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ISSUE #07-2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009

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Highlights from this issue:

  • New NCCP Competition Development Modules Now Available
  • Pole Vault Clinic and Competition - Abbotsford
  • "First Half" Half Marathon Results
  • Starting Block 10K - Lavington


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.

Midget 15 Membership Fee Increase

The Midget 15 membership category now carries a fee of $57.75 - GST has been added.

Athlete-Coach Canada Games Development Training Camps

Schedule of Canada Games Training and Preparation Camps 

For further information please contact Ron Bunting at

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

New NCCP Competition Development Modules Now Available! 
(Level 3 Theory no longer offered)

Upcoming course dates:

VANCOUVER – March 6-8, April 4-5, May 1-3
KAMLOOPS – April 23-26, May 7-10

More dates and locations to come…

Coaches - the first session starts in 2 weeks and you don’t want to miss this opportunity to attend these new Competition Development modules!

For a complete description of the modules and the course schedule go to the CABC website at 

Competition-Development Information

The NCCP Theory 3 has now been officially phased out and is no longer available. Coaches are now required to complete Competition-Development modules as outlined below.

This NCCP context is designed for coaches who are coaching to refine basic sport skills, to develop more advanced skills and tactics and are generally preparing for performance at the provincial and national level. These sessions are interactive and bring together coaches from different sports, which provide an increased value to the learning environment. All participants completing this training will receive a credit in the NCCP, which is a recognized national standard in coach education.

Coaches wishing to complete all of the training in the Competition Development context will need to complete six multi-sport modules and a number of sport specific modules. The six modules are:

The modules will be available as either a package or as stand-alone modules.


For the Developing Athletic Abilities module there is also an ‘on-line’ component that coaches must complete before attending this course. This will generally take an additional 2 hours to complete prior to taking the module. Completion of this on-line component is mandatory before attending the course.

Coaches beginning training in the NCCP Competition Development context must first complete training and/or evaluation in the Planning a Practice, Design a Basic Sport Program, and Make Ethical Decisions modules in the NCCP. These three modules serve as a necessary foundation for the additional modules in this context.

For a complete description of the modules and the course schedule go to the CABC website at 

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.



“First Half” Half Marathon - Vancouver

There were two clear winners and many PRs set at the 21st annual Pacific Road Runners “First Half” Half Marathon on February 15. A beautiful sunny day, no wind, and temperatures around 5°C provided ideal conditions for runners and spectators alike.

A lead pack of eight runners formed in the first mile, and ran together for the first 5 miles before Coquitlam’s Richard Mosley upped the pace and no one responded. He stretched his lead over the remaining 8 miles, to run out a convincing winner in 1:05:43, his second victory in the 2009 Timex BC Road Race Series. Richard’s first appearance at the “First Half” produced the eighth best time ever recorded at the event.

Behind Richard the rest of the pack, consisting of some of Canada’s top marathoners, slowly broke apart. Steve Osaduik, the Royal Victoria Marathon triple champion, out-dueled Saskatoon’s Jason Warick for second place, with times of 1:07:32 and 1:07:49 respectively. Shane Carlos and Jerry Ziak rounded out the top five prize money winners in 1:08:27 and 1:08:35.

Positions in the women’s race were established early, and changed little during the race. Victoria’s Cheryl Murphy, also in her first appearance at the “First Half”, was never pressed, and ran out a winner by over two minutes in 1:16:06. Lisa Harvey, who has never placed worse than second on each of her eight previous visits, lead home a large contingent of Calgary runners, with her fifth runner-up finish in 1:18:28. Kristina Rody, now living in Burnaby, was not far behind in 1:18:59. Suzanne Evans (1:20:14) and Lindsay McLaren (1:21:16) completed the top five.

Close behind the overall winners were the top masters. Recently turned master, Mark Bomba, representing race sponsor Mizuno, was the first male 40+ finisher in an impressive 1:10:40. Two former race winners, Norm Tinkham and Neil Holm, occupied second and third. Norm’s time of 1:11:53 was a new M4549 age group record. The women’s masters division was dominated by athletes in the F4549 age group. Nancy Tinari was sixth overall in 1:21:33. Rita Ivanauskas and Joan McGrath also finished in the top-10 overall to complete the placings.

At the other end of the age groups, BJ McHugh was not only the first ever 80+ finisher of the “First Half”, but her time of 2:07:08 was unofficially a single age world best for an 81 year old. 79 year old Frank Kurucz also set an event record for the M7579 age group with his time of 1:50:10. No less impressive were 74 year old Gwen McFarlan with her time of 1:53:04, and 68 year old Herb Phillips who ran a blazing 1:26:07.

Once again the “First Half” donated proceeds from the event to the Variety Telethon. $40,000 was donated this year, bringing the grand total to over $400,000.

The Starting Block 10K - Lavington

The IRA Road Race Series started with a "BANG" at The Starting Block 10K in Lavington, BC, with 200 enthusiastic runners showing-up for a challenging 10K run over snow-covered and in some places icy roads. At start time there was light snow with the temperature around -2°C.

