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ISSUE #24-2009
Friday, July 3, 2009

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Highlights from this issue:

  • 2009 Canadian Track and Field Championships and Worlds Trials Results
  • Live Track and Field Coverage on CBC this weekend
  • Athletics Canada announces National Development Centres in Toronto and Montreal
  • Athletics Canada names 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships Team
  • Photos from the 25th Annual JACK BROW MEMORIAL Track & Field Meet
  • Athletics Canada names IAAF World Championships staff
  • Athletics Canada - National Team Selection Rules Book
  • 2010 BC Athletics AGM - Important Dates and Deadlines


From the BC Athletics Office

Thelma Wright - From Run Jump Throw to National Middle Distance Event Group Coach

Thelma Wright, Olympian, Educator and Program Coordinator has accepted a position with Athletics Canada as a Middle Distance Event Group Coach working with Brent Fougner and Wynn Gmitroski of the National Athletics Middle Distance Training Centre in Victoria. In her new position Thelma will have a shared responsibility of working with the next wave of Cdn Olympic athletes and their personal coaches. "Identifying and connecting with this group of middle distance athletes is critical to the Canadian program", stated Wright. "We need to be able to identify the athletes, provide assistance to their coaches and programs for the athletes that will help them achieve their goals and those of Athletics Canada", she concluded.

With this move, Thelma steps down as the BC Athletics Run Jump Throw Program Coordinator, a position she has had since February 2005. During her time leading RJT in British Columbia and being a leader in Canada for this grass roots fundamental movement and skills program, Thelma has fashioned a program second to none. A leader in the presentation of the program whether to children, youth leaders, teachers and coaches, she has been an enthusiastic champion of RJT, a program of basic physical literacy for children 6 to 12 yrs. "RJT applies to all sports whether it be soccer, basketball, hockey or track & field", is a phrase often repeated in her presentations to teachers and parents. Basic movement skills are the cornerstone of the Sport for Life Model for Athletics/Track & Field, which Thelma personifies through her own active lifestyle.

"We have been very fortunate to have had such great leadership for this program", said Larry Harper, Chair BCA Brd of Directors. "Her knowledge, innovation and understanding of child development have been keys to the success of Run Jump Throw in British Columbia. She has laid a great foundation upon which we can build and grow the program", Harper concluded.

Thelma's leadership in the BCA RJT program officially ends on June 30/09 as she hands the reins to Taunya Geelhoed who has been Thelma's program assistant since March.

Taunya comes to this position with a strong sport background having been a member, leader and team captain (2007/08) of the University of Louisiana NCAA Div 1 Women's Soccer Team from 2005-08. A graduate of the Mission and BC Soccer programs, Taunya brings the experience and skills of leadership and team worked learned through sport together with her work and studies in communications, business and marketing.

"We are certainly pleased that Taunya has accepted this new role with us", said Brian McCalder, BC Athletics Pres/CEO. "Her skill set together with the experience she brings from her years in soccer and time with RJT puts us in a good position to expand the program and provide the skills for children and their life time of sport and physical activity, concluded McCalder.

"I am very excited and thankful for the chance to represent the Run Jump Throw program in BC. This program is extremely beneficial to children interested in all sports and I hope to share its value with everyone. Thelma is a hard act to follow and I hope to continue to develop and build upon everything that she has accomplished for this program in BC," said Taunya.

The BC Athletics Board of Directors, Staff and Membership wishes to extend a sincere THANK YOU to Thelma and a great big WELCOME to Taunya as they embark on the next phase of their careers in Sport.

Contact Information:
Brian McCalder - 604-333-3552 / 


This list will be updated throughout the year.


Resolutions to be presented at the 2010 AGM must be received in the BC Athletics office by October 16 2009. Resolutions received after that date can be brought forth on the floor at the AGM meetings as recommendations to the Board of Directors unless ruled by the membership at the AGM to be an urgent matter. Resolutions received by October 16, 2009 will be reviewed at the October 24 2009 BC Athletics Board of Directors meeting. All Resolutions to be presented at the 2010 AGM will be posted on the BC Athletics website on November 4, 2009.
BC Athletics Resolution Form - 


Committee reports must be submitted to the BC Athletics office no later than November 5, 2009. This will give delegates enough time to read the reports prior to the AGM meetings. Reports will be posted on the BC Athletics website as they are received up to December 2, 2009.


