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ISSUE #02-2009
Friday, January 16, 2009

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Highlights from this issue:

  • Athletics Canada Announces NACAC Cross Country Team
  • 2009 World Police and Fire Games – Track and Field Competition Contract Opportunity
  • RJT Instructor Training and LF Workshop – Camosun College
  • BC 8K Championships Results
  • 2009 BC Athletics AGM and Awards Banquet


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 


Information and documentation available:

Delegates Breakfast - Saturday, January 31, 2009

All registered delegates are invited to attend a breakfast meeting at 7:00am to 8:45am on Saturday morning.  Further details regarding the breakfast and the topics to be discussed will be posted shortly - stay tuned. 

Delegates planning on attending the Delegates Breakfast Meeting are asked to register for the breakfast prior to January 23, 2009: 

2008 Awards Banquet - Saturday, January 31, 2009

Award nominees and winners have been posted at .

Reservations must be ordered prior to January 23, 2009 - there will be nothing available after that date.
Reservations order form: 

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 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 

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.

Tom Griffin 1957 – 2009

BC Athletics was saddened to hear of the passing of Tom Griffin and outstanding middle distance runner in the 1970’s and 80’s. Born in Victoria, Tom trained and competed for the Victoria Mercuries under the guidance of George Dean. Our condolences to Tom’s family and friends.

Tom Griffin

Tom Griffin

GRIFFIN Thomas (Tom) Lawrence Patrick Born on April 4, 1957 in Victoria, BC. Tom's first taste of celebrity came at the young age of 6 when, holding his pet rabbit Popcorn, he appeared in the Victoria Daily Times. The article entitled "Bye Bye Summer" was about children starting grade 1. Tom was about to start at St. Patrick's School in Oak Bay. 

He then attended Arbutus Jr Secondary School and Mount Douglas High School. It was here that he discovered how gifted he was in middle distance running. In 1975, Tom became the Canadian senior 800 metre champion with a time of 1:53.2. This record wasn't broken until 1995 and still is the fastest time for Lower Island High School Track and Field. It also earned him a nomination as Victoria's athlete of the year in 1975. This was only one of many records Tom set in both the 800 and 1500 metre. 

Tom was a member of the Victoria Mercuries Track Club and competed in the Commonwealth games, Pan Am games, and Canada Summer games. Tom was not chosen to compete at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, even though he held the Canadian 800 metre record, because he was only 18 and deemed too young. This was to be a major disappointment for Tom because while working out in the spring of 1977, Tom suffered a pulled thigh muscle. The injury resulted in calcium deposits forming in his hip from which he was never able to fully recover. 

It wasn't until 1982, when Tom landed a job at the Herald Street Cafe, that he discovered his second calling "the perfect host". In 1985 love brought Tom to Vancouver. Always dapper in his starched white shirts and vintage neckties, he became one of the original crew at Delilah's where he learned to mix a mean martini and we all learned to drink too many. 

In 1995 it was time for Tom (along with his partner and friends) to open a restaurant of their own. Lola's was born on a hot summer's night and immediately became the place to be and be seen. Tom still with the starched white shirts but now the neckties are Versace. Lola's was met with much critical acclaim receiving both Restaurant of the Year and Best New Restaurant for 1996. This was a very happy time for Tom but unfortunately it was also the time when he experienced the first symptoms of the illness he was to battle for the next 13 years. 

In 2005 when his dear friend Fran moved into a beach house in Sechelt, Tom followed along. Helping with home renovations and taking long walks with Fran's dog Luna on the beach. This was a golden time but it was not to last. Tom had a very difficult time tolerating the drugs needed to keep him alive. In the spring of 2007 he took a serious turn for the worst and spent the remainder of his life between St Paul's hospital and the Dr. Peter Centre. 

In March, Tom gave his final interview to the Globe and Mail talking about his struggle with the nearly forgotten plague. He was still hoping to get better and return to Sechelt. He never made it. On the afternoon of January 2, 2009 Tom reached the finish line and is now resting in peace. His ashes will be scattered in Sechelt when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. 

