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ISSUE #01-2009
Friday, January 9, 2009

Questions or comments? Ph: (604) 333-3554 Email: julian.cooper@bcathletics.org

Past issues can be found at www.bcathletics.org/main/bcabulletin.htm 

We are experiencing difficulties with Telus circulating the BCAB to subscribers. We are hoping to have that problem resolved shortly.

Thanks for your patience!

Highlights from this issue:

  • BC 8K Championships this Sunday!
  • Run Jump Throw at Perry’s Prospect this Saturday!
  • New format for the 2009 Timex BC Road Running Series
  • Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committee are calling

Contents of this issue:

From the BC Athletics Office:

  • BC Athletics AGM
  • 2010 BC Athletics AGM
  • BC Athletics Registrars' Bulletin
  • Athlete-Coach Canada Games Development Camps
  • 2009 Draft Calendars
  • Winter Road Running Clinic

Road Running:

  • Pioneer 8K, January 11, 2009, BC Championships
  • Join the 2009 Nathan Running Team and Redefine your notion of Humanly Possible
  • Interior Running Association History
  • Haney to Harrison 100k Ultra receives Bronze Label Certification
  • 2009 Timex BC Road Running Series and Regional Series

Cross Country Running:

  • Stewart Mountain 10-Mile, Victoria – summary

Run Jump Throw:

  • RJT at Perry’s Prospects this Saturday!

Athletics Canada:

  • Knights of Columbus Indoor Games
  • Selection Criteria for the 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships and Pan Am Juniors

For Your Information:

  • Canadian Paralympics Committee 2010 Mission Staff Positions
  • Canadian Olympic Committee is Calling
  • Call for Nominations for the 36th Canadian Sport Awards
  • Positive Coaching Alliance – Transforming Youth Sports so Sport Can Transform Youth
  • Canada First – Canada Athletics Universities
  • Sydney 2009 World Masters Games
  • Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching
  • Community Sport Hero Awards – Sport BC
  • Coaching Mentor/Apprenticeship Program (for Females) at the 2010 BC Games
  • From the CAC

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
www.bcathletics.org/main/agm.htm 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

Information and documentation available:

CALL FOR TOPICS! 

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 sam.collier@bcathletics.org 

2008 Awards Banquet - Saturday, January 31, 2009

Award nominees and winners have been posted at www.bcathletics.org/main/awards2008.htm .

Reservations must be ordered prior to January 23, 2009 - there will be nothing available after that date.
Reservations order form: www.bcathletics.org/main/agm/banquettickets.pdf 

Silent Auction at the AGM

Now is the time to start thinking about the Silent Auction for the AGM in January. Clubs are asked to donate goods, services, coupons, track or running gear to make the Awards Banquet interesting and exciting for our young athletes and their families. While all donations are very much appreciated, we would like to suggest a new feature this year for those clubs or people looking for a good item to donate. How about a theme basket filled with goodies? Try a wine basket with wine, glasses, napkins, cheese and crackers. Other themes could be Tuscan Pasta Basket, Chocolates, A Day at the Spa or something similar. Get creative! Please limit your basket to $50.00 or $100.00 in total.

If you need help putting together a basket and just want to donate the amount required, contact Diana Hollefreund at trackvictoria@shaw.ca and Diana Hollefreund and Liz Jones will put together a basket in your club's name for you.

To donate goods or services to the Silent Auction, please send the details to Diana Hollefreund at the email above and include: donor's name [individual or club], item to be donated with a brief description, approximate value of the item. It is important to get your donations or their description in early so that the bid sheets can be prepared ahead of time as Diana and Liz will be busy at the AGM.

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 sam.collier@bcathletics.org 

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

2010 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting

Due to a lack of hotel/meeting space available in January and February of 2010 - the 2010 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting will be held on December 4, 5 & 6 2009 at the Vancouver Airport Hilton.

