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ISSUE #40-2008
Friday, October 31, 2008


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In this issue:

  • Athletics Canada mourns the passing of Zbigniew "Bishop" Dolegiewicz
  • Best in the West Spring Break 2009 - Orlando
  • 2008 BC Athletics Officials Awards
  • 2009 Draft Calendars
  • Fixtures Congress - November 2nd
  • 2008/2009 BC Athlete Assistance Program - due November 1st
  • Winter 2008/2009 Road Running Performance Clinic
  • Road Running Results
  • Cross Country Results

From the BC Athletics Office

2008 Officials Awards

Forms are also available on the Officials' Section of the BC Athletics' website. 

Athletics Canada mourns the passing of Zbigniew "Bishop" Dolegiewicz

OTTAWA - Yesterday in Lehi, Utah Bishop Dolegiewicz, former Canadian Record Holder and three-time Olympian passed away at the age of 55.

His impressive career included 13 medals at the Canadian Championships, including three in the discus throw. Even more impressive he won 10 medals in the shot put at nationals over a span of 12 years from 1972 to 1983.

His best finish at the Olympics was 11th at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. It was Canada's best finish ever in the shot put at the Olympic Games until Dylan Armstrong finished 4th this year in Beijing. His other accomplishments included Gold medals at the Pan American Games in 1975 and 1979; Silver at the Commonwealth Games in 1978 and 1982; was a National Record Collegiate Record Holder in Power Lifting.

Bishop also competed in Worlds Strongest Man Competitions. At the 1980 Worlds Strongest Man Competition in New Jersey he finished 4th.

Athletics Canada would like to offer its most sincere condolences to his family, his friends and especially to his wife Anna.

Best in the West Spring Break 2009 - Orlando

The 2009 spring break track and field tour is filling up fast. This year's tour will feature coaches Tom Nielsen (throws), Chris Johnson (endurance), Ryan Hvidtson (pole vault, jumps), and Laurier Primeau (sprints, hurdles, jumps). For a brochure and tour information go to: 

2009 Draft Calendars

Drafts for 2009 Events are posted on the website and will be updated as information is submitted. 

Fixtures Congress

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

DRAFT Agenda:

More details on the Congress to be provided. 

Please pre-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!

2008/2009 BC Athlete Assistance Program

Submission deadline - November 1, 2008
Full information and forms can be found at:  

Winter 2008/2009 Road Running Performance Clinic

BC Athletics presents the Winter 2008/2009 Road Running Performance Clinic: "Interval Training"

Long Program 2: 24 weeks, Oct. 22, 2008 to April 15, 2009
No session Oct. 8, Dec. 24, and Dec. 31

Short Program: 15 weeks, Jan. 7, 2009 through to April 15, 2009
Drop-in: on any of the above dates

Wednesday evenings at 6pm, Brockton Oval, Stanley Park

This clinic is for all runners who wish to improve their running fitness level and performance. Should already be comfortable running 20-25 miles per week (regardless of pace). Includes a formal interval training session every Wednesday night, plus coaching and personal consultation from John Hill (certified Level 2 coach). Presented by the Road Running Division of BC Athletics.

The cost is:
Long Program 2: $160 + GST - registration deadline Oct 21
Short Program: $125 + GST - registration deadline Jan 6
Late registration: add $10
minus $10 for BCA Athletics members. Drop-in $15.

Registration form:

2009 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting
January 30, 31 & February 1 2009

Information and documentation will be updated on the BC Athletics website on a regular basis leading up to the AGM 

New Documentation available:




TransCanada Canadian 10K Championships and Timex National Road Race Series Finale

BC athletes performed extremely well at the Timex National Road Race Series Finale in Ottawa, placing 2nd and 3rd in both the men's and women's events, to win the provincial team competition.

Scott Simpson (31:13.3), Jay MacDonald (31:16.8), Rachel Ruus (36:44.6) and Rita Ivanauskas (37:18.4) achieved podium placings. Ian Druce and Helen Ritchie also represented BC.

In the accompanying TransCanada Canadian 10K Championship, Richard Mosley placed 4th in 29:32.3.

Diva on the Run Half Marathon - Vancouver

1. Erin Henthorne, 1:37:35

Diva on the Run 10K - Vancouver

1. Rachel McBride, 38:08

Oktoberfest Brewski Daddle 5K - Vancouver

1. Trevor Smith, 17:19
1. Isabel Taake, 21:52

James Cunningham Seawall Race - Vancouver

1. David Jackson, 29:30.9
2. Scott Simpson, 30:18.1
3. Colin Dignum, 31:22.0
1. Suzanne Evans, 34:36.4
2. Kristina Rody, 35:08.6
3. Shannon Thompson, 37:24.6

The 2008 H2H is calling all BC Athletics Clubs

Does your club have a team or teams ready to take on the H2H 100km Road Relay challenge this November? The H2H is a great way to get your members together and compete for your club in this fantastic relay event.

We're also looking for some dedicated volunteers to man exchange points along the race route. We're looking to make the 2008 event even better with help from clubs like:

H2H has been a successful running event with amazing run exchanges over the past 26 years! We are hoping that your team/club is interested in assisting some of our current teams with one of our 8 exchanges!

