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ISSUE #01-2010
Friday, January 8, 2010

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Highlights from this issue:

  • Happy New Year from BC Athletics
  • 2010 BC Athletics Club Memberships Renewals DUE NOW if you have not got yours in, please do so ASAP
  • Sport BC Forum Register Now
  • Run Jump Throw and Speed Agility Skills Training Program Victoria Sundays January 10 to March 14, 2010
  • BC Athlete Voice partners with Icebreaker Merino Clothing, Inc.
  • Sport BC Community Sport Hero Awards Nominations for Trail due January 19th, 2010
  • Power of Sport Tour coming to Langley in April 2010
  • Harassment Advisor Workshop January 13, 2010


From the BC Athletics Office

Happy New Year from everyone at BC Athletics! We hope you have a wonderful and successful 2010!

Registration 2010 World Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships Kamloops

Important registration information for those wishing to enter into the Championship is posted on the Masters page of the BC Athletics website ( Please view these specific registration instructions.

BC Athletics Club Membership Renewals

2010 Club membership renewals are DUE NOW. Just a reminder that clubs who do not have a 2010 membership in place are not covered by membership benefits which include but are not limited to liability insurance coverage.

2010 Club application forms are available on the BC Athletics Website 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

Track and Field


The 2010 WMA World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships is coming to beautiful Kamloops, British Columbia, on March 1-6 — and we hope you will join us!

This will be the first time the WMA Indoor Championships will have been held in North America, and we expect more than 2,000 athletes to be here competing in a full range of track and field disciplines, including race walking, cross-country and the half marathon. The majority of the championships will be held at the Tournament Capital Centre, a state-of-the-art facility that has received rave reviews. In fact, in March 2008, a men's 4x400-metre men's relay team from Surrey, B.C., set a world record in the men's 60-69 age group on the very track to be used at the WMA Championships. The distance races will be held against the backdrop of the mountains that surround Kamloops and the river that runs through it. The racewalk, for instance, will be held on McArthur Island, a sports paradise that is comprised of soccer pitches, baseball diamonds, an ice arena, skatepark, BMX track and flat, paved walking paths.

We are pleased to say that Alan Bell will serve as Competition Director, and will lead a team of competent, experienced officials who hail from across Canada and the United States. Bell has officiated at such events as the Commonwealth Games and the IAAF World Indoor Championships. He was an IAAF technical observer at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Summer Games, and this summer was in Berlin working at the IAAF World Outdoor Championships — he started the 100-metre race in which Usain Bolt set a world record of 9.58 seconds. In addition, Bell has acted as Meet Director at several WMA Championships, and was a starter at the WMA Outdoor Championships in Lahti, Finland, in August. In addition to the WMA Indoor Championships in Kamloops, Bell has been tabbed to work at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and the 2011 WMA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento.

The WMA Championships themselves will feature several social events — because this is an event at which friendships are formed and renewed. A western-themed Athletes' Party will be held March 3. For just Cdn$25, athletes will be treated to a meal, entertainment and music. As well, a Beer Garden will be held in the Athletes' Village, a 300-metre walk from the event centre. And kicking the whole event off is an opening ceremony featuring the wild-west history of Kamloops.

Those travelling to Kamloops should visit for a link to our accommodation providers. We encourage participants to book directly with the hotels, as those recommended are reliable and secure. Any hotel or motel on Columbia Street is close to the venue. We will provide a shuttle service from all the hotels on Columbia Street, Rogers Way, downtown Kamloops (Victoria Street area) and the East Trans-Canada Highway for a cost of $25. It will be the easiest and fastest way to get around. As well, all accredited personnel will receive a free pass on the Kamloops city transit bus system.

