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ISSUE #44-2009
Friday, November 20, 2009

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Highlights from this issue:

  • BC Athletes representing Canada at the Chiba Ekiden Relay, November 23 - Japan
  • 2009 Canadian Cross Country Championships, November 28, Guelph
  • Simon Whitfield to race in 2009 Cross Country Championships
  • Athletics Canada announces 2009 Award Recipients at Awards Gala
  • 2010 BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet; Annual General Meeting Reports
  • BC Athletics Club Membership Renewal Forms for 2010 online now - Due December 31st, 2009


From the BC Athletics Office

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 -

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 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:

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

Chiba Ekiden Relay, November 23 - Japan

Good luck to BC athletes representing Canada in this prestigious international relay:

Richard Lee (coach)
Thelma Wright (manager)

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


Thetis Lake Relay - Victoria

The Harriers Thetis Lake Relay is a 4 x 5K relay or solo event, now in its 13th year. The race winner was a Senior Men's team, NTC French Connection, in 1:01:34, while the NTC Rookies were the top women's team in 1:16:49. The first Senior Mixed team was the PIH Pokey Parents, featuring Meghan Day and Paddy McCluskey, in 1:10:12; they were fifth overall. Wendy Davies and Louise Proulx, running as a two-person team, completely destroyed the Veteran Women's course record lowering it by 8 minutes and 18 seconds against a previous four-person team. The PIH Vintage Veterans finished 57th in 1:28:25. Shane Ruljancich won the Solo Division with a blistering time of 1:10:27, finishing sixth overall of 141 four-person teams. There were an additional 8 Solo runners to bring the total to 149 teams; the race is limited to 150 teams and sold out three days in advance.

Phantom Run 24K - North Vancouver

1. Doug Giles, 2:22:04
1. Shannon Back, 2:30:24

Phantom Run 19K - North Vancouver

1. Peter Denny, 2:27:28
1. Alison Ezzat, 2:11:07

Phantom Run 12K - North Vancouver

1. Joel Evans, 1:07:34
1. Eva Glickman, 1:22:51

CIS Cross Country Championships

Pieterson and Mallie make for all-Canadian combination:

Vikes capture conference crown: 

2009 Canadian Cross Country Championships, November 28, Guelph

The 2009 Junior, Senior and Masters Canadian Cross Country Championships will be held in Guelph, ON on November 28.

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

Junior Women

Maggie Woodward, UBC/Pacific Athletics
Alycia Butterworth, Oceanside
Sasha Schoch, Vernon
Kiya Posthumus, Valley Royals
Leah Regan, Golden Ears
Sarah Bailey, Vernon

Junior Men

Dylan Haight, UVic/ Pacific Athletics
Justin Kent, South Fraser
Conner Clerke, Kelowna
Rowan Forseth, UBC
Luc Bruchet, UBC/Ocean Athletics
Kyle Irvine, UVic

Senior Women

Marilyn Arsenault, Island Road Racers
Natasha Wodak, unattached
Kristina Rody, Vancouver Falcons
Lucy Smith, Prairie Inn Harriers RT
Rachel Ruus, unattached
Laura Maludzinski, Pacific Athletics

Senior Men

Steve Osaduik, Prairie Inn Harriers RT
Jim Finlayson, Prairie Inn Harriers RT
Richard Mosley, Prairie Inn Harriers RT
Kyle Jones, Prairie Inn Harriers RT
Matt Clout, Island Road Racers
Logan Burke, UVic

Masters Women

Juliette Christie, Prairie Inn Harriers RT
Debbie Jordan, Ocean Athletics
Nicola Everton, Ocean Athletics

Masters Men

Rob Lonergan, Hershey Harriers
Paul Reimer, Deerfoot
Anthony Skuce, unattached
Neil Holm, unattached


Sean Baynton, coach
Barb Vida, coach
Maurice Wilson, team manager

Up to 20 additional BC athletes are also entered in the Championships. Good luck to all.

From Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada announces 2009 Award Recipients at Awards Gala

VANCOUVER - Athletics Canada announced today the winners of its annual awards at the 2009 Awards Gala presented by Mondo. Held in Vancouver, BC, the ceremony coincides with the 2009 Technical Congress. Congratulations to all recipients, finalists and nominees.

Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, Whitby, ON

Priscilla's incredible performances throughout the year, highlighted by her silver medal at the IAAF World Championships in the 100 metre hurdles, aided her in capturing these three awards. She was the world leader for over a month (May 8 to June 20), as well as bettered her own personal best on numerous occasions. To close her season Priscilla placed fourth in one of athletics' most competitive events at the World Athletics Final in a race where 2nd through 5th place registered identical finishing times.

Sultana Frizell, Perth, ON

Sultana started the outdoor season with a bang breaking and then bettering her Canadian Record. Her strong performances took her to her first World Championships where she finished 10th and was the first Canadian women to ever make it into a World Championship hammer throw final.

Diane Roy, Hatley, QC

Three-time Canadian Champion in 2009, Diane Roy, a T54 classification wheelchair racer captured the national titles in the 400, 800 and 1500 metre events. Diane also won bronze at the Boston Marathon, silver medals at the Swiss Open (in the 400m, 800m, and 1500m) and captured gold and bronze medals at the Daniela Jutzeler Memorial in the 400m and 1500m respectively.

