Grassroots (Age 6-8)
Run Jump Throw Wheel
Developed by Athletics Canada and presented by BC Athletics,
RJTW is the grassroots development program for our sport.
This program teaches the FUNdamental movements skills of running, jumping, throwing and wheeling (for children in wheelchairs) using
track and field inspired games, activities and skill challenges. It is designed for children ages 6-12, has progressions for older athletes, and can be adapted for people with disabilities.
RunJumpThrowWheel skills form the basis of all land based sport and as such, RJTW provides a strong foundation for success in all sports and physical activities, which allows participants to develop a positive self image and be the best they can be.
Any teacher, coach, recreation leader, or parent is capable of delivering the Run Jump Throw Wheel program!
RunJumpThrowWheel Home Edition
In this new era of social distancing it more important than ever to be intentional about engaging in physical activity.
To help support our members is keeping active, BC Athletics is excited to share our newest program:
RunJumpThrowWheel - Home Edition!
RJTW - Home Edition takes the fun, track & field inspired activities your children know and love and modify them so that you can lead them at home. With a new set of exercises published each week, you'll never have to worry about how to keep your elementary school aged children active.
Remember, we may be social distancing but exercise is still important!
Get the RunJumpThrowWheel: Home Edition program FOR FREE below:
|Week 1 - April 1/2020||Week 5 - April 28/2020||Week 9 - May 26/2020||.|
|Week 2 - April 6/2020||Week 6 - May 4/2020||Week 10 - June 5/2020|
|Week 3 - April 15/2020||Week 7 - May 13/2020||Week 11 - June 10/2020|
|Week 4 - April 21/2020||Week 8 - May 19/2020|
- The activities in the RunJumpThrowWheel: Home Edition program should be supervised by an adult (parent/guardian/adult sibling).
- Activities should be done in a safe environment/area
- During social distancing, participants should only engage in activities with other individuals living in the same residence. There should be NO coach supervision unless the coach is a parent/guardian/adult sibling who lives in the same residence as the participant
Track Rascal Club Programs - Join One
Track Rascals is a club program for children 6 to 8 years old. Derived from the RunJumpThrowWheel program, Track Rascals develop physical literacy through fun, track & field based games and activities.
Visit our Club Finder page to find a Track Rascal program near you!
Track Rascal Club Programs - Start One
Love working with kids?
Love coaching Track & Field?
Then start a Track Rascal Program!
Track rascals is for kids ages 6 - 8 who love running, jumping, and throwing games.
Start your own Track Rascals program and provide children with skills thay will benefit from for life!
WHY offer a Track Rascal program in your BC Atheltics club?
- Introduces children to the sports of track and field
- Its fun, non-competitive, and inclusive.
- Club based RUN JUMP THROW WHEEL program delivery
- Increased Club Membership (Track Rascals members are age 6 - 8)
- Quality Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) programing - develops better overall athletes by teaching physical literacy during optimal development period.
WHO can coach track Rascals?
- Older athletes (to accumulate volunteer hours, work experience, school credits)
- Parents who want to get involved
- Community leaders
- Club coaches
HOW do you start?
- Contact BC Athletics to host a RunJumpThrowWheel training course for your coaches/volunteers
- Establish your Track Rascals Schedule
- Promote your program - Register some Track Rascals!
- Track Rascals Memberships are only $15.00 with BC Atheltics + any registration fees charged by clubs
WHAT do you need to run a Track Rascals program?
1. Space at the track 2. Trained RJTW Instructors 3. Loads of Energy and FUN!
Contact BC Athletics at email@example.com or 604-333-3554 for more Information!
Bring RunJumpThrowWheel To Your School!
BC Athletics is excited to offer the following RunJumpThrowWheel programs for students and teachers:
NCCP Trained RunJumpThrowWheel Instructors will come to your school and teach physical literacy skills to your students through a fun day of RJTW activities!
NCCP Trained RunJumpThrowWheel
NCCP Trained RunJumpThrowWheel
Have questions about RunJumpThrowWheel?
Want RunJumpThrowWheel at your school or in your district?
Contact BC Athletics to start!
(604) 333 - 3554
RJTW Instructor Workshops
Love working with kids? Physical activity? Track & Field?
Then become a RunJumpThrowWheel Instructor!
RunJumpThrowWheel (RJTW) Instructors are trained to teach physical literacy
to children 6 - 12 years using track & field games and activities. Become a
RJTW Instructor to support athletic programs at your school, recreation centre,
or track & field club!
