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ISSUE #43-2009
Friday, November 13, 2009

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Highlights from this issue:

  • Athletics Canada honoured as 2009 Sheila Robertson Award Recipient
  • Updated Athletics Canada Awards Finalists
  • 2010 BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet; Annual General Meeting Reports
  • Featured Sport Nutrition Tip of the Month - Nutrition for Cold Weather Sports
  • H1N1 Vaccination - Sports Teams
  • CMAA Announces Membership Arrangement for 2010 WMA Indoor Championships
  • Tim Frick and Keith Russell Share Prestigious National Award from CAC
  • BC Athletics Club Membership Renewal Forms for 2010 online now - Due December 31st, 2009


From the BC Athletics Office

H1N1 Vaccination - Sports Teams

To B.C.'s Sport Organization Coaches and General Managers:

It has come to my attention that members of hockey teams in Abbotsford and Chilliwack received H1N1 vaccinations at a public clinic before they were eligible. This action is in clear violation of the public health guidelines that are put in place to ensure our limited vaccine supply is targeted to those groups who are most at risk and who would most benefit from receiving it.

As we are approaching the peak of the second wave of the H1N1 pandemic in B.C., I can understand that many sports teams are concerned about their players and the potential for these athletes to catch the H1N1 flu virus. I'm sure this concern is heightened because of the close contact that is a part of amateur and professional sports.

I wanted to write to you to ensure that you were aware that H1N1 vaccination of sports teams is outside of the recommend prioritized use of our presently scarce vaccine supplies. I want to encourage you not to seek out early vaccination, but instead, to promote personal, respiratory and environmental hygiene amongst your team and in your locker rooms. Until we have sufficient supplies of vaccine to open up our clinics to healthy members of the general public, we are asking that you not seek out avenues of bypassing a system that aims to use scarce resources to protect the most vulnerable.

If any player on your team is eligible by reason of an underlying health condition I encourage them to receive vaccine. For the healthy members of B.C.'s sport teams and organizations, I encourage you to wait until members of the general public are eligible to be immunized.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

P.R.W. Kendall
Provincial Health Officer

BC Athletics Officials Update

Following this year's Officials Annual General Meeting with a record attendance of over 40 BC Athletics Officials, the BCA Officials webpage has been updated. All information from this year's AGM is now online for you to view at: 

BC Athletics Club Membership Renewals

2010 Club application forms are available on the BC Athletics Website at: 

Please note, 2010 club applications are due December 31st, 2009.


To make sure the two new Masters categories are set up as simply and fairly as possible the following changes have been made to the categories. They are now based more on the members' age rather than what the member participates in. Please also note the name changes. These changes are now updated on ACDirect and in the on-line membership form on the BCA website.

Masters 40+

Masters 35-39

Note: In order to be eligible for Road and Cross Country Championships and championship medals, selection to BC Teams and funding, 35 - 39 year olds are required to hold a "Senior" membership and compete in the "Senior" category.

Masters in the Master 35-39 and Master 40+ categories who wish to compete as both a Master and a Senior should take out a "Senior" membership and indicate their particular Master category as a second membership type. The fee will be $94.50 and will include both memberships chosen.

2010 BC Athletics AGM

2010 BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet

Reservation forms for the Annual Awards Banquet are now available on the BC Athletics website - 
Please note the deadline for reservations is Friday, November 27, 2009.

2010 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting Reports

Reports to the 2010 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting will be posted on the website as they are received. 


BC Athletics Awards Nomination Criteria 

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 -

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).

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.

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

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: 

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

Run Jump Throw

Upcoming Workshop

Run Jump Throw 8 HR Community Workshop - Prince George

Date: November 21, 2009 - 9 am to 5 pm
Location: TBA, Prince George BC
Learning Facilitator: Allen Johnston

For registration information please visit: 

Course Contact: Kristen Harrott Tel: 250-960-5346 Email: 

Please visit for sample course outlines.