Tom was predeceased by his father Larry and mother Louise. Tom is survived by his brother and six sisters: Coleen (Neil) Isbister, Nancy Griffin, Joanne (David) Horton, Kelly (Lisa) Griffin, Bernadette (Mark) Knowles, Loretta (Rick) Riggs, and Patricia (Colin) Robinson along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He also leaves his longtime companions Spencer Dane and Gilles Beaudin to cherish his memory. We would like to thank Dr. Silvia Guillemi, Dr. Julio Montaner, Maxine Davis, and the entire team on 10C and at the Dr. Peter Centre that cared for Tom. You took excellent care of him, treating him with such love and respect. 

A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 12 at 12:10 pm at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 2060 Haultain Street, Victoria, B.C. Reception to follow. A Celebration of Life will be held in Vancouver at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in memory of Tom to the Dr. Peter Foundation, 1110 Comox Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 1K5. Please visit to share a memory of Tom.

BC Athletics Registrars’ Bulletin

Bulletin 2009-#2 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: 

Canada Summer Games Regional Training Camp – Langley, Feb 7 & 8

The Provincial Event Coaches and Pacific Sport will be presenting sessions on Nutrition, Sport Psychology and Strength Training.

Opportunity for: Coaches and Athletes of all ages with an emphasis on ages 16-22 years focusing on Canada Summer Games Preparation. Ideal for athletes along with their personal coaches in assisting with their training programs leading up to the Canada Summer Games in Charlottetown, PEI in August 2009. The registration is available via the following link: 

Athlete-Coach Canada Games Development Training Camps

Schedule of Canada Games Training and Preparation Camps 

For further information please contact Ron Bunting at

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. 

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:

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.



BC 8K Championships

The provincial 8K road running championship were incorporated into the Prairie Inn Pioneer 8K, hosted by the Prairie Inn Harriers, and was open to any 2009 competitive member of BCA or equivalent from other provinces or international federations.

The Championship winners were Richard Mosley and Cheryl Murphy (Senior), and Neil Holm and Lucy Smith (Masters).

Masters age group winners were Jerry Loeb (M3539), Neil Holm (M4044), Norm Tinkham (M4549), Doug Alward (M5054), Steve Hosford (M5559), Herb Phillips (M6569), Garfield Saunders (M70+), Lisa Harvey (F3539), Lucy Smith (F4044), Nancy Tinari (F4549), and Diane Palmason (F70+).

Prairie Inn Pioneer 8K

Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club staged the first Pioneer 8K and the first Royal Victoria Marathon, both in 1980. Sunday, the Pioneer 8K celebrated its 30th anniversary and spectators and runners were not disappointed with a demonstration of brilliance in both the men’s and women’s divisions.

The open men’s race featured Canada’s best marathoner, Victorian Jon Brown, who last month ran 2:12:26 in Fukuoka, Japan. Richard Mosley, from Coquitlam, rose to the challenge and ran shoulder to shoulder with Brown for the entire race. In the last 50 metres Mosley put on a ferocious kick to take the win by 3 seconds, 23:35 to 23:38. Three-time RVM Champion and four-time Pioneer winner, Steve Osaduik, placed third in 24:17. All three are members of the host Prairie Inn Harriers Racing Team (PIHRT).

The open women’s race was equally as exciting with local favourite and three-time winner, Lucy Smith, taking the crown in 28:01, four seconds ahead of 2008 BC Athletics Senior Road Runner of the Year, Cheryl Murphy. Both are members of PIHRT. Third place went to 2008 TC10K Champion, Calgary’s Lisa Harvey in 28:32.

