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ISSUE #15-2009
Friday, April 24, 2009

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Highlights from this issue:

  • Ocean Athletics High School Invitational in Surrey to host World Athletics Day
  • Sun Run Results and Media Article Links
  • Frontrunners Island Race Series Results
  • TC10k Race Preview
  • Road Running Performance Clinic - Summer 2009
  • Brannen, Christopher, Lincoln and Reed looking to blaze the track at Penn Relays
  • IAAF World Cross Country Championships on CBC Saturday


From the BC Athletics Office

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

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. The registration form can be found on the RJT webpage, or can be requested from 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).

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

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: 


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! 


Canadian Half Marathon Championships/Championnat canadien du demi-marathon, Montréal, Québec, April 19 avril

Men Half Marathon / Demi-marathon masculine
1. Matt Loiselle, 1:04:09.2
2. Andrew Smith, 1:05:07.1
3. Steve Osaduik, 1:05:52.3

Women Half Marathon / Demi-marathon féminin
1. Tara Quinn-Smith, 1:12:08.6
2. Lioudmila Kortchaguina, 1:15:49.1
3. Paula Wiltse, 1:19:46.6

Boston Marathon, Boston, Massachusetts, April 19 avril

Marathon - Wheelchair Division/Athlètes en fauteuil roulant
2. Diane Roy, 2:01.27
5. Jessica Matassa, 2:31.53

Sooke River 10K, Sooke River, British Columbia/Colombie-Britannique, April 19 avril

Vancouver Sun Run 10K

1. Willy Kimosop (KEN), 29:04
2. Dylan Wykes (ON), 29:12
3. Yegon Kiprotich (KEN), 29:33
4. Richard Mosley (BC), 29:41
5. Scott Simpson (BC), 30:08
6. Eric Garner (USA), 30:37
7. Mark Bomba (BC), 30:39
8. Rejean Chiasson (ON), 30:41
9. John Timeus (USA), 30:42
10. Jamie Epp (SK), 30:49

1. Abebu Gelan (ETH), 34:04
2. Chantell Widney (AB), 34:23
3. Fiona Docherty (NZL), 34:25
4. Kristina Rody (BC), 34:27
5. Cheryl Murphy (BC), 34:29
6. Lucy Smith (BC), 34:33
7. Lisa Harvey (AB), 34:36
8. Lisa Mensink (AB), 34:45
9. Rachel Ruus (BC), 35:48
10. Cari Kuzyk (BC), 36:03

Vancouver Sun Run celebrates 25th Annual race: 

Kenyan 22-year-old wins 2009 Sun Run: 

Ethiopian wins women's race - again: 

Men's wheelchair winner bounces back from biking injury: 

Party-like atmosphere gets kids pumped for Mini Sun Run: 

Community spirit runs high at 25th Vancouver Sun Run: 

Sooke River 10K - Sooke

Dave Jackson and Nancy Baxendale were the overall winners at the Sooke River 10K, the final race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series, in 31:45 and 38:04. For Jackson, it was his first race of the year after a 4-month layoff following a marathon in Japan in December. His margin of victory at Sooke was 2 minutes, 49 seconds over second place finisher and top master, Hugh Trenchard (34:34). Mark Nelson was third in 34:47.

Baxendale won a much tighter women's race, beating out Catrin Jones (38:11) by just 7 seconds, with Erin Burrett third (39:45). Baxendale was also top master.

Frontrunners Island Race Series

The Sooke River 10K was the concluding event in the 2009 Frontrunners Island Race Series. 297 participants completed the minimum of 5 out of 8 races required to be eligible for series awards. 52 of those completed all 8 races. Eric Findlay and Nancy Baxendale were the overall series winners. Age group winners were:

M01-15 Daniel Vanderbasch 630.7 pts
M16-19 Travis Pirozzini 700.8 pts
M20-24 Shelby Drope 736.8 pts
M25-29 Eric Findlay 825.2 pts
M30-34 Shane Ruljancich 798.2 pts
M35-39 Mark Cryderman 824.2 pts
M40-44 Hugh Trenchard 786.8 pts
M45-49 Kevin Searle 763.8 pts
M50-54 Wayne Crowe 729.8 pts
M55-59 Bruce Busby 701.0 pts
M60-64 Brian Connon 692.0 pts
M65-59 John Cliff 643.4 pts
M70-74 Garfield Saunders 583.4 pts
M75-59 Maurice Tarrant 569.8 pts

F01-15 Chloe Hegland 727.3 pts
F16-19 Emi Skopal 661.8 pts
F20-24 Danielle Mason 640.4 pts
F25-29 Melissa Ross 787.6 pts
F30-34 Catrin Jones 797.0 pts
F35-39 Karen Laberee 729.2 pts
F40-44 Angela Plamondon 742.2 pts
F45-49 Nancy Baxendale 800.6 pts
F50-54 Joanne Rosen 739.4 pts
F55-59 Faye Amos 665.8 pts
F60-64 Roslyn Smith 662.0 pts
F65-59 Sharon Farinha 526.0 pts
F70-74 Diane Palmason 541.4 pts

Canadian Half Marathon Championships - Montreal

Steve Osaduik finished third, and Jon Brown fourth, in the Canadian Half Marathon Championships in Montreal. Osaduik's time was 1:05:52.3, while Brown finished in 1:06:43.4. The sole BC representative in the women's championship was Rita Ivanauskas, who finished in 1:23:33.6.

