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ISSUE #31-2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Willis Greenaway 1922-2008 - Celebration of Life September 7th
  • 2009 BC Athletics AGM - Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Dylan Armstrong sets New Canadian Record in Beijing
  • Canadians Still to Compete in Beijing
  • Meet Organizers Manual Draft - Feedback Wanted
  • Canada v. USA Junior Race Walk Challenge Results
  • Track & Field Coaching - Level 2 NCCP Technical Symposium in Victoria


Willis Greenaway (1922 - 2008)

Willis passed away peacefully August 11th, three days past his 86th birthday. There will be a celebration of his life, in Summerland, on September 7th beginning at 1:00 PM, following the wrap-up of the Bike Barn 10K. The location is 3319 Johnson Street, which is easy to find, just 600 metres off the highway in Trout Creek. If you have a memory of Willis you'd like to share, please email Ron Sherk ( that he might print and display them.

Willis' running achievements include age-category Canadian records in the 1500 metre, 5000 metre, 10 mile and 50 km distances. His 1992, 3:29:00 Portland Marathon clocking still ranks as a 'BC Best' for the 70-74 age-category. He won his age category in the IRA road series a total of seventeen times. At the age of 81/82 he ran four marathons in the calendar year, including Boston.

But those who knew Willis will remember him best, not for his running, but for the personable, easy-going, gentleman that he was.

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.

2010 BC Athletics AGM and Governance Congress

December 4, 5, 6, 2009

Note: due to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and the availability of hotel space in January, the 2010 BC Athletics AGM/Governance Congress will be held on December 4, 5, 6, 2009.

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: .

Dylan Armstrong sets New Canadian Record at Olympic Games

Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, BC finished fourth, setting a new Canadian record of 21.04m in the shot put. Armstrong broke his previous mark of 20.92m which he set in May of this year. This is the best ever finish for Canada in the Shot Put.

Canadians Still to Compete in Beijing

Thursday August 21

Javelin Qualification A - Scott Russell
Decathlon 100m Heat 3 - Massimo Bertocchi
High Jump Qualification B - Nicole Forrester
Decathlon Long Jump Group B - Massimo Bertocchi
Decathlon Shot Put Group A - Massimo Bertocchi
Decathlon High Jump Group B - Massimo Bertocchi
Men 800m Semi-Final 3 - Gary Reed
Men 4x100m Relay Heat 2
Decathlon 400m Heat 5 - Massimo Bertocchi

Friday August 22

50km Racewalk Final - Tim Berrett 
Decathlon 110m Hurdles Heat 2 - Massimo Bertocchi
Decathlon Discus Throw Group B - Massimo Bertocchi
Decathlon Pole Vault Group B - Massimo Bertocchi
Decathlon Javelin - Massimo Bertocchi
Long Jump Final - Tabia Charles
5000m Final - Megan Metcalfe
Decathlon 1500m - Massimo Bertocchi
4x100m Relay Final

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 18, 2008 - 

Track & Field

Track and Field Meet Organizers Manual - DRAFT

BC Athletics, through the work of the Officials Committee, has put together a DRAFT - Track & Field Meet Organizers Manual - Almost Everything You Need to Know about Hosting a Track & Field Meet but were Afraid to Ask: A Manual for the Host Organizing Committee. The editors Jackie Barrington and Sue Kydd would like your feedback, comments and recommendations by Sept 20/08 so that the manual can be presented at the BCA Officials Annual Meeting Oct 19/08. Please send your feedback with reference pages and sections on the page to: 

Your review and input is needed to complete this manual. Please read through it, make notes and ask questions - and send them along to Jackie Barrington - 

The link to this document is: 

Thanks very much in advance for your feedback and input to this critical document.


Brian McCalder


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.

Canada vs. USA Junior Race Walk Challenge Report - Victoria

The event which took place from Aug 15-17 was hosted by Prairie Inn Harrier Racewalkers and Racewalk West. Aug 15 was the welcome get-together for the teams, coaches, juveniles, and other Racewalkers. The highlight of this was watching the Men's Olympic 20 Walk with our special guest, Arturo Huerta, who was in this event in Atlanta and Kuala Lumpor. It was inspirational for all the Racewalkers.

Saturday was the event, starting with the Juvenile Boys and Girls 1500m. The weather was warm with the occasional breeze. This race along with the junior race was filmed by Gerry Dragomir and his crew for use in the clinic the following day. The Junior Boys 10k was next with Evan Dunfee leading from the start. Unfortunately the temperature had gotten higher so Evan was unable to break the Canadian record. The All-comers 5k was next, followed by the Junior Girls 5k. The American girls were strong and led from the start. A breeze had gotten up so it was easier to race. The event concluded by a coaches' 400m fun race. The juniors were the officials and the rest cheered and threw sponges and water.

The officials for all the races were Rafe Duke (starter), Lin and Dave Hopkins (timers), Dave Weicker (chief judge), Helen Jaques, Kathy Terlicher and Peter (judges), Jim Bean (judge for the juvenile only).

Sunday a clinic was held, led by Gerry Dragomir, Arturo Huerta and Stafford Whalen. The first part was a talk on the importance of nutrition, setting goals and having a balanced schedule. The second part was an individual evaluation of the Juveniles and Juniors. They gained a lot from seeing themselves on video and learning from such experienced coaches.

To sum up this event I would have to call them the Inspirational Games. Everyone, Racewalkers, coaches, and parents, came away thinking about new goals and challenges. The juveniles have new heroes to emulate. Some of them had never seen Racewalkers of this calibre. The timing was perfect to be able to watch the Olympic event together, especially with Arturo. It was a privilege to be part of it.

Helen Jaques, Race Director

Canada vs USA Results: 

Racewalk Information, Training Groups and Competitions please contact:

Road Running

Road Running Performance Clinic – Summer 2008



Registration form: 


Richmond Flatlands 10K - Richmond

1.	Devon Kershaw (AB), 31:45
1.	Helen Ritchie, 40:35

Richmond Flatlands 5K - Richmond

1.	Chris Taplin, 19:40
1.	Mary Walsh, 19:18

Raven Run 10K - Salmon Arm

1.	Skeets Morel, 37:34
1.	Stacey Butterfield, 45:11

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


TRACK & FIELD COACHING - Level 2 NCCP Technical Symposium - Victoria

Hosted/Supported by: Pacific Athletics, Victoria Track & Field Club, SportsFunder Lottery, BC Athletics


Location: Oak Bay Secondary School, Victoria, BC

Date & Time: 

Saturday September 27, 2008

Sunday September 28, 2008

For full details and registration form see the following link: 

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