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ISSUE #37-2009
Friday, October 2, 2009

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Highlights from this issue:

  • 2009-2010 BC Athlete Assistance Program (BC Carding) - Submission deadline: October 16, 2009
  • BC Athletics Officials AGM - Sunday, October 18th, 2009 - please RSVP
  • Track and Field Coaching Workshop - NCCP Level 1 Technical, Sport Coach - Langley & Kelowna
  • BC Athletics Membership Categories for 2010 - update
  • 2010 BC Athletics Track and Field Championship Bids - Deadline extension update
  • SportsFunder In-Province Travel Program - DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 16, 2009
  • Level 2 Track & Field Officials Workshops - Kamloops (November 8th) and Vancouver (November 14th)


From the BC Athletics Office

BCA Club Registrar's Reminder

The BC Athletics 2010 membership year begins with any new memberships entered October 1, 2009. On September 30th at midnight all access to ACDirect was terminated. Access will be reinstated October 1st for club Registrars who have:

  1. Completed and submitted a 2010 BC Athletics Registrars Waiver to the BCA Office - 
  2. Submitted payments for all outstanding AC Direct 2009 membership year invoices

BC Athletics Membership categories for 2010

All membership categories and fees for the 2010 membership year remain the same - EXCEPT FOR THE MASTERS CATEGORY.

A change to the Masters membership category was made necessary due to the IAAF changing its definition of masters age groups.

Effective in 2010 the IAAF passed the following rule change:

"Rule 141 - Age Groups

The following definitions apply to the age groups recognised by the IAAF:
Master Men and Women: Any athlete who has reached his/her 35th birthday for Stadia events and 40th birthday for out of stadia events."

This change made it necessary for BC Athletics to review its' Masters membership category and align it to the IAAF. The BC Athletics Board of Directors has voted to approve the following change to the Masters membership as of October 1, 2009 and will be formally adopted subject to the approval of the members at the next following general meeting (December 4,5 & 6 2009).

The current Masters membership will be replaced by the following two new memberships starting with the 2010 membership year:

Masters Road and Trail Running Membership (out of stadia)


Masters Track & Field Membership (stadia)

This means that for Road and Cross Country Running 35 - 39 year olds are moved back to the "Senior" category as per the BCA membership categories.

These two new memberships have been structured as carefully as possible to have as little impact on members as possible. Because members are allowed to hold multiple membership types, most scenarios of participation can be covered without paying more. The exception is with athletes aged 35-39 years who wish compete at the BC Road and Cross Country Championships for medals and be selected to BC Teams. They must compete in the Senior/Open category and are required to have a Senior membership in place ($94.50). An Adult Recreation Runner membership ($36.75) will work for those 35-39 year olds who are Road and Cross Country Runners and are not competing for championship medals.

If you aren't sure what type of membership(s) you should have relevant to your participation in the sport please email Sam Collier at with the following information:

  1. What do you take part in - road races and/or cross country and/or track & field?
  2. What age will you be as of December 31, 2010?
  3. Do you want to take part in BC Championships and/or get medals and/or be selected to BC team?

BC Athletics Officials AGM - Sunday, October 18th, 2009

When: 10 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Encore Restaurant - 27279 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove, BC


9:30 AM Registration and Coffee
10:00 AM BC Athletics Officials Committee Annual Report
11:00 AM Presentation on International Paralympics Rules (by David Weicker)
12:00 NOON Lunch - Provided
12:45 PM BC Facilities Review (by Peter Fejfar)
1:15 PM Elections - 6 Committee Positions Available (Nominations to Jackie Barrington)
Other Business

Will you be attending?

Please RSVP to Jackie Barrington at or 604.939.1643

2010 BC Athletics Track and Field Championship Bids - Deadline extension update

The deadline for bids for the Junior Development Track & Field and Junior Development Pentathlon Championships has been extended to December 1, 2009. All other Track & Field championship bids (Midget 15, Youth, Junior, Senior and Master ) are due October 23, 2009. On-line submissions can be done at:

2010 Membership Year

The 2010 BC Athletics membership year begins October 1st, 2009 with any new members signing up receiving memberships valid from October 1st 2009 through to the end of December 2010.

