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ISSUE #42-2008
Friday, November 21, 2008

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In this issue:

From the BC Athletics Office:

  • Sad News – Dave Reed (1954-2008) Passes On
  • 2008 BCA Awards Nomination Criteria and Forms – due November 30th, 2008
  • 2008 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting: January 30, 31 and February 1
  • BC Athletics Registrars’ Bulletin
  • Athlete-Coach Canada Games Development Training Camps
  • 2009 Draft Calendars
  • Winter 2008/2009 Road Running Performance Clinic
  • National Athletic Center Symposium – Victoria
  • Junior Development
  • Interior Running Association AGM And Banquet Report

Cross Country:

  • 2008 Canadian Cross Country Championships: BC Team Selection Announcement
  • NAIA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country National Championships Preview
  • 25th Anniversary of Vancouver Gunner Shaw XC Race
  • Recent Results

Run Jump Throw

  • Running Jumping and Throwing – Kamloops Style!

Athletics Canada:

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

From the BC Athletics Office

Sad News – Dave Reed (1954-2008) Passes On

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Dave Reed. Dave was well known and respected in the running community. He will be sorely missed.

Dave Reed, 1954 – 2008

Dave passed away November 20. His great heart finally quit. He was just too sick.
We were hoping for the last two months that somehow he would recover.
He was a unique character, he loved running and other runners who shared his passion.
He had a fantastic memory for races and workouts, even from 30 years ago.
All who knew him will miss him, and the things he brought to our sport.
- George Gluppe

A race in Dave’s honour is being organized and will take place in Spring 2009. Details to follow…

2008 BCA Awards Nomination Criteria and Forms - due November 30

The criteria and nomination forms for 2008 BCA Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year are now available in both on-line and printable versions. All nominations due November 30, 2008.

A nomination form must be completed and submitted to the BC Athletics office in order for any member to be considered for an award. 

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 

Reminder:  Delegates for the 2009 BC Athletics AGM must have a 2009 BC Athletics individual membership at the time of the AGM and the clubs they are representing must have a 2009 BC Athletics Club membership in place.  

New Documentation available:

BC Athletics Registrars’ Bulletin

Bulletin 2009-#1 is now available on the BC Athletics website at: 

Athlete-Coach Canada Games Development Training Camps

December Training Camp

When: December 27-29th, 2008

Where: In Kamloops at Thompson Rivers University indoor facility (The Tournament Capital Centre).

What: The camp will comprise educational sessions related to Mental Training, Nutrition and Strength Training. There will also be technical sessions for all event areas presented by the Canada Summer Games coaching staff. There will be event specific drills and progressions as well as an opportunity to have video analysis and feedback for each registrant.

How: The cost is $50 for the camp and this will include all technical and educational sessions along with a camp t-shirt and some snacks and one dinner.

Who: The training camp is open to all athletes 15 years of age and older. The emphasis will be on the up-coming Canada Summer Games preparations but will be beneficial for all serious minded athletes.

Olympians will be on hand to speak about their Beijing experiences!

Why: The camp will be valuable in preparation for the 2009 Canada Summer Games in Charlottetown, PEI for coaches and athletes alike. The camp will focus on ages 16-22 years, gearing towards Canada Summer Games. The camp is ideal for athletes along with their personal coaches to assist with their training programs leading up to the Canada Summer Games in Charlottetown, PEI in August 2009.

Registration forms can be accessed on the BC Athletics site here: 

For further information please contact Ron Bunting at

2009 Draft Calendars

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

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:

National Athletics Center Symposium

Supported by Pacific Sport

Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th
McKinnon building room 150 - University of Victoria

Friday, December 5th

To register, RSVP via email to 
NO COST for registration

5:30-8:30pm  Rm 150 McKinnon Gym University of Victoria

1. Nutrition    
2. Recovery and Regeneration

Nutrition - Dr. Peter Bennett ND, RAc, DHANP  

Dr. Peter Bennett practices in Langley, British Columbia. As a naturopathic physician, Dr. Bennett uses hydrotherapy, diet, nutrition, herbal extracts, homeopathy, physical medicine and intravenous nutritional medicines to help patients with acute and chronic health problems. He frequently lectures to the public and health care professionals, writes for magazines, and has been a featured expert on national television programs.