BC Athletics Registrars’ Bulletin

Bulletin 2009-#2 is now available on the BC Athletics website at:  www.bcathletics.org/main/registrarbulletin/2009-02.htm 

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:
www.bcathletics.org/main/pdf/eventcal_tf09draft.pdf 

Athlete-Coach Canada Games Development Training Camps

Schedule of Canada Games Training and Preparation Camps 

For further information please contact Ron Bunting at ronbunting@bcathletics.org.

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 Event Calendars

2009 Events are posted on the website and will be updated as information is submitted.
www.bcathletics.org/main/eventcal_index.htm#2009 

Winter 2009 Road Running Performance Clinic

BC Athletics presents the Winter 2009 Road Running Performance Clinic: "Interval Training"

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: www.bcathletics.org/main/rrclinic.htm

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 dcopping@telus.net or phone 604-929-3554 for more information.

2010 BC Summer Games Sports Announced

The BC Games Society announced in December 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 www.bcgames.org

ROAD RUNNING

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: www.eventsonline.ca/events/virs/   

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

JOIN THE 2009 Nathan Running Team and redefine your notion of Humanly Possible

From January 1st to March 31st 2009, NATHAN will look for 10 Canadian individual amateur athletes across Canada, men and women, in sports such as road running, trail running, duathlon or triathlon to join the 2009 NATHAN CANADA TEAM.

People who have a personal goal (it can be running a first 10K, beating a half-marathon PB, running a marathon under 4 hours or qualifying for Boston, moving from road to trail running, trying a tri, completing an Olympic distance duathlon or doing an Ironman…), a character, a dedication, a conviction, a story, a message to share and a unique approach to the sport or to the objective they want to reach; inspired people who can inspire others are invited to apply. Even if having won a race or having personal records are great accomplishments it won’t be of first importance in the selection process.

Visit the website at www.NathanSports.ca/Team for more details.

Interior Running Association History

Bill Stephens has written a history of the Interior Running Association that can be read here: www.interiorrunning.ca/Other/IRRA%20History.pdf 

Haney to Harrison 100K Ultra receives Bronze Label Certification

The International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) has approved Bronze Label Certification for the 2009 Haney to Harrison 100K Ultra. This designation allows the event to be used as a qualifying race for Canada’s 100K World Cup team. The 2009 Haney to Harrison Ultra and Relay is scheduled for Saturday, November 7.

2009 Timex BC Road Running Series, and Regional Series

The 2009 Timex BC Road Running Series kicks off this Sunday (January 11) at the Prairie Inn Pioneer 8K in Saanichton. The race is also the first event in the Frontrunners Island Race Series, and also the 2009 BC 8K Road Running Championship.

The 2009 Timex BC Road Running Series has a new format, with more events in the Interior and on the Island, and only 5 races required to qualify for series prizing. Points will be based on finish time, race distance and gender - not age placing. The emphasis will be on selecting the top BC road racers for the National finals in Ottawa. Full details on the 2009 Timex BC Road Running Series can be found here: www.bcathletics.org/RRSeries/ 

The Timex BC Series will be complemented in 2009 by four regional road running series:

Cross Country RUnning

Race Results

Stewart Mountain 10-Mile, Victoria

Jason Terauchi-Loutitt set a new course record in 1:02:21 by winning the race and breaking Stefan Jakobsen's previous mark, set in 2004, by almost 2 minutes. Eric Findlay, 1:04:07, Shane Ruljancich, 1:06:53, Kirk McNally, 1:08:05, were second, third and fourth overall. Kevin Searle had a brilliant race, finishing as top master and fifth overall in 1:08:08.

The overall female winner was Nicole Akeroyd in 1:18:30. Melanie McQuaid was close behind in 1:18:42, with Lysanne Lavigne completing the top three in 1:21:04. The race saw a record 187 finishers.

RUN JUMP THROW

RJT at Perry's Prospects This Saturday!

