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ISSUE #05-2009
Friday, February 6, 2009

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

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Highlights from this issue:

  • New Lower Mainland Running Series – Details Announced
  • Upcoming RunJumpThrow Instructor Training Workshop in South Surrey
  • Upcoming Level 2 Officiating Courses in Kamloops and South Surrey
  • First Half Marathon Race Preview

Contents:

From the BC Athletics Office

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 

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: www.bcathletics.org/main/pdf/csg_trainingcamp_feb7-8.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.

ROAD RUNNING

"First Half" Half Marathon - Race Preview

The 21st Annual “First Half” Half Marathon on February 15th will feature many of Western Canada’s finest distance runners. Both the men’s and the women’s races will be keenly contested, with no clear favourites for the $3,000 in prize money.

The men’s field includes Richard Mosley, who recently won the BC 8K Championship at the Prairie Inn Pioneer 8K, where he beat Canada’s top marathoner, Jon Brown. This will be Richard’s first appearance at the “First Half”. Not so for Steve Osaduik, who won the “First Half” in 2006, and has been third the last two years. Steve is also a three-time winner of the Royal Victoria Marathon. Two more of Canada’s top marathoners are Jerry Ziak, who has twice been a runner-up at the “First Half”, and Ryan Day, who won the Royal Victoria Half Marathon last fall. Rounding out a quintet of athletes who will be hoping to run the 21.1 kilometres in around 1:06 or quicker is Saskatoon’s Jason Warick. Most of these leading contenders will be trying to qualify for places on Canada’s team to the World Marathon Championships in Berlin later this year. To do so they will need to run the full marathon distance in 2:18 or quicker.

A quartet of Vancouver Island’s finest road runners will also be aiming to be in the prize money with a top-5 finish. Todd Howard represented Canada at last years Austin Marathon. Scott Simpson is a former Canadian 10,000m champion. Jason Terauchi-Loutitt is an international mountain runner. And Matt Clout is a talented young up and comer. 

Former UBC track and cross country star, Shane Carlos from Whitehorse, fresh off a convincing win at the Icebreaker 8K, also cannot be discounted in his half marathon debut. Other leading contenders from the Vancouver area include Jay MacDonald, Oliver Utting, Simon Driver and Mark Bomba. Having just turned 40, Bomba is favourite for the masters’ race. But he will have to be at his best to hold off former “First Half” winners Neil Holm and Norm Tinkham. Two former Olympians will also be contesting the older age groups in Paul McCloy and Art Boileau.

The women’s race will be no less exciting. Lucy Smith won the BC 8K Championship in early January, with Cheryl Murphy close behind. Places were reversed however two weeks later at the Cobble Hill 10K. The two Victoria athletes will renew their rivalry at the “First Half”. But don’t discount Calgary’s Lisa Harvey, who has never finished worse than second on each of her nine appearances at the “First Half”. Equally capable of pulling off the win is Suzanne Evans, another three-time winner of the Royal Victoria Marathon. Others likely to run 1:20 or quicker include locals Kristina Rody and Rachel Ruus, Calgary’s Lindsay McLaren, and Saskatoon’s Brandi Pozniak. 

Lucy Smith is also expected to be the top masters finisher, with Nancy Tinari, Rita Ivanauskas, Joan McGrath, and Nurten Tasdemir all vying for that position.

The “First Half” Half Marathon is organized by the Pacific Road Runners with support from Mizuno, and is the third race in the 2009 Timex BC Road Running Series. Proceeds from the event benefit Variety – the Children’s Charity, with $40,000 donated in 2008. The race starts at 8:30am on Sunday, February 15, from the Roundhouse Community Centre in downtown Vancouver. The course takes the runners around BC Place Stadium and on a loop of Stanley Park. The event sold out in just over 3 hours when entries opened last November. 

For additional information, visit the event website at www.pacificroadrunners.ca/firsthalf 

2009 Lower Mainland Road Race Series

BC Athletics is pleased to announce the launch of the Lower Mainland Road Race Series. For 20 years, the Timex BC Road Running Series has existed as a de facto Lower Mainland Series. In 2009 an explicit Lower Mainland Road Race Series has been created, to complement an enhanced Timex BC Road Running Series and other regional series.