The master men’s division was loaded with world-class athletes led by Mark Bomba, from Coquitlam, running his first race as a master since turning 40 on January 3. Bomba has represented Team Canada at several cross country and road running world championships and has notched top-5 finishes at both the TC10K and the Sun Run, and had a second place finish at the Royal Victoria Half Marathon in 2007. He won the over-40 division in 25:42, good for 11th place overall of the 630 finishers. Neil Holm, from Courtenay, was second master in 26:07 and Maple Ridge’s Norm Tinkham took third in 26:16. Paul McCloy was second to Tinkham in the M45 division in 26:33 while Gord Christie placed third in 27:47.

The master women's race provided strong challenges with outstanding local and lower mainland runners Lucy Smith, Nancy Tinari and Joan McGrath all finishing in the top-10 overall. Lucy was first master runner and first open runner, and collected $1,300 in prize money of the $7,000 offered.

In the Pioneer "Legends" Team of Champions division, comprised of all 60 past winners, organizers were thrilled to welcome back Gary Barber, Todd Howard, Jim Finlayson, Steve Osaduik, Jon Brown, Keith Butler, Craig Odermatt, Paul McCloy, Richard Lee, Steve Bachop, Debbie Bowker, Carolyn Murray, Lucy Smith, Susan Butler, Liz Jones and 8–time winner Ulla Marquette.

Under 20 winners were Kirill Solovyen and Kaylee Beales.

At the Pioneer awards ceremony, a cheque for $10,000 was presented from donations by PIH members to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon in memory of Harrier Dave Reed who died unexpectedly from a pulmonary embolism two months ago. Reed won the M50 division of Pioneer last year and was a popular Harrier when he raced on Vancouver Island.

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 for more details.

Interior Running Association History

Bill Stephens has written a history of the Interior Running Association that can be read here: 

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 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: 

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

Cross Country RUnning

Race Results

BUPA Great Edinburgh International Cross Country

Victoria based Marilyn Arsenault got her first taste of international cross country, lining up against a world class field at the BUPA Great Edinburgh International Cross Country event in Scotland. World junior 10,000m record holder Linet Masai of Kenya romped to an emphatic win in the women's 5.6K race in 19:02. Arsenault battled strong winds and a testing hill on each lap to finish 28th in 21:11. She moves on to compete at another international competition in Seville, Spain this weekend.


2nd Annual CTV Perry’s Prospects Supercamp – January 10, 2009

The BC Run Jump Throw program was at the newly opened Richmond Olympic Oval on Saturday, January 10th for the 2nd Annual CTV Perry’s Prospects Supercamp for Kids. 300 kids aged nine to 12 participated in the event. 150 of the 300 kids were CTV contest winners and the remaining 150 were under-privileged kids from inner city schools.

All kids participated in running, jumping and throwing stations, with each station comprising activities of: brick building and hurdle relays (for running); agility ladder hops, long jump and high jump (for jumps); and discus, shotput and javelin (for the throws). Kevin Bowie and James Hustvedt from BC Wheelchair Sports Association led a wheelchair racing spin station, which the kids loved!

A strong team of more than ten Run Jump Throw Instructors and Olympic Athletes were on hand to deliver activities to all participants. Olympic athletes included Ruky Abdulai, Mike Mason, Stephanie McCann, Brit Townsend, and of course our very own Thelma Wright, all of whom led RJT activities.

Certified Instructors and future Learning Facilitators Gillian Wright and Sam Walkow taught the movement patterns of throwing and running. Olympic 1500m finalist Brit Townsend transferred her middle distance prowess to teaching participants the skills of javelin throw-on-a-rope. 2004 Olympic Pole Vault finalist and certified RJT Instructor Stephanie McCann led participants through running and jumping stations. 2008 Olympians Ruky Abdulai (long jump) and Mike Mason (high jump) showed participants how to jump long and high. Vancouver Thunderbirds Power/Speed Assistant Coach and Track and Field Official Larry Blaschuk coached jumping activities. Master Learning Facilitators Thelma Wright, Jenn Schutz and Maureen de St. Croix captained the team of instructors. All instructors empowered participants to be the best they can in sport and in life.

A big thank you goes out to KidSport Director Peter Quevillon and all at CTV who made the event happen. A special thank you is in order to all RJT instructors, Olympic Athletes and BC Wheelchair Sports Association for making the Run Jump Throw station so much for the kids. Thank you all!