2010 BC Athletics Track & Field Championship Bids

Clubs interested in hosting 2010 BC Athletics Track & Field Championships are reminded to get their bids in by October 23, 2009. On-line submissions can be done at:

BC Athletics School and School District Memberships

It's that time of year again! School Club and School District membership application forms are available on the website at

Event Directors are reminded that 2009/2010 School/School District members and their membership numbers will be posted and updated each week on the website at

BC Athletics Coaches Support to attend the Athletics Canada Technical Congress

BC Athletics has budgeted to financially assist a limited number of coaches to attend the 2009 Athletics Canada Technical Congress in Richmond, November 14, 15 & 16/09. The Athletics Canada Technical Congress brings together Canada's leading Coaches for a weekend of Technical Presentations, Discussions and Program Planning.

For more information and application form, visit:

See Technical Congress Information, Registration and Program Details at:

SportsFunder In-Province Travel Program - DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 16, 2009

The BC SportsFunder Program funded by the Lotteries Branch of the Ministry of Housing and Social Development is to support travel within British Columbia for junior age athletes and under. For BC Athletics this program is targeted to assist athletes and supervising adults as members of BC Athletics Clubs or as Unattached Members of BC Athletics with the costs of travel within British Columbia to BC Championships, BC Team Trials, BC Club Competition and approved Training Camps.

To view the program outline and the download the application form, please visit: 

Registration open for Haney to Harrison Relay & 100K Ultra

Online registration is now open for the 2009 Haney to Harrison Relay and 100K Ultra, to be held November 7th, 2009. Teams of 8 runners contest the 100K Relay, while the Ultra is also designated as the 2009 ACU 100K National Championship. Sign up today! 

2009-2010 BC Athlete Assistance Program (BC Carding)

Information and application is available at: 
Submission Deadline: October 16, 2009


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 Awards Criteria -

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 - 

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

2009 BC Athletics Event Calendars

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

Run Jump Throw

Run Jump Throw and Speed Agility Skills Training Program - Victoria, Sundays until November 29, 2009

The National Athletics Endurance Centre Victoria is presenting Run Jump Throw and Speed Agility Skills training sessions on Sundays starting September 20, 2009 through support from PacificSport Victoria and the University of Victoria Athletics and Recreation. Children ages 6 - 11 can learn and practice the skills of the Run Jump Throw program with fully qualified RJT Instructors and members of the Vikes Track and Field Team, every Sunday beginning September 20, 2009 and running until November 29, 2009. Please click on the outline and registration form below for more information on the program.

NOTE: Registration forms are to be returned to: National Endurance Centre c/o PacificSport Victoria: 100 - 4346 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria, BC V8Z 5M1



Cannery Road Race Half Marathon - Prince Rupert

1. Robert Zeiger, 1:36:10
1. Carla Briggs, 1:41:21

Cannery Road Race 10K - Prince Rupert

1. Luke Robin, 38:41
1. Jenny Reid, 46:12

Cannery Road Race 5K - Prince Rupert

1. Ben Thorne, 17:09
1. Elizabeth Feser, 23:44

Blue Heron Half Marathon - Creston

1. Alex Boyd, 1:29:35
1. Kim Miller, 1:35:27

Blue Heron 10K - Creston

1. Chris Kent, 41:27
1. Kelly Geisheimer, 39:37

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

BC athletes were the first two Canadian across the finish line at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. In a race won by Kenyan Kenneth Mungara in a Canadian All-Comers record time of 2:08:31, David Jackson finished in 2:24:04 and Jason Loutitt was next across the line in 2:28:13. Jason finished just ahead of the first woman, Ethiopia's Amane Gobena, who clocked 2:28:31.

Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series

The Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series wrapped up at the Peak to Beak 18K event in Kelowna. Participants had to complete a minimum of 5 of the 12 races in the series, which started back in February with the Starting Block 10K in Vernon.

Series age group winners were:

F20-29 Genevieve Dunbar
F35-39 Mandy Sellars
F40-44 Andrea Reichl
F45-49 Sally Heinrick
F50-54 Cindy Rhodes
F55-59 Laurelee Welder
F60-64 Jill Devenish
F65-69 Kathleen Yanke
F70-74 Agnes Hansel

M00-15 Bryce Turner
M20-29 Jason Rodine
M30-34 Glenn Lear
M35-39 Kenny Simms
M40-44 Dirk Handke
M45-49 Rory Switzer
M50-54 Ivan McKnight
M55-59 Leo Rankin
M60-64 Brian Rourke
M65-69 Peter Pollhammer
M70-74 Jud Thompson
M75-79 Guenter Naumann

Congratulations too to the four Iron Legs finalists who completed all 12 races, Mel Doherty, Kenny Simms, Darin Johanason and Linda Conrad. Cindy Rhodes claimed top spot in the women's age-graded division for the third consecutive year. And Rory Switzer is the male age-graded victor.

Canadian 10k Road Running Championships, October 17, 2009, Toronto

The Timex National Road Race Series Finale will be held in conjunction with the Canadian 10K Road Running Championships at the Oasis ZooRun in Toronto on October 17.

Congratulations and good luck to the following athletes who have been selected for the BC Team.

Ryan McKenzie
Scott Simpson
Jay Macdonald
Craig Odermatt

Kristina Rody
Rachel Ruus
Natasha Wodak
Chessa Adsit-Morris

John Hill (Coach/Manager)

Royal Victoria Half Marathon Reaches Cap - Over 9,500 Registered in the Four Events

(Victoria, BC - September 10, 2009) With just four weeks to go until the 30th Annual Royal Victoria Marathon, the Half Marathon is now full having reached its cap of 5,400. To date over 9,500 registrations have been received for all four events - the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and the THRIFTY FOODS Kids Marathon - Kids Run, which takes place on Sunday, October 11. This is a 56% increase over the same time last year.

"For the first time ever we have capped the number of participants in each of the four races," says Cathy Noel, General Manager of RVM. "The fact that we are sold out in the Half Marathon with a month to go shows how popular this race distance is. We urge everyone to sign up now for the other events so you won't be disappointed."

The regular registration deadline is September 15, after which late fees will apply to the Marathon and 8K Road Race. The Marathon has 2,500 registered and there are 1,300 in the 8K - but this number is expected to increase prior to the deadline.

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Royal Victoria Marathon. The marathon is a certified Boston Marathon qualifier and was earlier this year chosen by BC Athletics to host the 2009 Provincial Marathon Championships for junior, senior and master runners, for both men and women. There is $26,000 available in prize money with $3,000 each going to the top male and female and a $5,000 bonus for a new men's or women's course record. In 2006, Steve Osaduik broke a 25-year record by winning the Marathon in 2:16:49.

For more details, visit 

Haney-to-Harrison Relay and 100K Ultra

Online registration is now open for the 2009 Haney to Harrison Relay and 100K Ultra, to be held November 7th, 2009. Teams of 8 runners contest the 100K Relay, while the Ultra is also designated as the 2009 ACU 100K National Championship. Sign up today! 

2009 10km Canadian Championships to take place at Oasis Zoo Run - Early Bird Deadline: October 13th, 2009

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada announced today that the 2009 10km Road Race Championships will take place as part of the Oasis Zoo Run held October 17 at the Toronto Zoo in Toronto, ON. The event will also serve as the stage for the grand finale of the 2009 Timex National Road Race Series which comprises of over 110 races with in excess of 140,000 participants every year.