BC Athletics Awards Nomination Criteria 

Athlete of the Year Track & Field Award nominations must be received in the BC Athletics office by October 15, 2009
Coordinated by the BC Athletics Track & Field Committee
Track & Field Awards Nomination Form - 

Road Running Award nominations must be received in the BC Athletics office by October 19, 2009
Coordinated by the BC Athletics Road Running Committee
Road Running Award Nomination Form - 

Cross Country Awards are based on a point value system and recipients will be decided following the Canadian Cross Country Championships to be held November 28, 2009.
Coordinated by the BC Athletics Cross Country Committee
Cross Country Award Nomination Form - 
Cross Country Awards Criteria -

Officials Awards nominations must be received in the BC Athletics office by September 15, 2009
Coordinated by the BC Athletics Branch Officials Committee
Officials Awards Nomination Form - 

Athlete with a Disability
Coordinated by the BCA Track & Field Committee
Athlete with a Disability Awards Nomination Form -

Coaching Excellence Awards nominations must be received in the BC Athletics office by October 15, 2009
Coordinated by the BC Athletics Track & Field Committee
Coaching Excellence Nomination Form - 

Executive of the Year Award nominations must be received in the BC Athletics office by October 15, 2009
Coordinated by the BC Athletics Board of Directors
Executive of the Year Nomination Form - 

BC Athlete Voice - Team BC

Three quick updates regarding Team BC Athletes from BC Athlete Voice...

Team BC and BC Athlete Voice are providing Team BC Athletes an opportunity to blog about their experiences in the lead up and during the Games. This is a great chance for athletes to share their stories and thoughts while being part of Team BC. BC Athlete Voice will be approaching Team BC Athletes asking them to contribute to the Blog and we wanted to ensure coaches were informed of this. If you would like to nominate an athlete(s) who you feel would like to contribute to the Blog, or concerns about athletes participating in this process, please contact Joe Hitchcock at or 778-928-8844.

We are still accepting nominations for the Team BC ACE (Athlete Community Excellence) Leadership Award. This award recognizes the great work your athletes are doing off the field of play and in their community. If you have a great athlete that is a leader on your team and in the community then nominate them online at... 

Every coach or manager that nominates an ACE Athlete will receive a great BC Athlete Voice performance top! Each sport can nominate up to two athletes and we need your nominations in by July 10th.

Also starting in July you can check out a series of short video clips on the Team BC website from interviews conducted with Team BC practitioners, coaches, athletes (including Olympians) and supporters covering key performance factors and multi-sport Games information to help you and your athletes prepare for competing in the upcoming Games. We'll be in touch once the first clips are loaded in early July.

For more information, or any questions, please contact:
Joe Hitchcock - Executive Director, BC Athlete Voice - 

BC Athletics Announces the 2009 Track & Field Team Staff

BC Athletics is pleased to announce the 2009 Track & Field Team Staff appointments in what is a busy summer season across the country. The Team staff includes a mix of experienced personnel and coaches and managers just beginning their BC Team experience. "We are very pleased with the response to the call for Team Staff," said Ron Bunting, Chair BCA T&F Committee. "We are fortunate to have a good number of good emerging coaches who are eager to expand their experience and responsibilities with respect to team coaching and managing. There are numerous opportunities both at the Provincial and National Levels of Track & Field for team coaching and managing, with the ultimate selection being named to the Athletics Canada Senior National Teams. Coaches play such a critical role in the development of an athlete and as their (coaches) reward these opportunities are a in a small fashion our way of saying thank you for all the work you do on behalf of the athletes you coach and the sport in British Columbia and Canada," concluded Bunting.

