON
9:50pm	Long Jump      Heptathlon     Jessica Zelinka  London, ON
10:10pm	Pole Vault     Qualification  Kelsie Hendry    Saskatoon, SK

Saturday August 16

12:10am	400m           Heats          Carline Muir	 Weston, ON
7:00am	Javelin        Heptathlon     Jessica Zelinka	 London, ON
8:05am	100m           Semi-Final     Anson Henry*	 Pickering, ON
8:10am	Javelin        Heptathlon     Jessica Zelinka	 London, ON
9:45am	800m           Heptathlon     Jessica Zelinka	 London, ON
10:30am	100m           FINAL          Anson Henry*     Pickering, ON

Sunday August 17

7:00am	100m Hurdles   Heats          Priscilla Lopes-Schliep  Whitby, ON
                                       Angela Whyte      Edmonton, AB
7:10am	Hammer         FINAL          Jim Steacy*       Lethbridge, AB
8:20am	High Jump      Qualification  Mike Mason        Nanose Bay, BC
9:00am	400m           Semi-Final     Carline Muir*     Weston, ON
9:55am	1500m          Semi-Final     Nathan Brannen*   Cambridge, ON
                                       Taylor Milne*     Guelph, ON
                                       Kevin Sullivan*   Brantford, ON
10:45am	10000m         FINAL          Eric Gillis       Antigonish, NS
9:00pm	400m           Heats          Tyler Christopher Edmonton, AB
9:10pm	Hammer         Qualification  Sultana Frizell   Ottawa, ON
10:05pm	200m           Heats          Bryan Barnett     Edmonton, AB
                                       Jared Connaughton New Haven, PEI
10:40pm	Hammer         Qualification  Sultana Frizell   Ottawa, ON

Monday August 18

7:20am	Pole Vault     FINAL          Kelsie Hendry*     Saskatoon, SK
7:40am	100m Hurdles   Semi-Final     Priscilla Lopes-Schliep*  Whitby, ON
                                       Angela Whyte*      Edmonton, AB
8:05am	200m           Quarter-Final  Bryan Barnett*     Edmonton, AB
                                       Jared Connaughton* New Haven, PEI
9:40pm	Long Jump      Heats          Ruky Abdulai       Coquitlam, BC
                                       Tabia Charles      Pickering, ON
10:40pm	200m           Qualification  Adrienne Power     Halifax, NS

Tuesday August 19

7:00am	200m           Quarter-Final  Adrienne Power*    Halifax, NS
7:10am	High Jump      FINAL          Mike Mason*        Nanoose Bay, BC
7:35am	5000m          Heats          Megan Metcalfe     Edmonton, AB
9:25am	200m           Semi-Final     Bryan Barnett*     Edmonton, AB
                                       Jared Connaughton* New Haven, PEI
9:45am	400m           Semi-Final     Tyler Christopher* Edmonton, AB
10:10am	400m           FINAL          Carline Muir*      Edmonton, AB
10:30am	100m Hurdles   FINAL          Priscilla Lopes-Schliep*  Whitby, ON
                                       Angela Whyte*      Edmonton, AB
10:50am	1500m          FINAL          Nathan Brannen*    Cambridge, ON
                                       Taylor Milne*      Guelph, ON
                                       Kevin Sullivan*    Brantford, ON

Wednesday August 20

7:00am	800m           Heats          Gary Reed          Victoria, BC
                                       Achraf Tadili      Laval, QC
7:20am	Hammer         FINAL          Sultana Frizell*   Ottawa, ON
9:55am	200m           Semi-Final     Adrienne Power*    Halifax, NS
10:20am	200m           FINAL          Brian Barnett*     Edmonton, AB
                                       Jared Connaughton* New Haven, PEI
9:10pm	Javelin        Qualification  Scott Russell      Windsor, ON
9:20pm	100m           Decathlon      Massimo Bertocchi  Tottenham, ON
9:50pm	High Jump      Qualification  Nicole Forrester   Aurora, ON 
10:30pm	Long Jump      Decathlon      Massimo Bertocchi  Tottenham, ON
10:40pm	Javelin        Qualification  Scott Russell      Windsor, ON