"Athletics Canada is very happy to have our 10km national championships take place during the Oasis Zoo Run organized by Canada Running Series. We also have the pleasure of partnering with them for the Canadian Half Marathon Championships and for this summers' World Cup Marathon project in Berlin," commented Martin Goulet, Athletics Canada Chief High Performance Officer. Goulet added, "I am confident they will deliver a first class event to our athletes and spectators alike."

"We're just delighted," said Alan Brookes, Race Director for Canada Running Series. "This is an outstanding opportunity to grow our sport — to bring together the Federation, Canada's two premier running Series', and two marvelous sponsors in Oasis Juices [Lassonde] and Timex Canada. Together, we can build a bigger, better, higher profile, more exciting event that makes everyone — and especially the sport — a winner."

A number of star athletes took part in last years' event held in Ottawa including race winner Simon Bairu of Regina, SK, Eric Gillis from Guelph, ON, Gitah Macharia of Oakville, ON and Taylor Milne from Guelph, ON. Gillis and Milne were members of last summers' Olympic Games team with Macharia set to take part in the upcoming World Championships beginning August 15 in Berlin, Germany.

About the event

Timex National Road Race Series Finale (TNRRS)

Great Timex prizing will be up for grabs for participants and provincial teams taking part in the Timex National Road Race Series Finale. Follow this link:  for more information regarding the TNRRS, to see provincial calendars and for up to date provincial standings.

For more information contact:
Emily Hooper
Coordinator, Public Relations & Corporate Services
Athletics Canada
613 260 5580 ext. 3332

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

Cross Country & Trail Running


Frosty Mountain 50K - Manning Park

1. Chris Downie, 5:01:51
1. Tamsin Anstey, 5:25:38

Frosty Mountain 25K - Manning Park

1. Dirk Handke, 2:42:21
1. Martina Ramage, 3:02:01

Frosty Mountain 13K - Manning Park

1. Stephen Parslow, 40:06
1. Lindsay Skrivanos, 51:08

Loon Lake 13.4K - Powell River

1. Kevin Sigouin, 49:53
1. Shelley Armitage, 59:11

Loon Lake 7.35K - Powell River

1. Matthew Behan, 33:08
1. Lisa Morrow, 31:01

South Fraser 8K/5K - Surrey

1. Jay Macdonald, 25:41.1
1. Rachel Ruus, 18:00.0

Whistler Spirit Run Univ/Open Men 8K - Whistler

1. Carl Johnston, 26:36

Whistler Spirit Run Univ/Open Women 6K - Whistler

1. Darcie Montgomery, 23:29

Whistler Spirit Run 10K - Whistler

1. Steve Mattina, 37:13
1. Karen Warrendorf, 43:37

Pete Steilberg Geoduck Cross Country Classic - Olympia, WA

Clan men and women clean up at Evergreen: 

BC Cross Country Championships, 2010 and 2011

BC Athletics invites applications to host the BC Cross Country Championships in 2010 and 2011. Complete hosting requirements are contained in the bid application package. BC Athletics provides hosting grants and limited championship prize money, subject to budget and application deadlines. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2009. To apply to host the Cross Country Championship, please complete this form: 

Track & Field


Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Toronto, Ontario, September 26 septembre

Men Marathon masculin
14. David Jackson, 2:24:01.9
15. Jason Loutitt, 2:28:11.1
16. Terry Gehl, 2:32:44.2

Women Marathon féminin
9. Krista Duchene, 2:50:34.0
12. Natalie Goyer, 2:55:25.2
13. Grace Baker, 2:59:30.5

Western International Cross Country, London, Ontario, September 26 septembre

Women 5km féminin
1. Lindsay Carson, 17:01.6 (Meet Record / Record de la compétition)
2. Tamara Jewett, 17:31.3
3. Geneviève Lalonde, 17:35.9

Super Track and Field Meeting, Kawasaki, Japan/Japon, September 23 septembre

Women 100m Hurdles / 100m haies féminin
1. Perdita Felicien, 12.74

BUPA Great North Run, Newcastle, England/Angleterre, September 20 septembre

Wheelchair Half Marathon / Demi-marathon en fauteuil roulant
2. Josh Cassidy, 42:12 (Personal and Meet Record / Record personnel et de la compétition)

From Athletics Canada

2009 Men's 10km Canadian Championship shaping up to feature World Class field

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada in partnership with Canada Running Series is excited to confirm a strong group of elites today who will compete at the 2009 Canadian 10km Road Race Championships in Toronto on October 17th. The 2009 Championships are taking place as part of the Oasis Zoo Run and include the Timex National Road Race Series Finale.

