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ISSUE #04-2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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Highlights from this issue:

  • AGM Weekend Updates
  • BC Athletics Board of Directors Positions up for Election
  • Athletics Canada Calling Meet Organizers for IAAF World Athletics Day
  • National Coach Opportunity (Para-Athletics) with Athletics Canada
  • University Results and Recruitment News


From the BC Athletics Office

2009 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting and Awards Banquet

AGM  weekend updates

Weekend Schedule Now Complete -

A detailed weekend schedule is now available on the BC Athletics website at: 

Banquet Reservations Closed!

We regret that we are no longer able to take Banquet Reservations.

Delegate Registration - do it ahead of time

Delegates should register for the AGM meetings ahead of Friday, January 30th in order for BC Athletics to know how many will be attending the Saturday breakfast and to ensure that AGM packages and documentation will be prepared.  The online registration form is available at and a printer friendly version is available at 

Sign up to speak to reports -

Delegates wishing to speak to a report need to sign up at 

BC Athletics Board of Directors positions up for election -

 Elections will take place at the 2009 BC Athletics AGM for the following Board of Directors position.  The BC Athletics is seeking candidates for these positions.  Nominations forms are available on the BC Athletics website at: 
Information on nominees currently standing for election can be found at: 

Proxy Votes

Clubs who will not be in attendance at the AGM meetings, but wish to have another club vote on their behalf, must complete the Proxy Vote Form and submit it to BC Athletics prior to the meetings.  To ensure that your form has been received please make sure it is in to the BC Athletics office prior to Friday, January 30th at 12:00 Noon.  The form is available at 

If you are considering a position we would ask that you get your nomination in as quickly as possible so that it can be posted on the BC Athletics website. 

Anyone who will be bringing items for the Silent Auction need to let Diana Hollefreund know the details so that documentation can be prepared prior to the banquet.  Please contact Diana at .

Director Finance
2 Year Term

Working with B.C. Athletics staff, volunteers and individuals under contract to B.C. Athletics, the Director Finance shall:

Director Marketing and Communications
1 Year Term

Working with B.C. Athletics staff, volunteers and individuals under contract to B.C. Athletics, the Director Marketing and Communications shall:

Zones 1 & 2 (Okanagan & Kootenays)
1 position – 2 Year Term

Working with B.C. Athletics staff, volunteers and individuals under contract to B.C. Athletics, the Zone Directors shall:

Zones 3 & 4 (Fraser Valley/Lower Mainland)
1 position vacant – 1 Year Term

Working with B.C. Athletics staff, volunteers and individuals under contract to B.C. Athletics, the Zone Directors shall:

Candidates, Commitments and Support:

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 27, 2009:  

2008 Awards Banquet - Saturday, January 31, 2009

Award nominees and winners have been posted at .

Reservations must be ordered prior to January 27, 2009 - there will be nothing available after that date.
Reservations order form: 

Silent Auction at the AGM

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.

AGM: Board of Directors nominations received to date

The following nominations have been received and all individuals listed have agreed to stand for election:

Chair Board of Directors

Larry Harper

Vice-Chair Board of Directors

Greg White

Director Programs & Technical Development

Tom Dingle

Director Events & Promotions

Jim Hinze

Zone 3,4,5 Director

(Zone Directors will be elected in zone caucus)

Steve Martin

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: 

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. 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.



P.F. Chang's Rock 'n Roll Arizona Marathon – Phoenix, AZ

Victoria’s Cheryl Murphy and Phil Nicholls were the top BC runners at this international marathon that starts in Phoenix, and runs through Scottsdale, before finishing in Tempe. Cheryl was 8th female overall in 2:48:09, behind Ukraine's Olena Shurkhno (2:31:22) and a number of Ethiopians. Phil was the second M45-49 runner to finish, beating Cheryl to the line by one second.

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.

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

Cross Internacional de Italica – Seville, ESP

A week after debuting at an IAAF Cross Country Permit Meeting in Edinburgh, Victoria’s Marilyn Arsenault completed her brief European tour in preparation for the NACAC Championships with another good showing in Spain. At the Cross Internacional de Italica in Seville, Marilyn finished in 19th place, covering the 8km course in 28:48.

Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada Awards - New Nomination Process 

OTTAWA - The nomination form for the 2009 Athletics Canada Awards is now available online. The form will now be posted year-round so athletic performances and achievements can be submitted as they happen.

The new procedure will encourage nominations throughout the year ensuring a fair representation of all seasons. The eligible period for the 2009 Athletics Canada Awards will be for performances achieved from November 1, 2008 to October 31, 2009.

Award finalists and winners are chosen by Athletics Canada’s Rules and Awards Committee comprised of seven members including two media representatives. To ensure an athlete is put forth in the running of these awards please submit their nomination to Emily Hooper; Coordinator, Public Relations and Corporate Services (see contact below).

For more information please visit:


Athletics Canada Calling Meet Organizers for IAAF World Athletics Day program

Athletics Canada invites applications from meet organizers wishing to host a meet as part of the IAAF World Athletics Day program. Provincial High School Championship meet organizers are strongly encouraged to apply! The meet organizer(s) will be entitled to Grant from the IAAF to assist in the organization and operation of the competition of up to $500 US. Promotional materials (T-shirts, posters, pins, and diplomas) will also be made available to assist in the promotion of the official World Athletics Day Competition.

Please complete the online application form at, e-mail or fax it to:

Nicole Clarke
Coordinator, Events & Membership Services
Fax: 613-260-0341

The deadline for submission of the application is Friday, February 6th, 2009.  If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Clarke ( / (613) 260-5580 extension 3309.

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

Officials Level 2 Workshop

Saturday  Feb. 7,  10am to 5pm.  

Alwilda van Ryswyk
Bob Cowden
Wally Smeaton

Tournament Capital Centre, room A,
910 McGill Road 
Kamloops BC V2C 6N6 

Alwilda van Ryswyk, tel-1 250-372-9640, e-mail, 
#90  1950 Braeview Pl, Kamloops, B.C., V1S 1R8

Registration fee:
BCA Members  $20 plus GST
Non-members $25 plus GST

2009 BC Strength, Fitness and Conditioning Conference

“Recovery, Regeneration and Rehabilitation”

Saturday, March 7, 2009

This year our conference will focus on the topics of “Recovery, Regeneration and Rehabilitation,” featuring speakers from North America and Europe. Whether you are a sport coach, a strength and conditioning professional, a personal trainer, sports performance consultant or rehabilitation specialist, you will greatly benefit from the presentations and discussions.

This is your opportunity to participate in an affordable World-Class conference that won’t take up your whole weekend. We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Presenters:

We are proud to offer you some of the highest quality speakers available, touching on various aspects of fitness, health and conditioning.

Donald Chu, PhD, CSCS, ATC, NATA

Presentation Topic: “The Role of Recovery, Regeneration and Rehabilitation in Elite Performances”

Donald Chu received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1974. His degree in Physical Therapy is also from Stanford. He has a Masters in Kinesiology & Physical Education from CSU, Hayward. He is a Professor Emeritus from CSU, Hayward after a teaching career spanning over twenty years. During the time from 1997- 2001, Dr. Chu served as the Program Director of the Ohlone College Physical Therapist Assistant program. From 2001-2003, Dr. Chu served as the Director of Athletic Training & Rehabilitation at Stanford University. He is a Past-President of the NSCA. Currently, Dr. Chu is the President of the California State Board of Physical Therapy, and serves as a public member on the Board of Interior Design for the State of California.

Dr. Chu is the author of “Jumping into Plyometrics, 2nd edition”, “Power Tennis Training”, “Explosive Strength & Power” (Human Kinetics - publisher) and “Plyometric exercises with the Medicine Ball, 2nd edition” (Bittersweet Publishing). He has authored several chapters in books on Sports Medicine, particularly in both the area of rehabilitation and performance enhancement.

Dr. Chu has consulted with elite athletes at every level on the development of training and conditioning programs. His past clients include athletes from the 1984, 88, 92, 96 and 2000 Summer Olympics, and professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, and MLB. He designed training programs for 2002 Winter Olympic hopefuls in the skeleton and bobsled events. He also designed the strength & conditioning programs for Erica Wheeler, 2003 US National Champion in the Women’s Javelin. He currently develops strength and conditioning programs for the 2004 US Olympic Synchronized Swimming team.