Road Running


ACU Canadian National 100Km Road Race Championship - Haney to Harrison

Leading from start to finish, Darin Bentley of Surrey, BC ran a steady race in challenging weather conditions to capture the ACU Canadian National 100Km Road Race Championship in a time of 7:49:37. This was the second fastest time ever in this race missing Darin's own course record by just under 10 minutes. Former race winner Matt Sessions of Burnaby, BC was second male and H2H newcomer Joe Huising of Edmonton, AB took third place.

Denise McHale of Whitehorse, Yukon won the Women's National Championship over Suzanne Evans of New Westminster, BC in a close race which saw the lead change hands with just 20 km to go. McHale pulled away to win in a women's course record time of 8:15:56 knocking over 53 minutes off the previous record. Evans who was suffering from the effects of the cold wind and rain held on for second place in 8:30:45 also besting the previous women's course record. Melanie Bos of Kelowna, BC took third place.

Race conditions were cold, wet and windy, with temperatures near 5 degrees Celsius (low forties F). A steady rain came down throughout the race with a biting wind which took its toll on many of the runners resulting in one of the highest dropout rates in the race history.

The course consists of paved highways following British Columbia's scenic Sasquatch Drive. Starting just outside Vancouver in Maple Ridge, the course winds its way over rolling hills, passing through Mission and into the lush farmlands of the Fraser Valley en route to the finish in the idyllic resort community of Harrison Hot Springs. This year marked the 13th running of the event and the first year that the race has hosted the ACU National Championship.

Of course, if it weren't for the volunteers, nobody would be running at all. The efforts of the volunteers cannot go unnoticed, particularly in cold wet rainy conditions. 40 athletes entered the championship, with 37 toeing the start line, and 27 finishers.

Haney to Harrison 100K Relay

The 28th Annual Haney to Harrison Road Relay was held in typically cold and wet conditions. 237 teams of 8 entered, with only one unable to make it to the start.

A new Corporate Open record was set this year, by the Running Room Corporate team. Their time of 6:15:02 bettered the previous best set by H.A.Simons 21 years ago by four and a half minutes.

A second Running Room team were the overall relay winners. adidas Running Room staged a 100K duel with O'Connor's Washed Up All Stars. The gauntlet was laid down on the very first leg with the All Stars in first and Running Room second. By half way the positions remained the same with only three minutes separating them. The turning point came on leg 5, with Kris Swanson running 6 minutes quicker than his rival. The All Stars were never able to regain the lost ground, winding up just over 4 minutes behind after nearly 6 hours of competition. adidas Running Room won in 5:39:25 to the All Stars 5:43:48. Vancouver Falcons ran an isolated third for almost the entire race, finishing in 5:53:37.

The women's race was not nearly as close, with the Women of Hershey finishing more than half an hour ahead of their closest competitors. Hersheys won in 6:54:42, with VFAC second in 7:25:46, and Lions Gate Road Runners third in 7:37:16.

Stage winners were:

Leg 1 (9.57K): Mark Wilkie, 31:50 Nancy Tinari, 37:59
Leg 2 (13.51K): Andrew Carruthers, 44:37 Cari Kuzyk, 58:03
Leg 3 (15.12K): Ryan Hayden, 50:45 Meaghan McCollum, 1:03:12
Leg 4 (14.42K): Graeme Wells, 47:33 Janette Purdham, 1:01:17
Leg 5 (13.12K): Kris Swanson, 43:12 Nikki Knapp, 53:31
Leg 6 (13.08K): Ryan McKenzie, 43:45 Care Wakely, 51:56
Leg 7 (13.47K): Jordan Mara, 44:48 Shannon Cleary, 53:03
Leg 8 (7.87K): Peter Corrigan, 25:40 Laura Maludzinski, 29:19

2010 Lower Mainland Road Race Series

The 2010 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 Steveston Ice-Breaker 8k in Richmond on January 17, and concludes with the Richmond Oval 10k on August 15. The ten events feature races over 5K, 8K, 10K and the half marathon. All races are sanctioned by B.C. Athletics, and all courses are certified. Full details can be found on the Series website at

2010 Frontrunners Island Race Series

The Frontrunners Island Race Series is designed to promote running, fitness and inter-club competition on the Island. The series is organized by the Vancouver Island Runners' Association (VIRA), and the local running clubs. Between January and April eight races will be staged in various Island communities in all categories from Junior to Veterans. Full details can be found on the Series website at

Cross Country & Trail Running


BC Cross Country Championships - Vancouver

A last minute change in venue to Jericho Beach did not deter participants in the 61st annual BC Cross Country Championships. And an unexpectedly sunny day was a welcome reprieve from the recent rains. The 10 championship races were keenly contested by more than 500 of BC's best athletes. Racing got underway with the youngest age groups, and culminated nearly 5 hours later with the senior and masters' men.