2009 BC Athletics Track & Field Team Staff Positions

Legion: Aug 5-11 in Sherbrooke (Travel Days same)

Juniors: July 17-19 in Charlottetown, PEI (Travel Days July 15th and 20th)

Seniors: June 25-28 in Toronto Ontario (Travel Days June 24th and 28th)

Canada Summer Games: August 22-29 in Charlottetown PEI (Travel Days To Be Announced by the Sport Branch, Government of BC)

2009 BC Team Selection Criteria and Standards

Visit the appropriate link to see the BC Team Selection Criteria and Standards for 2009.

Also, athletes wishing to be selected to BC teams need to submit their athlete declarations. Follow this link to download the declaration form:

Athlete Performances - Out-of-Province

Athletes who wish to have their performances achieved at out-of-province meets included in the national rankings should submit them directly to Athletics Canada.

In order to have performances included in the rankings, the following information must be forwarded:

  1. Athlete's name, branch affiliation - BC Athletics, year of birth
  2. Competition, date, location and event
  3. A link to official results or copy of official score sheet with signatures

Only results for athletes who are 2009 competitive, athlete members of BC Athletics will be accepted.

Results should be submitted for rankings no later than 10 days after conclusion of event

No results will be added retroactively

Forward information to 

Corrections and updates to current and previous years are appreciated

ACDIrect downloads for Hy-Tek Meets

BC Athletics is able to provide a download of athlete members for meets running Hy-Tek software. These downloads save a lot of time keying in athlete information and make sure that names are spelled correctly and ACDirect membership numbers are entered.

In order to set your meet up correctly on Hy-Tek in order to be able to use the download and to ensure that results will be used for national/provincial rankings and for team selection please refer to the website: 

To request downloads and for further instructions please refer to the website: 

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

Athlete-Coach Canada Games Development Training Camps

Schedule of Canada Games Training and Preparation Camps 

For further information please contact Ron Bunting at

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

2009 BC Athletics Event Calendars

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



ZegnaSport Yaletown Grand Prix 4K - Vancouver

The Zegna Yaletown Grand Prix brought a new event to the streets of Vancouver on Canada Day. Run in conjunction with a BC Cup Cycling Event, the event staged 5-lap men's and women's races. The sunny weather drew large enthusiastic crowds who lined the approximately 800m course.

The well matched women's field covered the first lap in 2:52. By the end of the second circuit Martina Wan, Amy Kirkham and Meaghan McCollum had opened a gap on the rest of the field. Over the third lap McCollum started to drop off the pace, while Kirkham and Wan ran stride for stride into the final circuit, running close to 3 minutes for each lap. Kirkham opened up in the final 800m, to run out a clear winner in 14:45, with Wan second (14:56), and McCollum third (15:11).

The men's race was equally enthralling. The opening lap was completed in 2:22, with three runners - Richard Mosley, Steve Osaduik, and Peter Holmes - forming a lead pack. Holmes was dropped over the second lap. And with two laps to go, Mosley started to pull away from Osaduik. Meanwhile Tom Michie was starting to challenge Holmes for third. Mosley continued to extend his lead, running out a comfortable winner in 12:08, to Osaduik's 12:22. Michie finished strong to take third in 12:57.

Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon - Vancouver

Kenyan Kip Kangogo cruised to a convincing win in 1:03:35 - more than a minute ahead of the second place finisher in the men's half-marathon division - leading a record field of more than 4,350 runners at the 11th Annual Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon (SVHM). Lioudmila Kortchaguina of Thornhill, ON had a similarly easy time of things, taking the women's half-marathon title in 1:16:10, almost two minutes ahead of Calgary's Lisa Harvey. Another 750 individuals participated in the event's 5K fun run/walk. The race attracted runners from eight provinces and 20 countries, including almost 200 American runners. The Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge also broke this year's fundraising goal, raising an impressive $312,000 - and counting - for 15 local charities.

