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ISSUE #43-2008
Friday, November 28, 2008

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What's in this issue:

From the BC Athletics Office:

  • Latest Track & Field Competitions and Training Camp Calendar of Events is now available
  • It’s Not Too Late! 2008 BCA Awards Nomination Criteria and Forms – due November 30th, 2008
  • 2009 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting: January 30, 31 and February 1
  • BC Athletics Registrars’ Bulletin
  • 2009 PacifiCanada International Track & Field Series
  • Athletics Canada Recognizes Two Outstanding BC Track and Field Athletes
  • 2009 Draft Calendars
  • Winter 2008/2009 Road Running Performance Clinic
  • National Athletic Centre Symposium – Victoria
  • Junior Development
  • Coaching Association of Canada Announces Partnership Program to Recognize Great Coaches
  • BC Athlete Voice to Hold First Annual AGM - Be A Part of History!
  • Dave Reed Remembered

2009 Canada Games:

  • Athlete-Coach Canada Games Development Training Camps
  • Schedule of Canada Games Training and Preparation Camp

Cross Country:

  • 2008 Canadian Cross Country Championships
  • NAIA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country National Championships Results
  • 25th Anniversary of Vancouver Gunner Shaw XC Race

Road Running:

  • 2008 International Chiba Ekiden Relay

Run Jump Throw:

  • Photos from RJT with the Stars in Kamloops

Athletics Canada:

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

From the BC Athletics Office

The Latest Track & Field Competitions and Training Camp Calendar of Events Now Available

An up-to-date track and field competitions and training camp calendar of events is now available on the BC Athletics: 

It’s Not Too Late! 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: 

2009 PacifiCanada International Track & Field Series

Information on the 2009 PacifiCanada International Track & Field Series, which features international and Olympic level athletes from across Canada and the Pacific competing in meets held in Victoria, Burnaby, Richmond and Abbotsford, can be found on the BCA Website via the following link: 

Athletics Canada Recognizes Two Outstanding BC Track and Field Athletes


November 24, 2008

Athletics Canada announces 2008 Award Winners

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada announced on Saturday the winners of its annual awards at the 2008 Awards Gala presented by Mondo held in Toronto. The ceremony coincided with the 2008 Technical Congress. Congratulations to all recipients, finalists and nominees. Click here to view the full list of finalists: 

Dylan Armstrong, of Kamloops, BC, winner of -

F.N.A. Rowell Trophy - Outstanding Athlete of the Year in Field Events

Dylan Armstrong started the outdoor season on May 29 in strong fashion with a Canadian Record in the shot put, breaking the record held by Brad Snyder that stood since 2004. Armstrong captured the Canadian title for the fourth consecutive year but is outstanding season wasn’t finished there. On the world’s biggest stage, in his Olympic debut no less, he finished fourth by a mere centimeter and bettered his Canadian record along the way. His performance at the games was Canada’s best finish ever in shot put.

Evan Dunfee, Richmond, BC, winner of -

Fred Begley Memorial Trophy - Outstanding Athlete of the Year in Road Running, Cross Country or Race Walking Events

Evan Dunfee is the 2008 recipient of the Fred Begley Memorial Trophy, Dunfee particularly excelled in the 10-kilometre racewalk. At the 2008 World Junior Championships Evan finished 10th in a personal best time of 42:56.82. Later in the season Evan took first place at the CAN-USA Junior Racewalking Dual Meet held in Victoria, BC.

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 Centre 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.

Coaching Association of Canada Announces Partnership Program to Recognize Great Coaches

The Search Is On for the Chunky MVC: Most Valuable Coach

The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) is thrilled to announce its new partnership with the Campbell’s® Chunky® brand. This partnership kicks-off with the Chunky MVC: Most Valuable Coach contest in which sport organizations can invite their teams and communities to nominate dedicated coaches who make a real difference. This campaign is designed to give and share the recognition great coaches deserve.

Each year, thousands of coaches selflessly give of themselves to continually improve their team, their sport and their community, and Campbell’s Chunky and CAC want to recognize that effort. The winner will receive the Chunky MVC Tribute Day to be featured on TSN, among other prizes.

If you know a coach that deserves recognition for the outstanding work they do, then go to and nominate that coach to be the Chunky MVC!