Recovery and Regeneration - Wynn Gmitroski

Wynn Gmitroski's 29 years of coaching in athletics has taken him to five Olympics, twelve World Championships, and five Commonwealth Games. Returning each season from his coaching duties in Europe and Championship locations he resumes his coaching and sport/fitness consulting in Victoria, B.C. As a physiotherapist, he is a co-owner of the Cedar Hill Sports Therapy Clinic. Currently, Wynn is the head coach at the Pacific Sport Center in British Columbia. He’s also a master course conductor at the National Coaching Institute. Through study and his combined years of experience with coaching and physiotherapy, Wynn has developed highly regarded expertise in the areas of periodization of training, long-term athlete development, methods of recovery and prevention.

Saturday, December 6th

Register in Foyer of McKinnon building at 8:30am
Cost for registration is $20 per person, payable to National Athletics Center

9am-4pm  Rm 150 McKinnon Gym University of Victoria

1. Track and Field Talent Identification and Developing 400m Runners    
2. An Elite 400m program    
3. Moving the 400m runner to the 800m

Track and Field Talent Identification and Developing 400m Runners - Derek Evely

Derek Evely is the Sport Science manager at the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre, where he has spent the past three years studying various methodological and coaching practices of the world’s top athletics coaches in an effort to increase the knowledge base of high performance and developmental coaches across Canada. He is the former head coach of the Kamloops Track and Field Club which produced a number of athletes who graduated to world class performances, most notably Shane Niemi (former Canadian record holder, 400m), Gary Reed (Canadian record holder, 800m) and Dylan Armstrong (Canadian record holder, shot put).

An Elite 400m program - Kevin Tyler

Kevin Tyler is the Director of the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre, located at the University of Alberta.  He has also served as Sports Marketing Manager: Running, NIKE Canada, and as the Technical Manager for Track and Field at BC Athletics.  Over the last 11 years Kevin has coached a number of top Canadian athletes including: Tyler Christopher (400m), Adam Kunkel (400mH), Shane Niemi (400m), Pierre Browne (100m), Nicholas Macrozonaris (100m) and Carline Muir (400m).  Kevin’s athletes have broken 16 national senior records, and currently hold national records for 400m (indoor & outdoor), 400m Hurdles, and 300m (indoor and outdoor).

Moving the 400m runner to the 800m - Wynn Gmitroski

 Wynn was the personal coach of Angela Chalmers, bronze medallist at the Barcelona Olympics, gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games in 1990 and 1994, and fourth-place finisher at the 1995 World Championships in Sweden. He also coached Diane Cummins fifth-place finisher at the 2001 Edmonton World Championships and sixth place finisher at the 2003 Paris World Championships.  Currently he is the personal coach of Gary Reed, World Championships silver medallist in Osaka 2007 and 4th place finisher in the Beijing Olympics.

For more information please contact:
Keith Butler
Athletic Director
Oak Bay Secondary School

Are you interested in Junior Development Programs?

At present the BC Athletics Junior Development Committee requires representatives to serve from Zones 6 and 7/8. There are also three "at large" positions to be filled. Anyone who is interested in becoming involved in this Committee should contact or phone 604-929-3554 for more information.

Interior Running Association AGM and Banquet Report

Seventy plus attended Saturday night's banquet in Salmon Arm ... possibly a record turnout? Thanks to Pat, Sue, Rob and the rest of the Shuswap Hillrunners for a top notch job! And thanks to all that attended including those that did the distance in coming from Williams Lake and Princeton!

The 2008 Runners of the Year are Kathryne Flannery and Ellis Andrews. Other nominees were Dan Crockett, Mel Doherty, Debra Dunham, and Cindy Rhodes. Toni Crockett is the recipient of the Heinrich Spiller Award of Courage.

Legs of Steel awards, for completing all thirteen road series races, and all five cross country races, were presented to Mel Doherty, Kathryne Flannery, and Dirk Handke. That's the second year in a row that Dirk has received this award and for Mel the umpteenth!! Iron Legs awards, for completing all of the road series races, went to Garry Bell, Mel Doherty, Kathryne Flannery, Dirk Handke and Kathleen Yanke. In addition to the Legs of Steel winners already mentioned, the cross country Iron Legs awards went to Chuck Abney, Mel Hunt, Audrey Kilmartin, and Vance Potter.

