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ISSUE #44-2008
Friday, December 5, 2008

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Highlights from this issue:

  • Memorial Service for Dave Reed – Monday, December 15th
  • National Athletics Symposium in Victoria - this weekend!
  • Newsletters from BC Wheelchair Sports and Athletics Canada
  • Recent Cross Country Results from Nationals and Victoria Gunner Shaw
  • Two BC Runners Invited to Contest 62nd Fukuoka International Marathon
  • Run Jump Throw in Amman, Jordan!

Contents of this issue:

From the BC Athletics Office:

  • Memorial Service for Dave Reed – Monday, December 15th
  • National Athletics Symposium in Victoria - this weekend!
  • Ever Dreamt of Being on a Cereal Box?
  • Salt Spring Island Cinder Track
  • Coaching Association of Canada Seeks Study Participants
  • Season’s Greetings from the Coaching Association
  • CAAWS: Programs and Funding Opportunities for Women in Sport
  • Athlete-Coach Canada Games Development Camps
  • BC Wheelchair Sports Association’s December Newsletter Now Available

Cross Country:

  • Recent Cross Country Results from Nationals and Victoria Gunner Shaw

Road Running:

  • Two BC Runners Invited to Contest 62nd Fukuoka International Marathon

Run Jump Throw:

  • Run Jump Throw in Amman, Jordan!
  • Upcoming RJT events!

Athletics Canada:

  • Athletics Canada Development Training Camp – December 5-7, 2008
  • Latest Issue of Athletics Canada Gold Standard now available

For Your Information:

  • SIRC Newletter
  • Audio Interview with Dylan Armstrong on Coaching Athletics Coaching Centre Website

From the BC Athletics Office

Memorial Service for Dave Reed to be held Monday, December 15th, 2008

A memorial service for Dave Reed will be held the afternoon of Monday, December 15th -- 1pm at the Scandinavian Centre in Burnaby.  The address is 6540 Thomas St. (near Highway #1 and Kensington).

All are welcome to attend.

RSVP to Nancy Tinari ( )

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.

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 Centre

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

Have You Ever Dreamt of Being on a Cereal Box?

In February 2009, as an Official Supplier of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, General Mills Canada will launch Aspiring Olympians.  This exciting program will drive awareness and support for Canada’s up-and-coming athletic talent. 

People from across Canada will be invited to participate in the program.  On their behalf, General Mills Canada will provide funding for the participating athletes.  Each athlete that is selected will be guaranteed a minimum of $5,000 in financial support.

General Mills is currently focused on soliciting applications from summer athletes. If you are a Summer athlete and interested in participating in the Aspiring Olympian program please click on the link below and fill-out an application form. 

DON’T DELAY!!!  This initial application phase will only be available until December 17th, 2008. 

Salt Spring Island Cinder Track

Salt Spring Island Parks & Recreation Commission is seeking input regarding the resurfacing of the island’s aging cinder track.  In the winter our track is mud and in the summer it's lumpy cement. 

In order to encourage the track's use and to limit liability it needs to be resurfaced.  We are seeking advice from anyone who has experience with cinder tracks.

Please contact Kees Ruurs, Manager, Parks and Recreations at 250 537 4448 or at or Jim Proctor, Salt Spring Track & Field at 250 537 0092 or at

Any information or leads would be most appreciated.

Jim Proctor
Head Coach
Salt Spring Island Track & Field Club

The Coaching Association of Canada Seeking Study Participants to Evaluate Ethical Decision Coach Education Module

Dear Coach,

The Coaching Association of Canada has enlisted a research team from the University of Toronto to evaluate the NCCP Make Ethical Decision coach education module. Your participation in this research would be greatly appreciated!

The study, titled An Examination of Ethical Issues Faced by Coaches in the Canadian Sport Environment, aims at determining the various ethical issues faced by Canadian coaches and their perceived need for further education on this subject.

If you decide to participate in the study, you will be asked to complete a 10-minute online questionnaire, which you can access by visiting: 

Please be assured that your identity will remain anonymous at all times and that the information you provide will be kept confidential. Only the primary researchers will have access to the data. Consistent with the conduct of human research studies, the individual data will not be available or revealed to anyone outside of the experimental research team to the extent permitted by law. 

