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ISSUE #35-2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008

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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:

  • Bill Parnell 1928 - 2008
  • Denis Landry 1948 - 2008
  • Removal of Starts Coordinator Position at A.C. sanctioned meets
  • Local Sport Program Development Fund
  • TransCanada Canadian 10km Champs. & Run with the Champions
  • Making Dreams Possible Club Coaching Grants

Bill Parnell  1928 - 2008

Sad to report that Canadian Bill Parnell the 1950 British Empire Games Champion at 1-mile passed away on September 6, 2008.

Part of Bill's obituary reads as follows:

"Bill was an outstanding track athlete at North Vancouver High and Washington State University where he was honored as an All-American.

He ran for Canada in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics and 1950 and 1954 British Empire Games (now the Commonwealth Games). He won gold in the mile and bronze in the 880 yds. in Auckland, NZ in 1950. Bill was honored to carry the flag for Canada at the opening ceremonies in Helsinki Olympics in 1952 and he was captain of the Canadian team, taking the athlete's oath at the opening ceremonies, at the 1954 British Empire Games.

A majority of his teaching years were completed at Delbrook Secondary in North Vancouver, BC. While at Delbrook he coached track and was the head football coach.

Other honors were his induction into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Canadian Amateur Athletic Hall of Frame in 1977. Bill received the Norton Crowe Memorial Award as Canada's Male Athlete of 1949."

During my high school days, Bill helped coach myself and he instilled in me a certain toughness. Once after I had completed a mile race and was having a difficult time coping with the pain, Bill approached me and stated that "I had better be a little tougher then that if I was going to succeed in this sport." That reminder has stuck with me through life.

A great athlete and a fine individual—Bill will be sadly missed.

A Celebration of Bill's Life will be held this coming Sunday (Sept. 21st) at 2:090 p.m. at Delbrook Gym - 600 W. Queens Rd., North Vancouver

Denis Landry  April 16, 1948 - September 13, 2008

With profound sorrow, the family of Denis Landry announces his passing on Saturday, September 13, 2008, in Ottawa at age 60. His memory will be cherished by his wife, Maureen Landry (nee Commerford); son Sean Landry, daughter-in-law Elizabeth (Wilson) and little granddaughters Mary and Kaelyn; son Craig Landry; mother Frances Landry of Ottawa; brothers and sisters, Ken (Rosemary) Landry of Gatineau, Terry (Rita) Landry of Montreal, Linda Landry of Ottawa and Vicky (Tim) Winchester of Russell. Predeceased by his father Thomas Landry and brothers Eric and Tom Landry. He will be always dear to Maureen’s family, brother-in-law Larry Commerford of Welland; sisters-in-law Sandra Commerford of St. Catharines and Pamela (Steven) Gray of Kingston. He will be lovingly remembered by many cousins, especially Denise Cuddy Winchester, and his many nephews and nieces who will miss their Uncle Den.

Denis has left a powerful legacy that will continue to reverberate in the lives of all who knew him: his love for his family and friends, his excellence as an athlete and cross-country runner; his wisdom as an innovative educator; his inspiration as an athletics coach at the local, national and international level; his selflessness in the countless hours he devoted as a volunteer in a myriad of organizations dedicated to the health, well-being and education of children; and the wizardry of his ability to network and draw people together to create a better world for all kids.

A memorial service will be held in Ottawa on at a later date in October in the chapel of McEvoy-Shields Funeral Homes & Chapel, 1411 Hunt Club Road at Albion Road, Ottawa. Reception will follow. Please refer to for updated information. In lieu of flowers, a donation to help kids at Rideauwood Addiction & Family Services, 312 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4X5 would be greatly appreciated. Online donations can be made at, click funding. Condolences and tributes are welcome at

Local Sport Program Development Fund

Please see the announcement below which we hope will be of interest to your member clubs and associations. We encourage you to forward this information broadly. Any extra encouragement you can give to communities where you know there are gaps will be helpful in eliciting the best proposals. Upon receipt of applications, we will contact you so you are aware of who is doing what. We will also test the need and legitimacy of the proposal with you. In very few cases (we hope!) we may also need to confirm that the applying organization itself is legitimate.

If you have any immediate questions about this program, please call Tom Walker at 778-327-5147 We will hold an information session on this program and other club development opportunities in the coming weeks.

Local Sport Development funding available to start or expand community sport opportunities

2010 Legacies Now is dedicated to strengthening arts, literacy, sport and recreation, physical activity, accessibility and volunteerism in communities throughout BC. The Local Sport Program Development Fund will provide up to $2,500 to support new and expanded sport participation opportunities initiated in BC communities. Applications are now being accepted for the first round of funding. The deadline for applications is October 17, 2008. Applications may be submitted, individually or in partnership, by community sport organizations, municipalities, or Aboriginal communities. Program Guidelines are available on the 2010 Legacies Now website

The Local Sport Development Fund is supported by the Province of BC through the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport.

Making Dreams Possible Club Coaching Grants

The Coaching Association of Canada is now accepting applications for the next wave of GM’s Making Dreams Possible Club Coaching Grants with the grant deadline of September 26, 2008 fast approaching.

Clubs and coaches can find valuable information and an online application form by visiting There is also a Helpful Hints page, which provides assistance to complete the application form, as well as an outline of specific selection criteria.