Jarrett Spannier has stepped down from the president's position he's held for the past two years although he will continue to assist with some of his previous duties. Thanks for so ably taking on the position, Jarrett. Sherry Magalispe has accepted the president position. The remainder of the executive remains the same with the treasurer’s position vacant. If you can count past umpteen and have some of the tight-fistedness of our previous treasurer please apply!

The Lakeside 5K will join the Spring Run Off and Midsummer, as Timex series races in 2009.

The date of the Summerland Centennial Half has been changed to the Sunday of the August long weekend. (August 2, 2009) This is two weeks after the Grizzly and two weeks before the Raven Run. Touques and mitts no longer required! The Half will also be run in the reverse direction, which offers a flat first mile, downgrades on the steepest short hills, as well as some traffic advantages. The discussion of races included comments, from those attending, that the old Bike Barn 12K course was preferred over the double Lakeside course that has been used for the past two years. The Penticton Pounders would like to hear from anyone who would care to comment on their preference of courses for that race.

The IRA will be looking into electronic race timing (non chip) options and along with that the advantages of on-line race registrations to lessen manual registration entry. We will also be doing more to promote the series and individual races with particular emphasis on the lesser attended races. Annual road series entries for 2008 were up slightly over 2007, with the Midsummer showing the biggest increase, and the Coalmont to Princeton the biggest decrease.

Cross Country

2008 Canadian Cross Country Championships, November 29, Guelph, ON

Congratulations and good luck to the following athletes who have been selected to represent BC!

Junior Men

Dylan Haight, Pacific Athletics
Ahmed Mohamoud, unattached
Jordan Smith, Walnut Grove/UBC
Luc Bruchet, Ocean Athletics
Adam Reid, SFU
Mitch Culley, Valley Royals/SFU

Junior Women

Justine Johnson, Pacific Athletics
Jessica Smith, Norwesters/SFU
Emily Palibroda, Sub Zero/SFU
Helen Crofts, West Van/SFU
Laurel Draper, Pacific Athletics
Bianca Gonzales, SFU

Senior Men

Steve Osaduik, PIH Racing Team
Dylan Gant, unattached
Richard Mosley, unattached
Kris Swanson, Pacific Athletics
Jay MacDonald, VFAC
Todd Howard, PIH Racing Team

Senior Women

Marilyn Arsenault, UVic
Laura Maludzinski, Hershey Harriers
Rachel Ruus, Kajaks
Kristen Kolstad, Valley Royals
Meredith MacGregor, Valley Royals
Meaghan McCollum, Hershey Harriers


Norm Tinkham, PIH Racing Team
Paul Reimer, unattached
Art Boileau, Hershey Harriers
Steve Hosford, Kajaks
Nancy Tinari, Phoenix
Rita Ivanauskas, Phoenix

Team Staff

Keith Butler, Coach
Darcie Montgomery, Coach
Maurice Wilson, Team Manager

NAIA Men's and Women's Cross Country National Championships Preview

The 2008 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men's and Women's Cross Country National Championships will be held at Dr. Wayne E. Dannehl Cross Country Course in Kenosha, Wis. on Saturday, November 22.

On the women’s side Simon Fraser University, who claimed the last five championships, received an at-large berth and will aim for its 11th national title in school history. The SFU men’s team also received an at-large berth.

UBC will be represented by two individuals: Nicole Akeroyd in the women’s race, and Kerry Kazuta in the men’s race.

25th Anniversary of the Classic Gunner Shaw XC Race

Gunner Shaw was one of the top distance runners in Canada when he tragically died in a car accident in 1984. Gunner had many great running friends and fellow competitors in the lower mainland and so races were established in his memory by both Lions Gate Road Runners and by Prairie Inn Harriers.  

The Lions Gate race, which is part of the Lower Mainland Cross Country Series, was established in 1984 by Duff Waddell and has been held annually ever since. The race on Saturday, December 6th 2008 marks the 25th Anniversary. 