The Lower Mainland Road Race Series features ten of the best events in the Vancouver area, providing runners of all ages and abilities with the chance to compete against their peers. The series kicks-off at the St. Patrick’s Day 5K in Stanley Park on March 14, and concludes with the Richmond Oval 8K on August 16. The ten events feature races over 5K, 8K, 10K and the half marathon.

To qualify for series awards, participants must compete in a minimum of six events. Points will be awarded based on placings within 5-year age groups for men and women, from under 20 to over 70. A participant’s six best placings will determine their total points.

The ten series events are:

  1. March 14: St. Patrick's Day 5k, Vancouver
  2. March 28: Dave Reed Spring Classic 5k, Vancouver
  3. April 5: Sunshine Coast April Fool's Run Half-Marathon, Gibsons
  4. May 10: Mother's Day 5k Spring Classic, Port Moody
  5. May 31: Running Room Shaughnessy 8k, Vancouver
  6. June 7: Sandcastle City Classic 10k, White Rock
  7. June 12: North Shore Credit Union Longest Day 5k, Vancouver
  8. July 18: Summerfast 10k, Vancouver
  9. August 2: Squamish Days 10k, Squamish
  10. August 16: Richmond Oval 8k, Richmond

For complete information about the Lower Mainland Road Race Series, as well as the individual events, visit the series website at www.lmrrs.com. Series news and rankings will be posted there after each event.

The Timex BC Road Running Series will continue to provide an opportunity to athletes from throughout the province to rank themselves against their peers, and serves as a selection to the Timex National Road Running Series Finale in Ottawa. For more information on the Timex BC Road Running Series, visit its website at www.bcathletics.org/RRSeries/

The Lower Mainland Road Race Series will be one of four regional road race series sanctioned by BC Athletics in 2009. The others being the Frontrunners Island Race Series (www.vira.bc.ca), the Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series (www.interiorrunning.ca), and the Prince George Grand Prix (www.pgroadrunners.ca).

For more information on any of the above road race series, contact Maurice Wilson at maurice.wilson@bcathletics.org or 604-333-3553.

Results

Cobble Hill 10K

Todd Howard and Cheryl Murphy were the winners at the second annual Cobble Hill 10K, Race #2 in the Frontrunners Island Race Series. Todd won in 31:53, with 19 year-old Jeff Phillips close behind in second registering a personal best of 32:03. Sean Chester completed the top three in 32:25. Cheryl Murphy reversed positions with Lucy Smith from the Pioneer 8K, hitting the line in 35:37 compared to Lucy's 35:51. This was Cheryl’s third race on consecutive weekends. Kyla Coates just edged her twin sister Alexandra for third spot in 38:06. Leading masters were Hugh Trenchard and Lucy Smith. There were 491 finishers.

Icebreaker 8K

The event almost lived up to its name, being run in cold conditions, and rain mixed with snow. A headwind on the outward leg added to the discomfort, but gave some relief in the form of a tailwind in the second half. The second event in the Timex BC Road Running Series produced another competitive field. Last years winner, Graeme Wells, was unable to hang on to former UBC Thunderbird Shane Carlos from Whitehorse. Shane ran out a comfortable winner in an impressive 24:25, with Graeme second in 25:06. Jay MacDonald completed the top 3 in 25:13, a 7 second improvement on his time at the Pioneer 8K three weeks previously, and with it moved to the top of the Timex Series rankings, with Ian Druce second and Jeremy Hopwood third.

In the women’s race, Rachel Ruus repeated last year’s win, and improved on her time from 2008 by nearly half a minute, crossing the line in 28:59. Ellie Greenwood got the better of Nancy Tinari for the first time, by running a PR of 29:20 for second. Nancy just nipped Rita Ivanauskas by one second for third in 29:38, and also placed first master. By virtue of her win, Rachel took over top place in the Timex Series rankings, with Nancy and Ellie close behind. First 40+ master in the men’s division was Stan Jang in 27:18.

