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ISSUE #32-2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008

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

Highlights from this issue:

  • Track and Field Fixtures Congress – November 2
  • 2009 BC Athletics Fixtures DRAFT
  • Nominate your Coach for an ACE Coach Award by Sept. 15th
  • Canadian Track and Field – Olympics in Review
  • Athletics Canada’s Paralympic Connection
  • Meet Organizer’s Manual -Draft - Feedback Wanted
  • Track & Field Coaching – Level 2 NCCP Technical Symposium in Victoria
  • SIRC Newsletter – August 2008


Track and Field Fixtures Congress

Date: Sunday, November 2, 2008
Location: Sport BC Sport Campus, 3820 Cessna Drive, Richmond
Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm

DRAFT Agenda:

  1. Review of submitted club and school fixtures dates
  2. Review and discussion on conflicting fixtures dates
  3. To be determined – Presentations and discussion topics critical to the successful hosting
    of Track and Field meets.

More details on the Congress to be provided.
Please Register for the Track and Field Fixtures Congress using the sign-up form at
or by email to: 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing and hearing from you at the Track and Field Fixtures Congress!

2009 BC Athletics Major Fixtures DRAFT

The following is a DRAFT list of major 2009 Track & Field, Road Running and Cross Country Fixtures as of August 28, 2008.

2009 Track & Field

March 12-14     CIS Indoor T&F Championships                    Windsor, ONT
June 5-6        BC High School T&F Championships                Burnaby, BC
June 13 or      Harry Jerome International Track Classic        Burnaby, BC
July 4		
TBD             Kajaks International Track Classic              Richmond, BC
TBD             Lafarge Abbotsford International Track Classic  Abbotsford, BC
TBD             Victoria International Track Classic            Victoria, BC
June 25-28      Canadian Senior Track & Field Championships     Toronto, ON
TBD             NACAC Combined Events Championships             TBA
TBD             NACAC Senior T&F Championships                  TBA
TBD             Pam Am Race Walk Cup                            San Salvador, ESA
July 4-9        FISU (World University Games)                   Belgrade, SRB
July 8-12       IAAF World Youth T&F Championships              Brassanone, ITA
TBD             BC Junior Development Pentathlon Championships  TBA
July 10-12      BC Track & Field Championships Jamboree         TBA
                Proposed Date:  (Midget 15, Youth, Junior, Senior) 
TBD             BC Junior Development T&F Championships         TBA
July 24-26      Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships     New Brunswick
                (Date to be confirmed by Athletics Canada)
July 31-Aug 2   Pan Am Junior T&F Championships                 Tobago, TRI
TBD             BC Canada Games Team Prep T&F Meet              Saskatchewan
Aug 6-9         Canadian Legion Youth T&F Championships         Sherbrooke, QC
Aug 1-6         World Police & Fire Games                       Burnaby, BC
Aug 15-23       IAAF World T&F Championships                    Berlin, GER
Aug 22-29       Canada Summer Games – Track & Field             Charlottetown, PEI
Sept 12-13      IAAF World Athletics Final                      Thessaloniki, GRE

2009 Road Running

April 19        Canadian Half Marathon Championships            Montreal. QC
April 26        TC 10K Road Race                                Victoria, BC
May 3           BMO Vancouver Marathon                          Vancouver, BC
May 24          Canadian Marathon Championships                 Ottawa, ON
Aug 9           World Police & Fire Games Half Marathon – UBC   Vancouver, BC	
Oct 11          Royal Victoria Marathon                         Victoria, BC
Oct 11          IAAF World Half Marathon Championships          Birmingham, GBR
Nov 7           Haney/Harrison Road Relay & Ultra               Maple Ridge

2009 Cross Country

TBD             NACAC Cross Country Championships               TBA
Mar 28          IAAF World Cross Country Championships          Amman, JOR
Aug 4           World Police/Fire Games Cross Country – Jericho Vancouver, BC
Oct 31          BC Athletics Cross Country Championships        Vancouver, BC
Nov 8           BC High School Cross Country Championships      Surrey, BC
Nov 28          Canadian Cross Country Championships            Guelph, ONT

Call for 2009 Calendar of Event Information

BC Athletics would like to get your 2009 Event Information (as much as possible) as soon as possible. You can find event info submission forms on our website at:

Or email your information to:

Nominate Your Coach for an ACE Coach Award

Great athletes don’t happen without great coaches. Recognize the great work of your coach, nominate them now! Nominations close September 15th. See the BC Athlete Voice website at: 

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.