Spread the Word

Get your printable poster with all of the details here: Print some off and post them in your sports community! Let your friends, family, teammates, and sport organizations know about the contest and help CAC and Chunky shine the spotlight on our great coaches. Invite them to nominate their most valuable coach at

CAC and Campbell’s Chunky Partnership

CAC is pleased to have a new lead partner in Campbell’s Chunky to help raise awareness on the importance of good coaching. This exciting new program would not have been possible without CAC’s long time partner TSN, who will promote and administer the Chunky MVC online contest.

For more information, contact: 

BC Athlete Voice, First Annual AGM - Be A Part of History!

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 1:00pm

Venue: Room B201, Langara College, 100 West 49th, Vancouver, BC

This is your chance to be part of history, as BC Athlete Voice holds its first AGM. Be a leader and an advocate for all athletes by attending the AGM and sharing your voice about the issues that are important to you. 

Join other athletes and become a proactive part of BC Athlete Voice.

click here for more info: 

Click here to register your attendance: 

Dave Reed Remembered

A Tribute to Dave Reed and His Running Career
By George Gluppe and Nancy Tinari

Last week's Bulletin reported Dave Reed’s untimely death at the age of 54. After almost a week of remembering Dave and reflecting upon all we have shared during thirty years of running with him, we would like to add more comments.

Dave ran hundreds, if not thousands of races during his running career. As a youngster he excelled in many sports, and hockey was his early passion. He often spoke of waking up very early on Saturday mornings and being filled with excitement knowing that his Dad would soon be taking him to hockey practice. Yet before he became a teenager, running became Dave’s favourite sport; one in which he was clearly talented.

Dave’s races ranged from 800m track races right up to marathons, and if he were here now he would be able to relate, in detail, every split time of his own performances, as well as times from performances of other athletes he supported and admired. He had a fantastic memory not only for the races, but for practically every workout, too. He was always astonished when we couldn’t remember all of the details that he had memorized, apparently effortlessly.

Although he was a good runner in his youth, Dave really blossomed as a top competitor when he became a master. One of his best efforts was a 2:00.0 800m at age 40. Those of us who are Masters athletes realize just how good that performance was.

Dave loved the 5K distance but he probably performed better over the mile, particularly on the road. He dominated the Ambleside Masters’ Mile for years, and still holds the course record of 4:17. Dave also competed as a master in the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City, finishing in about third place, very close to Steve Scott, who had been one of the world’s premier milers. As a masters runner, Dave also posted excellent performances in the 3000m (winning the Hamilton Spectator Games indoor masters race in 9:06.73) as well as many top-3 finishes in 5K road races with times in the 15:10 to 15:40 range. His 5K times often age-graded to over 90%, which means that he was a world class athlete.

In addition to his own running, Dave was equally enthusiastic about other runners and their accomplishments. During my peak years as a distance runner, Dave was my constant training partner, especially on fast tempo runs and distance runs (I couldn’t stay with him on the track.) He paced me to some of my best track times at a couple of all-comers’ meets in Toronto: I remember him leading me to a 9:04 3000m and a 15:41 5000m. Dave always supported me; in fact, I got a wildly enthusiastic e-mail from him only a week before he went into the hospital, in which he commended my determined effort to win the Labour Day 8K race and the Timex Series at age 49. He added, “…some things are just meant to be if you want them bad enough, I had my best year ever when I was 49, when I won the Ambleside Mile over Malcolm Smillie, and then doubled up by beating him and everyone else at the Canadian Masters T & F at Minoru Park in the 1500m.”

Dave loved to be a part of “elite” team events. He often raved about the Thetis Lake 4 x 5K relay on Vancouver Island. He provided much of the energy and effort to put together our Phoenix club’s first Haney to Harrison relay team, in 2006, and chose our name “Flight of the Phoenix” from one of his favourite movies.

Dave will always be remembered for his infectious love and enthusiasm for running; it seems that in every post-race photo, he is beaming without reservation. Dave offered his support and advice to many Phoenix and VFAC teammates, and took a particular interest in helping teenagers and younger children become better at running and other sports. He will be sorely missed by all of us and by the running communities of the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and beyond.

A memorial service will be held for Dave next week, but the details have not yet been finalized. It will likely take place on Tuesday or Wednesday, Dec. 2nd or 3rd. Dave’s family (who all live in Ontario) are very grateful to the many runners and friends who visited Dave while he was in the hospital. All members of the running community are welcome to attend the memorial service, and we will do our best to inform Lower Mainland clubs when we have more information.