Bragging Rights – Island or Mainland?

One of the great unanswered questions is “do the best runners live and train in Victoria or Vancouver”? In an attempt to answer that question, throughout the year we’ll be scoring “teams” in a number of races where good representations from both metropolises compete. The overall places of the top-5 men and the top-5 women from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland will be scored in each event to determine who holds bragging rights.

First up, the Prairie Inn Pioneer 8K.

Men:

Lower Mainland                  Vancouver Island
Richard Mosley  1st             Jon Brown        2nd
Steve Osaduik   3rd             Ryan McKenzie    4th
Jay MacDonald   9th             Scott Simpson    5th
Mark Bomba      11th            Todd Howard      6th
Norman Tinkham  17th            Matt Clout       7th
Total           41 points                        24 points

Women:

Lower Mainland                  Vancouver Island
Rachel Ruus     4th             Lucy Smith       1st
Kristina Rody   5th             Cheryl Murphy    2nd
Nancy Tinari    6th             Melanie McQuaid  11th
Ellie Greenwood 9th             Catrin Jones     12th
Joan McGrath    10th            Sarah Bouchard   13th
Total           34 points                        39 points

Result: The Island holds the bragging rights for the men, and the Mainland holds the bragging rights for the women.

BC Athletics 2009 Half Marathon Road Running Championship

The BC Athletics 2009 Half Marathon Road Running Championship will be held in conjunction with the 32nd Annual April Fool's Run Half Marathon from Gibsons to Sechelt, hosted by Sunshine Coast Athletics on Sunday, April 5.

Race Information

Certification pending 13.1 miles (21.1 km) point to point course, mix of large-scale undulations, hills and flats; mostly paved surface with a couple of short gravel paths. Event records are 1:06:23 (Ryan Day) and 1:18:30 (Suzanne Evans). Race starts at 9:00am. Complete race details on the event website: www.foolsrun.com

Entry Information

Enter online at: www.eventsonline.ca/events/foolsrun/ or mail in the entry form: www.foolsrun.com/pdf/foolsrunentry09.pdf

Online Entry fee is only $25.00 for BC Athletics athlete members. Add $5.00 after March 15. Offline entry add $2. Age 19&U or 60+ deduct $2.

Championship Eligibility

The Championship portion of the event is open to all Junior, Senior and Masters members of BC Athletics. 2009 BCA memberships must be received by April 2, 2009 in order to be eligible.

Championship Awards

Championship Medals will be presented to:

Championship Ribbons will be presented to:

High Performance Athletes

Travel Assistance

Through the Sporting Life on the Coast program, BC Ferries and Sport BC will assist with ferry travel costs for athletes participating in the BC Championships. For further details, see the Sport BC website: www.sport.bc.ca/programs/travel/bcFerriesProgram.asp.  Applications for travel assistance must be received at least two weeks before the Championship.

BC Athletics 2009 Marathon Championship

The BC Athletics 2009 Marathon Championship will be hosted by the Royal Victoria Marathon Society in conjunction with the 30th Annual Royal Victoria Marathon on Sunday, October 11.

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.

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: www.bcathletics.org/RRSeries/ 

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

Track and Field

In the News 

Five SFU athletes qualify for NAIA Championships at UW Invite:

http://athletics.sfu.ca/teams/track_w/news/nine_uwindoorinvite/ 

Run Jump Throw

The 2009 calendar is already starting to fill up for the BC RJT program! In 2009 the RJT program will continue to have a strong presence at major sporting events in the Lower Mainland and throughout the province of BC, while continuing to train the sport leaders of tomorrow and to provide kids with opportunities to be the best they can in sport and in life.

Instructor Training Workshop in South Surrey – Feb 13-15

The Sport BC Power of Sport Tour South Surrey/White Rock takes place February 14-22nd. Over the past eight years, the Power of Sport Tour has visited different communities in BC and brought together provincial sport experts to provide training in areas such as athlete development, coach certification, and volunteer education.