Brianne Theisen, Humboldt, SK

For her first time ever on the World stage Brianne Theisen took on seven events in the Heptathlon at the World Championships, finishing 15th and setting three event personal bests along the way. For the University of Oregon Brianne captured the bronze at the NCAA Indoor Championships, and Gold while setting a personal best at the NCAA Outdoor Championships; she holds four records for Oregon including the Heptathlon, Pentathlon, 60 metre hurdles and 100 metre hurdles. She is the 2009 Canadian Champion in the Heptathlon.

James Steacy, Lethbridge, AB

The highlight of Jim's year was stepping on the podium at Summer Universiade (FISU) with a silver medal hanging from his neck; Jim was also the Canadian team flag bearer for the opening ceremonies. His strong season included two Canada West Championships gold medals in the shot put and weight throw. Jim was undefeated in the weight throw for his entire University career and undefeated in the shot put this season, he went on to capture the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) titles while breaking another meet, provincial and school record in the weight throw. He was the 2009 Canadian Champion in the hammer throw.

Reid Coolsaet, Hamilton, ON

Running in his first marathon ever Reid captured the 2009 Canadian Marathon title. Qualifying as a member of the World Cup team competing in Berlin at the World Championships, Reid set a new personal best finishing 25th overall and was the top Canadian finisher in the marathon.

Alister McQueen, Calgary, AB

At the IWAS World Junior Championships Alister took centre stage in the T44 amputee classification winning three gold medals, setting one Canadian Record (100m), and three World Junior Records (100m, 200m, 400m). Alister is the 2009 Canadian Champion in all three events, as well he holds all three Canadian Records.

Derek Drouin, Corunna, ON

Derek captured gold at the Pan American Junior Championships in the high jump while setting a new Canadian Junior and Meet Record. He is the 2009 Canadian Junior High Jump Champion and Canadian Senior Championships silver medalist. Competing for Indiana University, Drouin captured the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships silver medal, was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and bettered the 35 year standing Indiana State High Jump Record.

Aaron Brown, Toronto, ON

At the 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships Brown ran four strong races in the 100 metres; first he bettered the Canadian Youth Record in the quarter-final and then went on to capture the silver medal. Brown's strong season continued winning gold at the Legion Canadian Youth Championships.

Anthony McCleary, Pickering, ON

This year's recipient of the Outstanding Coach of the Year is Anthony McCleary. Anthony is the head coach at Elite Edge Club as well as the personal coach to Olympic Bronze Medalist and World Championships Silver Medalist Priscilla Lopes-Schliep. McCleary also coaches Canadian female 100m champion Toyin Olupona.

Jennifer Campbell, Winnipeg, MB

The National Officials Committee recognized Jennifer Campbell as the 2009 recipient of the Official of the Year Award. Athletics Canada is extremely proud to have worked with the National Officials Committee in recognizing this very deserving recipient for all of her contributions to officiating and the sport.

For more information regarding Athletics Canada's Annual Awards please visit:

Simon Whitfield to race in 2009 Cross Country Championships

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada announced today that double Olympic medalist Simon Whitfield will compete in next week's AGSI Canadian Cross Country Championships in Guelph, Ontario. The event takes place Saturday November 28th at the University of Guelph Arboretum and will serve as the stage for the national junior (19 and under), senior and masters titles (30 and up).

Whitfield won gold at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and silver at the 2008 Beijing Games in the Triathlon. "I'm really looking forward to racing cross country nationals, I don't get to race cross country enough and when I do I always remember just how much fun it is. I have realistic expectations racing nationals, especially with where it fits into the season. I'd be flattered if people thought I could compete with (Simon) Bairu and company but the Regina speed demon is simply too fast for this old triathlete".

The fields will be stacked with a number of elites taking to the start line with Canadian title aspirations. On the men's side Simon Bairu from Regina has to be considered the favourite. Bairu is the reigning champion and just a few weeks ago in Toronto took the Canadian 10km Road Race title in a field featuring a number of the same athletes. Bairu also won the Cross Country national title in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. He did not compete in 2007 due to an injury. Chantell Widney and Megan Metcalfe come in as strong favourites on the women's side. Widney finished 3rd last year and was 4th at the recent 10km Championships. Metcalfe, who was 2nd at this year's 10km champs, was a member of the 2008 Olympic team.

Senior Women Contenders

Name, Hometown, Club, Coach

Megan Brown, Guelph, ON, University of Toronto, Hugh Cameron
Lindsay Carson, Cambridge, ON, Tri City Track Club, Pete Grinbergs
Lisa Harvey, Calgary, AB, Calgary Spartans, Mike VanTighem
Megan Metcalfe, Edmonton, AB, Edmonton Thunder, Sean Cleary
Kendra Schaaf, Craven, SK, Queen City Striders, Steve Gersten
Chantell Widney, Edmonton, AB, Edmonton Thunder, Glen Playfair

Senior Men Contenders

Name, Hometown, Club, Coach

Simon Bairu, Regina, SK, Queen City Striders, Jerry Schumacher
Reid Coolsaet, Hamilton, ON, Speed River, Dave Scott-Thomas
Eric Gillis, Antigonish, NS, Speed River, Dave Scott-Thomas
Taylor Milne, Callander, ON, Speed River, Dave Scott-Thomas
Cleve Thorson, Port Elgin, ON, Speed River, Dave Scott-Thomas
Dylan Wykes, Kingston, ON, Phisi-Kult, Steve Boyd

The 2009 AGSI Canadian Cross Country Championships serve as the selection trials for the 2010 NACAC and IAAF World Cross Country teams. For more information please visit 

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 

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!

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


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

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 

Back issues of the BCAB are available at