Chad S. Brenzikofer, BA, CSCS

Presentation Topic: “Neurodynamics in the Evaluation and Treatment of Hamstring Injuries”

Chad S. Brenzikofer received his Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science in May of 1999 from Fort Lewis College. Since finishing his degree, Chad has taken over 30 manual therapy courses, completed a one-year high velocity spinal manipulation course, earned his strength and conditioning (CSCS) credentials by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), and completed a massage therapy program at the Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado. In 2006, Chad became the first Kinetic Control Accredited Tutor in the United States. He is also a certified instructor for Performance Stability, has assisted Michael Shacklock of Neurodynamic Solutions, and has done consulting work with Al Vermeil, strength & conditioning consultant to the Chicago Bulls. Chad is the owner and director of Muscle Management Therapies, Inc in Denver Colorado offering Massage Therapy, Manual Therapy, and Fitness Training & consulting services.

Lyle McDonald, BSc

Presentation Topic: "Nutrition and Supplementation for Enhanced Recovery and Regeneration"

Lyle obtained a degree in exercise physiology from the University of California in Los Angeles, graduating in 1993. He has dedicated nearly 20 years of his life to studying human physiology and the art, science, and practice of human performance, muscle gain, fat loss, and body recomposition. He applies a combination of cutting edge research, canny tinkering, and sometimes, a little bit of intuition to develop my hypotheses which I then test in the real world on various guinea pigs (often including himself). Lyle has worked with athletes from numerous sports including bodybuilding, powerlifting, cycling, Olympic lifting and many others, developing training, nutrition, and supplement programs to help athletes maximize their potential. He has published seven books on various aspects of exercise, diet and sports nutrition, and writes a weekly blog on his website at Lyle has also written for numerous print magazines including Flex and the now defunct Peak Training Journal. He has a regular column in the new magazine, Muscle News. Additionally, I’ve written for numerous online publications including Cyberpump, Mesomorphosis, Mind and Muscle, Read the Core, Intelligent Design,, Ironmagazine, Wannabebig, etc.

John Gray, MSc, CSCS

Presentation Topic: “Spine Stability and Movement Retraining in Recovery from Back Injury”

With over a decade of experience in exercise therapy and athletic conditioning, John has gained an excellent reputation for his approach toward "core stability" in treating low back pain, preventing injury, and enhancing athletic performance. John completed his Bachelor of Physical and Health Education degree from the University of Toronto and went on to work with the Clinical Mechanics Group to complete an interdisciplinary MSc degree in Biomechanics at Queen's University at Kingston in Canada. In 2002 he returned to academics to pursue his PhD at the University of Waterloo, working with internationally renowned Spine Biomechanist, Professor Stuart McGill. Since 2002, John has been named an Educational Influential by the Institute for Work and Health.  As a Certified Kinesiologist with the Ontario Kinesiology Association, he has specialized in working with athletes of all ages having current injuries or a history of injuries.

Giuseppe Gueli

Presentation Topic: “Innovations in the Application of Electrotherapy for Recovery, Regeneration and Rehabilitation”

Giuseppe Gueli has worked in all areas of sport performance including his duties as a coach, consultant and researcher. He has provided coaching expertise to the Italian national swim program, as well as served as a sport performance consultant to the world renowned football club, AC Milan. More recently, Giuseppe has been working in the area of Electrotherapy for application to sports performance, recovery and rehabilitation for the newly Accelerated Recovery Program (ARP) technology used widely in professional sports in both Europe and North America. He has also worked extensively in the area of recovery management through the use of heart rate variability analysis and the Omega Wave system.

Conference Registration Information:

Please do not hesitate to call or e-mail us if you have any questions regarding registration or the conference content in general.

For more information on the registration process or the conference itself, please contact Head SFU Strength & Conditioning Coach, Derek Hansen via e-mail at or by phone at 7787824059.

NSCA and BCRPA continuing education credits will be available for this event.

Four easy ways to register:

1.  By Phone: 778-782-3611  (VISA / MasterCard required for payment)

2.  By Mail: Attn:        SFU Recreation & Athletics
                                    8888 University Drive
                                    Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
                                    (VISA / MC / Cheque)

3.  By Fax: 778-782-3425 (VISA / MC)

4.  In person (8:30am - 4:00pm) at the General Recreation Counter at SFU Chancellor Gym

Please make cheques payable to:  Simon Fraser University

Register today!  Seating for this conference is limited.