As part of the Tour’s Community programs, the Run Jump Throw program will have an Instructor Training workshop taking place Friday, Feb 13 – Sunday, February 15. This is an excellent opportunity for teachers, coaches, students and athletes in South Surrey/White Rock to take the first step in becoming a RJT instructor and/or to qualify as Facilitators.  Once certified, there are many employment and leadership opportunities with direct deliveries, workshops and events happening across BC.

Registration form: www.bcathletics.org/main/pdf/ws_rjt_feb13.pdf 

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: http://athletics.ca/page.asp?id=54

-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.

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)

Objectives:

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:
http://athletics.ca/page.asp?id=301

Courses and Seminars

Upcoming Officials Level 2 Workshops – Kamloops and South Surrey

Kamloops - Saturday  Feb. 7,  10am to 5pm.  

Instructors:
Alwilda van Ryswyk
Bob Cowden
Wally Smeaton

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

Contact: 
Alwilda van Ryswyk, tel-1 250-372-9640, e-mail  alvan50@shaw.ca, 
#90  1950 Braeview Pl, Kamloops, B.C., V1S 1R8

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

South Surrey/White Rock - Feb. 18-19,  5:30-9:30pm

Location: Sunnyside Elementary School – 15250 – 28 Ave, Surrey, BC V4P 1B9

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

For more information contact:
John Cull johncull@telus.net  or
Sue Kydd k&skydd@telus.net 

Registration form: www.bcathletics.org/main/pdf/off_ws_feb1819.pdf 

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!

For a printable PDF document with complete conference information, please use the following link: www.bcathletics.org/main/pdf/conf_mar7_2009.pdf 

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 www.ticketmaster.ca.

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.

Eligibility:

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 communityrelations@pne.ca or call 604-251-7708 on a weekday between 9:00am-4:00pm.

GM Canada and the CAC Support the Development of Good Coaches

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.

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.

Reminders, Resources and FYI

Performance Points – Canadian Sport Centre Pacific

Provided by Canadian Sport Centre Pacific Performance Services

Performance Points are created to transfer knowledge to elite athletes, coaches and support staff, ensuring they are up to date with new research, technologies and innovations. They are produced by Canadian Sport Centre Pacific Performance Service staff, with the goal to create awareness within their areas of expertise.

Life after the games: Transitions following the Olympic and Paralympic games www.pacificsport.com/Groups/SportScienceReference/English/08_12_15_PPoint_LifeAftertheGames_Updated.pdf 

Psychology of Injury Management: Psychological guidelines allowing you to manage your injury instead of having the injury manage you
www.pacificsport.com/groups/sportsciencereference/english/08_01_16_PPoint_PsychInjuries_Updated.pdf 

Career Transition in Sport: Moving beyond Retirement
www.pacificsport.com/Groups/SportScienceReference/English/08_11_15_PPoint_CareerTransition_Updated.pdf 

Performance Planning Benchmarking:  Using Performance Benchmarking to systematically create an environment of success
www.pacificsport.com/Groups/SportScienceReference/English/08_06_23_PPoint_Benchmarking_Updated.pdf 

Staying Healthy in Winter: Ten strategies for staying healthy and enhancing performance this winter
www.pacificsport.com/Groups/SportScienceReference/English/08_12_02_PPoint_StayingHealthyintheWinter_Updated.pdf 

For more Performance Points, please visit the following website: www.pacificsport.com/Content/Main/PSBC/Programs/SportScience/SportScienceReference.asp 

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 
Email info@actiontalent.ca 

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:

IAAF Competition Rules

IAAF Competition Rules 2009 are available in the Technical Section of the IAAF Web site. 
www.iaaf.org/competitions/technical/regulations/index.html 

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.

Job Opportunities

University of the Fraser Valley - Sports Information/Marketing Coordinator

www.sport.bc.ca/files/PDF/UFV_Sports_Information_Marketing_Coordinator.pdf 

Richmond Olympic Oval - Summer Camp Program Coordinator

www.sport.bc.ca/files/PDF/Richmond_Oval_Summer_Camp_Coordinator_posting.pdf 


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