University athletes originating from Victoria dominated the Youth/Junior Women's 5,000m race. Maggie Woodward, attending UBC, ran out a comfortable winner in 18:09.71. Brittany Therrien, a UVic student, finished second in 18:16.53. Last year's Youth champion, Justine Johnson, who is now enrolled at the University of Washington, was third in 18:32.74. Alycia Butterworth won the Youth championship in 18:40.37.

Another Victoria athlete attending UVic was a convincing winner of the Youth/Junior Men's 7,000m race. Dylan Haight ran unchallenged most of the way to come home in 21:55.37. Two high school athletes followed, having fought neck and neck the entire race, before Justin Kent from Surrey was able to out-sprint Connor Clerke from Kelowna for the Youth title, 22:24.60 to 22:27.05.

Next up was the Senior/Masters Women's 6,000m race. Former SFU athlete Natasha Wodak of Port Moody and Anita Campbell from Abbotsford and attending the University of Washington, quickly opened up a gap on the rest of the field, and ran together for most of the first two laps. Entering the third and final lap, defending Senior champion, Marilyn Arsenault of Victoria, who had been patiently waiting for the leaders to come back to her, started to make a move. Campbell was the first to lose contact, and Arsenault surged past her on to the shoulder of Wodak with about a mile to go. But Wodak would not give up so easily. Arsenault and Wodak swapped the lead a couple of times before Arsenault made another effort up the final hill with under a kilometre to run. This time she managed to open a small gap on Wodak, but had to continue working hard all the way to the finish. Arsenault won in 20:32.80 to Wodak's 20:34.98, with Campbell holding on to third in 20:44.34.
Darcie Montgomery was a comfortable winner of the Masters Women title, clocking 22:28:07. However, Maureen de St. Croix produced the top age graded performance.

Victoria athletes completed a clean sweep of the major championships as Jon Brown also successfully defended his Senior Men's 10,000m title. For the first mile, a large group dominated by Prairie Inn Harriers vests were content to run together. But up the hill and through the woods for the first time, Brown slowly eased away from the pack. Running relaxed, and with almost metronomic consistency, he reel off each lap in slightly under 6 minutes, increasing his lead to over 200m by the end. Behind him a close battle ensued. Steve Osaduik held second for most of the race, but the chasers were never far behind. Richard Mosley started conservatively, but by the second lap had worked his way up to third place, where he and Jim Finlayson pushed each other, never more than a dozen strides behind Osaduik. Throughout the final lap Osaduik had to keep working hard to the line to be sure of second in 30:34.87, while Finlayson out-sprinted Mosley for third in 30:39:09. Brown's winning time was 29:50.91.

In the accompanying 8,000m Masters Men's race, Norm Tinkham defended his title, winning in 26:37.63. But ageless Rob Lonergan was not far behind, and hence produced the top age-graded performance.

Many of these athletes will be representing BC at the National Cross Country Championships in Guelph, ON on November 28.

2009 BC Cross Country Champions:

F9: Haley Ribiero, Ocean Athletics
F10: Danielle Steer, Ocean Athletics
F11: Julia Greer, Ocean Athletics
F12: Katie Weaver: Norwesters
F13: Erica DeSciffart, Nanaimo T&F
F14: Tanya Humeniuk, Killarney Secondary
F15: Kansas MacKenzie, Vancouver Thunderbirds
FYth: Alycia Butterworth, Oceanside
FJnr: Maggie Woodward, UBC
FSnr: Marilyn Arsenault, Island Road Racers
FMst: Darcie Montgomery, Hershey Harriers