TC10K Race Preview

The TC10K has received a record number of registrations - as of April 24 over 12,200 have been received. This exceeds the 2008 number of 10,800. The race will be capped at 13,000 although late registration is accepted on Friday April 24 and Saturday April 25.

Elite Runners Update

We have a strong ladies field this year - Cheryl Murphy, Lisa Harvey, Lucy Smith and UK Olympian Kathy Butler will be battling it out for the ladies title. With Cheryl, Lisa and Lucy coming in 6th, 7th, and 8th at the Vancouver Sun Run within seconds of each other it will be a battle for sure.

The men's field features Willy Kimosop, winner of the Sun Run. Also former 10K Canadian Champion Scott Simpson will be competing. In the masters field we have Steve Boyd and Mark Bomba. Steve was last year's masters winner and for Mark he has recently turned 40 so will be a force in the masters field. He won the overall masters title at the 2009 Vancouver Sun Run in 30:39. He will be looking to set a new Canadian Masters 10k road record at this year's TC10K.

Sunday, April 26th
Race Schedule
Note: there will be a separate start time for the walkers
7:55 am - Wheelchair Start
8:00 am - Runners Start
8:15 am - Competitive and Recreational Walkers Start
9:30 am - Thrifty Foods Family 1.5K Start (assemble by 9:15am)
10:00 am - Awards Ceremony
More information: 

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 / Résultats canadiens d'athlétisme

April 20, 2009 / 20 avril 2009

Track and Field / Athlétisme

Kansas Relays, Lawrence, Kansas, April 15-18 avril

Women 100m Hurdles / 100m haies féminin
2. Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, 12.93
5. Perdita Felicien, 13.38

Men Javelin Throw / Lancer du javelot masculin
1. Scott Russell, 75.08m

Women Pole Vault / Saut à la perche féminin
1. Kelsie Hendry, 4.20m

Mt. Sac Relays, Walnut, California, April 16-18 avril

Women Hammer Throw / Lancer du marteau feminine
1. Sultana Frizell, 71.64m (New Pending Canadian Record /nouveau record canadien en instance d'homologation)
4. Jennifer Joyce, 67.90m

Men 5000m - Invitational / 5000 m masculin - Invitation
9. Kurt Benninger, 13:32.31

Men 5000m masculin
10. Kyle Boorsma, 13:57.23

Bryan Clay Invitational, Azusa, California/Californie, April 17 avril

Women 100m Hurdles / 100m haies féminin
1. Angela Whyte 13.05

2009 Alumni Gold, Baton Rouge, Louisiana/Louisiane, April 17-18 Avril

Men 100m masculin
4. Bryan Barnett, 10.27
5. Sam Effah, 10.28

Big Meet, Stanford, California/Californie, April 18 avril

Men 400m masculin
1. Andrew Dargie, 48.34

2009 EMU Twilight Meet, Ypsilanti, Michigan, April 17-18 avril

Women Pole Vault / Saut à la perche féminin
1. Dayna Maaten, 3.90m

McDonnell Invitational, Fayetteville, Arkansas, April 17-18 avril

Women Shot Put / Lancer du poids féminin
6. Kaitlyn Andrews, 14.30m

University of Buffalo Open, Buffalo, New York, April 18 avril

Dick Young Track Classic, Grinnell, Iowa, April 18 avril

Men Javelin / Lancer di javelot masculin
1. Alex Stewart, 56.92 (Personal Record / record personnel)

2009 ACC Track and Field Championships, Coral Gables, Florida/Floride, April 16-18 avril

Women 3000m Steeplechase / 3000 m steeple féminin
1. Lydia Willemse, 10:12.65

Dome High School Series Meet #4, Ottawa, April 16 avril

Women 200m Open / 200m féminin
3. Noella Klawitter (T12), 29.78 (New Pending Canadian Record /nouveau record canadien en instance d'homologation)

Canadian Half Marathon Championships/Championnat canadien du demi-marathon, Montréal, Québec, April 19 avril

Cross Country & Trail Running


Diez Vista Trail Run 50K - Port Moody

1. Gary Robbins, 4:15:21

1. Tamsin Anstey, 4:49:52

From Athletics Canada

Orlikow new Board Chair; Stellingwerff elected Athlete's Rep

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada announced today that Gordon Orlikow from Winnipeg, MB will be acclaimed as its new Chairman of the Board at the upcoming Annual General Meeting in May. With the voting polls closing Tuesday at noon EST, Athletics Canada also announced that Hilary Stellingwerff from Sarnia, ON was elected as female Athlete Representative.

