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ISSUE #08-2009
Friday, March 6, 2009

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Highlights from this issue:

  • 2009 BC Athletics Clubs Renewals due by March 31 2009
  • Track & Field Equipment needed - Dease Lake School
  • Hatley Castle 8K results
  • Athletics Canada announces National High Performance Training Centres
  • Canadian Marathon Championships
  • AGM - Hotel Accommodations - BOOK EARLY!


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.

AGM – Hotel Accommodations – BOOK EARLY!!

Due to preparations leading up to the 2010 Olympics the Hilton Vancouver Airport is experiencing an increase in bookings for the month of December 2009. If you are planning on staying at the hotel during the AGM you are strongly advised to book your room requirements now – don’t wait until later in the year. You can reach the hotel at (604) 273-6336 and ask for the “BC Athletics” rate ($119.00).

2009 Club Renewals

Club renewals for 2009 are due no later than March 31, 2009. Forms are available on the website at: 

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 

Track & Field Equipment Wanted!

Dease Lake School is looking for free or reasonably priced used track & Field equipment. Any donations would be greatly appreciated

Contact: Kristen Johnston
Tel: 250-771-4321 or 250-771-5033

2009 Event Calendars

2009 Events are posted on the website and will be updated as information is submitted. 

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.



Hatley Castle 8K - Royal Roads

The Frontrunners Island Series reached the halfway stage at the challenging Hatley Castle 8K held in the grounds of Royal Roads University. The individual winners are now also favourites to win the overall series crowns. The top 3 men finished in identical order to the previous race in the series. Scott Simpson was again a convincing winner in 25:19, with Eric Findlay (26:27) and Sean Chester (27:10) occupying second and third. Cheryl Murphy was equally dominant in winning her third consecutive series race in 29:55. Melanie McQuaid and Alison Hooper completed the top 3 in 31:10 and 31:20 respectively. Masters winners were Hugh Trenchard (28:16) and Nancy Baxendale (31:39).

In the News

Interview with masters runner Maurice Tarrant of Victoria: 

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:

Track & Field

NAIA Indoor Preview: 



Tread the Shed - Delta

1. Rob Lang, 33:45

1. Katherine Anderson, 42:42

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 announces National High Performance Training Centres

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada is pleased to announce today the confirmation of six National High Performance Training Centres that will pave the way to London 2012. As the central component of its High Performance Plan for the new quadrennial, the centres' objectives are to produce podium and Top 8 results at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Centres Lead Coaches will report directly, and fall under the supervision of National Team Head Coach Alex Gardiner; "It's a hard fact that our lead coach team is among the best in the world. Each one of them is successful, experienced and dedicated to medal performance. Individually and collectively they understand what it takes to reach the podium. The support from our partners, Sport Canada, The Canadian Olympic Committee and Road to Excellence puts us in a position where we can compete with the best…no excuses. Throughout the next four years we will work smarter and harder than ever before. Our accountability to athlete and coach preparation and support will be focused and unwavering and so will our expectations."

The Road to London 2012 - Athletics Canada National High Performance Training Centres

Calgary National High Performance Centre -Outreach

Led by Lead Coach Les Gramantik, the Calgary centre will serve as an outreach program to targeted athletes not currently based at one of the Training Centres. The centre also counts Canadian record holder Jessica Zelinka who placed 5th at the recent Olympic Games in the heptathlon as well as rising stars Samuel Effah and Amonn Nelson.

Edmonton National High Performance Centre - Sprints

The sprint focused Edmonton National High Performance Centre will be led by Lead Coach Derek Evely. The centre features an interesting mixture of proven high performance performers and young up and coming talent. Among the athletes based in Edmonton is 400-metre specialist Tyler Christopher who won bronze at the 2005 World Championships and won gold at the 2008 World Indoor Championships. The talent in Edmonton also includes Adam Kunkel, a finalist at the 2007 World Championships in the 400-metre hurdles, and 20-year old Carline Muir who made it to the semi-final of the 2008 Olympic Games in the 400-metres.