The 29-year-old Kangogo ran shoulder to shoulder with fellow Kenyan Willy Kimosop, who surged immediately after the 10K mark (29:22), before dropping off in the later stages to hang on for 4th (1:06:02). Kimosop, 22, who trains with Kangogo in Lethbridge, AB, won the 2009 Vancouver Sun Run and Times Colonist 10K. Kangogo made his decisive move on the rise from Jericho to 4th Avenue, opening up a 100 metre gap to drop both Kimosop and second place finisher Josephat Ongeri (1:04:53). Giitah Macharia of Oakville, ON, who has struggled of late, had to come in under 66 minutes to "prove fitness" to Athletics Canada and claim his place on the national marathon squad going to the world Championships in August. He ran a tactical race to finish third in 1:05:35 and should be on his way to Berlin. Women's half-marathon winner Lioudmila Kortchaguina led the women wire to wire, redeeming herself following poor performances in 2007 and '08 when she struggled with a hip injury.

Half-Marathon Male
1. Kip Kangogo, Lethbridge, AB            1:03:35
2. Josephat Ongeri, Burlington, ON        1:04:53					
3. Giitah Macharia, Oakville, ON          1:05:35
4. Willy Kimosop, Lethbridge, AB          1:06:02
5. Baghdad Rachem, Montreal, QC           1:06:35
Half-Marathon Female
1. Lioudmila Korthchaguina, Thornhill, ON 1:16:10				
2. Lisa Harvey, Calgary, AB               1:18:05
3. Josiane Aboungono, Toronto, ON         1:20:34
4. Katherine Moore, Vancouver, BC         1:21:12
5. Nathalie Goyer, Bruno, QC              1:22:20
Masters Male (40 +)
1. Terry Gehl, St. Charles QC             1:11:21
2. Keefer Whan, Mount Vernon, WA          1:16:38
3. Dave Stephens, North Vancouver, BC     1:16:52
Masters Female (40 +)
1. Nathalie Goyer, Bruno, QC              1:22:20
2. Janette Purdham, Vancouver, BC         1:25:56		
3. Rebecca Reid, Vancouver, BC            1:26:51

Sidney Days 5K - Sidney

1. Sean Chester, 15:36
2. James Moreley, 15:55
3. Trevor O'Brien, 16:00
1. Paula Findlay, 17:19
2. Kyla Coates, 17:58
3. Alison Hooper, 18:23

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 three of the ten series events are:

  1. July 18: Summerfast 10k, Vancouver
  2. August 2: Squamish Days 10k, Squamish
  3. 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 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 & Field

2009 Canadian Track and Field Championships and Worlds Trials / Championnat canadien d'athlétisme 2009 et Esssais du Mondial, Toronto, ON, June 25-28 juin 2009

Para-Athletics Results

Women 100m féminin
1. T52 Michelle Stilwell, 20.65
1. T54 Jessica Matassa, 18.25

Women 200m féminin
1. T37 Leah Robinson, 33.90
1. T52 Michelle Stilwell, 39.33
1. T53 Ilana Duff, 34.32
1. T54 Jessica Matassa, 34.58

Women 400m féminin
1. T54 Diane Roy, 1:01.26
1. T12 Noella Klawitter, 1:05.03 (Pending Canadian Record/Record canadien en instance)

Women 800m féminin
1. T54 Diane Roy, 2:02.98

Women 1500m féminin
1. T54 Diane Roy, 3:53.29

Women Discus Throw / Lancer du disque féminin
1. F13 Courtney Knight, 36.03m
1. F37 Renée Fosssel, 21.40m

Men 100m masculin
1. T52 Dean Bergeron, 18.16
1. T53 Brent Lakatos, 15.48
1. T54 Colin Mathieson, 15.06

Men 200m masculin
1. T11 Jon Dunkerley, 25.43
1. T52 Dean Bergeron, 34.33
1. T53 Brent Lakatos, 28.46
1. T54 Colin Mathieson, 27.09

Men 400m masculin
1. T13 Stuart McGregor, 54.49
1. T53 Éric Gauthier, 56.55

Men 800m masculin
1. T11 Jason Dunkerley, 2:04.07
1. T54 Jean-Paul Compaore, 1:51.98 (prelims/lors des préliminaires)
1. T54 Josh Cassidy, 1:48.96

