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ISSUE #47-2009
Friday, December 11, 2009

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Highlights from this issue:

  • BC Athletics Holiday Office Hours
  • BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet – Awards Winners announced Sat, Dec 5th
  • Sport Nutrition Tip of the Month – Nutrition on a Dime
  • REMINDER: Important Notice For Athletes: All Abbreviated Therapeutic Use Exemptions to EXPIRE Dec 31, 2009
  • Athletics Canada: Surin and Poce to be inducted into Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame
  • BC Athlete Voice AGM – Sunday, December 20th, 2009 at 12 noon
  • Selection Criteria for 2010 IAAF World Championship posted
  • REMINDER: BC Athletics Club Membership Renewals DUE DEC 31st


From the BC Athletics Office

BC Athletics Holiday Office Closures

The BC Athletics Office will be closing on December 18th, 2009 for the Christmas Holidays. The office will not be open again until January 4th. We would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year.

BC Athletics Announces 2009 Awards Recipients at Annual Awards Banquet

RICHMOND – The top performers from the sport of Athletics in BC were announced on Saturday night at the BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet held at the Hilton Vancouver Airport in Richmond. Over 100 were in attendance to honour those athletes nominated and awarded in the many categories.

The BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet recognizes top performers from the disciplines of track and field, road running, cross country and race walk. Please visit: for a full list of finalists. Also recognized were officials, executives, coaches and the BC members of the Canadian Team who went to the 12th IAAF World Championship in Athletics held in Berlin earlier this year.

The winners for Overall Best Female and Male Performers of the Year were named as Gary Reed from Victoria, BC and Michelle Stilwell of the BC Wheelchair Race Series. Congratulations to all finalists and award winners for a successful year in athletics.

2009 Track & Field Awards Recipient Hometown Club
Midget 15 Female Njideka Obioha Maple Ridge, BC Golden Ears Athletics
Midget 15 Male Nicholas Fyffe Richmond, BC Kajaks Track & Field Club
Youth Female Shai Davis Richmond, BC Kajaks Track & Field Club
Katie Reid Surrey, BC Ocean Athletics
Youth Male Django Lovett Langley, BC Valley Royals Track & Field Club
Junior Female Helen Crofts W. Vancouver, BC Simon Fraser University
Junior Male Rohan Stewart Burnaby, BC Vancouver Thunderbirds
Senior Female Ruky Abdulai Coquitlam, BC Valley Royals Track & Field Club
Senior Male Gary Reed Victoria, BC Pacific Athletics
2009 Road Running Awards Recipient Hometown Club
Junior Female Kyla Coates Victoria, BC University of Victoria
Senior Female Cheryl Murphy Victoria, BC Prairie Inn Harriers Racing Team
Senior Male Jon Brown Victoria, BC Prairie Inn Harriers Racing Team
Scott Simpson Victoria, BC Prairie Inn Harriers Racing Team
2009 Cross Country Awards Recipient Hometown Club
Midget 15 Female Kansas MacKenzie Vancouver, BC Vancouver Thunderbirds
Midget 15 Male Christian Gravel Vancouver, BC Vancouver Thunderbirds
Youth Female Alycia Butterworth Parksville, BC Oceanside Track & Field Club
Youth Male Justin Kent Surrey, BC South Fraser Track & Field Club
Junior Female Maggie Woodward Victoria, BC Pacific Athletics/UBC
Junior Male Dylan Haight Victoria, BC Pacific Athletics
Senior Female Natasha Wodak Port Moddy, BC
Senior Male Richard Mosley Coquitlam, BC Prairie Inn Harriers Racing Team
Masters Awards Recipient Hometown Club
Female Track & Field Olgo Kotelko West Vancouver, BC
Male Track & Field Tom Dickson Burnaby, BC Valley Royals Track & Field Club
Female Road Runner Lucy Smith Sidney, BC Prairie Inn Harriers Racing Team
Male Road Runner Herb Phillips Burnaby, BC Prairie Inn Harriers Racing Team
Female Cross Country Maureen de St. Croix Surrey, BC Ocean Athletics
Male Cross Country Rob Lonergan N. Vancouver, BC
Athletes with a Disability Recipient Hometown Club
Female Michelle Stilwell Nanoose Bay, BC Wheelchair Race Series
Male Dustin Walsh Coquitlam, BC
Steve Walters – Guide Runner Surrey, BC
Excellence In Officiating Awards Recipient Club
Ian McNeil Award-Official of the Year John Cull Surrey, BC
Ralph Coates Award-Long Standing Service Howard Brandt Chilliwack Track & Field Club
Mary Temple Award-Novice Official of the Year Randy Stuart Kajaks Track & Field Club
Dave Coupland Award-Inspirational Award Tom Masich Prince George Track & Field
Excellence in Coaching Awards Recipient Club
Junior Development Coach Winston Record Burnaby Striders
Senior Coach Tom Nielsen Vancouver Thunderbirds
High Performance Coach Dr. Anatoliy Bondarchuk Kamloops Track & Field Club-National Throws Centre Coach
Other Awards From the Evening Recipient Club/Hometown
Executive of the Year Diana Hollefreund Victoria Track & Field Club
Jane Swan Award Alwilda van Ryswyk Kamloops, BC
2009 BC Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee Don Steen Burnaby, BC

The BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet is held every year in conjunction with the BC Athletics Annual General Meeting. Nominations are accepted in all categories, the athlete awards are decided by their respective division committees.