Gordon has been on the Board of Athletics Canada since 2006 and he has chaired the Personnel Committee since 1999. His commitment to Athletics includes experience as a volunteer, coach, official and athlete where he is a Pan-Am Games bronze medalist in the decathlon. He holds a master's degree in economics from Queen's University and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Manitoba.

Professionally, Gordon is an executive search partner in Korn/Ferry's Toronto office where he leads the firm's industrial practice in Central Canada. Before joining Korn/Ferry, Gordon held global human resources executive roles with some of North America's leading companies in sectors as diverse as manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, food, agri-business and professional services.

Hilary Stellingwerff has represented Canada in the 1500-metres dating back to 1999 as a member of the Pan American Junior Championships team. In 2006 she placed 11th at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and in 2007 in Osaka, Japan she was 6th in the semifinals of the World Championships.

Athletics Canada would like to thank Nicole Forrester for her work over the past two years in the position of female Athlete Representative. Nicole was an excellent athlete representative, always providing a strong and unified voice on behalf of the athletes at the Board level.

On April 8 it was announced that Jean-Guy Ouellette accepted a position with the Government of Quebec thus after nearly 15 years of service to the organization, would not put his nomination forward in the upcoming quadrennial election for Chair of the Board of Directors. Mr. Ouellette was named assistant deputy minister to the Ministry of Education, Sport and Leisure of the Government of Quebec.

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

Brannen, Christopher, Lincoln and Reed looking to blaze the track at Penn Relays

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada announced today the team that will compete at the 2009 Penn Relays in Philadelphia on April 25th. Canada will have two entries in the men's 4x100-metre relay, an entry in the women's 4x400-metres and will also send a men's distance medley relay team.

A quartet of Canadian record holders will make up the men's distance medley relay team with an eye on finishing first in Philadelphia. Matthew Lincoln from Scarborough, ON, Tyler Christopher of Edmonton, AB, Gary Reed from Victoria, BC, and Nathan Brannen from Cambridge, ON will race the 1200m, 400m, 800m and 1600m legs respectively in an attempt to win it all in Philadelphia.

Brannen, the Canadian mile indoor record holder, was a member of the 2008 Olympic Games team, and won the silver medal in the 1500-metres at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. 400-metres specialist Tyler Christopher won bronze at the 2005 World Championships, took gold at the 2008 World Indoor Championships, and owns the Canadian one-lap record of 44.44 seconds. Gary Reed won silver at the 2007 World Championships, finished 4th at the 2008 Olympic Games and owns the Canadian 800-metre record of 1 minute 43.68 seconds. Lincoln is a member of the 4x800-metre relay team which set a new Canadian record in 2007 of 7 minutes 22.83 seconds and is also a member of the 4x800-metres team that established a new indoor record earlier this season.

Canada's best placing in the distance medley at Penn Relays was in 2007 with a 3rd place finish in a time of 9:30.20 (Matt Lincoln 3:01.10, Andrew Dargie 46.20, Geoff Harris 1:50.20, Kevin Sullivan 3:52.70).

2009 Penn Relays Team


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.

IAAF World Cross Country Championships on CBC Saturday

OTTAWA - The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Cross Country Championships will air nationwide on CBC and CBCSPORTS.CA this Saturday April 25th beginning at 2:00pm eastern daylight time (EDT).

Four Canadian teams went to Amann, Jordan under the direction of Team Leader Thelma Wright and Head Coach Dave Christiani. The team was lead by the strong performance of Catherine Cormier of New Richmond, QC in her first year competing on a national team.

Other leaders in their categories were Chelsea Graham of Edmonton, AB in the Junior Women's Race, Saheed Khan of Toronto, ON in the Senior Men's Race and Nyial Majock of Calgary, AB in the Junior Men's Race.

Please check your local listings for more information.

Athletics Canada Announces World Athletics Day Hosts

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada is pleased to announce the Manitoba Grand Prix in Winnipeg, MB and the Ocean Athletics High School Invitational in Surrey, BC as the hosts of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Athletics Day 2009.

Held in the month of May for the past 10 years, nearly 140 countries are involved in this initiative to promote athletics to youth worldwide. Events will be offered in two age categories: youth athletes (born in 1992 and 1993) and school based athletes (born in 1994, 1995 and 1996).

As in previous years the IAAF will hold a draw for event champions across the globe with the lucky winners earning a trip to the 2009 World Championships in Athletics held in Berlin, Germany.

For more information on World Athletics Day 2009, please visit

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

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

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

RunJumpThrow Instructor Workshop

Nanaimo, May 8 & 9 at the Oliver Woods Community Centre
For registration information visit or contact Taunya Geelhoed at or 604-333-3554

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: 

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.

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

Twist Sport Performance and Functional Fitness Summit

Sunday, April 26 - Capilano University - Sportsplex, North Vancouver

Presentation Topics:

For more information: 

Road Running Performance Clinic - Summer 2009







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
Corrections: Contact 

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