You can find a detailed presentation of this research study at  

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration, 

Michèle Dion
Communications Coordinator
Coaching Association of Canada

Seasons Greetings from Coaches Association of BC (CABC)

From the CABC Newsletter:

All of us at Coaches Association of BC wish you a very Happy Holiday Season!

NCCP Level 4 Tasks Upcoming

There are a number of opportunities to complete the various Tasks required for Level 4 certification.
For more details access the hyperlink below. 

Training Resources on New SIRC Blog

SIRC (Sport Information Resource Centre) is a private, not-for-profit corporation based in Ottawa with over 6.5 million pages of sport research in its collection. Its newly launched Blog has some useful information and links to resource material. SIRC's latest newsletter, posted on the Blog, provides links to some useful articles about Periodization, the process of varying a training program to bring out optimal gains in performance.

SIRC’s latest newsletter can be accessed via the link provided below: 

Christmas Special

Human Kinetics is offering 25% off all online purchases until December 31, 2008. Access the hyperlink below to place your order. Enter marketing code X547 when placing your order to receive 25% off.
* Offer valid on Canadian orders only. Not combinable with any other offers. Valid only for orders placed online. 

Book of the Month

December's featured book from Human Kinetics is Diabetic Athlete's Handbook. Renowned researcher and diabetes expert Dr. Sheri Colberg has developed a practical guide specifically for athletes of all ages with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Order this book before December 31, 2008 and save 25%. Offer valid on web orders only. Enter code
Book available via the link below: 

Report Outlines Community Sport in Canada

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) has just released a report entitled What Sport Can Do: A True Sport Report. The report examines how sport improves health and well-being, puts children on a positive life course, builds stronger and more inclusive communities, contributes to Canadian economy and promotes environmental sustainability.

To view CCES report visit: 

2009 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting and Awards Banquet

AGM - 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.  

Documentation available:


Clubs are requested to send in suggestions for 3 key topics of strategic significance to the Association to be addressed at the Annual General Meeting.  The AGM Committee will review all submissions and the chosen topics will be presented and discussed at the President/Head Coach Breakfast and the Governance Congress held Saturday.  Please forward topics to 

The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2008

2008 Awards Banquet - Saturday, January 31, 2009

Slide Show Presentation Assistance Needed!

BC Athletics would like to have a slide show available for the BC Athletics banquet highlighting the nominees and awards recipients during the presentation portion of the evening. We are hoping that somewhere in the membership there is someone who would be willing to volunteer their services to take on this project. 

If you are interested and able to help please contact 

Thanks in advance for any help that's out there!

BC Athletics Registrars’ Bulletin

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

Up-to-date 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 website: 

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: 

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

CAAWS: Programs and Funding Opportunities for Women in Sport

CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity) has a number of programs and funding opportunities for women athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and sport administrators.  See the following link for more information: 

Note: WISE Fund application deadline is December 12, 2008

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:

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: 

BC Wheelchair Sports Association’s December Newsletter

The latest edition includes the following:

Update-to-date news on Wheelchair Rugby, Athletics, Target Sports, Tennis, Curling, Basketball and Additional Information can also be found in the newsletter.

The Newsletter is available via the following link:

Cross Country

Recent Results

AGSI National Cross Country Championships, Guelph ON

The 2008 AGSI National Cross Country Championships were contested in Guelph, ON on November 29, and BC athletes produced a number of outstanding individual and team performances. Although not a cold as last year, the course was again still largely covered in snow, with temperatures hovering around zero.

The Masters was the first Championship event over 8K, and the small number of BC athletes present excelled in the mixed field of 168 finishers. Nancy Tinari (31:11) and Rita Ivanauskas (32:05) finished first and second overall in the women’s section, as well as occupying the same places in the F45-49 division. Norm Tinkham (27:12) finished third overall, and was unfortunate to find himself in the same M45-49 division as the overall winner (Steve Boyd, 26:01) and runner-up (Alain Boucher, 26:48). Art Boileau (28:42) and Paul Reimer (28:56) also placed first and second in the M50-54 division. Steve Hosford (32:07) completed the BC Team in the M55-59 division.

The Bluenose Trophy is awarded to the province with the best four age graded performances, and BC lost by the narrowest of margins to Ontario (344.32% to 343.92%) despite Nancy, Paul, Norm, and Art being graded 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th respectively.

