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ISSUE #14-2009
Friday, April 17, 2009

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Highlights from this issue:

  • Host Communities for BC Summer and Winter Games Announced
  • Canadian Half Marathon Championships this weekend in Montreal
  • 2008 Canadian Track and Field Championships & Olympic Trials win CSTA Prestige Award
  • Athletics Canada launches National Club Finder
  • Featured Sport Nutrition Tip of the Month: Caffeine
  • Race Expo Opportunities and Volunteers Wanted


From the BC Athletics Office

Sun Run

Good luck to everybody out there who is running in the 25th Annual Sun Run this weekend! We hope that all your hard work and training pay off!

Host Communities Announced for BC Winter and Summer Games

On behalf of Minister of Healthy Living and Sport, Mary Polak, local area MLA's announced the host communities for the 2012 and 2014 BC Winter and BC Summer Games.

Greater Vernon will host the 2012 BC Winter Games with the City of Surrey hosting the 2012 BC Summer Games. In 2014, the BC Winter Games will be in Mission and the BC Summer Games in Nanaimo.

On hand at the announcement events on April 8th, were BC Games Alumni and Olympians, Rick Say (Swimming), Stephanie McCann (Athletics) and Brent Hayden (Swimming). Each shared their experiences of how the BC Games inspired them to pursue their sport to the Olympic level.

The announcement news releases are available at 

2010 BC Winter Games

The Terrace 2010 BC Winter Games will take place March 4-7, 2010 and planning is well underway. The Sport Rules outlining eligibility and competition along with contacts for each sport are available at

BC Games celebrates National Volunteer Week, April 19-25

The BC Games Society congratulates the thousands of volunteers in BC who dedicate their time to the BC Games and to sport in their communities.

Track & Field Meet Hy-Tek Set up and Results Requirements

The ACDirect Results Management program will be used again this year for results and national rankings. In order to be sure that your meet's results will be accepted into the national results and rankings program the meet will need to be set up in a particular way on Hy-Tek. Once the meet is set up you will be able to download a csv file containing all current BCA members (complete with their ACDirect number, full birthdate, club affiliation and gender) into your meet. An updated csv file will then be available to you on a weekly basis. Once the meet is over the results should be forwarded to the BCA office where they will be checked to make sure all the requirements are met and then forwarded to Athletics Canada.
Please contact Sam Collier at for instructions on meet set up and for BCA membership downloads and for questions in general.

Race Expo Opportunities and Volunteers Wanted

BC Athletics will have an information booth at a number of upcoming events. This is an opportunity for clubs and events to promote themselves at 3 of the largest events in BC, collectively drawing 85,000 participants. All events and expos attract participants of all ages, from potential Track Rascals to Masters, and are an ideal recruiting opportunity.

Individuals and clubs are needed to help staff the booth. Two and three hour shifts are available. Please contact Maurice Wilson (,  604-333-3553) to volunteer your time.

Clubs and events are also invited to provide race and club information brochures.

Times Colonist
Expo at Harbour Towers Hotel, Victoria
Expo hours:
Friday, April 24, 12 noon to 7pm
Saturday, April 25, 10am to 6pm

Vancouver Marathon
Expo at Concord Pacific Place Grounds, Vancouver
Expo hours:
Thursday, April 30, 4pm to 8pm
Friday, May 1, 11am to 8pm
Saturday, May 2, 10am to 7pm
Sunday, May 3, 7am to 3pm

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 BC Athletics Club Renewals

2008 club memberships expired on March 31, 2009. Any clubs who have not renewed their 2009 BC Athletics club memberships need to do so as quickly as possible in order to make sure they are affiliated with BC Athletics and that all benefits including liability insurance coverage are in place. 