M9: Thomas Kirkwood, St. George's School
M10: Joel Harrison, Langley Mustangs
M11: Jordan Fletcher, Langley Mustangs
M12: Jamal Reta, New West Spartans
M13: Thomas Oxland, Oceanside
M14: James Miles, West Vancouver
M15: Christian Gravel, Vancouver Thunderbirds
MYth: Justin Kent, Kwantlen Park
MJnr: Dylan Haight, UVic
MSnr: Jon Brown, Prairie Inn Harriers Racing Team
MMst: Norm Tinkham, Prairie Inn Harriers Racing Team

Lower Mainland JD Cross Country Series

The Lower Mainland Junior Development Cross Country Series wrapped up at the BC Cross Country Championships. The Series consisted of 5 races in September and October, with an athlete's best 3 scores being used to determine the winners.

Series age group winners were:

Girls 9: Mariana Martinez, Langley Mustangs
Girls 10: Danielle Steer, Ocean Athletics
Girls 11: Julia Greer, Ocean Athletics
Girls 12: Katie Weaver, Norwesters
Girls 13: Jenna Phipps, Ocean Athletics
Girls 14: Ally Ginther, Ocean Athletcis
Girls 15: Miranda Menzies, Royal City Track Club

Boys 9: Thomas Kirkwood, St. George's School
Boys 10: Joel Harrison, Langley Mustangs
Boys 11: Jordan Fletcher, Langley Mustangs
Boys 12: Jamal Reta, New West Spartans
Boys 13: Santiago Ward, New West Spartans
Boys 14: Trevor Knechtel, Vancouver Thunderbirds
Boys 15: Gaelen Moore, Vancouver Thunderbirds

Kal Park Cross Country 9.5K - Vernon

1. Skeets Morel, 36:07
1. Sarah Clark, 41:00

Starting Block Interior Running Cross Country Series

The Starting Block Interior Running Cross Country Series wrapped up at the Kal Park Cross Country. The Series consisted of 6 races from August to November. Athletes had to complete at least three races, with the best four results counting. Robin Cardew, Dirk Handke, Mel Doherty, Stan Gray, Wendy Schroeder, and Shirley Gray had the distinction of completing all six races.

Series age group winners were:

F<16: Emmy Sim
F20-29: Martina Zamecnik
F30-34: Sara Mitchell
F40-44: Dawna Jodoin
F45-49: Myra Mattila
F50-54: Wendy Schroeder
F55-59: Joanne Montgomery
F60-64: Linda Woodbury
F65-69: Shirley Gray

M16-19: Matthew Hidasi
M20-29: Cameron Egan
M30-34: Robin Cardew
M35-39: Trevor Haaheim
M40-44: Gary Wade
M45-49: Ian Robertson
M50-54: Ivan McKnight
M55-59: John O'Brien
M60-64: Jack Miller
M65-69: Garry Bell
M75-79: Bruce Butcher

Bill English Cross Country - Nanaimo

1. Jeff Brittan
1. Katelynn Ramage

NAIA Association of Independent Institution Championships - San Marcos, CA

SFU Men and Women second at A.I.I. Championships: 
Third place finish has T-Birds Nationals bound: 

CIS Championships

Cross-Country Vikes seek return of Canada West crown: 

From Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada honoured as 2009 Sheila Robertson Award Recipient

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada is extremely honoured to be named as this years' recipient of Coaches of Canada's Sheila Robertson Award. The official presentation of the award will take place tonight during the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Award Ceremony in Vancouver, BC.

Created in 2005, the Sheila Robertson Award is named after the founding editor of Coaches Report Magazine. It recognizes a national sport organization or multi-sport service organization consistently valuing, involving and supporting its coaches.
In its release announcing Athletics Canada as the 2009 recipient, Coaches of Canada stated: "Athletics Canada, this year's recipient, has made remarkable strides in coach recognition. New funds supported the development of an innovative coach-led high performance structure, news releases and a monthly e-newsletter regularly feature coaches, and the website highlights coach bios, profiles, and appointments. To ensure their involvement in decision making, coaches are included in leadership meetings."