We recommend that visitors flying into Vancouver be aware that our event falls on the tail end of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games — accommodation and transportation options will be sparse there. But there are options:

However you get here, we believe you'll have a wonderful time at the 2010 WMA Indoor Athletics Championships. Come join us in Kamloops in March 2010! For more information, visit

Run Jump Throw

Run Jump Throw and Speed Agility Skills Training Program Victoria

Sundays January 10 to March 14, 2010

The National Athletics Endurance Centre Victoria is presenting Run Jump Throw and Speed Agility Skills training sessions on Sundays starting January 10, 2010 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 January 10, 2010 and running until March 14, 2010. 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 prior to January 8, 2010

Sport BC Power of Sport Tour Langley April 17 to 25, 2010

Look out for registration information involving RJT and the Power of Sport Tour coming to Langley in April!

Road Running

2010 Timex BC Road Running Series

The British Columbia Timex Road Running Series is part of the National Timex Road Racing Series, held in nine provinces and culminating in the inter-provincial Timex Series Finale. The BC Series consists of 13 races from January to July, in the Lower Mainland, on Vancouver Island, and in the Interior. Most races are also part of regional series. Top series finishers completing a minimum of 5 races will be eligible for cash prizes. The top 4 men and women in the Series will additionally be invited to represent BC at the 2010 Timex Series Finale and National 10K Championship in October. Full details can be found on the Series website at

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

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

Athletics Canada announces Team 2012 Phase 1

Ottawa Athletics Canada announced today the Phase 1 members of the Team 2012 Program. Team 2012 is a dynamic program where an athlete can be selected or deselected to the team at scheduled assessment and evaluation points.

Alex Gardiner, Olympic Program Head Coach comments on the outcome based initiative; "First it's important to note that performance, improvement and consistency over the next three years determines selection and support. The program was initiated to identify, select and support the athletes, and their coaches, who can finish on the podium and in the Top 8 at the London 2012 Olympic Games." Gardiner goes on to add; "The Program is led and coordinated by Athletics Canada through our National Centres. Our mandate, supported by Own the Podium, is to ensure athlete and coach programs and preparation are world class in quality and delivery."

In addition to ongoing contributions from Sport Canada's athlete assistance program the members of Team 2012 are also eligible for additional program support from Athletics Canada. The support includes training camp support, personal coach travel and personal development, assistance with international competitions, performance expert consultation, Canadian Centre support, enhanced medical services, access to specialized equipment and personal coach support at World Championships and Olympic Games including pre-camps.

Phase 1 Team 2012 Program

Name Hometown Personal Coach AC Centre AC Lead Coach
Ruky Abdulai Coquitlam, BC Jerrold Jones Calgary Les Gramantik
Dylan Armstrong Kamloops, BC Anatoliy Bondarchuk Kamloops Larry Steinke
Massimo Bertocchi Toronto, ON Andy Higgins Toronto Les Gramantik
Nathan Brannen Cambridge, ON Ron Warhurst Victoria Wynn Gmitroski
Perdita Felicien Pickering, ON Loren Seagrave Toronto/Calgary Les Gramantik
Sultana Frizell Perth, ON Anatoliy Bondarchuk Kamloops Larry Steinke
Priscilla Lopes-Schliep Whitby, ON Anthony McCleary Toronto Molly Killingbeck
Gary Reed Victoria, BC Wynn Gmitroski Victoria Wynn Gmitroski
Mike Mason Nanoose Bay, BC Larry Blaschuk Calgary Les Gramantik
Brianne Theisen Humboldt, SK Harry Mara Calgary Les Gramantik
Jim Steacy Lethbridge, AB Larry Steinke Calgary Larry Steinke
Jessica Zelinka London, ON Les Gramantik Calgary Les Gramantik
4x100m Men Glenroy Gilbert Ottawa Glenroy Gilbert
4x400m Women Molly Killingbeck Ottawa/Toronto Molly Killingbeck

The next evaluation of the Team 2012 roster will take place March 1, 2010 with four more scheduled evaluations to take place in the lead in to the London Olympic Games.

Please visit for a document explaining the rationale and goals to identify, select and support athletes and their coaches in five phases leading to the London Olympic Games.