Elites at the line

Simon Bairu from Regina, Saskatchewan is the defending 10km road race champ and also held the 2006 title. At the 2009 Track and Field Championships he took gold in the 5000 metres; in 2007 he travelled to Osaka, Japan to compete against the world's best at the World Championships. Bairu's personal best in the 10km is 28 minutes 29 seconds set in 2007 at the Nordion 10K in Ottawa.

From Hamilton, Ontario, Reid Coolsaet recently took part in the marathon at the 2009 World Championships held in Berlin, Germany where he set a personal best mark. Coolsaet qualified for Worlds by winning the Canadian Marathon Championship earlier this year in his first ever marathon. He was 5th at the 2006 10km Championships; at the Track & Field Championships in June he placed first in the 10 000 metres.

Malindi Elmore, from Calgary, Alberta, is the reigning 1500 metres champion and was second this year at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York. She also placed second at the inaugural Festival of Excellence in Toronto in the mile.

Ryan McKenzie from Windsor, Ontario will not only challenge for the men's Canadian title but is also a member of British Columbia's provincial Timex National Road Race Series team which will be looking to earn a provincial title. McKenzie competed in the 2006 10km Championships finishing 6th, he's the 2007 Canadian 1500 metres champion and placed 3rd earlier this year at the Times Colonist 10K in Victoria, BC.

Guelph, Ontario's Taylor Milne is competing in his third Canadian 10km Championship where he captured silver in 2007 and finished 7th in 2008. At the 2009 Festival of Excellence in Toronto he won silver in the mile; in 2008 he competed in the 1500 metres at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Dylan Wykes, from Kingston, Ontario is the 2007 10km Champion and was a marathon teammate of Coolsaet at the World Championships in Berlin. He established a new personal best this year over the 10km distance, placing second in 29 minutes and 12 seconds at the Vancouver Sun Run.

Prizing & Champions

Canadian titles will not be the only ones on the line on October 17; masters, age category champions and Timex Series Individual and Provincial Team Champions will all be gunning for prizing at the Zoo.

A fundraiser for the Toronto Zoo, the race will take place on the roads surrounding the zoo and loop through the zoo grounds. For more information regarding the Canadian 10km Road Race Championships please visit For all Oasis Zoo Run information see

Jeux de la Francophonie begin Sunday, September 27th

OTTAWA - The 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie (JDLF) begin this Sunday, Sept 27th in Beirut, Lebanon. The JDLF Games are held over 10 days and encompass French-speaking nations from around the Globe. The last edition in 2005 held in Niger included participation from 55 nations.

Athletics Canada has sent a large team, in total 67 athletes, with a healthy mixture of veterans and new comers. Daniel St-Hilaire, Head Coach of the 2009 JDLF track and field team comments; "JDLF are an opportunity for athletes from countries where French is spoken to extend their season until October; a good opportunity to realize great performances in a friendly atmosphere."

2005 JDLF veterans include Esther Akinsulie of Ottawa, ON who won a silver medal in the 4x400m as well as placing 4th in the 400m and 7th in the 200m; Jared MacLeod of Winnipeg, MB took silver in the 110m hurdles; Derek Watkins of Ottawa, ON placed 5th in the decathlon and David Foley of Sherbrooke, Quebec was 9th in pole vault.