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

Awards & Grants

Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards Finalists – The Best of Sport in BC Recognized

Richmond, BC: Sport BC is pleased to announce the finalists for the 43rd Annual Athlete of the Year Awards presented by TELUS. The awards feature 16 categories and celebrate some of the best individuals involved in sport in the province. Award recipients will be announced at the annual Athlete of the Year awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond, BC.

"We continue to see an outstanding caliber of nominees put forward for the awards and it has been a challenge for the committee to narrow each field," said Sport BC’s President and CEO, Paul Varian. "Each of the finalists demonstrates commitment and excellence to their sport and we are thrilled to celebrate their success."

The prestigious Athlete of the Year Awards has been a constant feature in the British Columbian sporting community for 43 years. The finalists come from communities across BC, participate in a variety of sports and represent some of the best that sport has to offer on the national and international stage. The yearly awards ceremony celebrates coaches, officials, volunteers and athletes that exhibit outstanding athletic achievement and dedication to sport.

This year's finalists feature individuals from 17 BC Communities representing over 18 sports. The finalists were selected by a committee of media and sport representatives from across the province.

Tickets for the 43rd Annual Athlete of the Year Awards presented by TELUS will go on sale in mid-February through

Athlete of the Year Awards presented by TELUS Finalists

Award                       Sport                               City

Athlete with a Disability                               

Michelle Stilwell           Athletics – Wheelchair Track        Nanoose Bay

High School Female Athlete of the Year (nominees)

Alyxandria Treasure         Athletics                           Prince George
Lauren Stuart               Athletics/Alpine Skiing/Volleyball  Smithers
Katherine Murphy            Athletics                           Victoria

High School Male Athlete of the Year (nominees)

Evan Dunfee                 Athletics                           Richmond		  
Keynan Parker               Football/Athletics                  Vancouver

Master Athlete of the Year (nominees – only BC Athletes listed)

Sandy Anderson              Athletics                           Victoria		

Senior Male Athlete of the Year (nominees – only BC Athletes listed)

Dylan Armstrong             Athletics                           Kamloops

Nominations Open for 2008 CABC Coach of the Year Awards

The purpose of the CABC Coach of the Year Awards is to recognize a history and dedication to coaching in British Columbia. Each recipient will be selected for their outstanding achievement in the category in which they have been nominated, and for their unique contribution to the advancement and well-being of athletes and their sport. Coaches are recognized in four categories: Recreational/Grassroots, Regional/Provincial Development, Secondary School, International.

Deadline for nominations: February 27, 2008. Eligibility details and nomination form coming soon.

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

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:

Reminders, Resources and FYI

University Track & Field and Distance Running Headlines

Please use links provided to access full article:

Behind Smith, SFU starts season strong at Dempsey Indoor Preview: 
Top Local Talent Bruchet to Join T-Birds: 
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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 


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

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

National Coach Opportunity (Para-Athletics) with Athletics Canada:

Athletics Canada
Employment Opportunity
National Coach, Talent Development (Para-Athletics)

Athletics Canada (AC) is the National Sport Organization for Athletics in Canada.  Its purpose is to support high performance athletics excellence at the world level and to provide leadership in developmental athletics.  Athletics Canada is a not-for-profit, charitable organization operating under a Board of Directors elected by provincial/territorial members.

The National Coach, Talent Development (Para-Athletics) is a full-time position encompassing responsibilities for the overall direction, design and delivery of the Athletics Canada development program in the area of Para-Athletics.  The Coach Talent Development will report to the Chief High Performance Officer (CHPO) of Athletics Canada. Interim until a Para-Athletics Head Coach is hired.

Responsibilities of the position include:

The ideal candidate has:

The position is located in the Athletics Canada Head Office in Ottawa

Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience.

Applications with salary expectations should be sent in confidence by January 31st, 2009 to:
Athletics Canada
Suite B1-110 2445 St-Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, Ontario.K1G 6C3
Attention: Diane Gagné, Director of Finance, 

We thank all those who apply.  Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.  Athletics Canada promotes Employment Equity.  These positions are financially supported by Sport Canada and the Road to Excellence.

For a complete job description please visit Athletics Canada’s website: 

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