Previous Recipients:

2008 - Skate Canada
2007 - Skate Canada
2006 - Diving Canada
2005 - Canadian Yachting Association

CMAA Announces Membership Arrangement for 2010 WMA Indoor Championships

OTTAWA - The Canadian Masters Athletic Association (CMAA) announced a 'Championships Membership' allowing non member athletes to become members for the duration of the 2010 World Masters Athletics (WMA) Indoor Championships. The 2010 WMA Championships will take place March 1st through 6th in Kamloops, BC.

Under this special arrangement, Canadian master athletes may purchase a 2010 WMA Indoor Championships CMAA membership for a nominal fee of $10.00.

President of the CMAA Brian Keaveney comments "The CMAA is committed to supporting the World Masters Indoor Championships, and the Kamloops organizers, so as to ensure that this World Championship event is as successful as it can be, and as many Canadian athletes as possible take advantage of the wonderful facilities and the excellent organization being offered by the people of Kamloops." In announcing the special membership arrangement, "we are providing our full technical support in any way that we can, and believe that athletes of all countries who attend the Kamloops Championships will come away with a renewed appreciation of challenging international competition in athletic events."

About the Championships:

The Championships will take place in the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops, BC and will include a full range of indoor track and field events including runs, throws and jumps, together with an indoor Pentathlon. In addition, outdoor events will include an 8km cross country run, half marathon, 10km race walk, hammer throw, discus and javelin which will be held in various locations throughout the city. The Tournament Capital Centre is a multi-sport facility which boasts one of the most modern and state-of-the-art indoor track and field facilities in Canada. Please visit for more information. 

To purchase your membership please visit:

For additional information:
Brian Keaveney
President, Canadian Master Athletic Association
(416) 605-8478 

Athletics Canada names 2009 Award Finalists

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada announced today the three finalists for each awards category as a lead in to the 2009 Athletics Canada Awards Gala. The finalists and winners are chosen by Athletics Canada's Awards Committee, the winners will be honoured at the Gala to be held Saturday November 14th in Vancouver, BC.

2009 Award Finalists

Jack W. Davies Trophy
Overall Athlete of the Year

Name                     Hometown        Accomplishment 
Perdita Felicien         Pickering, ON   World Championship Finalist (100mH)
Priscilla Lopes-Schliep  Whitby, ON      World Championship Silver Medalist (100mH)
Gary Reed                Victoria, BC    World Athletics Final Silver Medalist (800m)

Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy
Single Outstanding Performance of the Year

Julie Labonté            Ste-Justine, QC Canadian Junior Record, record had stood since 
                                         1964, at Canadian Junior Championships (Shot Put)
Priscilla Lopes-Schliep  Whitby, ON      World Championship Silver Medalist (100mH)
Gary Reed                Victoria, BC    World Athletics Final Silver Medalist (800m)

Phil A. Edwards Trophy
Track Athlete of the Year

Perdita Felicien         Pickering, ON   Canadian Champion & World Championship 
                                         Finalist (100mH)
Priscilla Lopes-Schliep  Whitby, ON      World Championship Silver Medalist (100mH)
Gary Reed                Victoria, BC    Canadian Champion & World Athletics Final 
                                         Silver Medalist (800m)

F.N.A. Rowell Trophy
Field Athlete of the Year

Sultana Frizell          Kamloops, BC    World Championship Finalist (Hammer Throw)
Julie Labonté            Ste Justine, QC Canadian Junior Champion & Canadian Junior 
                                         Record (Shot Put)
Jim Steacy               Lethbridge, AB  Summer Universiade, FISU Silver Medalist 
                                         (Hammer Throw)

Fred Begley Memorial Trophy
Off-Track Athlete of the Year

Simon Bairu              Regina, SK      Canadian Cross Country Champion
Reid Coolsaet            Hamilton, ON    Canadian Champion & Top Canadian finisher at 
                                         World Championships (Marathon)
Evan Dunfee              Richmond, BC    Canadian Junior Champion & CAN-USA Dual Meet 
                                         Gold Medalist (10km Race Walk)

Combined Events Award
Athlete of the Year in Combined Events

Jamie Adjetey-Nelson     Windsor, ON     Summer Universiade, FISU 6th (Decathlon)
Brianne Theisen          Humboldt, SK    Canadian Champion & 15th at the World Championships 