Men 1500m masculin
1. T54 Jean-Paul Compaore, 3:33.54

Men 5000m masculin
1. T54 Josh Cassidy, 11:42.51

Men Shot Put / Lancer du poids masculine
1. F33 Robert Hughes, 8.70m
1. F34 Kyle Pettey, 10.51m

Men Javelin Throw / Lancer du javelot masculin
1. F58 Issa Ouedrago, 33.74m

Able-Bodied Results

Women 200m féminin
1. Adrienne Power, 23.22 (World B Standard/Norme B du Mondial)
2. Esther Akinsulie, 23.41 (JDLF Standard/Norme JDLF)
3. Kimberly Hyacinthe, 23.69 (JDLF Standard/Norme JDLF)
4. Noelle Montcalm, 23.90 (JDLF Standard/Norme JDLF)

Women 100m hurdles / 100 m haies féminin
1. Perdita Felicien, 12.80 (World A Standard/Norme A du Mondial)
2. Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, 12.95 (World A Standard/Norme A du Mondial)
3. Angela Whyte, 13.05 (World B Standard/Norme A du Mondial)

Women Pole Vault / Saut à la perche féminin
1. Kelsie Hendry, 4.35m (World B Standard, Meet Record/Norme B du Mondial, record de la compétition)

Women Hammer Throw / Lancer du marteau féminin
1. Jennifer Joyce, 69.05m (World B Standard/Norme B du Mondial)
2. Sultana Frizell, 68.00m (World B Standard/Norme B du Mondial)

Women Javelin / lancer du javelot féminin
1. Elizabeth Gleadle, 54.76m (JDLF Standard, Meet Record / Norme JDLF, record de la compétition)

Men 100m masculin
1. Brian Barnett, 10.28 (World B Standard/Norme B du Mondial)

Men 200m masculin
1. Brian Barnett, 20.71 (World B Standard/Norme B du Mondial)

Men 3000m Steeplechase / 3000 m steeple masculin
1. Robin Watson, 8:32.87 (World B Standard/Norme B du Mondial)

Men Shot Put / Lancer du poids masculin
1. Dylan Armstrong, 20.30m (World A Standard/Norme A du Mondial)

Windsor Legion Twi Light Meet, Windsor, ON, June 23 juin 2009

Men 1500m masculin
1. Andrew Patterson, 3:56.11 (Pan Am Junior Standard/Norme du Pan Am junior)

Men Shot Put / Lancer du poids masculin
1. Mike Miller, 15.81 (JDLF Standard/Norme JDLF)

25th Anniversary Jack Brow Track and Field Meet, Kelowna, BC, June 27 juin 2009

Men High Jump / Saut en hauteur masculin
1. Django Lovett, 2.16m (JDLF Standard, Pending Canadian Youth Record/Norme JDLF, record canadien jeunesse en instance)

From Athletics Canada

Live Track and Field Coverage on CBC this weekend

Tune into CBC and for coverage of the 2009 Bislett Games; part of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Golden League, held today in Oslo, Norway. The broadcast will also feature additional highlights from last weekend's Canadian Track and Field Championships and World's Trials.

Live streaming on will commence today from 2:00pm to 4:00pm ET, as well as broadcast and re-streaming of the meet tomorrow at 2:00pm ET.

Athletes competing in Oslo:

100m hurdlers Perdita Felicien of Pickering, ON and Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Whitby, ON will be taking the stage in Oslo to battle it out yet one more time this year. Last weekend in front of a hometown crowd Felicien captured the Canadian title in front of Lopes-Schliep, the current world leader with a time of 12.52, who placed second.

Cambridge's Nathan Brannen will race in the 1500 metres hoping to secure his spot to the 2009 IAAF World Championships set for August; Brannen is the 2009 Canadian Champion.