Kamloops National High Performance Centre - Throws

Led by Lead Coach Dr. Anatoliy Bondarchuk, the Kamloops centre is specialized in throwing events and counts amongst its roster Dylan Armstrong who placed 4th in the shot put at the latest Olympic Games. The centre also features Armstrong's Olympic teammate Sultana Frizell who trains and competes in the hammer throw.

Ottawa National High Performance Centre - Relays

Glenroy Gilbert will lead the Ottawa National High Performance Centre. The relay focused centre will serve as the hub of the relay program with the men's 4x100-metres and women's 4x400-metres as priorities. The men's 4x100-metres relay team was 6th at the Beijing Games.

Sherbrooke National High Performance Centre - Para-Athletics

Lead Coach Jean Laroche will be at the helm of the Sherbrooke National High Performance Centre for Wheelchair Para-Athletics. The centre is tasked with producing podium performances in London and also preparing the next wave for the 2016 Paralympic Games. Current athletes based in Sherbrooke include 2008 Paralympic silver and double bronze medalist Diane Roy and André Beaudoin who won bronze in Beijing in the wheelchair 100-metres.

Further initiatives may be announced in the para-athletics stream once the new Head Coach and funding is in place.

Victoria National High Performance Centre - Middle Distance

The Victoria centre is led by Lead Coach Wynn Gmitroski and will focus on middle distance events. Among the athletes training at this centre is a pair of 2008 Olympians and specialists in the 800-metre, Gary Reed and Achraf Tadili. Reed finished 4th in Beijing and is the silver medalist from the 2007 World Championships while Tadili is the 2006 Commonwealth Games silver medalist and 2003 Pan American Games gold medalist.

Fresh off a successful quadrennial highlighted by a bronze medal, 11 Top 16, 8 Top 12 and 5 Top 8 finishes at the Olympic Games, Athletics Canada along with its funding partner, Road to Excellence, has put this plan in place to ensure sustainable podium results in London and beyond.

Kamloops National Throws Centre Official Kick-off

Media are invited to attend the official launch of the Kamloops National High Performance Centre on March 6th at Tournament Capital Centre beginning at 10:30 am. The official launch will feature Martin Goulet, Athletics Canada's Chief High Performance Officer as well as Dr. Anatoliy Bondarchuk, Olympians Dylan Armstrong and Sultana Frizell and 2006 Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist Jennifer Joyce.

The Gold Standard

Chantal Petitclerc wins CSA Female Athlete of the Year; Jane Roos takes Leadership Award

Chantal Petitclerc of Montreal, Quebec and Jane Roos of Toronto, Ontario were big winners at the 36th Annual Canadian Sport Awards Ceremony held in Ottawa on Tuesday February 24th. Chantal Petitclerc was named the 2008 Canadian Female Athlete of the Year for her outstanding performances in 2008. Jane Roos, Founder and Executive Director of the Canadian Athletes Now Fund, was named the 2008 recipient of the Leadership in Sport Award. See page 7 for the full story.

Also in this edition 

Canadian Marathon Championships - Ottawa, ON

Please be advised that the following Event Technical and/or Registration packages are now available:

If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Clarke - Coordinator, Events & Membership Services at or 613.260.5580 ext.3309

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

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

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: 

Reminders, Resources and FYI

Featured Sport Nutrition Tip of the Month

Childhood is a critical time for developing healthy, lifelong attitudes toward diet, exercise, tobacco use and other behaviours. However, while physical activity is important to a child's development, too much or too little can have negative effects.

In this month's Sport Nutrition Tip of the Month "Children and Exercise: How to Avoid Injuries", the Gatorade Sport Science Institute lists common injuries and dangers associated with exercise and how they can be avoided.

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:

Podium - Vol. 7, Issue 3 


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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