The BC Run Jump Throw program will be at the Richmond Olympic Speed Skating Oval this weekend for Perry’s Prospects Super Camp. This event will involve 300 kids, aged 9-12. The Run Jump Throw program will have a strong presence with several Olympians attending to help deliver RJT activities to the kids and give interviews to the media. Confirmed elite and Olympic Athletes include:

Stay tuned to the RJT page for a January Newsletter for photos and a summary of the event!

f you have questions or want to get involved with the RJT program please do not hesitate to contact us!

Email: runjumpthrow@bcathletics.org  
Phone: 604-333-3554

Athletics Canada

Knights of Columbus Indoor Games 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2009

Knights of Columbus Indoor Games kick off tomorrow

OTTAWA - The 44th Annual Knights of Columbus Indoor Games will begin tomorrow at the Saskatoon Field House in Saskatchewan. The event features both open and age class competitions with world class invitational athletes, para-athletics athletes, special Olympic athletes, and elementary school relays. 

Each year this event honours an individual athlete with the Jack Wells Testimonial Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions and attendance to the Knights of Columbus Indoor Games. Nicolas Macrozonaris is the proud recipient of this award and will be honoured for his contributions, his athletic excellence and his hard work as a role model for young Canadians. At the 2008 Knights of Columbus Indoor Games he posted the fastest 50-metres time run by any athlete in the world for the year.

Other competitors to watch for:

The men’s 50-metre and 60-metre races will feature five Olympians from the 2008 Games including: Bryan Barnett of Edmonton, AB; Pierre Browne of North York, ON; Hank Palmer of Lasalle, QC and Emanuel Parris of Edmonton, AB. Tyler Christopher of Edmonton, AB will run in the men’s 60-metre race along with the previously mentioned athletes.

Kimberley Hyacinthe of Lachenaie, QC and Geneviève Thibault of Quebec City, QC will battle to the finish line in the women’s 50 and 60-metre races. 2008 Olympic semi-finalist Carline Muir of Edmonton, AB will line-up in the women’s 400-metres.

Competition will continue through to Saturday January 10th. For more information please visit: www.kofcgames.ca/index.htm 

-AC-

Selection Criteria for the 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships and Pan Am Junior Championships Posted on AC Website

Dear Athletes, Coaches and Branches,

Selection Criteria for the 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships and the 2009 Pan Am Junior Championships have been posted on Athletics Canada’s website.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Canadian Paralympic Committee 2010 Mission Staff Positions

CPC has re-opened the call for applications for Operations Team Mission Staff positions for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. Due to technical difficulties, the application forms were unavailable for download in and around the original deadline. As a result, applications are once again being accepted for the Team Services Officer and Athlete Services Officer positions. In order to allow for all applicants additional time for applications, the deadline has been extended until Friday, January 16th. All additional forms & information can be found on the CPC website at www.paralympic.ca. We thank all those who have already applied for their patience and understanding and look forward to receiving all additional applications.

Canadian Olympic Committee is Calling

Canadian Olympic Committee Calls for Applications for International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece
VANCOUVER, January 6, 2009 - The Canadian Olympic Committee is now accepting applications for participants to attend the International Olympic Academy's (IOA) 49th International Session for Young Participants (General Session) in Olympia, Greece. The session will take place from June 10 to June 24, 2009.

The aim of the IOA is to create an international cultural centre in Olympia, to preserve and spread the Olympic Spirit, and to study and implement the educational and social principles of Olympism.

The Session for Young Participants is open only to participants between the ages of 20 and 35 at the time of the Session (IOA policy). The main topic is 'Olympism' and the special topic is ‘The Olympic Games as a Celebration: Evaluation of the Olympic Games of Beijing and the course towards the Olympic Games in Vancouver’. Candidates must have an understanding of Olympism and demonstrate their active involvement in the Olympic movement. General information on the IOA is available at www.ioa-sessions.org

To learn more on how to apply, please find complete information regarding the application process at www.olympic.ca/EN/education/academies.shtml. Applications must be received at the COC Vancouver office by 5 p.m. PST, Wednesday, January 28, 2009. Selections will be made shortly thereafter and the successful candidate(s) will be notified the week of February 16, 2009.