The Junior Women’s Championship distance was 5K, and a large field of almost 200 athletes ensured a tight contest. University athletes filled many of the top places, and Kendra Schaaf from Saskatchewan and NCAA champions University of Washington lived up to her pre-race favourite status, winning comfortably in 17:23.6. But mixing it with runners a year or two older than her, Oak Bay high schooler Justine Johnson finished an outstanding fifth in 18:06.5, and with it gained automatic selection to represent Canada at next March’s NACAC and World Championships.

SFU’s Jessica Smith (19:01.4) was the next BC finisher in 14th place, followed by another Oak Bay high schooler, Laurel Draper (19:34.2) in 23rd. Helen Crofts (19:47.9) completed the BC scoring quartet in 34th place, with non-scorers Emily Palibroda (20:12.6) and Bianca Gonzales (20:31.7) not far behind in 61st and 72nd respectively. BC won silver medals in the provincial team contest behind a strong Alberta squad.

Next up were the Junior Men, racing over 8K. Another field of almost 200 athletes meant a quick start was essential to ensuring a good position into the first bend, before the course narrowed. Mohammed Ahmed of Ontario looked to have the race in the bag, but misjudged the finish and was caught on the line by fast finishing Olivier Collin (25:21.6) of Quebec. Again, high school athletes were prominent for BC. Luc Bruchet (26:12.4) was able to reverse recent results from the provincial and high school championships to be BC’s top finisher in 10th place. And Dylan Haight (26:25.3) was close behind in 14th.

Mitch Culley (26:55.9) and Jordan Smith (27:33.1), finishing in 26th and 46th places were the other scorers for BC, with Ahmed Mohamoud (28:30.5) 83rd and Adam Reid (28:47.0) 95th completing the team, which like the Junior Women finished second, this time to Quebec. A number of individual BC athletes also contested the Junior Mens Championship, with James Clark (27:01.4) 29th, Andrew Cliff (27:08.9) 33rd, Nigel Hole (28:17.6) 72nd, Marc Bonwick (28:38.4) 88th, Manpreet Dhaliwal (29:16.1) 119th, and William Cliff (29:28.6) 127th.

A much smaller field lined up for the Senior Women’s 7K Championship. University of Victoria’s Marilyn Arsenault started fast, and led for the first kilometre. By the start of the final 2K lap however, she had slipped to 7th place. Stephanie Hood (25:19.9) sprinted away from Tarah McKay (25:22.9) up the hill to the finish to win the Canadian Championship. A long push for the finish saw Marilyn (25:59.7) regain 6th place, and with it an automatic selection to represent Canada.

Meredith MacGregor (26:38.2) was well placed throughout to finish 10th, while Laura Maludzinski (26:49.8) moved through strongly for 11th. With Rachel Ruus (27:14.5) BC’s fourth scorer in 18th, and Kristen Kolstad (27:19.3) right behind in 19th, BC comfortably won the provincial team award.

By the time of the final event, the Senior Men’s 10K Championship the little warmth provided by the sun earlier in the afternoon had disappeared, and a chilling wind was picking up. A field of almost 100 runners was tightly packed through the first kilometre, with Richard Mosley best placed of the BC team. By the start of the second of four laps, 5-time former champion Simon Bairu from Saskatchewan was starting to show at the front, and he continued on to convincingly win a record equalling sixth championship in 30:49.9. Steve Osaduik (32:09.3) moved through strongly to be BC’s top finisher in 9th place.

Richard Mosley (32:23.7) was next up in 13th, with Dylan Gant (32:37.8) 17th and Kris Swanson (33:21.3) 28th completing the scoring quartet. Jay MacDonald (33:58.1) and Todd Howard (33:59.0) helped ensure another BC team victory, by finishing 40th and 41st respectively. Craig Odermatt (35:38.8) was the only other BC athlete in the race, finishing 70th.

Complete Championship results at: 

Gunner Shaw 10K Cross Country Classic, Victoria

Ideal racing conditions greeted 420 finishers at the 24th annual Gunner Shaw 10K Cross Country Classic race held at Thetis Lake Park. The event is the largest 10K cross country race in Canada and is described as one of the most difficult and challenging courses in the province. Harriers Scott Simpson and Lucy Smith were the male and female winners, both establishing new course record times of 35:31 and 41:36. Second place went to Paddy McCluskey in 36:45 and Jason Terauchi-Loutitt took third in 36:49, also both Prairie Inn Harriers members.

