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ISSUE #11-2009
Friday, March 27, 2009

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Highlights from this issue:

  • Nanaimo Power of Sport Tour hosts RunJumpThrow
  • BC Athletics Member Discounts
  • 2009 IAAF Rule Book
  • Receive funding for your community to host a RunJumpThrow Workshop
  • Athletics Canada names 37th IAAF World Cross Country Championships team
  • 2009 BC Athletics Clubs Renewals due by March 31 2009
  • 2010 AGM Update


From the BC Athletics Office

Nanaimo Power of Sport Tour hosts RunJumpThrow

A RunJumpThrow Instructor Workshop will be held on May 8th and 9th, 2009 in Nanaimo. May 8th will be from 5 pm to 8 pm and May 9th will be from 9 am until 2 pm. Check the RJT Website for registration information or contact Taunya Geelhoed at 

2009 IAAF Rule Book

The IAAF is printing a limited number of 2009 Rule Books because of changes that will occur after Worlds. There will be a limited number of 2009 IAAF Rule Books available through the BC Athletics office. When they are available it will be announced in the BCAB.

The only reason the IAAF issued a new rule book at all was because of the update on Chapter 3 - Anti Doping. There were some minor, mainly editorial changes done in Chapter 5 - Technical Rules. The following files provided can be used by those currently in possession of a 2008 IAAF Rule Book to bring information current. A link to the 2009 IAAF Rule Book PDF posted on the IAAF website is also provided for those wishing to download Section 3 - Anti Doping:

Opportunities for communities around BC to receive grants for sports programs

Start the ball rolling on your application for grants for community sport programs

The True Sport Foundation is offering grants of $5,000 or $25,000 to support sport programs that create access and promote inclusion for children of First Nations, low income and new Canadian families. The deadline for applications is May 31. For more information and to apply, visit the True Sport website.

Communities needed to collaborate with CAAWS on new program

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) is looking for ten communities to collaborate with it on the development and delivery of a physical activity program and/or sport initiative for mothers of low socioeconomic status. For more information and to apply, visit the CAAWS Mothers in Motion website.

This funding opportunity could help you bring RunJumpThrow to your community!

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

ALL CLUB RENEWALS MUST BE TURNED IN PRIOR TO APRIL 1, 2009. Don't miss the deadline! Forms are available on the website at: 

Present your BCA Member Card and Reap the Rewards!

BC Athletics members can now receive discounts at many businesses around the province and the list is still growing! All you need to do is show your membership card and you will receive up to 10% off in-store purchases. Some of the establishments already supporting BC Athletics members are:

Shore Runners 151 Dogwood Street Campbell River
The Run Inn 1212B 56 Avenue Delta
Runners Sole 74-1395 Hillside Drive Kamloops
Frontrunners 133 - 735 Goldstream Ave Langford
Peninsula Runners #1 - 20349 88 Ave. Langley
Frontrunners #3 - 5767 Turner Rd. Nanaimo
Forerunners 980 Marine Dr North Vancouver
North Shore Athletics #101 - 1200 Lonsdale North Vancouver
Peach City Runners 214 Main Street Penticton
The Runners' Den 239 Newport Drive Port Moody
Cool Running #5 - 1050 - 10th SW Salmon Arm
Forerunners 3504 West 4th Avenue Vancouver
Rackets N' Runners 3880 Oak Street Vancouver
The Run Inn 2236 41st Avenue West Vancouver
Frontrunners 1200 Vancouver Street Victoria
Island Runner 1576 Fairfield Road Victoria
Peninsula Runners 3659 Shelbourne Street Victoria
Peninsula Runners 1708 - 152nd Street White Rock

Stay tuned! The list keeps growing and growing!

Athlete-Coach Canada Games Development Training Camps

Schedule of Canada Games Training and Preparation Camps 

For further information please contact Ron Bunting at

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 – April 4-5, May 1-3
KAMLOOPS – April 23-26, May 7-10

More dates and locations to come…

Coaches - 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 

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.