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:

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 

Runner Safety 

In light of the unprovoked attack and murder of Wendy Ladner-Beaudry in Pacific Spirit Park, BC Athletics would like to remind all runners to be cautious, particularly when running alone and in unpopulated and poorly lit areas. The heinous actions of one individual should not prevent us from continuing to do what we enjoy. But run with awareness of potential risks, and always be alert to your surroundings. The following links recommend good practices for runner safety:

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:


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: 


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,


The 400 Member Schools of BC SCHOOL SPORTS are pleased to announce this years BC SCHOOL SPORTS Scholarship Fund. The successful applicants will be student-athletes who have balanced their high academic achievements with significant success as school athletes and contributors to their community.

Dave Gifford Scholarship ($1,500) each
Dave Gifford was a BCSS Director from 1988-90, and received the Honour Award in 1992. In his honour, these scholarships are for students who truly excel as a student-athlete.

Application must be submitted by 4pm, June 2nd, 2009. For an application form and more information, follow this link... 

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: 

For a full description and application information on all Provincial, National, and Olympic and Paralympic funding opportunities, please visit: 



Hart Half 21K - Prince George

1. Kevin Grigg, 1:25:14

1. Shar Jackson, 1:31:20

Hart Half 10K - Prince George

1. Patrick Turner, 38:12

1. Rebecca Chishoth, 41:25

Hart Half 5K - Prince George

1. Brian Nemethy, 16:49

1. Jacqui Benson, 18:51

In the News

The Sun Run: 

A 25-year festival of fitness: 

Tuning up for Run with an operatic performance: 

Ziak returns for this year's Run: 

TC10K Registration Capped at 13,000!!!

Due to popular demand and to ensure continued quality of the event, the TC10K will be capped at 13,000 participants. There are only 1,000 spots left, so register today! 

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 seven of the ten series events are:

  1. May 10: Mother's Day 5k Spring Classic, Port Moody
  2. May 31: Running Room Shaughnessy 8k, Vancouver
  3. June 7: Sandcastle City Classic 10k, White Rock
  4. June 12: North Shore Credit Union Longest Day 5k, Vancouver
  5. July 18: Summerfast 10k, Vancouver
  6. August 2: Squamish Days 10k, Squamish
  7. 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 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

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

Canadian Results from Around the Track and Field 

Track and Field

Sun Angel Track Classic, Tempe, Arizona, April 10-11 avril

Women 100m Hurdles / 100 m haies féminin
1. Angela Whyte, 13.28

Women Pole Vault / Saut ŕ la perche féminin
2. Gabriella Duclos-Lasnier, 4.00m

Women Shot Put / Lancer du poids féminin
7. Julie Labonté, 14.92m

Women Hammer Throw / Lancer du marteau féminin
1. Sultana Frizell, 68.09m
2. Jennifer Joyce, 67.67m
5. Crystal Smith, 63.09m
8. Megann VanderVliet, 57.35m

Women Javelin / Lancer du javelot féminin
2. Brooke Pighin, 49.39m

Men 100m masculin
4. Bryan Barnett, 10.49

Men 1500m masculin
2. Kurt Benninger, 3:42.77

Men 110m Hurdles / 110 m haies masculin
2. Jared MacLeod, 13.82

Men Triple Jump / Triple saut masculin
8. Kurt McCormack, 14.93m

Men Hammer Throw / Lancer du marteau masculin
4. Brad Millar, 64.79m

Seminole Invite, Tallahassee, Florida/Floride, April 10-11 avril

Women 2000m Steeplechase / 2000 m steeple féminin
1. Lydia Willemse, 6:33.28

Olympic Fitness Series Meet #1, London, Ontario, April 12 avril

Men Discus Throw 2.0kg / Lancer du disque masculin (2 kg)
1. Jason Tunks, 60.60m

2009 SeaRay Relays, Knoxville, Tennessee, April 8-11 avril

Men 800m masculin
4. Kyle Smith, 1:50.11
5. Andrew Heaney, 1:50.20

Men 1500m masculin
6. Matt Lincoln, 3:48.84

Men High Jump / Saut en hauteur masculin
4. Derek Drouin, 2.05m

Men Discus Throw / Lancer du disque masculin
1. Arthur Turland, 54.73m

UTEP Invitational 2009, El Paso, Texas, April 11 avril

Women Long Jump / Saut en longueur féminin
2. Alice Falaiye, 6.65m (-3.4)