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.

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

Track and Field

Canadian Results from Around the Track and Field / Résultats canadiens d'athlétisme December 7, 2009 / 7 décembre 2009

McGill Open 1, Montréal, Québec, December 5 décembre

Men 50m masculin
1. Guillaume Dion, 6.12
2. Bruny Surin, 6.15 (Pending Canadian Master's Record / Record canadien des vétérans en instance d'homologation)

Women 1000m féminin
1. Annie Leblanc, 2:53.94

Women Shot Put / Lancer du poids féminin
1. Julie Labonté, 16.22m - 4kg (New Pending Canadian Indoor Junior Record/ Nouveau record canadien junior en salle en instance d'homologation)

Men 60m Hurdles / 60m haies masculin
1. Gabriel El Hanbli, 8.28 (8.07 in prelims / lors des préliminaires)
2. Stewart Pearson, 8.29
3. Tyler Fawcett, 8.30

10th Annual York University Xmas Open, Toronto, December 5 décembre

Men 3000m masculin
1. Nigel Wray, 8:35.29 (Meet Record / Record de la rencontre)
2. Evan Esselink, 8:38.68 (Meet Record / Record de la rencontre)
3. Ross Proudfoot, 8:40.40 (Meet Record / Record de la rencontre)

Men High Jump / Saut en hauteur masculin
1. Cornell Haynes, 2.05m (Meet Record / Record de la rencontre)

Women Shot Put / Lancer du poids féminin
1. Elizabeth Petrov, 13.92m (Meet Record / Record de la rencontre)

Men Weight Throw / Lancer du marteau masculin
1. Damian Anisko, 17.01m (Meet Record / Record de la rencontre)

Women Weight Throw / Lancer du marteau féminin
1. Kristin Obrochta, 16.53m (Meet Record / Record de la rencontre)
2. Cynthia Appiah, 15.42m (Personal Record / Record de la rencontre)

Flying M Frolic, Winnipeg, Manitoba, December 5 décembre

Run Jump Throw

Run Jump Throw November Newsletter - online now

Please visit: to view full version

Road Running

2010 BC Road Running Championships

The 2010 BC Road Running Championships will be held in conjunction with the following events.

5K: To be determined

8K: January 10, 2010 Prairie Inn Pioneer 8K, Saanich

10K: April 25, 2010 Times Colonist 10K, Victoria

Half: April 11, 2010 Sunshine Coast April Fool's Run Half Marathon, Gibsons

Marathon: October 10, 2010 Royal Victoria Marathon, Victoria

2010 BC 8K Road Running Championship

The BC Athletics 2010 8K Road Race Championship will be held in conjunction with the 31st Prairie Inn Pioneer 8K hosted by the Prairie Inn Harriers at the Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stelly's X Road, Saanichton, north of Victoria on Sunday, January 10.

Race Information

Certified 8K mildly undulating suburban/rural road course. Race records are 22:58 (Carey Nelson) and 26:08 (Debbie Scott). Race starts at 11:00am. Complete race details on the event website:

Entry Information

Enter online at:

Entry fee is only $17.00 for BC Athletics athlete members until January 4, rising to $32.00 for race day registration.

Championship Eligibility

The Championship portion of the event is open to all Junior, Senior and Masters members of BC Athletics. 2010 BCA memberships must be received by January 8, 2010 in order to be eligible.

Championship Awards

Championship Medals will be presented to:

Championship Ribbons will be presented to:

High Performance Athletes

Travel Assistance

Through the Sporting Life on the Coast program, BC Ferries and Sport BC will assist with ferry travel costs for athletes participating in the BC Championships. For further details, see the Sport BC website: Applications for travel assistance must be received at least two weeks before the Championship.

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


Gunner Shaw Cross Country - Vancouver

The Gunner Shaw Memorial Cross Country in Vancouver saw a record 212 finishers, following the spike in attendance at last year's 25th anniversary race. The standard of the race also was superb, in no small part due to the strong contingent from Prairie Inn Harriers. The overall winner, Harrier Nixon Kiprotich, ran very close to the long-standing course record set back in 1994 by Gary Barber. Gary's time of 31:43 just survived the 32:06 posted by Nixon. Just to rub in their dominance, Prairie Inn filled positions 1-2-3 and 4, for a perfect team score. On the women's side, Rachel Ruus was agonizingly close to the 35+ Gunner Shaw Challenge Trophy record held by Nancy Tinari, Nancy's time of 36:58 being a hair quicker than Rachel's 37:00.

