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ISSUE #45-2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008

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Highlights from this issue:

  • Memorial Service for Dave Reed – Monday, December 15th
  • Marathon of Hope – Do you have what it takes to go the distance?
  • New Track and Field Head Coach Named for Athletics Canada
  • Recent Running Results from Fukuoka and California International Marathons and Vancouver Gunner Shaw XC
  • 2010 BC Summer Games Sports Announced

Contents of this issue:

From the BC Athletics Office:

  • Memorial Service for Dave Reed – Monday, December 15th
  • Salt Spring Island Cinder Track
  • Athlete-Coach Canada Games Development Camps

Road Running:

  • Pioneer 8K, January 11, 2008 named as BC Championships
  • Fukuoka International Marathon Results

Cross Country:

  • Results from Gunner Shaw Cross Country

Run Jump Throw:

  • Photos from Run Jump Throw in Amman, Jordan
  • Upcoming RJT events

Athletics Canada:

  • New Track and Field Head Coach Named for Athletics Canada

For Your Information:

  • Marathon of Hope – Do you have what it takes to go the distance?
  • Interview with Dylan Armstrong – CACC Website
  • CAC Seeking Study Participants

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.

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

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.

2010 BC Summer Games Sports Announced

The BC Games Society announced today the sports that will be a part of the Township of Langley 2010 BC Summer Games. BC athletes will compete in 23 sports including Athletics, Baseball, Basketball, Boccia, Canoe/Kayak, Cycling, Diving, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Inline Hockey, Box Lacrosse, Field Lacrosse, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Synchronized Swimming, Swimming, Towed Water Sports, Volleyball and Wrestling. Athletes with a disability will compete in Athletics, Boccia, and Swimming. Up to 4159 athletes, coaches, and officials will take part in the Games which will take place July 22-25, 2010. This is the largest sport package for a BC Summer Games since 2000.

“The 2010 BC Summer Games will provide BC athletes with an opportunity to compete at a level that will help them grow and develop,” said Mary Polak, w Living and Sport. “We have some great sporting facilities here, including a new rowing venue recently opened in Fort Langley and we can’t wait to welcome the athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators in July 2010.”

Provincial Sport Organizations are key partners of the BC Games Society. Organizations such as the BC Golf Association, BC Lacrosse Association and Basketball BC are committed to making the BC Games an important part of athlete development and consistently maximize this valuable multi-sport opportunity.

The Provincial Sport Organizations that were part of the 2008 BC Summer Games were evaluated on their performance in relation to the BC Games Core Sport Criteria and were required to submit an application for 2010 that included their Canadian Sport for Life framework (or Long Term Athlete Development model). Sports that were not part of the 2008 BC Summer Games were also invited to apply for inclusion in 2010.

“The excitement following the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games will surely inspire this generation of athletes to strive for their podium finish at the BC Summer Games” said Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society. “We are excited to see the leadership the Township of Langley has shown in planning to stage the 2010 BC Summer Games.”

Information on the criteria for sport selection and the complete sport package for the 2010 BC Summer Games is available at


Irene Schell, Event and IT Manager BC Games Society
Phone: 250-356-3012

Lia Threlfall,Communications Manager
BC Games Society
Phone: 250-387-4688


Race Results

Fukuoka International Marathon, Fukuoka JPN

Jon Brown successfully hit Athletics Canada’s individual marathon qualifying standard for selection to next year's World Championships in Berlin. Brown had to run quicker than 2:12:38, and he came home in 2:12:27. With that performance, Brown becomes the fourth Canadian to run under 2:18 this year, but the only one under the “A” qualifying standard. AC have announced that they will take a team of up to 5 athletes if 4 or more better the “B” standard of 2:18:00, otherwise only those running under the “A” standard will be selected.

Brown was part of a lead group of 16 athletes that went through halfway in 1:04:03. Around 25km the group started to breakup, as the pacemakers dropped out, and for most of the rest of the race Brown was running against the clock, knowing the time he had to beat. He finished in ninth place.

The race was won by the Olympic bronze medalist Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia, in a personal best and Fukuoka Marathon best time of 2:06:10. Kebede wound up a comfortable winner after destroying the remaining challengers by running a stunning 14:17 5K split between 30 and 35km.