Athletics Canada announces National Development Centres in Toronto and Montreal

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada announced today that National Development Centres in Toronto and Montreal focusing on the sprints and other speed related events have been established to complement the High Performance Structure leading to London 2012. As the central component of its High Performance Plan for the new quadrennial, the centres' objectives are to produce podium and Top 8 results at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The National Development Centre in Toronto, a joint initiative between Athletics Canada, Canadian Sport Centre Ontario, the University of Toronto and Athletics Ontario, will be based at the University of Toronto, taking advantage of the new facilities and upgrades to Varsity Centre. The centre, headed by lead coach Molly Killingbeck, reinforces that track is back at Varsity Centre, where last month the University of Toronto played host to the OFSAA championships, the Festival of Excellence and, most recently, the Canadian Championships and Worlds Selection Trials.

Based at Centre Claude Robillard in Montreal and led by Lead Coach Daniel St-Hilaire, the Montreal National Development Centre is a joint initiative between Athletics Canada and le Club Athlétisme-Montréal with support from la Fédération Québécoise d'Athlétisme. Hank Palmer, Kimberley Hyacinthe and Justin Darlington count among the athletes already training under St-Hilaire in Montreal. Palmer finished second this past weekend at the 2009 Canadian Championships in the 100 metres.

"The Sprints and other speed related events are highly prioritized within Athletics Canada's High Performance Plan towards the London Olympic Games and beyond. In order for us to be successful in a sustainable way, our demographic and historical analysis has led us to clear conclusions on how critical it is to systematically tap into the Toronto and Montreal talent pool," said Martin Goulet, Athletics Canada Chief High Performance Officer.

Goulet adds, "Athletics Canada's two National Development Centres will be working closely with our Relays High Performance Centre (Ottawa) under lead coach Glenroy Gilbert. Specifically, coach Killingbeck will be assisting coach Gilbert in the delivery of our National Relay programs".

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

Athletics Canada is the national governing body for the sport of track and field, cross country running, road running and road racing.

Athletics Canada names 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships Team

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada announced today the team that will compete at the 6th International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Youth Championships taking place July 8-12 in Bressanone, Italy. The events are scheduled at the Brixen-Bressanone Sports Arena which seats 6200 spectators.

"This is the largest team for the World Youth Championships since 2003 when the event was held in Canada", commented Hugh Conlin, Athletics Canada's Director / Head Coach of Development Programs. "With an excellent staff and a very promising team of 44 athletes we are looking to improve our performances in terms of medals, top 8 and top 16 finishes."