New marks were also posted at each end of the age spectrum. 10 year-old Dakota McGovern ran the 10K in a superb 47:17 to set an inaugural record for that age, while 10-year old Saira Purhar of Phoenix improved massively on the 5K record held by Kate Gibson - lowering Kate's 28:12 all the way to 23:09. There must be something in the water in Coquitlam. Also among the younger runners, Alex Siemens ran a terrific 19:48 to eclipse the F14-15 record of 20:26.

At the other end of the range, Marcia Stromsmoe lowered Liz Dilasser's F60-64 record in the 10K from 52:44 down to 50:56. On the men's side, Garfield Saunders quickly and emphatically erased the M70+ record set only last year by Gunther Bauer - the previous mark of 48:55 being lowered to 46:23.

Overall winners were Nixon Kiprotich (32:06) and Rachel Ruus (37:00).

In the Gunner Shaw Trophy division (35+) the winners were Kevin O'Connor (35:24) and Rachel Ruus (37:00).

In the Silver Fox Junior 5K Challenge the winners were Daniel Ribi (18:04) and Alex Siemens (19:48).

Lower Mainland Cross Country Series

The Lower Mainland Cross Country Series wrapped up at the Gunner Shaw Cross Country. The Series consisted of 8 races between September and December, with an athlete's best 5 scores being used to determine the winners. Shonna Morgan, Antonio Cerullo, Dave Hetherington, Paul Wood, and Ken Boxall had the distinction of completing all eight races. In the club competition, Semiahmoo Sunrunners retained their bragging rights, beating out Ocean Athletics and Lions Gate Road Runners.

Series age group winners were:

F<19: Elsabet Lapointe
F30-39: Rachel Ruus
F40-49: Jeanie Bezdan
F50-59: Maureen de St. Croix

M<19: Michael Butler
M20-29: Denis Ryan
M30-39: Richard Buckley
M40-49: Kevin O'Connor
M50-59: Rob Lang
M60-69: Paul Wood
M70+: Gunther Bauer

2010 BC Cross Country Championships

Ocean Athletics will be hosting the 2010 BC Cross Country Championships at Aldergrove Lake Park on Saturday, October 30, 2010.

From Athletics Canada

Surin and Poce to be inducted into Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada wishes to congratulate two of its own following the Canadian Olympic Committee's announcement today that sprinter Bruny Surin (athlete) and long time coach and administrator Paul Poce (builder) will be inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.

Bruny Surin, a four-time Olympian and 1996 gold medalist in the men's 4x100-metre relay, won both the 1993 and 1995 60 metre World Indoor titles. He also owns five outdoor World Championship medals in the relay and the 100 metres.

Paul Poce founded the Toronto Olympic Club in 1954 and currently still serves as head coach and club administrator. Paul was a national team head coach at several major Games including the Olympic, Pan American and Commonwealth Games. Poce was personal coach to many national team athletes, including John Craig, Paul Craig and Jerome Drayton.

The induction ceremony will take place at the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala Dinner & Induction Ceremony April 23rd at the Bell Centre in Montreal. For more information on this story please visit the official website of the Canadian Olympic Committee

Approved Athlete Assistance Program List posted

Posted on Athletics Canada website ( is the Sport Canada approved Athlete Assistance Program list for the 2009-2010 Para-Athletics cycle.

2010 IAAF World Indoor Champs Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria for the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships has been posted on Athletics Canada's website.

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

Awards & Grants

Sport BC Community Sport Hero Deadlines

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

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

Sport Nutrition Tip of the Month – Nutrition on a Dime

Athletes living on their own while in school or training away from home may find themselves faced with the challenge of eating for high performance while on a limited budget. Coupled with time constraints, the many temptations of fast food outlets, convenience stores, and even the grocery store, can interfere with both living on a budget and achieving optimal nutrition.

This month's Sport Nutrition Tip "Nutrition on a Dime – How to Fuel Up on a Shoestring Budget: An Athlete's Guide" suggests just a few of the many planning, shopping, and preparation tips that can help you make training on a budget a nutrition success.

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:

BC Athlete Voice AGM

12pm to 2pm on Sunday, December 20th, 2009
"Bean Around the World Cafe", 1002 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Click here for more info and the agenda
Click here to learn more about becoming a BC Athlete Voice Board of Director
Click here for a map

Athletics Canada – The Gold Standard Newsletter: Dec and Jan Edition

The December & January edition of The Gold Standard is now available. Please visit:


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





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