Women Discus Throw / Lancer du disque féminin
5. Laura MacCauley, 41.53m

Women Javelin Throw / Lancer du javelot féminin
3. Laura MacCauley, 48.01m

John Jacobs Invitational, Norman, Oklahoma, April 10-11 avril

Men 200m masculin
1. Jarid Vaughan, 20.47 (-3.4)

29th Annual WWU Ralph Vernacchia Track and Field, Bellingham, Washington, April 10 avril

Women Discus Throw / Lancer du disque féminin
4. Lara ter Laak, 42.78m

Annual Tom Botts Invitational, Columbia, Missouri, April 11 avril

Women 1500m féminin
3. Alex Becker, 4 :35.40

Men 800m masculin
1. Mark Davidson, 1:41.38

Men 1500m masculin
4. Kyle Dekker, 3:50.39

Men 3000m masculin
1. Mike Davidson, 8:24.98

Jim Duncan Invitational, Des Moines, Iowa, April 10-11 avril

Men Javelin Throw / Lancer du javelot masculin
3. Alex Stewart, 55.61m

Cougar Classic, Edwardsville, Illinois, April 11 avril

Women 100m féminin
1. Teneshia Peart, 11.65 (- 3.4)

Women 200m féminin
1. Teneshia Peart, 23.94 (-2.6)

Road Running / Course sur route

Jordan 5km, Jordan, Ontario, April 11 avril

Men 5km masculin
2. Steve Koziarski, 15:06
3. Giitah Macharia, 15:19

From Athletics Canada

Canadian Half Marathon Championships this weekend in Montreal; Cameron named Head Coach of Marathon World Cup Team

OTTAWA - The 2009 Canadian Championship series kicks off this weekend with the Canadian Half Marathon Championships in Montreal, QC on Sunday. The Championships will also serve as the selection meet for the 2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships which take place October 11 in Birmingham, Great Britain.

Athletics Canada also announced today that Hugh Cameron will serve as head coach for the Canadian Marathon World Cup team which will compete in Berlin, Germany. The World Cup will be contested during the course of the World Championships in Athletics. Coach Cameron's accomplishments include coaching Sylvia Ruegger to the 1984 Olympic Games; Ruegger still holds the Canadian women's marathon record. Cameron was also a member of the coaching staff for the 1988 Olympic Games, and has served as head coach for the World Cross Country Championships, and NACAC Cross Country Championships.

Canadian Half Marathon Championship elite entries 

First Name  Last Name     Hometown	
Women Half Marathon	 
Rita        Ivanauskas    Vancouver, BC	 
Lioudmila   Kortchaguina  Thornhill, ON	 
Isabelle    Ledroit       Montreal, QC	 
Liz         Maguire       Ottawa, ON	 
Angelica    Martinez      Montreal, QC	 
Katherine   Moore         Vancouver, BC	 
Tara        Quinn Smith   Toronto, ON	 
Paula       Wiltse        Brockville, ON	 
Natasha     Yaremczuk     Paris, ON	 
Men Half Marathon	 
Charles     Bedley        Toronto, ON	 
Jon         Brown         Victoria, BC	 
Fethi       Oukid         Montreal, QC	 
Giitah      Macharia      Oakville, ON	 
Scott       McDonell      Mississauga, ON	 
Matthew     McInnes       Ottawa, ON	 
Christian   Mercier       Quebec, QC	 
Steve       Osaduik       Langley, BC	 
Tewfik      Recioui       Verdun, QC	 
Andrew      Smith         Toronto, ON	 
Darl        Sutherland    Peterborough, ON	 

For more information including the course map and live results please visit: 

2008 Canadian Track and Field Championships & Olympic Trials win CSTA Prestige Award

OTTAWA - The 2008 Canadian Track and Field Championships & Olympic Games Selection Trials were announced winners of the 2009 Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) Sport Event of the Year (budget under $250,000) at the Prestige Awards Gala Luncheon yesterday. This is the second consecutive year the Canadian Track and Field Championships have won this award recognizing the overall success of an outstanding event in Canada.