For information, including the complete team list, schedule, results and more visit  

Athletics Canada would like to remind all athletes to consult their regular physicians to ensure that all their basic vaccines are up to date. 

Furthermore, as athletes travel frequently and have contact with many people, Hepatitis A and B vaccines (or the combination vaccine) are highly recommended.

We recommend that athletes also get vaccinated with the regular seasonal flu vaccine. This is usually available through a large number of locations across the country in October and November. This needs to be repeated every year.

Canada is developing a vaccine for H1N1 (swine) flu. This vaccine is not available yet but is expected to be out in November of this year. Do not confuse this with regular flu (influenza) vaccine. Although we do not have all the information available yet, Athletics Canada will almost surely recommend that athletes get vaccinated with the H1N1 vaccine.

It is our belief that vaccinations can be considered a natural form of medicine as they work by stimulating and readying your immune system from subsequent attack. Even when a vaccine is not 100% effective, there is often some protection offered from similar or modified viruses.

Although viruses may attack different population groups with varying virulence, keep in mind that even athletes may contract an illness, which, at the very least, will shut down their training for a period of time.

Canadian Cross Country Technical Package

The Technical Package for the 2009 Canadian Cross Country Championships is now available online at Please note the early bird deadline for the Championships is Monday November 16, 2009 at 4:00pm EDT.

If you have any questions, please contact Camille Baguio - Acting Coordinator, Events & Membership Services at or 613.260.5580 ext.3336

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

Technical Package:

If you have any questions, please contact Camille Baguio - Acting Coordinator, Events & Membership Services at or 613.260.5580 ext.3336

Athletics Canada 2009 Technical Congress

The 2009 Technical Congress Registration Package is now available; please visit

The 2009 Technical Congress will take place November 14 - 16th at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, BC.

For more information:

Emily Hooper
Coordinator, Public Relations and Corporate Services
Athletics Canada
(613) 260-5580 Ext. 3332

From the Coaching Association of Canada

It's Time to Celebrate Canada's Coaches!

Campbell's® Chunky® partners with CAC to find Canada's Most Valuable Coach

Starting today, the Coaching Association of Canada and Chunky Soup, in association with TSN, will recognize the contributions of Canadian coaches with the launch of the second year of the Chunky MVC: Most Valuable Coach contest. This program encourages the millions of Canadians involved in community, amateur and competitive sports to visit to nominate a coach who has made a real difference in their lives and the lives of others by reflecting and promoting the values of leadership, activeness and community. This year's winner of Chunky MVC will receive a prize package valued at $25,000 for his or her athletes and community.

If you know a coach that deserves recognition for the outstanding work they do, then go to and nominate that coach to be the Chunky MVC!

Be sure to keep an eye out for Chunky MVC in-store presence and media appearances!

For more information, contact:

Britany Gordon
Assistant, Programs and Communications
Coaching Association of Canada
613-235-5000, ext. 9-2389

Featured Sport Nutrition Tip of the Month - "Hyponatremia"

Hyponatremia is the technical term used to describe low sodium levels in the blood. Although rare, this condition can occur in healthy, active individuals. Left untreated hyponatremia can result in severe nausea, vomiting, disorientation, and possibly even death.

This month's Sport Nutrition Tip of the Month "Hyponatremia" explains the cause of hyponatremia, its symptoms, the factors that increase one's risk, and methods of prevention.

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

Sport BC is pleased to announce that the Community Sport Hero® Awards will travel to the community of Terrace next. The awards will honour long-standing community volunteers who have made a significant contribution to sport. Nominations for the Community Sport Hero® Awards in Terrace are due: September 25th.

For more information on the Community Sport Hero Awards, please access the following link: 

Reminders, Resources, Newsletters and FYI


All Abbreviated Therapeutic Use Exemptions to expire December 31, 2009

(Ottawa, Ontario - August 6, 2009) - Athletes who currently hold an Abbreviated Therapeutic Use Exemption (ATUE) should be aware that any ATUE issued by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) or by any international federation, that shows an expiry date in 2010 or beyond, will no longer be valid past December 31, 2009.