For Athletes

BC Athlete Voice would like to inform BC Athletes of the following funding opportunities:

Supporting the Dream Legacy Fund

The purpose of the supporting the Dream Legacy fund is to award bursary grants of up to $1,500 to deserving South Okanagan amateur athletes who are aspiring to represent their community and their country at a national level or higher. Deadline for applications is March 31st. For an application form and eligibility information please visit For more information contact Bruce Johnson at 250-493-9311 or at

PNE Miracle Mile Athlete Bursaries

Every month in 2009, a $500 PNE Miracle Mile Athlete Bursary will be awarded to a BC amateur athlete who demonstrates dedication to a sport and commitment to the community. You will need to submit all requested information for this bursary by the 15th of the month before the month you choose to apply for. For example, the deadline for the May 2009 Bursary is April 15th 2009. For eligibility and requirement information, as well as an application, visit: 

Stacey Levitt Women and Sport Memorial Scholarship

The Stacey Levitt Women and Sport Scholarship is a generous donation made by the Levitt family. In memory of Stacey, the Levitt family wishes to encourage a young woman, a girl's team, or a sport organization that exemplify Stacey's ideals and qualities. This scholarship of $2500 is shared by five recipients. For an application form please visit,

For information on any of these funding opportunities or information on how to sign up for your own BC Athlete Funding Notification, visit the BC Athlete Voice website: 



Comox Valley Half Marathon

Comox Edmonton's Jonathon Withey made a flying visit to the Comox Valley to contest the local half marathon, and ran out the winner in 1:11:48. Local runner Mark Cryderman was close behind in 1:12:06, with Nanaimo's Stefan Jakobsen third in 1:13:23. Top master was Hugh Trenchard in 1:14:58, showing a remarkably quick recovery from running 2:37:37 at the Albany Marathon two weeks earlier.

In the womens race, triathlete Sara Gross was the clear winner in 1:22:04. Leading master Nancy Baxendale was second in 1:23:39. And Catrin Jones was third in 1:24:28.

The race, the sixth in the Frontrunners Island Race Series, and the seventh in the Timex BC Road Race Series, saw a record 547 finishers.

Upcoming screening of RUNNING THE SAHARA 

Saturday April 4, 7:00pm at Fifth Avenue Theatres, 2110 Burrard Street, Vancouver
At the Projecting Change Film Festival: 
Ticket: $10, Includes: Film & Speaker
Speaker: Ray Zahab
Official Selection Hot Docs 2008
Winner - Audience Award Hot Docs 2008

RUNNING THE SAHARA:  Narrated by Academy Award winner Matt Damon and directed by Academy Award winner James Moll, RUNNING THE SAHARA documents a landmark moment in athleticism, in humanitarianism, and in history. Three men-Ray Zahab (Canada), Charlie Engle (USA), and Kevin Lin (Taiwan)-undertake a quest that no human being has ever achieved--running across the Sahara Desert. For 111 days and over 4800 miles, these three determined individuals prove that the impossible is possible. This incredible feat is underscored by the recurring theme of water - a daily necessity for the runners and a daily struggle for the people of Africa. Throughout this life-altering run, the runners promote H2O Africa, a charity that strives to promote clean drinking water for impoverished areas. "When I heard about what the runners were planning to attempt, I was blown away and determined to be a part of it," said Matt Damon.

SPEAKER: Ray Zahab Winner of some of the world's most difficult and challenging ultra-distance foot races, Ray Zahab is motivated by challenge, distance and discovery. Late in 1998, Ray made a life changing decision to leave a pack-a-day smoking habit and very unhealthy life choices behind him. On New Year's Day 2000, he decided to go hiking with his brother John and has never looked back. In 2007, Ray Zahab and two others made history by running 4300 miles across the entire Sahara Desert raising awareness for clean-water initiatives in Africa. This feat consisted of running an average of 70 km per day for 111 days in extreme desert conditions through six countries. After witnessing and experiencing the water crisis and malaria epidemic in Africa, Ray decided to dedicate his future adventures to raising awareness and funding for causes that he supports and believes in. On January 7, 2009 Ray and two other Canadians, broke the world speed record from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole. In the process, Ray became the first person to trek to the South Pole on this traditional 1130 km route solely on foot.

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 remaining nine of the ten series events are:

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

BC Athletics 2009 5K Road Race Championship

The BC Athletics 2009 5K Road Race Championship will be held in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary Legion Twilight Shuffle on the evening of Tuesday, June 16, 2009 in Chemainus, BC.

Race Information

A certified course, featuring a relatively flat route with some mild undulations. Event records are 15:09 (Dave Jackson) and 17:06 (Cheryl Murphy). Race starts at 7:00 pm. Complete race details on the event website: and

Entry Information

Enter online at: or mail in the entry form to Island Runner, 1576 Fairfield Road, Victoria, BC, V8S 1G1. 