2009 IAAF World Youth Team

Name                    Event                Hometown              Personal Coach
Laura Affeld            400mH                Stony Plan, AB        Phil Booth
Benjamin Ayesu-Attah    400m                 Coquitlam, BC         Tara Self
Dyson Barnes            400mH                Mission, BC           Ziggy Szelagowicz
Jonelle Bell-Spence     100m                 Brampton, ON          Earl Letford
Megan Beverley          1500m                Toronto, ON           Dave Christiani
Aaron Brown             100m                 Toronto, ON           Bill Stephens
Chanice Chase           100mH                Whitby, ON            Sharon Woermke
BJ Cunliffe             800m                 Courtice, ON          Bill Cunliffe
Shai-anne Davis         200m                 Richmond, BC          Mike Murray
Eric Dillon             1500m                Oshawa, ON            Rob Grepe
Christopher Dulhanty    2000m SC             Mississauga, ON       Jim van Buskirk
Raymond Dykstra         Javelin              Grimsby, ON           Kevin Knight
Caroline Ehrhardt       Triple Jump          Espanola, ON          Jim Taylor
Evan Esselink           3000m                Courtice, ON          Bill Cunliffe
Joanna Franke-Kuhn      Hammer               Duncan, BC            Richard Collier
Adam Gaudes             400m                 Fredericton, NB       Greg Allan
Gareth Hadfield         2000m SC             Calgary, AB           Christine Laverty
Branden Hansen          400mH                Beaumont, AB          John Bole
Jared Heldman           100m, LJ             Langley, BC           Ziggy Szelagowicz
Chloe Hetherton         Triple Jump          Prince Albert, SK     Joe Morrissey
Stephen Hosier          3000m                Lindsay, ON           Dale Lapham
Marlon Laidlaw-Allen    200m                 Scarborough, ON       Bill Stephens
Brittany Lewis          400m                 Sarnia, ON            Joel Skinner
Annie LeBlanc           800m                 Repentigny, QC        José Sant
Daina Levy              Hammer               Mississauga, ON       Mike Judge
Django Lovett           High Jump            Langley, BC           Ziggy Szelagowicz
Rachel Machin           High Jump            Calgary, AB           Duncon Margach/Gwen Ridout
Gregory MacNeill        110mH                London, ON            Sandy Cooper-Ryder
Ashlea Maddex           100mH                St.Pascal-Baylon,ON   Andrew Pagé
Simone Martin           200m                 Brampton, ON          Frank Bucca
Samantha Murphy         800m                 Perth, ON             Normand Seguin
Cody Parker             Javelin              Comox, BC             Graham Morfitt
Karleigh Parker         Pole Vault           Woodstock, ON         Kristian Wilson
Caroline Pfister        3000m                Sherbrooke, QC        Simon Croteau
Spencer Prince          Hammer               Langley, BC           Harold Williers
Katie Reid              400m                 Surrey, BC            Nick Stoffberg
Merid Seleshi           1500m                Toronto, ON           Bill Stephens
Alyxandria Treasure     High Jump            Prince George, BC     Tom Masich
Travis Vugteveen        800m                 Chilliwack, BC        Susan Northey
Leah Walkeden           100m                 Ardrossen, AB         David Pong
Chelsea Whalen          Shot Put             Liverpool, NS         Steve Wohlmuth
Branden Wilhelm         High Jump            Woodstock, ON         Sandy Cooper-Ryder
Jordan Young            Discus               St. Thomas, ON        Jason Tunks
Michelle Young          400mH                Saskatoon, SK         Todd Johnston

Support Staff

Name                    Position             Hometown
Hugh Conlin             Head Coach           Ottawa, ON
Markus Bill             Team Manager         Vancouver, BC
Claude Berube           Event Coach          Winnipeg, MB
Frank Bucca             Event Coach          Toronto, ON
George Kerr             Event Coach          Hamilton, ON
Georgette Reed          Event Coach          Edmonton, AB
Elena Voloshin          Event Coach          Vancouver, BC
Steve LeBlanc           Observer Coach       Moncton, NB
Dr. Melina Thibodeau    Team Doctor          Victoria, BC
Jane Freure             Physiotherapist      London, ON
Frank Manzo             Massage Therapist    Toronto, ON

The 2007 IAAF World Youth Championships were staged in Ostrava, Czech Republic where the Canadian team came home with a bronze medal in the women's medley relay.

For more information visit: 

Athletics Canada names World Championships staff

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada named today the coaching and support staff which will travel to Berlin, Germany for the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics August 15-23.

The Canadian Championships taking place in Toronto June 25 to 28 will serve as the Selection Trials for the World Championship team. Athletes must finish top three in their respective event at the Trials as one component of the selection criteria to be eligible for selection to the Worlds team. The full selection criteria can be viewed here:

The Canadian delegation at the 12th IAAF World Championships will be led by Gordon Orlikow, Chairman of the Board, of Winnipeg, MB and Athletics Canada Chief Executive Officer Joanne Mortimore of Ottawa, ON.