Hosted by the University of Windsor, the Windsor Legion Track and Field Club and the City of Windsor, the Championships were held at the University of Windsor Stadium from July 3-6. The event was fully integrated showcasing the track and field athletes that went on to compete at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing, China.

The 2008 Canadian Cross Country Championships held in Guelph, ON were also in the running for Sport Event of the Year (budget under $250,000) along with the 2008 Gatineau Loppet World Cross Country Skiing Championships held in Gatineau, QC.

Athletics Canada names Americas Race Walking Championship Team

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada announced today the team that will compete at the Americas Race Walking Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador May 1st and 2nd. This year the roster will include a full Senior Men's Team along with solo performances in the Senior Women's and Junior Men's events.

Canada will present its most youthful race walk team ever; "What this team lacks in age and experience they more than make up for in heart and enthusiasm" says Gerald Dragomir, Team Leader and Head Coach. "They know who they are and they know that they can achieve great things. They have high standards and the capacity to attain their goals. This experience will be one small step along the path leading them to the world stage. It's a privilege to be able to participate in that process."

Among the roaster is Junior Race Walker Evan Dunfee of Vancouver, BC. Evan had a spectacular 2008 season racing to a personal record at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He also was the recipient of Athletics Canada's Fred Begley Memorial Trophy awarded to the top athlete in off-track events. This year Evan is setting his targets high as he will try and capture one of the oldest junior records in the 10km race walk set by Guillaume LeBlanc in 1981; In 1992 Guillaume won a silver medal in the 20km race walk at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.

2009 Canadian Race Walk Team

Name Event Hometown Coach
Creighton Connolly 20km Senior Men Vancouver, BC Gerry Dragomir
Evan Dunfee 10km Junior Men Vancouver, BC Gerry Dragomir
Alexandre Gagné 20km Senior Men Boulanger, QC Jocelyn Gagné
Inaki Gomez 20km Senior Men Vancouver, BC Gerry Dragomir
Megan Huzzey 20km Senior Women Vancouver, BC Gerry Dragomir
Team Staff Gerry Dragomir Team Leader / Head Coach Vancouver, BC

For more information including the host website, schedule and more, visit: 

Athletics Canada launches National Club Finder

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada launched today a virtual national club finder on, the application provides information on every track and field club from coast to coast to coast.

Organized by province, the club finder includes club locations, contacts, links to club websites and more. To find a club in your area please visit

Clubs have programs for athletes of all ages and abilities; they provide programming such as the Run Jump Throw (RJT) grassroots program, organize meets, summer camps and more. Not all programs are offered by all clubs. Contact a club in your area to get you or your child active, to volunteer, or simply to help support the sport as a fan.

Athletics Canada is the national governing body for the sport of track and field, including cross-country, road running and road racing. Its purpose is to provide leadership, development and competition to ensure sustainable podium performances.

Please be advised that event information has been posted for the following events: Technical Package: 

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

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:

The 2009/2010 Athletics Athlete Assistance Program (Carding) Criteria has been finalized, approved by Sport Canada and posted on Athletics Canada's website: 

Athletes should also note the new process for "Notification of Injury, Illness or Pregnancy" referenced within the carding criteria and available on the web: 

The Para-Athletics carding criteria will be finalized and published by April 30, 2009.

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.