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

Athletics Canada Announces NACAC Cross Country Team

Two BC Athletes and one coach have been named to the 2009 NACAC Cross Country Team. Congratulations to Marilyn Arsenault (senior women's team), Justine Johnson (Junior Women's Team) and Thelma Wright (Head Coach) on their appointments! See Athletics Canada's press release below.

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada announced today the national team that will compete at the 2009 North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships in Orlando, Florida on March 7, 2009.

In the men’s 8km race Dylan Wykes of Kingston, ON will return to Orlando to vie for the championship title after finishing third in last year’s race. Also making the trip back to Florida are junior gold medalists Alesandr Kuternin of Toronto, ON and Kendra Schaaf of Craven, SK. Canada won five medals at last year’s NACAC Cross Country Championships and finished first overall in team standings for the junior men and women as well as in the senior women’s category; the senior men’s team placed second.

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.

Selection Criteria for the 2009 Americas Cup

Selection Criteria for the 2009 Americas Cup (Pan Am Race Walking Cup) has been posted on Athletics Canada’s website.

2009 March Development Training Camp

Date: March 14 -21, 2009

Location: Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix Arizona

Target Athletes: Top 5 – Under 23, Junior and Youth athletes in all events (from20 08 rankings)


Staff: Hugh Conlin – Coordinator, sprint and hurdles
Mike Murray – Sprints, hurdles and relays
Christine Laverty – Endurance events
Bruce Pirnie – Throws
Others to be named

For more information and to register please visit:

Courses and Seminars

Run Jump Throw Instructor Training and LF Workshop – Camosun College

The RJT program is offering a joint Instructor Training Workshop and Learning Facilitator Course held over three Fridays in Victoria at Camosun College's Interurban Campus.

This is an excellent opportunity for teachers, coaches, students and athletes in the Victoria area to take the first step in becoming a RJT instructor and/or  to qualify as Facilitators.  Once certified, there are many employment opportunities with direct deliveries, workshops and events happening across BC.   The Learning Facilitator course is the next step for existing RJT instructors to become "trainers of the trainers" and gain the skills to deliver instructor training workshops.   For full details please see registration form and outline available via the following link: 

Psychology of Sports Competition seminars – Abbotsford Rec Centre

The Fraser Valley Athletics Regional Centre is hosting a series of sessions devoted to the 'Psychology of Sports Competition.' These sessions will take place on Thursday evenings beginning on January 15 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Abbotsford Recreational Centre at 34690 Old Yale Road Abbotsford--adjacent Yale Secondary School. These sessions will be inter active (the athletes will participate) and are under the direction of Bri Morisset a fully qualified Sports
Psychologist. The sessions are open to any BC Athletics member athletes and coaches 15 years of age or older.

Anyone wishing to attend should contact Gerry Swan: 

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

To learn more on how to apply, please find complete information regarding the application process at 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:

For further information contact:

Steve Keogh
Director, Communications
Canadian Olympic Committee
Phone: (416) 324-4146
Cell: (416) 806-3949

Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching


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.

Awards & Grants

PNE Miracle Mile Athlete Bursaries

Every month in 2009, a $500 PNE Miracle Mile Athlete Bursary will be awarded to a B.C. amateur athlete who demonstrates dedication to a sport and commitment to the community.


In order to be eligible to apply for a bursary you must:

You are ineligible to apply for a bursary if you:

How to Apply:

If you meet the eligibility requirements you are encouraged to apply for a bursary; it does not cost anything to apply for a bursary. Each month’s winner will receive $500. If you choose to apply for the bursary you will need to submit:

Deadline for Applications:

Please note that one bursary will be awarded each month; it is up to you to decide what month’s bursary you apply to receive. You will need to submit all requested information by the 15th of the month before the month you choose. For example, the deadline for the January 2009 bursary was December 15th, 2008. It is in your best interest to apply in the earliest month you can since the applications of athletes who are NOT awarded a bursary will be kept on file and reconsidered for each bursary awarded during the remaining months of the 2009 calendar year.