See program guidelines here:

New director for Athletics Coaching Centre to bring research informed/research led approach to coach effectiveness programs

Edmonton, Alberta, December 16 2009 Research and practical application will go hand in hand at the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre (CACC), which today announces the appointment of a new director, James Denison, to take the helm.

Denison, a leading sport sociology scholar and seasoned coach educator in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta, will officially assume the leadership at CACC in January 2010. The CACC is the legacy of the 2001 World Championships in Athletics and is the premiere hub for coaching education in athletics in Canada.

"My primary objective will be to concentrate on forming productive relationships locally, nationally and internationally to make the CACC a force for positive coach and athlete development," he said. "My role will entail bringing a strong education and applied research emphasis to the Centre by connecting with our partners, the University of Alberta, Athletics Canada and Athletics Alberta as well as coaches across Canada."

Denison has been actively involved in coach education at the Centre for the past three years, and brings extensive experience as an athlete, coach, educator and researcher to the Centre's helm. He is a member of the Coaching Association of Canada's Research Committee and the program leader for the IAAF's Academy Courses for Coaches.

A former competitive middle distance runner, Denison was head coach of a boys' cross-country and track team; he was an assistant coach in men's cross-country and middle distance at the University of Toledo, where he completed his master's degree in educational psychology and served as a volunteer assistant coach in men's middle distance cross-country at the University of Illinois, where he completed a doctoral degree in sport sociology.

Denison's extensive body of research includes numerous scholarly publications on coach effectiveness, coach education, athlete development, athletic identity, coaching ethics, and coach-athlete relationships, and regular contributions to prestigious international coaching magazines and newsletters. He is the former editor of the "The Coach" and also the author of the official biography of Ethiopian running legend, Haile Gebrselassie, "The Greatest," and "Bannister and Beyond: The Mystique of the Four-Minute Mile" a collection of in-depth interviews with sub- four-minute milers.

"My vision is to establish the CACC as a resource for the development of innovative, ethical and healthy training practices relevant to our current cultural context that hopefully inspires today's generation of coaches and athletes to find meaning in participating in athletics," said Denison.

Mike Mahon, dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation said, "With his combination of experience as an athlete, coach, educator and his exceptional knowledge and vast body of research in coach education, Jim is in a unique position to strengthen this Centre as a strategic hub of practical knowledge translation and dissemination for the benefit of coaches and athletes across Canada."

"I hope to build and extend on the great work that Kevin Tyler initiated as the previous director in establishing the Centre. This will be all the easier because currently there's a great staff working at the Centre with whom I am excited to be working more closely," said Denison.

Athletics Canada has finalized the dates for the 2010 Warm Weather High Performance Training Camps

*Targeted athletes will be sent an invitation requesting their involvement at the camp.

*Targeted athletes will be sent an invitation requesting their involvement at the camp.

More information will be posted on Athletics Canada website as it become available (

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.

Awards & Grants

Sport BC Community Sport Hero Deadlines

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

Last call for Community Sport Hero® nominations for the January 19, 2010 event in Trail. Nominations are now also being accepted for February's Community Sport Hero awards in Campbell River. To nominate an outstanding volunteer in either community, 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


Vancouver, BC (January 8, 2010) A renowned clothing manufacturer with a philosophy of sustainability has stepped up to help high performance athletes in British Columbia continue to lead the way in 2010 and beyond. Icebreaker Merino Clothing, Inc. has formed a partnership with BC Athlete Voice to support BC athletes looking to sustain the momentum of high performance while excelling through leadership.

"BC Athlete Voice has been an excellent partner for Icebreaker Merino Clothing. From their similar values of active lifestyles through sport to the driven athletes that help us at our various events throughout the year, BC Athlete Voice helps to represent the high quality of our brand while allowing us the unique opportunity to work with them and their athletes. We look forward to a continued partnership with them and are excited to help excel their athletes to achieve excellence," said Kent Hawkins, Marketing Manager for Icebreaker in Canada.