All expenses will be paid during the course of the IOA, however delegates will be required to provide their own transportation to Toronto or Montreal (the Canadian departure points for Olympic Airways flights to Greece). Delegates will also be responsible for expenses incurred in Athens prior to the official start and after the official end of the Session.

The Canadian Olympic Committee is a national, private, not-for-profit organization committed to sport excellence. It is responsible for all aspects of Canada's involvement in the Olympic movement, including Canada's participation in the Olympic and Pan American Games and a wide variety of programs that promote the Olympic Movement in Canada through cultural and educational means. For more information, see the COC website: www.olympic.ca

For further information contact:

Steve Keogh
Director, Communications
Canadian Olympic Committee
Phone: (416) 324-4146
Cell: (416) 806-3949
Email: skeogh@olympic.ca 

Call for Nominations for the 36th Canadian Sport Awards

REMINDER
From The True Sport Foundation

Deadline is Friday, January 16, 2009

Recognizing Excellence in Sport in 2008

(Ottawa, ON – January 8, 2008) – The True Sport Foundation reminds the Canadian sports community that the nominations period for the 36th Canadian Sport Awards (CSA) will close on Friday, January 16, 2009.

The awards will celebrate excellence, athletics, commitment and leadership in sport during the 2008 calendar year.

Official nomination forms for the following awards are available at www.canadiansportawards.ca.

The Athlete Performance Awards will be seeded by the Top eight results published by Sport Canada. The other award categories include: Junior Athlete of the Year, Corporate Excellence Award, Leadership in Sport Award, Volunteer Leadership Award, Athlete Leadership along with the popular Spirit of Sport Story of the Year.

Finalists for each CSA award will be announced on February 6, 2009. Winners will be announced and awarded at the official awards ceremony in Ottawa, Ontario on February 24th 2009.

Tickets to the awards ceremony/dinner are limited and will be available for $120 each. If interested, please contact Robin Turnbull at rtevent@sympatico.ca. Passes will be available for accredited media.

Positive Coaching Alliance – Transforming Youth Sports so Sport Can Transform Youth

The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a US-based non-profit organization founded at Stanford University that aims to improve youth sports through positive coaching and by replacing the “win at all cost” model of coaching. The Alliance partners with youth sport organizations, leagues, schools and cities across the US. Their website has lots of info for coaches, parents and athletes alike.

For more info on PCA visit their website www.positivecoach.org/ 
 
To watch the video visit www.pacificridge.org/podium/default.aspx?t=121088 

CANADA FIRST – CANADIAN ATHLETICS UNIVERSITIES

See the following link for a complete outline of the University options in Canada where there are Athletics/Track & Field and Cross Country Programs and Provincial Athletics Association Programs that offer support for training and competition - www.universitysport.ca/e/m_track/documents/AthleticsEN.pdf  

CANADA FIRST: INTRODUCTION

Many athletes are presented with important ?life altering decisions at an early age following completion of their high school years. It is important to have the detailed facts in order to make the correct choice. What are the factors to consider? They are academic goals, athletic goals, financial concerns and location. Good decision making depends on thorough research of the options available. Should an athlete pursue a foreign scholarship or pursue an education and athletic career here in Canada. It is becoming increasingly evident that for many the Canadian option is the best!

When considering the Canadian option, an athlete in Athletics should look at the following:

Sydney 2009 World Masters Games

Sydney, Australia will host the 2009 World Masters Games, taking place October 10-18. The organizers are expecting 25,000 people from 100 countries to compete at the Games, which is the world’s largest multi-sport event. See the story below (from the December e-newsletter) about 62 year old sprinter who raced a jet fighter over 100 metres.

Man versus Machine for the Games

Proving that he'll do just about anything to promote the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games, veteran sprinter John Wall raced a jet fighter over 100 metres at a regional airport just north of the Games host city recently.