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

Schedule of Canada Games Training and Preparation Camps 

Dec 27-29/08   BC Athletics Canada Games Okanagan/Interior     Kamloops, BC
               Training Camp                                                   
Feb 7-8/09     BC Athletics Canada Games Lower Mainland/       Langley, BC      
               Fraser Valley Training Camp                               
March 14-15/09 BC Athletics Canada Games Vancouver Island      Victoria, BC
               Training Camp                                                   
April 11/09    BC Athletics Canada Games Provincial            Abbotsford, BC
               Training Camp                                                   
June 10-16/09  BC Athletics Canada Games Relay Camp and        Multiple locations
               Competitions (as part of the PacifiCanada Series)            
July 25-26/09  BC Athletics Canada Games Final Prep Camp       Vancouver, BC 
               and Team BC All Sport Pep Rally                            
Aug 8/09       BC Canada Games Team Prep T&F Meet              Saskatoon, SK
Aug 22-29/09   Canada Summer Games – Track & Field             Charlottetown, PEI

Cross Country

2008 Canadian Cross Country Championships

The BC Team will be in action on Saturday, November 29th in Guelph, Ontario for the AGSI National Cross Country Championships. 30 athletes from BC will compete over distances ranging from 5km to 10km. The race will mark the culmination of the Canadian cross country season. The Schedule is as follows:

10:45AM Masters Men & Women Championship - 8km

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

12:00PM Junior Women Championship 5km

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

12:45PM Junior Men Championship - 8km

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

1:30PM Senior Women Championship - 7km

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

2:15PM Senior Men Championship - 10km

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

Team Staff

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

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

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

On the women’s side, Simon Fraser University team, who claimed the last five championships, finished 10th while the SFU men’s team finished 24th. Top performances on the women’s side go to Helen Croft, Emily Palibroda and Bianca Gonzalez who finished 35th, 43rd and 62nd in the team race respectively. Top male performances for SFU saw Ryan Brockerville, Mitch Culley, and Keir Forster placing 24th, 69th and 101st respectively for the team.

Kerry Kazuta, the lone male runner from UBC, finished 63rd in the overall results. Representing the UBC women, Nicole Akeroyd finished 81st overall.


Women’s Results:

10. 301 Simon Fraser ( 18:55 1:34:34)

1 35 Helen Croft 18:31
2 43 Emily Palibroda 18:44
3 62 Bianca Gonzales 18:58
4 65 Angela Shaw 19:00
5 96 Holly Stockall 19:21
6 (162) Olivia Brennan 20:11
7 (164) Emma Vogt 20:12

81 582 Nicole Akeroyd SR British Columbia 18:50.5 6:04

Men’s Results:

24. 489 Simon Fraser ( 26:26 2:12:06)

1 24 Ryan Brockerville 25:18
2 69 Mitchell Culley 25:59
3 101 Keir Forster 26:27
4 144 Chad Fraser 27:07
5 151 Mathew Walters 27:15
6 (156) Adam Reid 27:21
7 (198) Stephen Nicol 28:53

63 583 Kerry Kazuta JR British Columbia 25:42.4 5:11

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: 


2008 International Chiba Ekiden Relay - Results

A National team of Canadian distance runners were in Japan last weekend to contest the 2008 International Chiba Ekiden Relay. Thirteen teams competed in the 6 leg, long-distance relay event, held over the traditional marathon distance of 42.195km.

The Ethiopian team won the relay by over a minute in a time of 2:05:27 (a time that certainly puts Haile Gebresselassie’s marathon world best of 2:03:59 into perspective!). In a dramatic finish, the Canadian team finished ninth in 2:11:56, only two seconds behind the USA team, which overcame a 34 second deficit to the Canadians in the final leg of the relay. The individual leg times and placing (in brackets) as well as the overall time and placing, for the Canadian team are listed below:

Overall: 2:11:56 (9)


Photos from RJT with the Stars in Kamloops

RJT with the Star took place in Kamloops on November 18, 2008, at Summit Elementary. The evening was great success with over 30 participants coming out to learn from Dylan Armstrong, Sultana Frizell and Jennifer Joyce. Photos below:


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