"Icebreaker clothing provides optimal performance in all conditions, the same performance that athletes strive for in competition and in their communities" comments Joe Hitchcock, Executive Director of BC Athlete Voice. "Icebreaker has such a great story that fits seamlessly with that of BC athletes. Our partnership with Icebreaker links together the shared ideals of being inspired, being functional, being innovative and putting these qualities together to be the best."

Icebreaker garments offer unmatched technical performance in the outdoors. The company has a strong sustainability streak. It pays merino wool farmers premium prices for a guaranteed supply of the soft wool in exchange for the farmers' agreeing to strict environmental and animal-welfare standards. Icebreaker even has an innovative online 'Baacode' system that shows the location and farmers of the high country sheep that produce the merino used in each piece of their clothing.

BC Athlete Voice is the collective voice of British Columbia's high performance athletes. Established in 2005, BC Athlete Voice provides educational programs, advocacy services and supports athlete empowerment through strategic partnerships to ensure high performance athletes are effectively represented and supported by the BC sport system.

For more information about BC Athlete Voice visit or contact BC Athlete Voice at

For more information about Icebreaker Merino Clothing, Inc. visit

2010 Legacies Now Winter 2009 Newsletter

Please click to view:

Stories and Photos Wanted Win Olympic Tickets!

The FNHC is currently seeking submissions for a book about First Nations peoples in BC who have triumphed, mentored, or lead in traditional and non-traditional sports, recreation, fitness, dance or any other type of physical activity. The purpose of the book is to capture the stories and pictures of Elders who pass on traditional teachings that involve physical activity, such as, feats of walking or running, games, hunting, fishing, berry picking, dancing, and so on. In addition, we would like to tell the stories of our current mentors or leaders in traditional or mainstream sports, recreation, fitness, and physical activity in BC.

With each story and photo submitted the writer's name will be submitted into the draw for 2010 Winter Games tickets Submit your story by December 31st for the Early Bird draw (5 pairs of tickets) on January 1st the remainder (5 pairs of tickets) will be drawn on January 15th 2010. All stories and photos previously submitted will be included on this draw.

Please contact Dr. Rosalin Hanna for a story template or for more information. Phone: 604-537-7777

Athletics Canada The Gold Standard Newsletter: Dec and Jan Edition

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

Courses and Seminars

Register now: spaces filling fast for Sport BC Forum

Curious as to what the sport sector will look like in BC after the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games? Join Sport BC and key industry stakeholders on January 20, 2010 as we explore ways to enhance the sustainability of amateur sport post-2010.

Space is filling fast so register now to avoid missing this important forum on the future of the sector. Email to reserve your spot today.

Speakers include:

For more information, download the brochure at and visit the Forum website at

Parks Canada Speaker Series Olympic Pantheon: Canada's Nationally Commemorated Athletes

Wednesday January 13th, 2010 at 7 pm
Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street
Admission is FREE. Seating is limited.

Join historian Lyle Dick for an illustrated lecture detailing the dramatic stories of athletes who inspired the country and the world.

For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604.331.3603

Harassment Advisor Workshop

Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Time: 6:00 to 10:00pm
Location Township of Langley Civic Facility
Murray Creek Room
Address: 20338 65 Avenue, Langley, BC

The venue is fully accessible with parking on site and sign interpreters will be in attendance.

The Harassment Advisor Workshop is available to coaches, officials, employees, directors, officers and volunteers.

Facilitator for the session is Irene Schell, Event and Technology Manager, BC Games Society.

Please contact for registration form. Complete form and payment of $55.00 is due by Jan 8, 2010.

Jane Samletzki
Executive Director
BC Disability Games
T: 604-465-7748 F: 604-465-7759 M: 604-649-3243,
P.O. Box 56037, RPO Valley Centre Langley, BC V3A 8B3

Winter 2009/2010 Road Running Performance Clinics





Short Program - January 5, 2010 to April 14, 2010 - $125 - Registration Deadline January 5

Registration form available on the BC Athletics website 

Back issues of the BCAB are available at