Known as the world's fastest baby boomer, John's personal best for the blue riband of athletics events is 11.97 seconds, a time that ranks him second in the all-time rankings for men aged 60 years and over.

Not one to lack confidence, John forecast a close race on the Cessnock Airport runway between a 62-year-old man and a machine less than one third his age with 4,000 pounds of thrust and an airborne top speed of 850 kilometres per hour. John trained six days a week in the lead up to the clash and, as former fighter pilot Phil Frawley was taxiing in the L39 jet, he pulled out his secret weapons - custom-made running shoes with high-compression, spiked soles - and put them on to his ageless feet.

John was quick out of the blocks and led at the 60-metre mark but the jet, manufactured in 1988 in what's now the Czech Republic, gained speed in the final stages to come from behind and snatch victory.

"It was a fantastic challenge. I couldn't get to the 100 first but I think that I showed age is no obstacle to having a good go," says John.

Thanks to the power of YouTube, you can see the race for yourself: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=related&v=R_nIBN4jwF8 

Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching

JANUARY 2009 FEATURE

www.coach.ca/women/e/journal/index.htm 

Catherine Priestner Allinger — A Woman of Firsts

Ever since she burst into national prominence in 1976 as the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic speed skating medal, Cathy Priestner Allinger has captured the attention of women in sport. Not only was her athletic achievement remarkable, she has gone on to carve out a stellar career that has propelled her higher than any other female senior sport executive outside the ranks of the International Olympic Committee.

Priestner Allinger's story is fascinating, not least for the frankness with which she speaks, but also for her ability to take strong stands, to believe in herself, to trust her abilities and her judgment, to realistically assess her strengths and weaknesses, to surround herself with the strongest people she can find, to demand as much of herself as she does of others.

www.coach.ca/women/e/journal/index.htm

Community Sport Hero Awards – Sport BC

The Community Sport Hero® Awards presented by EnCana recognizes local sport volunteers for their long-standing dedication and leadership.

A total of 12 communities across BC will host the awards in 2009. If you would like to recognize a deserving sport volunteer in any one of the following 12 communities, please fill out a nomination form.

Dawson Creek---Fort Nelson---Fort St. John---Hope---Maple Ridge---Pitt Meadows---Nanaimo---Port Alberni---Quesnel---Terrace---Vernon---White Rock---South Surrey---Williams Lake

The most recent Community Sport Hero® Awards were held in Kamloops on November 20th, 2008.

For more information on the Community Sport Hero Awards, please access the following link: www.sport.bc.ca/programs/csh/history.aspx 

Coaching Mentor / Apprenticeship Program (for Female Apprentices) at the 2010 BC Winter and Summer Games

This program will target female coaches in the province of BC who are interested in further developing their coaching skills leading up to the 2010 BC Winter or BC Summer Games. The program will match a female apprentice coach with a mentor coach (NCCP Level 2, male or female) and the two of them will work towards the apprentice’s participation at the 2010 BC Games. This program is a partnership between the BC Games Society, the Coaches Association of BC, and ProMOTION Plus.

Application Deadlines:
There will be three intakes:

Details and application forms can be downloaded at: www.promotionplus.org 

ProMOTION Plus is now accepting applications for the 2009 Bobbie Steen Awards of Excellence

Nomination Deadline: February 20th, 2009

In partnership with BC Games Society, Sport BC and Sport and Recreation Branch (BC Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport), ProMOTION Plus will be awarding 2 Bobbie Steen Awards of Excellence, a Career Achievement Award and a Development Award. The Bobbie Steen Awards of Excellence were created and funded to recognize outstanding individuals or organizations who demonstrate exemplary leadership in sport and recreation, promoting access and opportunity for girls and women in the province of British Columbia. Details and applications at: www.promotionplus.org 

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 www.coach.ca/makingdreamspossible 

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.


Back issues of the BCAB are available at www.bcathletics.org/main/bcabulletin.htm.