Three-time Xterra World Champion, Melanie McQuiad was the second female finished in 45:09 and Jessalyn O'Donnell placed third in 45:34. The top master 40+ male was Gord Christie in 39:58 and the top female master female was race winner Lucy Smith. Christie's wife, Juliette, ran a strong race to finish as second master in 46:02. They were the best husband and wife team by a sizable margin. The first junior runners were Ben Kingston and Grace Howard while the top veteran 50+ runners were Rob Lang and Wendy Davies. Super vet 60+ winners were Jim Swadling and Daphne Panter.

Full results are on the websites and

The race was dedicated to club member Dave Reed who died two weeks ago at the age of 54.

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: 


BC Athletes Invited to Compete in the Fukuoka International Marathon

Two Victoria, BC athletes have been invited to compete in the prestigious Fukuoka International Marathon in Japan this Sunday, December 7. Jon Brown, a two-time Olympic 4th place finisher will start as one of the favourites. With a marathon best of 2:09:31, Brown is looking to qualify for next years IAAF World Championships to be held in Berlin. Having run a 1:03:36 half marathon in October, and being a convincing winner of the BC Cross Country Championship, Brown is in shape to better the Athletics Canada “A” standard of 2:12:38.

Joining Brown in Japan is David Jackson. Under Brown’s tutelage, Jackson has improved his half marathon best to 1:06:39 this year, and will also be hoping to qualify for Canada’s World Championship team by running under 2:18:00. He is looking to improve on his personal best of 2:24:40 set in 2005.

The race organizers have assembled a quality field of Japanese and international marathoners. Aside from Brown, who finished 7th in Fukuoka in 2006 behind world record holder Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, the foreign field stars Beijing Olympics bronze medalist Tsegaye Kebede (Ethiopia), and former London, Chicago and Rotterdam winner Felix Limo (Kenya). The domestic field features 2005 World Championships bronze medalist and 2008 Beijing Olympics marathoner Tsuyoshi Ogata, 2004 Athens Olympics marathon 5th place finisher Shigeru Aburaya, and 2008 Tokyo Marathon runner up and Beijing Olympic team alternate Arata Fujiwara, along with several other sub-2:10 countrymen.

Fukuoka is one of the oldest and most prestigious marathons in the world. Sunday will be the 62nd running of the invitation only event, whose past winners include Olympic and World Champions. Jerome Drayton, who set the current Canadian marathon record of 2:10:09 when winning Fukuoka in 1975, was a 3-time winner.

For more information on the Fukuoka International Marathon please visit:


Generations for Peace Camp 2008, Amman, Jordan

This week saw the Run Jump Throw program make its overseas debut in Amman, Jordan for the Generations for Peace Camp 2008, a 10 day gathering of leaders of youth living in the world’s greatest conflict zones. More than 70 participants from 16 nations, including Jordan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, and Afghanistan are taking part in the camp, which is being held from November 25 to December 5. Through a series of workshops, interactive seminars, presentations, debates, dialogue, role-play and sporting sessions, Generations for Peace uses sport as a vehicle for peace building in conflict-laden communities.

For more information of Generations for Peace please visit the official website: 

Upcoming Events!

The BC Run Jump Throw program is excited to be a part of the following upcoming events:

You can look forward to instructor training workshops, school deliveries and an evening with several Canadian Track and Field stars at the 2009 Power of Sport Tour. For more information on these and other RJT offerings stay linked to the Run Jump Throw website.

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

Latest Issue of Gold Standard Now Available

The December 2008 and January 2009 edition of Athletics Canada’s Gold Standard is now available. AC’s latest installment includes:

The complete issue is accessible via the link below: 

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

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


SIRC Newsletter – Great Source of Information for Athletes and Coaches Alike

SIRC’s November 2008 Newsletter has a few great feature articles on periodization training (including one that is specific for Masters Athletes), which are valuable for any athlete or coach interested in maximizing performance.

The Newsletter can be accessed via the link below:

Dylan Armstrong Interview - Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre Website

The CACC’s website has a multitude of sports science, coach and community education, and athlete development related information. The site also features interviews with high performance athletes. Recently, an interview with BC’s own Dylan Armstrong, Canada’s national record holder in the shot put was made available on their website (link below). 

Back issues of the BCAB are available at