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ISSUE #46-2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008

Questions or comments? Ph: (604) 333-3554 Email:

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Highlights from this issue:

  • Happy Holidays from the BCA Office
  • Marathon of Hope – Do you have what it takes to go the distance?
  • New Track and Field Head Coach Named for Athletics Canada
  • BC 8k Championships Announced
  • 2010 BC Summer Games Sports Announced

Contents of this issue:

From the BC Athletics Office:

  • BC Athletics AGM
  • Athlete-Coach Canada Games Development Camps

Road Running:

  • Pioneer 8K, January 11, 2008 named as BC Championships

Run Jump Throw:

  • Upcoming RJT events

Athletics Canada:

  • New Track and Field Head Coach Named for Athletics Canada

For Your Information:

  • BC Athlete Voice Elects First Board of Directors
  • From the CAC
  • Marathon of Hope – Do you have what it takes to go the distance?

From the BC Athletics Office

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:
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


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


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


BC Athlete Voice Elects First Board of Directors

BC Athlete Voice, British Columbia’s first high performance athlete advocacy organization is used to seeing its members achieve first place and stand at the top of the podium in a diverse range of sports. However Saturday December 6th was a day of firsts for the organization, as its members elected the first Board of Directors at the organization’s first Annual General Meeting. From an impressive list of nine athlete candidates who have achieved a tremendous amount both on and off the field of play, the following current and retired athletes were elected to lead BC Athlete Voice into 2010 and beyond.
The first BC Athlete Voice Board of Directors includes: Bruce Deacon, retired two time Olympic marathoner and current Education and Community Relations Manager with the Canadian Olympic Committee; Stephanie McCann, recently retired eight time Canadian Pole Vault record holder and Commonwealth Bronze Medalist; Naomi Walser, Beausoleil First Nation athlete and former Canadian Women’s National World Cup Lacrosse team member; Chris Werrell, Canada Winter Games Gold Medalist and 2010 hopeful; and Marni Abbott-Peter, three time Paralympic Gold Medalist, 1996 Canadian Paralympic Flag Bearer and BC Hall of Fame inductee.
“BC Athlete Voice’s newly elected Board is a wonderful combination of both experience and keen energy. I am truly wowed by the calibre of not only the elected members but all nine athletes that submitted their names for nominations. This is a wonderful indication of the reach and relevance of what BC Athlete Voice is providing within the province.” comments BC Athlete Voice’s Executive Director and 2008 Olympic Medalist Iain Brambell.
The new Board of Directors replaces the Interim Board of Directors who invested significant time and energy into taking BC Athlete Voice from an idea to a multi faceted organization dedicated to ensuring an athlete perspective is effectively represented at all levels of the BC sport system.
With a fantastic mix of current and retired, individual and team, and winter and summer athletes, the BC Athlete Voice Board of Directors has the experience and knowledge needed to represent, lead and channel the collective voice of BC high performance athletes. With over one thousand members, fourteen athlete specific resources, eight athlete centred services and four athlete driven programs, BC Athlete Voice is working hard to support athletes with education, advocacy and leadership. The new BC Athlete Voice Board of Directors will provide an added infusion of energy, experience and expertise to further the growth and development of this unique organization.
“With the ongoing support and collaborative environment provided by BC’s provincial sport organizations, multisport organizations and the PacificSport centres, BC Athlete Voice looks forward to being an integral component of a well balanced and high functioning BC sport system.”

From the Coaching Association of Canada

GM Canada and the CAC Support the Development of Good Coaches

Oshawa (Ontario), December 17, 2008 – According to the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), good coaching is fundamental to community sport. In addition to building Olympic dreams, coaches play a critical role as they share the positive aspects of an active lifestyle and teach young Canadians everything from teamwork and character building to the fundamental skills of the sport. To support the development of coaches in Canada, General Motors of Canada and the CAC are proud to award an additional 51 grants of $2,000 each for coaching skill development.

“Coaches have an enormous impact on the development of young Canadians,” said Marc Comeau, GM of Canada’s vice-president of sales, service, and marketing. “With support from the CAC, these grants were designed to invest in coaches in communities across Canada. We believe that ongoing coach development at the grass roots level is essential whether they are training beginners or Olympians.”

“The CAC is pleased to be partners with GM through the Making Dreams Possible Program. To date this program has touched more than 10,000 coaches and over 125,000 athletes in 131 communities across the country. This program immediately impacts coach development and education and will ultimately benefit Canadian sport as more coaches are introduced to the National Coach Certification Program (NCCP),” commented Jean-Marie De Koninck, Chair, CAC Board of Directors.

“Coaching is fundamental to the successful development of youth in sports and we truly appreciate the support we have received this year. We are very proud to have been selected for this fine award and will use the funds received to further develop our coaches in our minor hockey association” said Bill Forman, Coach Coordinator, 100 Mile Minor Hockey Association. “Well trained coaches are of utmost importance when it comes to developing athletes and we have lots of plans for the funds we will receive this year.”

Making Dreams Possible is a program developed by GM in cooperation with the Coaching Association of Canada, the governing body of Canada’s coaching education program and is designed to support coaches of Olympic and Paralympic Sports at the high performance and community levels.

Community Coaching Grants

GM’s Making Dreams Possible program will provide a minimum of 100 grants of $2,000 each annually for coach development in local communities. Applications can be submitted by head coaches, technical directors or the presidents of local sports clubs. These grants will be used to fund special projects that develop the skills and abilities of community level coaches.

High Performance Grants

GM also provides 10 grants of $10,000 each annually to high performance athletes and their coaches. Applications must be submitted by the high performance athletes and their coaches for these elite grants.

For more information please go to 

The next wave of local sport club and high performance applications closes at 11:59 pm on Sunday February 15th, 2009, with grants to be awarded in April.

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,

Michèle Dion
Communications Coordinator
Coaching Association of Canada

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

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