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

Canadian Track and Field - Olympics in Review

OTTAWA - The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games were Athletics Canada’s best showing on the track and in the field in 12 years. Out of 61 countries competing in the “Bird’s Nest”, Canada finished in 16th place overall with 23 points based on the IAAF’s point system (8 points for Gold, 7 for Silver, 6 for Bronze, 5 for 4th, 4 for 5th, 3 for 6th, 2 for 7th and 1 for 8th.)

Of the 29 events that Canada competed in, five placed among the top eight including:

There were also eight athletes who placed among the top 12 and 11 who finished in the top 16. Scott Russell of Windsor, ON and Tabia Charles of Pickering, ON both finished 10th in the javelin throw and long jump respectively. Jim Steacy of Lethbridge, AB was the youngest hammer thrower to qualify for the final and finished in 12th place. Jared Connaughton, Megan Metcalfe and Nathan Brannen all placed 14th, 15th and 16th respectively with Metcalfe setting a new personal best.

Athletics Showing - Seasonal versus Olympic Performances

Name              Event         Hometown        Pre-Beijing      Best Olympic
                                                Seasonal Best    Performance 
Ruky ABDULAI      Long Jump     Coquitlam, BC   6.72m            6.41m
Dylan ARMSTRONG   Shot Put      Kamloops, BC    20.92m           21.04m CR
Brian BARNETT     200m          Edmonton, AB    20.48            DNF
Tim BERRETT       50km Racewalk Edmonton, AB    3:52:41          4:08:18
Massimo BERTOCCHI Decathlon     Tottenham, ON   8014pts          7714pts
Nathan BRANNEN    1500m         Cambridge, ON   3:34.65          3:39.10
Pierre BROWNE     100m          Toronto, ON     10.19            10.22
Tabia CHARLES     Long Jump     Pickering, ON   6.82m            6.62m
Tyler CHRISTOPHER 400m          Edmonton, AB    44.71            45.67
Jared CONNAUGHTON 200m          New Haven, PEI  20.34            20.45
Nicole FORRESTER  High Jump     Aurora, ON      1.95m            1.89m
Sultana FRIZELL   Hammer        Perth, ON       70.94m           65.44m
Eric GILLIS       10000m        Antigonish, NS  28:07.2          29:08.1
Kelsie HENDRY     Pole Vault    Saskatoon, SK   4.55m            4.30m
Anson HENRY       100m          Pickering, ON   10.23            10.33
                  100m Hurdles  Whitby, ON      12.61            12.64
Mike MASON        High Jump     Nanoose Bay, BC 2.27m            2.25m
Megan METCALFE    5000m         Edmonton, AB    15:19.7          15:11.23 PB
Taylor MILNE      1500m         Guelph, ON      3:36.00          3:41.56
Carline MUIR      400m          Weston, ON      51.73            51.55 PB
Adrienne POWER    200m          Halifax, NS     22.86            23.40
Gary REED         800m          Victoria, BC    1:43.68          1:44.94
Scott RUSSELL     Javelin       Windsor, ON     83.20m           80.90m
Jim STEACY        Hammer        Lethbridge, ON  79.13m           76.32m
Kevin SULLIVAN    1500m         Brantford, ON   3:35.78          3:36.05
                  5000m                         14:09.16         14:09.16
Achraf TADILI     800m          Laval, QC       1:45.29          1:48.87
Angela WHYTE      100m Hurdles  Edmonton, AB    12.96            13.11
Jessica ZELINKA   Heptathlon    London, ON      6034pts          6490pts CR
RELAY TEAM        4x100m                        38.72            38.66 SB
- Hank Palmer                   Pierrefonds, QC
- Anson Henry                   Pickering, ON
- Jared Connaughton             New Haven, PEI
- Pierre Browne                 Toronto,ON

The top three countries in Athletics at the 2008 Olympic Games were the United States with 207 points, Russia with 200 points and Kenya with 135 points.

Athletics Canada’s Paralympic Connection

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada launched Tuesday With less than two weeks until the Paralympic Games begin the site offers up to date information on the track and field athletes, schedule and results, the 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 25, 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

Road Running

Road Running Performance Clinic – Summer 2008



Registration form: 


Four Lakes 10K – Garden Bay

1.      William Jans, 46:43.7
1.      Marisa Alps, 50:57.1

Run for the Ferry, 10K – Bowen Island

1.      Maxime Paquette, 34:28
1.      Rachel Cliff, 39:00

Run for the Ferry, 5K – Bowen Island

1.      Blake Henley, 19:27
1.      Natalie Closs, 19:00

Cross Country


That Goofy Trail Run 10K - Kamloops

1.      Greg Johnson, 41:02
1.      Yvonne Timewell, 49:55


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: 

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 – August 2008

The World’s leading provider of sport information and research

To view the August 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

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

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