Eric E. Coy Trophy
Junior Athlete of the Year

Derek Drouin             Corunna, ON     Pan American Junior Championships Gold Medalist & 
                                         Canadian Junior Record (High Jump)
Julie Labonté            Ste Justine, QC Canadian Junior Champion & Canadian Junior Record 
                                         (Shot Put)
Alister McQueen          Calgary, AB     3-time IWAS World Juniors Gold Medalist & 
                                         World Junior Records (T44 100m-400m)

Myrtle Cook Trophy
Youth Athlete of the Year

Aaron Brown              Toronto, ON     World Youth Championships Silver Medalist & 
                                         Canadian Youth Record (100m)
Isaiah Christophe        Brampton, ON    4-time IWAS World Juniors Gold Medalist 
                                         (T54 100m-800m)
Djange Lovett            Langley, BC     World Youth Championships Bronze Medalist & 
                                         Canadian Youth Record (High Jump)
Gregory MacNeill         London, ON      World Youth Championships Bronze Medalist (110mH)

Dr. Fred Tees Memorial Trophy
Best University Athlete of the Year 

Jamie Adjetey-Nelson     Windsor, ON     CIS Championships Gold Medalist (Pentathlon) & 
                                         6th at FISU
Sam Effah                Calgary, AB     CIS Championships Gold Medalist & FISU Finalist (200m)
James Steacy             Lethbridge, AB  CIS Championships Gold Medalist & FISU Silver Medalist 
                                         (Hammer Throw)

Outstanding Para-Athlete of the Year - Wheelchair Events

Josh Cassidy             Oakville, ON    Daniela Jutzeler Memorial Bronze Medalist (T54 5000m) 
Keira Frie               Saskatoon, SK   IWAS World Junior Championships Multi Medalist 
                                         (T54 100m-1500m)
Diane Roy                Hatley, QC      Daniela Jutzeler Memorial Gold Medalist (T54 400m)

Outstanding Para-Athlete of the Year - Ambulatory Events

Noella Klawitter         Carleton Pl, ON Canadian Champion & Canadian Record (T12 400m)
Alister McQueen          Calgary, AB     3-time IWAS World Juniors Gold Medalist & 
                                         World Junior Records (T44 100m-400m)

Coach of the Year

Anthony McCleary         Pickering, ON   Coach at Elite Edge Club, coach of Priscilla
                                         Lopes-Schliep (100mH) and Toyin Olupona (100m) 
Dave Scott-Thomas        Guelph, ON      Coach at the University of Guelph and Speed River 
                                         Track and Field Club producing 7 individual 
                                         Canadian Champions in 2009
Brenda Van Tighem        Calgary, AB     The Lead Power and Speed coach at the University 
                                         of Calgary; personal coach to Sam Effah 
                                         (100 & 200m) and Amonn Nelson (200m&400m)

Tickets for the Awards Gala, which include a cocktail reception beginning at 6:00pm followed with dinner at 7:00pm are now on sale now for $50.00. To purchase your ticket please contact Chris Woods at (613) 260-5580 Ext. 3315 or

For more information on Athletics Canada's Awards please visit:

From the Coaching Association of Canada

Tim Frick and Keith Russell Share Prestigious National Award

CAC is pleased to announce that two exceptional coaches will be presented the Geoff Gowan Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009: emulated wheelchair basketball coach Tim Frick, and world-renowned gymnastics coach Keith Russell.

Tim Frick

Best known for his achievements as a wheelchair basketball coach, Tim Frick and his national women's team have compiled a record that rivals any by a Canadian team. Esteemed for his ability to encourage his athletes to achieve levels they did not believe possible, his influence as a leader reaches far beyond the basketball court. Athletes of all ages, skills, and backgrounds respect him as a tireless teacher, a dedicated mentor, a great motivator, and a generous advocate.

A passionate educator and committed mentor, Frick willingly shares his knowledge with other coaches. Dedicated to furthering the coaching profession, he has supported numerous aspiring coaches, leading to the development of a strong pool of junior and national coaches.