Please be advised that event information has been posted for the following events:

Qualifying Standards:

Technical Package:


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

From the Coaching Association of Canada

Featured Sport Nutrition Tip of the Month

It is true that caffeine can improve athletic performance without impairing the body's temperature regulation or hydration. However, the effects of caffeine on the body are not yet fully understood and there is no way to know if it will work for you.

In this month's Sport Nutrition Tip of the Month "Does Caffeine Boost Performance?", you can review how much caffeine is in common beverages and its potential side effects.

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:

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 Hope in March of 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


Just a reminder that the this year's Valley Royals Secondary School aged meet will feature events so that athletes can achieve standards needed to qualify for the Canadian team that will take part in the WORLD YOUTH GAMES scheduled for Bressanone, Italy.

All throwing event implements will be those used for the Youth Aged division. In addition, we are still trying to arrange a multi event competition for both boys (Octathlon) and girls (Heptathlon). If you do not see an event on the schedule in which it is believed that an athlete can make a qualifying standard, please let me know and we will try to accommodate that request.

There is only a short window of opportunity to achieve standards for the WORLD YOUTH GAMES (May 1 to June 21) and a very few meets that are offering throwing event implements particularly designed for this age group.

Entry forms and other information concerning this meet can be found on the VALLEY ROYAL WEB PAGE if you have any further questions, please contact Gerry Swan by email at: 
or phone 604-859-9801.

A Note to Athletes and Coaches

Athletes have been showing up late for their event because someone gave them a different time from the actual time of the event.

Meet schedules can change so it is up to coaches and athletes to check the webpage of the Club hosting the meet to ensure that they have the most up to date schedule.

J. Barrington
BCA Official

Attention Coaches and Athletes

The False Start rule, similar to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rule, is currently being discussed for adoption by the IAAF. The rule will NOT be in affect this season.

The False start rule does not allow anyone to move before the gun is sounded. Anyone who starts before the gun goes off will be eliminated from the race.

A second chance will not be given to the field.

BCA Official


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

Level 2 - Athletics Officiating Course

Prince George
May 21 & May 24 2009
Instructors: John & Carol Cull, Provincial, National and International Technical Officials

Course Contact: Tom Masich
Ph: (250) 564-9528

Registration deadline May 15, 2009 -
Registration form: 

Grant Writing Workshop

Sport BC is holding a Grant Writing workshop on Thursday, April 23rd from 8:30 - 4:30. There are fifteen more spots available, so make sure you sign up. For more information, please visit 

True Sport Club Excel Workshop

CanoeKayak BC is pleased to invite you to a True Sport Club Excel Workshop (multi-sport format) in Maple Ridge on April 26th at the Golden Ears Winter Club. All local and provincial club administrators, executives and volunteers are invited to attend and reap the benefits of this interactive experience. Further details are contained in the attachments.

The workshop will be held from 9:00 - 4:30 followed by a short session with the newly formed Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Sport Council and a social. Registration is available NOW at 

Register early to be eligible for draw prizes. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Sport Coach (Level 1) Technical & Theory - Smithers, April 24, 25, 26/09

Athletics Officiating Courses - Level 2 May 10, Surrey; May 24, Prince George


Top Ten Canadian Performers 2009 Outdoor Season - as of April 4

1125 points Mara    2H30:43      Lioudmila Kortchaguina '71 ON
1123 points Half M  1H03:10      Simon Bairu            '83 SK
1121 points 100m    10.26 (1.6)  Jared Connaughton      '85 PEI
1114 points 200m    23.50 (0.6)  Adrienne Power         '81 NS
1109 points Mara    2H16:14      Andrew Smith           '79 ON
1100 points 100m    10.32 (1.6)  Anson Henry            '79 ON
1082 points 100m    10.37 (0.0)  Brian Barnett          '87 AB
1079 points 100m    10.38 (1.9)  Jarid Vaughan          '85 BC
1067 points Disc    60.91        Jason Tunks            '75 ON
1064 points 800m    2:05.11      Julia Howard           '83 BC

Based on IAAF point scoring table
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