Thursday August 21

12:20am	Shot Put       Decathlon     Massimo Bertocchi   Tottenham, ON
7:10am	High Jump      Decathlon     Massimo Bertocchi   Tottenham, ON
7:30am	200m           FINAL         Adrienne Power*     Halifax, NS
7:50am	800m           Semi-Final    Gary Reed*          Victoria, BC
                                      Achraf Tadili*      Laval, QC
8:20am	4x100m Relay   Heats         Team Canada         Canada
9:20am	400m           FINAL         Tyler Christopher*  Edmonton, AB
10:00am	400m           Decathlon     Massimo Bertocchi   Tottenham, ON
7:30pm	50km Racewalk  FINAL         Tim Berrett         Edmonton, AB
9:00pm	110m Hurdles   Decathlon     Massimo Bertocchi   Tottenham, ON
10:05pm	Discus         Decathlon     Massimo Bertocchi   Tottenham, ON

Friday August 22

12:55am	Pole Vault     Decathlon     Massimo Bertocchi   Tottenham, ON
7:00am	Javelin        Decathlon     Massimo Bertocchi   Tottenham, ON
7:20am	Long Jump      FINAL         Ruky Abdulai*       Coquitlam, BC
                                      Tabia Charles*      Pickering, ON
8:15am	Javelin	      Decathlon     Massimo Bertocchi   Tottenham, ON
8:40am	5000m          FINAL         Megan Metcalfe*     Edmonton, AB
9:40am	1500m          Decathlon     Massimo Bertocchi   Tottenham, ON
10:10am	4x100m Relay   FINAL         Team Canada*        Canada

Saturday August 23

7:10am	Javelin        FINAL        Scott Russell*       Windsor, ON
7:20am	High Jump      FINAL        Nicole Forrester*    Aurora, ON
7:30am	800m           FINAL        Gary Reed*           Victoria, BC
                                     Achraf Tadili*       Laval, QC

* To compete at that day and time the athlete must have qualified from an earlier event (Heats, Quarter-Final or Semi-Final).

Visit  for the complete online streaming schedule.

Canadian Legion Youth Championships – BC brings home 40 medals

The BC Legion Youth and 15 Year Old team had an impressive showing at the Canadian Legion Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec, August 9-10. Countless personal bests were achieved by BC team athletes and self-funded BC athletes. In addition to these outstanding performances, the BC team came away with 4 meet records and 2 Canadian Youth records. Between them, the 40 members of the BC team earned 40 medals at the Championships, with two more silvers going to BC athletes Holly Parent in the high jump, and Emily Tranfield in the 1500mRW.

For full results, visit 

Meet Records:

Youth:          Christabel Nettey 100mH: 13.77 Previous Record: 13.90 
15 Year Olds:   Shai Davis        100m:  11.85 Previous Record: 11.90
                Katie Reid        400m:  55.84 Previous Record: 56.21
                Girls 4x100 Relay:       48.29 Previous Record: 48.81
               (Jade Vaughan, Katie Reid, Hayley Stewart, Shai Davis)

Canadian Youth Records:

Alyx Treasure      HJ: 1.81m  Previous Record: 1.80m
Christabel Nettey  LJ: 6.21m  Previous Record: 6.17m		    