Entry fee is $27.00 for BC Athletics athlete members until June 5, 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 June 13, 2009 in order to be eligible.


Championship Medals will be presented to:

Championship Ribbons will be presented to:

High Performance Athletes

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

In the news

4xNational Champs: 

Martinson exhibits golden touch: 

Approved Meets for JD Awards and All Time Top 10 Listings

The following meets have been approved by the JD Committee for All Time Top 10 listings and for JD Awards. If any Club would like to have their meet/s added to this list please submit the name of your meet by Wednesday, APRIL 1 for approval at the next JD Committee meeting. (Email to If a meet is not approved for the above purposes an athlete will not be able to use results obtained for JD awards or All Time Top 10 listings. Only sanctioned meets may be approved.

BC JD Track and Field Championships
BC JD Pentathlon Championships
BC Summer Games (alternate years)
Trevor Craven Memorial Meet, Burnaby.
Jesse Bent Memorial, Coquitlam
Pacific Invitational, Langley
** Track City Classic, Eugene
** Classy Classic, Seattle
Jack Brow Memorial, Kelowna
Spruce Capital, Prince George
Kamloops Centennial, Kamloops
George Dean Meet, Sidney
Cougars Invitational, Courtenay
Bob Dailey Invitational, Port Alberni
Elwood Wylie Meet, Nanaimo
Dogwood Meet, Victoria
Garriock Invitational, Duncan
NorWesters Elementaries Meet, Burnaby.
Junior Olympics, Surrey
BC Elementary Championships, Richmond
Island Pentathlon and Throws Meet

** Athletes competing in US Meets must present a certified copy of meet results.

From Athletics Canada

Canadians ready for the World tomorrow in Jordan

OTTAWA - Canada's Cross Country team is ready to take on the world tomorrow at the 37th IAAF World Cross Country Championships taking place in Amann, Jordan. Canadians will be looking for strong performances in individual events as well as placing well in the overall team standings.

Mohammed Ahmed of St. Catherines, ON, Catherine Cormier of New Richmond, QC, and Genevičve Lalonde of Moncton, NB were the top Canadians at the NACAC Cross Country Championships held earlier this month in Florida and will all be looking to make an impact on the world scene. Lalonde led the women's junior team to victory and placed 1st individually.

Joël Bourgeois of Grand-Digue, NB returns to the World Cross Country Championships for a 13th time (1990, 1992, 1997 to 2005, 2008 and 2009), the most by any entrant this year. Paul McCloy holds the all-time Canadian record with an astounding 15 appearances.

Schedule (Local Time)
Junior Women 6km 14:30
Junior Men 8km 15:00
Senior Women 8km 15:40
Senior Men 12km 16:30

The 2000 World Cross Country Championships in Portugal were the largest ever with 806 athletes from 76 countries. This year's edition will feature 508 athletes from 50 countries.

For more information please visit: 

Selection Criteria for the 2009 Summer Universiade has been posted on Athletics Canada's website:

Please be advised that the following Event Qualifying Standards are now available:

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

Dear Athletes, Coaches and Branches,

Selection Criteria for the 2009 IAAF World Championships has been revised, reflecting the added events in Appendix B. Please visit Athletics Canada's website:

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.

From the Coaching Association of Canada

NCCP Policy on Professional Development

The Professional Development Advisory Group has begun to develop the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Policy on Professional Development. To date it has met once and agreed on a set of principles that will be the foundation for the policy and two policy statements. The Advisory Group would like your opinion on several questions and created this survey to gather your ideas. The objective is to hear from you on several aspects of the Policy and Implementation Standards in a fairly efficient manner. Please complete the survey found at this link by 5:00pm Eastern on Monday, March 23, 2009: 

Should you have any additional questions, please contact Cyndie Flett, Director, NCCP at

Thank You.

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 two intakes left:

Details and application forms can be downloaded at: 

Reminders, Resources, Newsletters and FYI

National Officials Committee Newsletter - March 2009: 


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:

Courses and Seminars

Coaching Certification Course

April 4-5/09 - NCCP Sport Coach Level 1 Track & Field Course - Port Alberni - Information and Registration: Form 

Back issues of the BCAB are available at