12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics Staff

Name               Position                                Hometown
Coaching Staff
Alex Gardiner      Head Coach                              Winnipeg, MB
Martin Goulet      Chief High Performance Officer          Brossard, QC
Hugh Cameron       Event Coach - Marathon                  New market, ON
Brent Fougner      Event Coach - Middle Distance           Victoria, BC
Glenroy Gilbert    Event Coach - Relays & Sprints          Ottawa, ON
Les Gramantik      Event Coach - Combined Events & Hurdles Calgary, AB
Molly Killingbeck  Event Coach - Sprints, Relays & Hurdles Toronto, ON
Larry Steinke      Event Coach - Throws                    Lethbridge, AB
Integrated Support Team
Dr. Alan Vernec    Team Doctor                             Montreal, QC
Alvin Bodnarchuk   Massage Therapist                       Saskatoon, SK
Garfield Crooks    Massage Therapist                       Vancouver, BC
Melissa Dowling    Team Services Manager                   Ottawa, ON
Mathieu Gentès     Media Attaché                           Ottawa, ON
Wilbour Kelsick    Chiropractor                            Port Moody, BC
Scott MacDonald    Technical Manager                       Ottawa, ON
Ron O'Hare         Physiotherapist                         Aurora, ON
Carmen Stillo      Chiropractor                            Toronto, ON

2009 IAAF World Championships in Athletics

Information on training camps, selection criteria, and declarations for the World Championship can be found at: 

Declaration Deadline JULY 6, 2009 - the declaration form can be found on the AC website under the following link: and will also be available at the National Team Office during Nationals

Carding Criteria

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: 

Athletics Canada 2009/2010 Para-Athletes Assistance Program (Carding) Criteria has been finalized, approved by Sport Canada and posted on 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 the 2009 Pan Am Junior Championships have been posted on Athletics Canada’s website.

Due to the discrepancy between events contested at the National Junior Championships and the Panamerican Junior Championships, Athletics Canada has made some amendments to the Panamerican Junior selection criteria. The changes have been highlighted on the event page.

National Team Selection Rules Book

With several impending national team selections, we would like to reiterate the fact that selections are governed by the Selection Criteria in conjunction with the National Team Selection Rules Book. Please ensure that any performances submitted for selection purposes adhere to the rules within this Rules Book.

In particular, we would like to draw your attention to the following paragraph:

Section 2.0 Performance Regulations

13. For the purposes of team selection that requires repeat performances, only one such performance can have been achieved at a competition featuring only single events or event groupings. Where team selection requires only one performance, such performance cannot have been achieved at a competition featuring only single events or event groupings.

The complete National Team Selection Rules Book is available for download here: 

From the Coaching Association of Canada

Featured Sport Nutrition Tip of the Month - "What's the Buzz with Energy Drinks?"

Energy drinks promise to "pep you up". Sadly, the wake-up buzz from energy drinks is short lived and may be followed by a prolonged period of crash and burn.

This month's Sport Nutrition Tip of the Month "What's the Buzz with Energy Drinks?" differentiates between energy drinks and sport drinks, lists the ingredients in energy drinks and whether they actually improve performance.

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

The Coaching Association of Canada is pleased to announce that the General Motors Making Dreams Possible Club Coaching Grant applications are now back online!

Dedicated to supporting athletes at all levels through coaching excellence, General Motors' Making Dreams Possible Program provides one hundred $2,000 club coaching grants and ten $10,000 high performance coach grants to community sport clubs and high performance coaches nationwide on an annual basis.

This fall, another 50+ $2,000 grants will be awarded to community sport clubs across the country for coach training and development. The application deadline is September 21, 2009.

Apply now and make dreams possible in your community!

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

Most recently, Sport BC is pleased to honour and recognize eight dedicated sport leaders from each Chilliwack and Nanaimo with the Community Sport Hero® Award.

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 is one intake left:

Details and application forms can be downloaded at: 

Reminders, Resources, Newsletters and FYI


Last weekend was the 25th Annual JACK BROW MEMORIAL Track & Field Meet at the APPLE BOWL here in Kelowna, BC

I created a PHOTO INFO PAGE with some nice pics and another 600+ PHOTOS on FLICKR of the event, giving a good feel and representation of how the 2 days played out.



Dirk Handke
Kelowna Running Club Member
Interior Running Photos


Follow this link to join the 2009 Canadian Track and Field Championships Facebook Group > 

Athletics Canada on Twitter

You can now keep tabs on all the latest news from AC on Twitter, go to 

Courses and Seminars

Road Running Performance Clinic - Summer 2009






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