Your team can be an integral part of this fun and exciting event for 2008.
Register online at  or contact to register your team to assist with an exchange!



Frank Reynolds Memorial - North Vancouver

1. Norman Tinkham
1. Jeanie Bezdan

Sechelt Fall Tune-Up - Sechelt

The 9th annual Fall Tune-Up Cross Country was held under perfect conditions: sunshine, no wind, cool but not cold.

The 1.3k for ages 6-8 was all about having fun: 4 boys and 2 girls along with some parents and teachers had a blast running through the scenic trail and campsite road loop, starting and finishing on the field in front of the beach. They were each rewarded with a ribbon and a toy.

In the 2.6k for ages 9-12 (2 loops), Alex Monkman of Gibsons Elementary was strongly challenged by Kaden Walkey of West Sechelt Elementary. The pair of 12 year olds raced head to head the entire way, with Monkman easing ahead by just 1 second in the final sprint (10:47 to 10:48).

Also in the 12 year old category, Emily Reid of Pender Harbour Elementary was third finisher overall in a time of 12:50, outrunning Bailey McKinney and Talia Walkey of West Sechelt who were first and second in the girls 9-10 year division.

Only two teens showed up to race so they started with the adults in the 6km event. Sechelt's Jessica Marquis (age 15), despite having raced in North Vancouver the day before, completed 4km in 17:44. Oliver Telfer of Gibsons, though also just 15, elected to race the full 6k. Marquis and Telfer bolted off the start line along with Sechelt's Andrew Hansen, while the rest took a bit longer to get up to speed. Larry Nightingale and Telfer were soon pulling away from the field. Teresa Nightingale passed Marquis and Hansen after 600m to move into third place.

At the end of loop 1 Telfer was feeling the effects of the fast start and dropped off the pace, leaving Larry Nightingale to run a solo effort for the win in 22:16. Telfer hung on to finish in 24:02, exactly one minute ahead of Teresa Nightingale. Rounding out 3rd spot in the men's race was Hansen, another minute back.

Sechelt's Crystal Spence, first local finisher in the April Fool's Run for a number of years, was next to finish and second woman across the line. Third female overall was Marisa Alps of Halfmoon Bay.

The organizers would like to thank all the volunteers, as well as sponsors Trail Bay Source for Sports (draw prizes), Wheatberries (coffee and hot chocolate), and Clayton's Heritage Market (food).

Larry Nicholas Memorial - Kelowna

1. Skeets Morel, 32:04
1. Shannon Thompson, 38:13

Peninsula Cross Country Challenge - Saanich

1. Bill Boothman
1. Karen Laberee

BC Cross Country Championships - Vancouver

Under sunny fall skies the 2008 BC Cross Country Championships featured many keenly contested races in the picture perfect setting of Stanley Park. 

Individual Race Photos are available on the BC Athletics website at - 

Championship race winners were:

Girls 9 yrs 2km:    Steer, Danielle     Ocean Athletics                  6:41.5
Boys 9 yrs 2km:     Harrison, Joel      Langley Mustangs                 6:35.4
Girls 10 yrs 2km:   Greer, Julia        Ocean Athletics                  6:35.8
Boys 10 yrs 2km:    Fletcher, Jordan    Langley Mustangs                 6:17.4
Girls 11 yrs 2km:   Hanson, Jessica     Vancouver Olympic Club           6:45.7
Boys 11 yrs 2km:    Serban, Anthony     Nanaimo                          6:20.6
Girls 12 yrs 2km:   Bassett, Miryam     Nanaimo                          6:07.2
Boys 12 yrs 2km:    Oxland, Thomas      Oceanside Track and Field Club   5:53.1
Girls 13 yrs 4km:   Bassett, Rebecca    Nanaimo                         16:27.4
Boys 13 yrs 4km:    Miles, James        West Van Track and Field        15:37.6
Girls 14 yrs 4km:   McKenzie, Kansas    Vancouver Thunderbirds          16:17.0
Boys 14 yrs 4km:    Clifford, Deon      Ocean Athletics                 14:16.0
Girls 15 yrs 4km:   Howard, Grace       Campbell River Christian School 16:34.6
Boys 15 yrs 4km:    Zosiak, Kyle        Victoria Track & Field Club     14:31.2
Juvenile Women 5km: Johnson, Justine    Pacific Athletics               17:58.9
Juvenile Men 7km:   Haight, Dylan       Pacific Athletics               22:44.9
Junior Women 5km:   Smith, Jessica      SFU                             18:20.1
Junior Men 7km:     Childs, Clifford    University of Victoria          22:38.6
Senior Women 6km:   Arsenault, Marilyn  University of Victoria          22:24.5
Senior Men 10km:    Brown, Jon          Prairie Inn Harriers            31:06.6
Master Women 6km:   Evans, Suzanne      Phoenix Running Club            22:56.3
Master Men 8km:     Tinkham, Norm       Prairie Inn Harriers            27:34.4

Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada Development Training Camp - December 5-7, 2008 

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