"Tim Frick's positive approach has brought Canada the respect and admiration of athletes and audiences worldwide," says Jean-Marie De Koninck, chair of CAC's Board of Director. "His willingness to go above and beyond what is expected is a testament to his dedication to the coaching profession."

Keith Russell

For close to 40 years, Keith Russell has helped to guide the development of every gymnastics coach in the country through his teachings and his mentoring, in all disciplines and at all levels of performance. At the University of Saskatchewan, Russell is a respected professor and coach. Over the years, he has introduced gymnastics to countless physical education students, many of whom have continued to teach, coach, and enjoy gymnastics and become leaders in the sport at provincial and national levels.

Widely published, Russell is world renowned for his ability to explain science to coaches. He has brought the Canadian system of gymnastics to innumerable international coaching courses and clinics, and he continues to educate the international gymnastics community in his new role as President of the Fédération internationale de gymnastique Scientific Commission.

"Keith embodies a lifetime commitment to coaching education and a passion for gymnastics," says De Koninck. "It is impossible to find a coach in Canada who has not been influenced or mentored in some way by him."

About the Geoff Gowan Award

Dr. Geoff Gowan is a former track and field, soccer, and rugby coach who now resides in Halifax. He was president of CAC for 16 years and for 25 years was a popular and respected colour commentator for CBC's television coverage of track and field.

The Geoff Gowan Award was created in 1996 and recognizes lifetime contribution to coaching development. It is awarded to a coach who has presented a positive public image of coaching and enhanced the role of the coach with the Canadian public.

Previous winners of the Geoff Gowan Award are:

2008 Douglas Leigh, Figure Skating
2007 Andy Higgins, Athletics
2006 Clare Drake, Ice Hockey
2005 Charles Cardinal, Volleyball
2004 Donald Dion, Diving
2003 Marilyn Savage, Artistic Gymnastics
2002 Al Morrow, Rowing
2000 Doug Clement, Athletics
1999 Jack Donohue, Basketball
1996 Geoff Gowan, Athletics

The Geoff Gowan Award will be presented during Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif, scheduled to take place in Vancouver, November 12-15, 2009. The Sport Leadership Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday, November 13, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Grand Ballroom.

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!

Nominations will be accepted from September 14, 2009 to January 6, 2010.

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 - Nutrition for Cold Weather Sports

Special attention to adequate fuel and fluids is imperative in cold weather sports. The cold temperature can suppress an athlete's appetite, increase their energy expenditure by shivering, and, depending on the location, can make it very difficult to refuel and rehydrate. 

This month's Sport Nutrition Tip "Nutrition for Cold Weather Sports" will help coaches and athletes plan their nutrition accordingly when facing cold temperatures.

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

Sport BC Community Sport Hero Deadlines

All Sport BC Community Sport Hero Deadlines can be viewed at:

Sport BC Athlete of the Year Award Nominations

Nomintation for the Sport BC Athlete of Year Awards are now being accepted. For more information, please visit: 

For Athletes

Best in the West 2010 - Phoenix, Arizona

The Vancouver Thunderbirds are organizing a spring training camp for high school track and field athletes. The camp is in Phoenix, Arizona from March 27-April 5. The coaching staff includes Tom Nielsen (throws), Nick Stoffberg (sprints, hurdles, jumps), Chris Johnson (endurance), and Stephanie McCann (pole vault, sprints, jumps). Spots are filling up fast, so be sure to sign-up soon if you want to attend. For a link to the flyer and application forms go to: 

Reminders, Resources, Newsletters and FYI

SportMedBC Best Practices Newsletter: November 4, 2009

In this issue:

To view the full edition of this issue of the Best Practices Newsletter, please visit: 

Coaches Association of BC (CABC) ENews for November 2009

Included this month:

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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

Level 2 Track & Field Officials Workshop

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.


Where: Renfrew Branch, Vancouver Public Library, 2969 E 22 Ave, Vancouver BC
When: November 14, 2009 (classroom presentation - 5 to 6 hours)
Registration deadline: November 6th, 2009
Course Contact: John Cull (604) 599-6638 or 
Registration form available: 

Athletics Canada Level 3 Competition Development Pilot Course:

For more information, please visit

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).

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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