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Courses and Seminars

Track and Field Coaching Workshops - NCCP Level 1 Technical, Sport Coach

Description: An introduction to track & Field coaching - Ideal for the school educator/coach, club parent, community volunteer. The presentation will provide you with the material, knowledge and confidence to help you with your Track & Field Coaching and start you on your way to becoming a Certified Track & Field Coach.


When: Friday, Oct, 23, Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25
Where: Apple Bowl, Kelowna BC
Learning Facilitator: Ron Bunting, Level 3 Coach, Learning Facilitator
Hosted and Supported by Kelowna Track and Field Club and BC Athletics


When: Friday, Oct, 16, Saturday, Oct. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 18
Where: Langley Secondary School (McLeod Park - Langley Track) 21405 56th Ave, Langley BC
Learning Facilitator: Barb Vida, Level 4 Coach, Learning Facilitator
Hosted and Supported by Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club and BC Athletics

For more information and registration forms, please visit 
Further information, contact Ron Bunting at 

Level 2 Track & Field Officials Workshop

Where: Thompson Rivers Activity Centre - 900 McGill Road, Kamloops, BC

When: Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 10am to 3pm (lunch provided)

Contact: Alwilda van Ryswyk 250.372.9640 or

The Level 2 Officials Course is the next step in the Officials Development and Training Program. The level 2 course content and training takes you into the beginning detail of Officiating, Rules and Tips on being a Fair and Responsible Official. Both Track and Field Event Officiating is presented and discussed along with the administrative procedures for paper flow. The presentation will provide you with the material, knowledge and confidence to help you with your Track & Field Officiating and continue your Officials Training and Certification.

Registration form available: 

Level 2 Track & Field Officials Workshop - Vancouver

November 14, 2009, Vancouver, BC
Registration deadline - November 6th, 2009
Registration form available: 

Athletics Canada Level 3 Competition Development Pilot Course:

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Note: BC Athletics will if funding is available, assist with Coaches attending Part 2 of this Course. Please contact Brian McCalder at the BC Athletics office after Oct 10/09 (expected time when funding will be known).

Introduction to the BC Society Act

This session has been specifically developed for Provincial Sport Organizations in BC.

Societies are a particular type of organization with their own structural and operational characteristics. This session will outline the democratic principles and common law that make societies 'societies', indicate how these are reflected in the BC Society Act, show how this sets the parameters for how societies incorporated under the Act are structured and operate, and set out what this means in practical terms to directors, staff, volunteers, and others who interact with the group.

It will help clarify many common issues faced by societies in BC, such as amateur sports groups, including: The role of directors and officers; the relationship between the board, staff, and members; who has what power, how it is exercised, and the limitations; the purpose, role and relationship between constitutions and bylaws and policies; what the distinction is between a member as defined under the Act and what many groups define as members of their organizations; the relationship between provincially incorporated societies and national bodies; and many others.

The session will provide plenty of examples and time for questions, and includes a comprehensive handout to refer to during and after the session. This is the most comprehensive session of its type in BC.

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Room 160, Sport Campus BC, Richmond

Registration is $250 per person. Includes materials, parking, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack. Space is limited.
Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 7, 2009 to 
Facilitators: Anders Ourom and Donald Golob

Please note that a week prior to the workshop date, registration levels will be reviewed and a final decision will be made in regards to the sessions.

*Due to limited space, a $25.00 fee will be levied for any registration cancelled without a 48-hour notice, as well as any "no shows".

Winter 2009/2010 Road Running Performance Clinics





Long Program #1 - September 30, 2009 to April 14, 2010 - $180 - Registration deadline September 29th
Long Program #2 - October 21, 2009 to April 14, 2010 - $160 - Registration Deadline October 20th
Short Program - January 5, 2010 to April 14, 2010 - $125 - Registration Deadline January 5th

Registration form available on the BC Athletics website 

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