In keeping with Gunner’s tough and uncompromising attitude to running and racing, both courses are challenging (to put it mildly) cross-country events.  The Vancouver race is held within Jericho Park, starting and ending in front of the Sailing Centre at the north end of Discovery Street.  Expect plenty of mud, water and even a section along the beach at Jericho.  The race starts at 11am sharp with 5K and 10K options, followed by refreshments and awards in the Sailing Centre.

For more details please see the Lions Gate Road Runners event page: 


Thetis Lake Relay (4 x 5K) – Victoria

Senior Men Team: PIH - Activa in 1:04:10
Senior Women Team: Nut-Free in 1:23:53
Senior Mixed Team: siIRRing the pot in 1:23:22
Junior Men Team: NTC - Good Ratio in 1:20:46
Junior Women Team: National Triathlon Centre in 1:24:06
Junior Mixed Team: Kelly's Kids Triathlon # 2 in 1:26:19
Master Men Team: PIH - Island Runner in 1:15:16
Master Women Team: PIH - Viva La Dive in 1:35:35
Master Mixed Team: PIH - Tweeters & the Monikerman in 1:34:20
Veteran Men Team: PIH - Damed Duo of Dalliance and Debauchery in 1:16:53
Veteran Women Team: PIH - TMG in 1:46:18
Veteran Mixed Team: 3 Broads with some Schtick in 1:40:57
Super Veteran Men Team: Thetis Can't Beat Us in 1:32:30
Family Team: Christie Family in 1:18:23
Women's Walk Team: CeeVacs Real Sweaty Bettys in 2:56:40
Solo: Steve Murenbeeld in 1:14:25

Fastest Laps = (Kris Swanson in 15:55 and 16:10 and Scott Simpson in 15:58 and 16:07).

The consistency of the top team PIH - Activa was incredible.   Scott Simpson ran his two laps in 32:05 and Kris Swanson ran his two laps in 32:05.

Remembrance Day Stanley Park Masters Cross Country 8K

1. Norm Tinkham, 25:51
2. Kevin O'Connor, 27:10
3. Larry Nightingale, 28:05
1. Nancy Tinari, 28:53
2. Jeanie Bezdan, 30:41
3. Teresa Nightingale, 32:32

Remembrance Day Stanley Park Cross Country Open 8K

1. Dennis Ryan, 28:33
1. Rachel Ruus, 30:03

Remembrance Day Stanley Park Cross Country Open Women 6K

1. Ellie Greenwood, 25:01

Phantom Run 24K – North Vancouver

1. Glen Cameron, 2:48
1. Martina Ramage, 2:46

Phantom Run 19K – North Vancouver

1. David Valasco, 2:07
1. Katrina Driver, 2:01

Phantom Run 12K – North Vancouver

1. Bob Welbourn, 1:15
1. Lara Penno, 1:20

Aldergrove Ramble 7.7K – Langley

1. Paul Reimer, 28:43.3
1. Laura Maludzinski, 29:33.9


Running, Jumping, and Throwing – Kamloops Style!

The Run Jump Throw (RJT) program rolled into Kamloops for the Power of Sport Tour, taking place from November 15th-23rd, 2008. The tour features sport specialists from across the province delivering workshops, seminars, and presentations aimed to promote, teach, and foster involvement in amateur sport.

The RJT program had tremendous success as 12 new instructors were trained over the weekend long, 15 hour instructor training workshop. Many of the newly trained instructors completed their practicum by touring to local elementary schools to deliver RJT activities and empower hundreds of children to be the best they can through sport and physical activity.

The tour included a very successful RUN JUMP THROW with the STARS event, which featured Dylan Armstrong, Sultana Frizell, and Jenn Joyce who came out to teach kids the skills of RJT, sign RJT trader cards, and tell the stories of how they got started in sport.

Big thanks to the Kamloops Track and Field Club for their assistance with events and to Sport BC for organizing the Power of Sport Tour.

The next stop for the RJT program is Enderby, BC for a school delivery and then at the BC Sports Hall of Fame in December. Stay tuned to the BCA Bulletin and the RJT page at for the latest news on the RJT program.

If you have questions or want to get involved with the RJT program please do not hesitate to contact us!
Phone: 604-333-3554

Athletics Canada

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

Please access information on this camp via the link provided below. 

Back issues of the BCAB are available at