Last year's overall male winner, Jeff Symonds from Penticton did it again, “skating" over the race course in a blistering time of 33:56. Second was Kelowna high school student Connor Clerke in 37:08, with triathlete Nathan Champness close behind in third in 37:16.

First overall woman was South African Kayak Champion Abbey Miedema, who is a temporary Kelowna resident, with a time of 43:22. Second place went to Mandy Sellars in 43:40. Cindy Rhodes completed the top 3 in 43:56.

Cindy Rhodes was also the top age graded performer of the women, with Jack Miller occupying a similar position for the men.

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 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

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 (, the Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series (, and the Prince George Grand Prix (

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

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:

Entry Information

Enter online at: or mail in the entry form:

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:  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.

Race Information

An AIMS/IAAF certified marathon, featuring a beautiful, seaside course with lots of mild undulations, but with a maximum elevation change of only 74 feet. Event records are 2:16:49 (Steve Osaduik) and 2:42:32 (Val Chowaniec). Race starts at 8:30am. Complete race details on the event website:

Entry Information

Enter online at: or mail in the entry form:

Entry fee is $77.00 for BC Athletics athlete members until May 15, rising after that date.

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 October 8, 2009 in order to be eligible.

Championship Awards

Championship Medals will be presented to:

Championship Ribbons will be presented to:

High Performance Athletes

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

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

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

Visit the website at 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:

Run Jump Throw

February Newsletter

The February edition of the RJT Newsletter is now available, hot off the press. To check it out, click the following link: 

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:

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

Track & Field Coaching Workshop - NCCP Level 1 Technical - 
South Surrey Feb 21 and 22

Sport Coach
White Rock, British Columbia
Hosted/Supported by Pacific Sport Power of Sport Tour and BC Athletics

Location: Semiahmoo Secondary School, White Rock BC

Date & Time:

Saturday, February 21, 2009
9:30 am - Package Pick up and Late Registration
9:30am to 5:30 pm est. - Module presentation
12:30 - Lunch Break – bring your own lunch
1:30 to 4:30 – Module presentations continue

Sunday February 22, 2009
9:30 am to 4:30 pm est. - Module Presentations
12:30 - Lunch Break – bring your own lunch

Course Conductor: Barb Vida - Learning Facilitator; Level 4 Coach

Pole Vault Clinic—Sunday, March 1, 2009 in Abbotsford

The Fraser Valley Regional Centre in cooperation with the Valley Royals Track Club and Abbotsford Recreation Commission, is hosting an Indoor Pole Vault Clinic for both boys and girls to be held on Sunday, March 1 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Ag Rec. Building in Abbotsford.

The clinic instructors include:

Instruction will be provided and then an informal competition will take place.

Cost for the clinic will be $10 per person. Please bring your own vaulting poles, although we will probably have a few poles available. 

For registration, contact Gerry Swan:
In the email give your name, age and experience as a vaulter.

Registration form: 

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: 

Awards & Grants

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.

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 Dawson Creek on February 10, 2009.

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

From the Coaching Association of Canada

WUT to do about Dehydration

Staying hydrated is easy enough for most people: keep fluids handy, regularly replenish them, and boost intake during periods of intense activity. But there is no scientific consensus for how, or even when, to best assess the hydration status of athletes.

In this month’s Sport Nutrition Tip of the Month “WUT To Do About Dehydration”, the Gatorade Sport Science Institute suggests various ways to measure hydration levels in athletes.

To read this article and access our sport nutrition resource site for other nutrition tip sheets in the areas of vitamins and minerals, long distance travel, fluids, gaining weight, losing weight, and dietary supplements, please visit our site at:

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 

Psychology of Injury Management: Psychological guidelines allowing you to manage your injury instead of having the injury manage you 

Career Transition in Sport: Moving beyond Retirement 

Performance Planning Benchmarking:  Using Performance Benchmarking to systematically create an environment of success 

Staying Healthy in Winter: Ten strategies for staying healthy and enhancing performance this winter 

For more Performance Points, please visit the following website: 

BC Athlete Voice – Online Survey for High Performance Athletes

Dear BC Athlete,

BC Athlete Voice has developed an online survey designed for high performance athletes to
share their perspective and experiences in sport.  
We need your voice:

BC Athletes have an important role to play in sharing their voice and ensuring athlete feedback is provided and considered at all levels of sport.
If you are a BC Athlete simply click on the link below or visit before Friday 20th February 2009 and take 10 minutes to complete the survey. 

Information collected through the BC Athlete Survey will be collated into a final report that will be distributed to key organizations in the BC Sport System and will available online at in March.

Thank you from the team at BC Athlete Voice


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:

Job Opportunities

University of the Fraser Valley - Sports Information/Marketing Coordinator 

Richmond Olympic Oval - Summer Camp Program Coordinator 

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