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ISSUE #33-2008
Friday, September 5, 2008

Questions or comments? Ph: (604) 333-3556 Email:

Due to short staffing in the BC Athletics office we will be featuring new items only in the BCAB (BC Athletics Electronic Bulletin) each week. Please refer to prior issues in order to keep up to date on all on-going items. Past issues can be found at 

In this issue:

  • Athletics Canada Results and Rankings notice
  • Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif 2008
  • BC Sports Hall of Fame Nominations
  • Coaching Forum - Kamloops
  • Coaches Week invitation and information
  • Employment Opportunity - Athletics Canada
  • 2008 Haney to Harrison on-line registration now open
  • 2008 Timex Series wrap up and winners
  • Cross Country results


As a result of a motion presented and passed at the May 2008 Annual General meeting, starting October 1, 2008, only performances from REGISTERED members of the current year will be accepted for rankings or Canadian records. The revised rules read:

Rule 19

To be eligible for AC National team’s selection, an athlete must hold a current Athletics Canada/Branch competitive Membership at the time the team selection criteria standard is achieved.

Rule 181

Canadian Records can only be claimed by athletes who have a valid membership at the time of the performance.

  1. An athlete claiming a Canadian record must, at the time the performance is achieved, hold a current competitive Athletics Canada/Branch membership.

To support these efforts, branches will accept registrations for the following year starting in October 1st. There will be no retroactive acceptance of performances; athletes must hold a current valid full year competitive membership at the time of achieving the results they are submitting for rankings.

Athletics Canada and its branch members would like to encourage all athletes, but mostly those living outside the country or participating in NCAA programs, to have their membership updated by January 1, 2009.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ivonne Shoucair, Director of Membership Services and Events at or 613-260-5580 ext. 3311.

Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif 2008 Early Bird Registration Reminder

Canadian sport continues to be top of mind on the heels of the 2008 Olympic Games and as we await the Opening Ceremonies for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.

The Coaching Association of Canada is looking forward to once again welcoming the Canadian sport community to the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif 2008 conference in Calgary, November 7-9, and would like to remind you that the October 1 EARLY BIRD deadline (  is fast approaching!

With nearly 200 delegates already registered and the Hyatt Regency Calgary capacity almost sold-out, this year’s conference promises to be a huge success!

Don’t miss your opportunity to register early and save $50 on conference fees.

BC Sports Hall of Fame accepting nominations for Induction until October 1, 2008

Vancouver (September 4th) – Since 1966 the BC Sports Hall of Fame has honoured the best in British Columbia sport. To date 302 athletes and 52 teams have been inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Nominations are being accepted until October 1, for induction in 2009. Nomination forms, selection guidelines and a complete list of BC Sports Hall of Famers are available at .

Selection for induction recognizes excellence in sport, contribution to sport and the impact on sport in British Columbia, in the categories of athlete, team, builder, media and pioneer. A selection committee, comprised of members of the BC Sports Hall of Fame Board of Trustees, the media and the sport community makes the final decision.

Formal induction into the BC Sports Hall of Fame will take place on May 13th, 2009 at the 41st Annual Banquet of Champions at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is a non-profit, self-sustaining society with a goal to establish a permanent tribute honouring B.C.'s outstanding athletes, teams and builders of sport. The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum offers tailored programs and activities to school and community groups as part of its mandate to raise awareness of sport and sport history, and fulfill its mission to: “Honour the Past. Inspire the future.”

Allison Mailer
Director of Operations
BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
604.687.5520 x26

Coaching Forum - Kamloops

Date: Wednesday September 24 from 5 - 9 pm
Location: Thompson Rivers University at the Terrace.
The evening will feature a Sport Psychology Session, LTAD Session, Awards and a light dinner. This is a free event with limited capacity, so please register online ASAP at 

Unique Opportunity for an Athletics coach ready for a new challenge - Athletics Canada seeks Director/ Head Coach of Para-Athletics

Athletics Canada is seeking a full time Director/ Head coach for the Para-Athletics program. Able bodied coaches are encouraged to apply!

Craig McCord, national coach of Swimmers with a Disability was once an able-bodied coach and now leads the Para program with success. McCord encourages coaches of all levels to consider the new position with Athletics Canada. "Coaching is coaching and I love to coach, but I needed a new challenge. The Swimmer with a Disability program provided me with that challenge and it has allowed me to continue to work in the sport I love, but also broaden my skills as a coach. I have stepped outside the box while coaching persons with disabilities and now when I am on deck with able bodied swimmers, I think and look at things differently and frankly have become a better coach. I tell everyone I meet that I have the best job in the world."

The position will be located at Athletics Canada’s Head Office in Ottawa with the successful candidate reporting directly to the Chief High Performance Officer. For a complete job description please click here.
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.

For more information please see job advertisement at:



Haney to Harrison Road Relay & 100K Ultra

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Registration is now OPEN. For complete event details, and to register for the event, go to:

2008 Timex BC Road Running Series

The 2008 Timex BC Road Running Series wrapped up on August 31 at the Labour Day 8K in Steveston. In an exciting finish to the season, both overall titles were decided at the final event.

Going into the last event, Rachel Ruus led Nancy Tinari by 4 points, and Graeme Wilson led Oliver Utting by 16 points. By winning Sunday’s race with Rachel finishing second, Nancy was able to discard a previous low score to win the series by 5 points. The men’s series was even closer. With Graeme absent through injury, Oliver had to win the race to tie Graeme on points. This he successfully did, and so the tie-breaker came into effect. Oliver beat Graeme in every head-to-head contest this year, and so was declared the series winner.

For complete series results and award photos, go to: 

Any award winners who were not present to collect their prizes, please contact, 604-333-3553.

Men's Timex Series Winners

1.      Oliver Utting, 150 points
2.      Graeme Wilson, 150 points
3.      Paul Krochak, 104 points
4.      Tristan Simpson, 91 points

Women's Timex Series Winners

1.      Nancy Tinari, 170 points
2.      Rachel Ruus, 165 points
3.      Zosia Brown, 103 points
4.      Helen Ritchie, 93 points

Road Running Results

Labour Day 8K - Steveston

1.      Oliver Utting, 25:00
2.      Jay MacDonald, 25:17
3.      Joseph Kibur, 26:04
1.      Nancy Tinari, 28:24
2.      Rachel Ruus, 28:35
3.      Zosia Brown, 30:46

Labour Day Classic 17 Miles – Prince George

1.      Rory Switzer, 1:42:31
1.      Paige Howat, 1:57:14

Labour Day Classic 8.5 Miles – Prince George

1.      Brian Nemethy, 49:54
1.      Shar Jackson, 57:40


Walk in the Park 54K - Kamloops

1.      Andy Bachmann, 5:35:27
1.      Kerri Treherne, 6:30:02

Walk in the Park 36K - Kamloops

1.      Chad Ulansky, 3:02:31
1.      Sarah Newton, 3:43:37

Walk in the Park 18K - Kamloops

1.      Matt Brassard, 1:30:25
1.      Abbey Miedema, 1:39:22

Back issues of the BCAB are available at