Canada’s other representative, David Jackson, also from Victoria and coached by Brown, did not have such a good day. On pace for a sub-2:20 finish through 25km, Jackson slowed to 4 minute kilometers in the latter stages, to record a nevertheless commendable 2:27:28 clocking.

California International Marathon, Sacramento CA

Paul Krochak, 2:31:27
Rebecca Reid, 3:07:19
Nicola Everton, 3:09:56

Las Vegas Half Marathon, Las Vegas NV

Cheryl Murphy, 1:18:51 (1st place)

BC Athletics 2009 8K Road Running Championship

The BC Athletics 2009 8K Road Running Championship will be held in conjunction with the 30th Annual Prairie Inn Pioneer 8K, hosted by the Prairie Inn Harriers at the Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stelly's X Road, Saanichton, north of Victoria on Sunday, January 11.

Race Information

Certified 8K mildly undulating suburban/rural road course. Race records are 22:58 (Carey Nelson) and 26:08 (Debbie Scott). Race starts at 11:00am.

Entry Information

Enter online at:   

Entry fee is only $17.00 for BC Athletics athlete members. Add $3.00 after January 6, and $5.00 for race day registration.

Championship Eligibility

The Championship portion of the event is open to all Junior, Senior and Masters members of BC Athletics. 2009 BCA membership renewals must be received by January 8, 2009 in order to be eligible.

Championship Awards

Overall Championship winners will be recognized on the Lions Gate Road Runners 8K Open Trophy. Masters Championship (35+) winners will be recognized on the Prairie Inn Harriers 8K Masters Trophy.

Championship Medals will be presented to:

Championship Ribbons will be presented to:

High Performance Athletes

Cross Country

Race Results

25th Anniversary Gunner Shaw Cross Country, Vancouver

Organizers of the 25th annual Gunner Shaw race were rewarded with ideal cross country running conditions – light rain, and plenty of mud – and a record turnout. 172 individuals persevered twice around the course that includes sections of beach, slippery grass, lots of undulations, and the infamous water hazard, to complete the classic 10K distance. While a further 21 individuals ran a single 5K lap.

Patrick Goeres from Winnipeg, used his orienteering skills to good effect to win the race in 35:09, from Victoria’s Nick Best (35:16). Brad Cunningham (35:39) out-sprinted top master Kevin O’Connor (35:40) for third place.

In the women’s race, Anne-Marie Madden triumphed over a trio of BC representatives from the previous week’s National Cross Country Championships. Anne-Marie won in 38:22, from Laura Maludzinski (38:36), Nancy Tinari (39:09), and Rachel Ruus (39:21).

Kevin O’Connor and Nancy Tinari were the winners of the Gunner Shaw Trophies for the first finishers aged 35 and older.

In the 5K event, Andrew Hall (18:10) and Rebecca Staynor (20:53) were recipients of the Silver Fox Trophies for junior athletes.

A large contingent of Prairie Inn Harriers from Victoria beat out the host Lions Gate Road Runners to win the inter-club competition.

Complete results at 

Lower Mainland Cross Country Series

Age group winners following the final race in the 8-event series:

F2029: Laura Maludzinski
F3039: Rachel Ruus
F4049: Jeanie Bezdan
F5059: Debbie Jordan
M19&U: Michael Butler
M2029: Denis Ryan
M3039: Brad Cunningham
M4049: Larry Nightingale
M5059: Rob Lang
M6069: Herb Phillips
M70+: Roger Roufosse

Semiahmoo Sunrunners were inaugural winners of the Bill Bowness / Frank Reynolds Cup presented to the top club over the series.


Photos from Generations for Peace Camp 2008, Amman, Jordan

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

New Track & Field Head Coach Named for Athletics Canada 


Athletics Canada names new Track & Field Head Coach

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada named today Alex Gardiner to the position of Head Coach / Technical Director of Athletics (Track & Field) Programs effective of as January 1st 2009.  Gardiner, from Winnipeg, MB, was most recently employed by the Canadian Olympic Committee as Senior Technical Director of Olympic Programs. 

A coach with over 30 years of experience, Gardiner served as the General Manager of the National Sport Centre – Winnipeg from 1997 to 2002 before assuming Athletics Canada’s head coach and Chief Technical Officer duties.  Gardiner has also served as an Athletics Canada executive, from 1994-1997 as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Technical Programs from 1992-1994.