For more information, please visit or

or the press release 


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:

TransCanada Canadian 10km Champs. & Run with the Champions

Event Technical and/or Registration packages are now available:

If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Clarke, Events Coordinator at or 613.260.5580 ext.3309

TransCanada Canadian Championships and Timex National Road Race Series Finale set for Ottawa

The TransCanada Canadian Championships and Timex Series Finale are set for Saturday October 18, 2008 in the nation's capital. The event also includes TransCanada Run with the Champions which offers the unique opportunity for everyday running enthusiasts to race alongside Canada's best as they vie for Canadian titles. The races begin on the picturesque Ottawa River Parkway in front of the Canadian War Museum and cross into Gatineau before coming back to the Parkway for the big finish.

Canadian Titles on the line; Timex National Road Race Series Finale (TNRRS)

Six Canadian titles will be on the line Saturday October 18th:

The Championships are also the culmination of the Timex National Road Race Series Finale. Canada's only National Road Race Series, the Timex series encompasses races in every province across the country. Developed in 1989 by Timex in association with Athletics Canada and its branch associations, the TNRRS has over 110 races with in excess of 150 000 participants.

Olympians at the start line

2008 Olympians Megan Metcalfe of Edmonton, AB and Eric Gillis of Antigonish, NS will both be at the start line on October 18th. Metcalfe will look to defend her 2007 crown with Gillis looking to improve on last year’s 6th place finish. Gillis has won the 10 000 metres on-track Canadian title the past two years. Regina’s Simon Bairu who won the TransCanada 10km Championship in 2006 will be back to reclaim his title. Bairu ran in the 2007 World Championships but an injury there forced him to miss the 2007 TransCanada event.

TransCanada Run with the Champions

What could be better than attending the event to cheer on these elite athletes? The event gives everybody and anybody the opportunity to register for the TransCanada Run with the Champions 10km or 5km races and race alongside the very best in Canada.

Prizes in abundance

Athletics Canada Youth Development Fund

The TransCanada Championships / Run with the Champions benefit Canada’s developing athletes - our future Olympians and Paralympians. All proceeds from this event will be directed to Athletics Canada's Youth Development Programs.

To register for the TransCanada Canadian Championships or TransCanada Run with the Champions please visit: 

* Must be a Canadian Citizen and Athletics Canada Member. If standard is not met, athletes will receive 50% of cash prize (Men 31:00, Women 36:00)
**Must be a Canadian Citizen and Athletics Canada Member

Road Running Results

Cannery Road Race Half Marathon – Prince Rupert

1. Scott Foulser, 1:35:52
1. Andrea Flett, 1:37:59

Cannery Road Race 10K – Prince Rupert

1. Joseph Nelson, 38:28
1. Dani Shindle, 48:12

Cannery Road Race 5K – Prince Rupert

1. Ben Thorne, 17:31
1. Elizabeth Fesser, 24:45


Cross Country Series and Championships Reminder

The cross country season is underway, with lots of competitive opportunities across the province throughout the fall. BC Athletics supports regional series on Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, and the Interior.

The Vancouver Island Series starts on Sep 21 at Sproat Lake Park in Port Alberni. Details here: 

The Lower Mainland Series starts on Sep 20 at Mundy Park in Coquitlam, Details here: 

The Interior Series is already underway, and the next event is on Sep 28 in the Larch Hills Ski Area in Salmon Arm. Details here: 

The BC Cross Country Championships will be held in Stanley Park in Vancouver on Oct 25. Details here: 

The BC Championships also serve as the qualifying event to select the BC Team to attend the Canadian National Cross Country Championships in Guelph, ON on Nov 29. Selection criteria can be found here: 


Removal of Starts Coordinator Position at A.C. sanctioned meets

All Officials and Host Organizing committees are advised of the following:

To: Provincial Officials Chairs,

As you know the position of Start’s Coordinator was brought into the IAAF list of officials some time ago. The duties are outlined under Rule 129.1.

For many years in Canada, all of these duties except 129.1(c) have been carried out by the Chief Starter. Those listed under 129.1(c) (informing the starter that all areas are ready for the start) have been under control of the Chief Starter’s Assistant. This has always worked well for us at Canadian meets. This “Canadian” system was, in fact, approved by the IAAF at World Championships in 2001 in Edmonton when the Chief Starter’s Assistant continued to cover 1(c) of the duties. Because of the successful working of the “Canadian” system, the Start Coordinator position has always been a bit of a “fifth wheel” for the Starting Team.

For the past few years a Start Coordinator has been used in Canadian championship meets with various levels of success. Recently, the relevance and need for the Start Coordinator position was discussed with a number of starters, ITO’s and ATO’s in Canada and myself, as N.O.C. representative. It was concluded that the Start Coordinator position was adequately covered by the Chief Starter and the Chief Starter’s Assistant and there is no need to appoint a Start Coordinator.

As a result of this discussion, the National Officials Committee recommends that there will not be a Start Coordinator position assigned at any Athletics Canada sanctioned meet where a qualified Chief Starter and Chief Starter’s Assistant are in place. This will include all Canadian Championships and Games. The Chief Starter will cover the duties outlined in 129.1 (a,b,d,e,f) and the Chief Starter’s Assistant will do the duties outlined in the rules as well as 129.1(c).

Please inform the Meet Official’s Coordinators and those officials specializing in start line positions in your province of this decision.

Keith Newell, N.O.C. Chair

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