For more information:

If you have any questions about this bursary please email or call 604-251-7708 on a weekday between 9:00am-4:00pm.

Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund

In keeping with their commitment to amateur sport in Canada, Investors Group established an Amateur Athlete Bursary Fund for Canada’s top amateur athletes in 2000.

Working in partnership with AthletesCAN, the Fund awards twenty bursaries of $5,000 to Canadian amateur athletes each year. The bursary selection committee is made up of active and retired national team athletes and officials from AthletesCAN.


This bursary fund is open to any active senior national team athlete who:

Application Process

Athletes must complete a Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund Application form for activities in the 2008 calendar year and submit the original copy by mail to the AthletesCAN office by January 31, 2009. No faxed or emailed applications will be accepted.

The following must be included with the completed application form:

Selection Process

Athletic Achievement (40%)
Financial Need (30%)
Community Involvement (30%)
* Maximum one male and one female from one sport will be selected for the top 20 bursary recipients. This does not preclude more than one athlete of either gender from applying.

To download the application, please visit

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.

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: 

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: 

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: 

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:

Reminders, Resources and FYI

Local Talent Agency – Action Talent – Looking for Athletes

Action Talent is looking to add to their database of athletes. The agency, which is based out North Vancouver at North Shore Film Studios, handles High Performance Athletes for Film/Television and Print. Interested Track and Field / Runners / Marathon Runners and Trail Runners should contact Booking Agent Annalise deBoer (see contact info below).

Annalise deBoer
Action Talent Inc. 
Work: 604-696-6296 
Cell 778-828-1637 

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 
To watch the video visit 


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 -  


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:

IAAF Competition Rules

IAAF Competition Rules 2009 are available in the Technical Section of the IAAF Web site. 

Printed Handbooks will be probably be available from the BCA office by April 2009.

There are some small changes in the Technical Rules. For instance:

143.7 Athletes Bibs
now allows for display of an athlete's name 'or any other suitable identification' on any or all bibs instead of the competition number

144 Assistance to Athletes
defines the Competition Area for running events; applicable to Track and Off-Track events.
allows any kind of personal safeguard (subject to verification by the relevant referee and/or Medical delegate).

187.4 Assistance in Throwing events
Allows for "continuous taping" of athletes hands....unless fingers are taped together.

There are many other sections which appear to be new, but are not. The editors have always applied double vertical lines in the margins indicate new language. The lines from the 2008 Rules have been left in place in the 2009 Rules. New language in the 2009 Rules is indicated by 3 vertical lines. This will allow slow readers to catch up.  There is no indication that we will be returning to a 2 year book.

Marathon of Hope Contest Entry Videos Available on YouTube

For those of you who have not heard, CBC has appealed to athletes to apply to take part in a special television program in which twelve participants will be filmed and documented attempting to run from St John’s, NFLD to Thunder Bay, ON in 143 days, thereby matching Terry Fox’s journey of hope. Applicants were asked to submit their applications by creating a short video which highlighted their reason for wanting to be a participant and then uploading the video to YouTube. Applications closed January 9. Many of the video applicants are now available via the link below: 

Job Opportunities

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 We thank all those who have already applied for their patience and understanding and look forward to receiving all additional applications.

2009 World Police and Fire Games

Track & Field Competition – Contract

The World Police and Fire Games Organizing Committee and BC Athletics are seeking individuals and/or clubs to head up the organization of the Track & Field Competition of the 2009 World Police and Fire Games.

The key positions are:


Support already in place:

Contract/Management Fee:

Event Details:


Please Submit Applications with Competition Hosting Resume by January 30/09 to:
BC Athletics,
Attn: Brian McCalder
Phone: 604-333-3552 Fax: 604-333-3551
Mailing address: 3820 Cessna Drive, Ste 120, Richmond, BC V7B 0A2

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