"I am excited and privileged to be able to return to Athletics Canada. Never before in my 30+ years in sport has there been this much opportunity and optimism fueling our drive to the podium.”  Gardiner served as Athletics Canada’s head coach at the 2003, 1993 and 1991 World Championships as well as the 2004 Olympic Games.

“My time with the COC has been remarkable.  I've had an unparalleled chance to work with some of the greatest coaches, scientists, medical staff, leaders and national sport federations in the world; it provided me with the unique opportunity to learn every day.  I'm especially fortunate to have long time colleague Les Gramantik with our team to help guide us through the next phase of our growth."

Current head coach Les Gramantik will shift to the head coach position of the newly created track and field High Performance Training Centre based in Calgary, AB.     

Athletics Canada has gained momentum over the last quadrennial and is now taking this unique opportunity with increased funding to chart the course to London 2012 and beyond.  “Following the Beijing Games the organization reviewed the previous quadrennial,” said Joanne Mortimore, Athletics Canada Chief Executive Officer.  Adding; “The focus is to increase the current thrust of strong international results to ensure that the organization continues down the path of achieving sustainable high performance results.”

Les Gramantik held the head coach position dating back to 2006, he led the track and field team at the 1999, 2001 and 2007 World Championships as well as the 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2003 and 2007 Pan American Games and most recently in Beijing at the 2008 Olympic Games.  “Les is a great coach; I would put his coaching expertise up against any of the top coaches in the world,” said Mortimore.  “Look at what he was able to accomplish with athletes such as Catherine Bond-Mills and Michael Smith and more recently with Jessica Zelinka and Earle Connor.  Athletics Canada is extremely happy to be able to continue to count on his expertise as he leads the High Performance Centre in Calgary.” 

Athletics Canada is the national governing body for the sport of track and field, cross country running, road running and road racing. 


Media Requests:
Emily Hooper
Coordinator, Public Relations & Corporate Services
Athletics Canada
613-260-5580 ext. 3332

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

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


Marathon of Hope – Do you have what it takes to go the distance?

Greetings Canadian athletes,

Are you a passionate athlete who draws inspiration from Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope?

At CBC Television, we are presently creating a program which would illustrate in detail what Terry accomplished in 1980. The event will reacquaint new and existing generations with Terry's example of athleticism, determination and self-sacrifice.

A team of twelve runners will start the marathon in St. John's, NFLD on April 12th. Each participant will attempt to run 3,339 miles in 143 days - matching Terry's daily mileage - arriving in Thunder Bay, ON on Labour Day weekend. Our camera crews will document the journey from the first day of training through to the end of the run, providing viewers with updates on the participants and their fundraising efforts.

Our first episode, to air in April on CBC, will see the introduction of the participants and the stakes set for the run. Terry's enduring and building legacy will be highlighted. We are working in conjunction with the Terry Fox Foundation, who in the past has declined proposals where the intent is to symbolically or literally finish the Marathon of Hope. This concept does not infringe on that wish.

If you are interested in participating in, or supporting, this initiative -- we want to hear from you. We welcome any questions at any time along the way.

An ideal candidate would possess the following:

  1. They have been inspired by Terry's story and have a history of supporting Terry's vision and principles
  2. They have the ability and willingness to fundraise
  3. They believe and offer evidence that they are capable of physically attempting the run
  4. They are willing and able to put aside work/other commitments for four and a half months to document their personal journey.

Do you have what it takes to go the distance?

If you would like to participate as a runner in this historic event, please reply to, sending us your contact information and telling us why you are the ideal candidate for the show.

In addition, we ask that you please create a 3-5 minute video so we can see you in action. Your video should include: Your name, age, hometown and why you want to be a participant in the Marathon of Hope 2009. Please upload your video to YouTube.

Need extra help uploading your video? 

Deadline for applications:
January 8, 2009

Please notify us immediately by sending the URL when you've uploaded your video.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Michelle & Lara,
Marathon of Hope 2009

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,

Michčle Dion
Communications Coordinator
Coaching Association of Canada

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 BCWSA Newsletter is now available via the following link: 

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 its lumpy cement. 

In order to encourage the tracks use and to limit liability it needs to be resurfaced.  We are seeking advice from any anyone that 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

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. 

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: 

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: 

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

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