BC Team Medalists

Ayesu-Attah, Benjamin  400m, 200m       Gold – 50.99, Bronze – 23.24
Blackburn, Nick        100mH, 300mH     Gold – 13.73, Gold – 39.72
Byer, Selina           JT, SP           Silver – 37.79m, Bronze – 12.19m
Davis, Shai            100m, 200m       Gold – 11.85, Gold – 24.82
Ellenwood, Stuart      800m, 400m       Silver – 2:00.86, Bronze – 51.90
Erickson, Quinn        SP               Silver – 12.39m
Franke, Joanna         HT               Gold – 46.37m
Haley, Clint           JT               Bronze – 50.59m
Johnson, Justine       1500m            Silver- 4:35.68
Juert, Christina       DT               Bronze – 29.29m
Kimoto, Emma           HJ               Bronze – 1.71m
Lovett, Django         HJ               Bronze – 1.95m
McIver, Shane          100m             Silver – 11.26
McKay, David           PV               Silver – 4.00m
Miller, Ian            HJ               Bronze – 1.95m
Nettey, Christabel     100mH, LJ, 100m  Gold – 13.77, Gold – 6.21m, 
                                           Bronze – 12.30
Prince, Spencer        HT               Bronze – 53.74m
Reid, Katie            400m, 200m       Gold – 55.84, Bronze – 25.26
Schnabl, Vincent       Octathlon        Silver - 5438
Stewart, Hayley        TJ               Silver – 10.32m
Stuart, Lauren         HT               Silver – 43.71m
Treasure, Alyx         HJ, TJ           Gold – 1.81m, Bronze – 11.45m
Turner, James          DT, LJ           Silver – 47.69m, Silver – 6.44m
Vaughan, Jade          300mH, 80mH      Silver – 44.33, Bronze – 12.46
Willcox, Tom           SP               Gold – 16.52m
15 Year Old Boys 4x100m Relay           Gold – 44.79
(Benjamin Ayesu-Attah, Shane McIver, Nick Blackburn, Brennan Gademans)
15 Year Old Girls 4x100m Relay          Gold – 48.29
(Jade Vaughan, Katie Reid, Hayley Stewart, Shai Davis)
Youth Women 4x100m Relay                Bronze – 49.24
(Haleigh Lloyd, Sandra Ngongo, Abbey Vogt, Christabel Nettey)
Youth Women 4x400m Relay                Gold – 3:57.22
(Sandra Ngongo, Abbey Vogt, Justine Johnson, Haleigh Lloyd)

Masich Mile, Prince George

1. Lyndon Knutson, 4:49
1. Mandy McAlister, 5:20

Road Running

Delta Half Marathon – Delta

Mexico’s Luis Enrique Hernandez won the 30th annual Delta Half Marathon in 1:14:12. Not all that remarkable, until you learn that Luis is legally blind. He started the race with a fellow Mexican acting as his guide, and together they were in 7th place at about 15K. At this point Luis felt strong, but his guide was unable to pickup the pace. Luis pushed on alone, with his limited vision and called directions for supporters. Despite some near collisions with kilometre markers and parked cars, be caught and passed all those ahead of him, taking the lead with just under 1K to go.

No less impressive was Vancouver’s Paul Krochak’s second place in 1:14:38. On the comeback trail from a frightening bike accident earlier this year, Paul out sprinted Darcy Bell of Calgary to take second by 7 seconds.

The clear women’s winner was Katherine Moore in 1:25:55.

In the News

Jon Brown Interview – Part 2: 

Road Running Performance Clinic – Summer 2008



Registration form: 

Cross Country


Emperor's Challenge 20K, Tumbler Ridge

1.	Kris Swanson, 1:31:33
1.	Rena McLeod, 2:10:18

Stormy 100-mile Ultra, Squamish

1.	Gary Robbins, 17:39:03
1.	Shirlee Ross, 27:56:48

Stormy 50-mile Ultra, Squamish
(Incorporating the ACU National 50-mile Trail Championship)

1.	Hassan Lotfi-Pour, 7:39:05    (Canadian Champion)
1.	Ellie Greenwood, 8:19:07


Coaching Association of Canada – Women in Coaching

The Coaching Association of Canada's Women in Coaching program has asked Carla Nicholls, named in March 2008 to Athletics Canada's 2008 Olympic Games staff as an event coach, to record her experiences as she lives her dream of participating in an Olympic Games.

Follow Carla on her journey to Beijing. Read all about her coaching experience at:

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