A list of RunJumpThrowWheel workshops can be viewed below:
RJTW Workshop for Community Leaders
Learn to teach the fundamental movement skills of running, jumping, throwing, and wheeling in a fun, game based way.
Perfect for those leading community recreation and sport programs for kids!
|RJTW Pro-D Workshop for Teachers||
Learning to teach physical literacy skills and their role in one's long-term development in sport & physical activity.
Perfect for elementary school teachers who want to improve their abilities leading physical education programs!
|RJTW Workshop for Athletic Leaders||
Learn to teach fundamental movement skills PLUS their progressions into Track & Field events!
Perfect for elementary school teachers and beginner track & field coaches.
RJTW Instructor Shirts
$15.00 (+GST) per shirt
Standard adult sizing (S,M,L)
Colours: Red, Green, Yellow, Blue
RJTW Success Stories
Chemanius, Duncan BC
July 11th, 2018
Thanks to the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Rereation council (ISPARC) and our dedicated RunJumpThrowWheel instructors, track & field was brought to a First Nation community in Chemanius. This camp saw over 30 kids between the ages 7 - 15, who all enjoyed an afternoon of games and physical activity. It was all smiles for both the instructors and te kids as they ran, jumped, and threw themselves across the gym floor!
Robson Square, Vancouver BC
July 1st, 2018
Vancouver started Canada Day celebrations early with all of the Provincial Sport Organizations setting up in Robson Square at 10:00AM. BC Athletics had a large turf area full of hurdling and throwing stations that saw over 100 kids. Bringing sports and atheltics to Vancouver is always fun for our RunJumpThrowWheel leaders, as there are abdunance of Vancouver clubs nearby that are looking for new Track Rascals.
Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond BC
June 8th, 2018
The Richmond Olympic Oval hosted many sports on June 8th to celebrate Olympic Day with many elementary schools in the lower mainland. BC Athletics was invited to host a RunJumpThrowWheel station to showcase track and field sports to upwards of 2000 elementary aged kids. There were three options for the children: a hurdling station (a clear favourite), a relay station involving building blocks and sprints, and a throwing station where discs were thrown at targets from various distances. See pictures below!
|Past Success Stories||
College of New Caledoni, Prince George BC
November 20th, 2015
Click HERE, to read about their success!
Granville Park,Vancouver BC
August 13th, 2015
Click HERE to read about their success !
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center, Vancouver BC
June 14th, 2015
Click HERE to read about their success!
Fortius Athlete Development Centre, Burnaby BC
August 11th 2014
Click HERE to read about their success!
Revelstoke Secondary School, Revelstoke BC
April 7th, 2014
Click HERE to read about their success!
Easter Seals Camp, Squamish BC
August 14th, 2015
Click HERE to read about their success!
South Surrey Atheltic Park, White Rock BC
July 25th, 2015
Click HERE to read about their success!
Fortius Athlete Development Centre, Burnaby BC
November 28th, 2014
Click HERE to read about their success!
Okanagan Lake Park, Penticton BC
May 27th, 2014
Click HERE to read about their success!
Junior Development (Age 9-13)
Check out our Club Finder page for a list of Track & Field clubs in your area.
For more information about Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD), please click here!
JD Cross Country
Reasons to Run Cross Country
Cross Country shows another side to distance running. The added elements of the hills and dirt allow for a unique experience of grit and determination that you are unable to find in other places. Running cross country can lead to a new appreciation for running, whether that be on the roads, on the track, or on the trail. Running cross country will help lengthen your career as a runner by teaching you showing you a different side to running.
JD Meets Including Championships
BC Athletics is pleased to recognize our Junior Development athletes who qualify for JD Awards each season!
Congratulations to the 2022 Junior Development Award Recipients!
Awards Standards and Recognized Competitions
JD Awards Standards are based on the previous years All-Time Top Ten Tables.
Please click below for:
Awards Nomination Information
All BC Athletics Junior Development (JD) Athlete Award Nominations must be submitted by August 31st in the current year.
Past Award Recipients
Past Awards recipients can be viewed below:
Every childs performance should be celebrated.
With a Junior Development Achievement Crest, you can do just that!
Reminiscent of the Canada Fitness Crest Program, this program rewards and encourages young athletes who participate in a variety of track & field events with a keepsake crest.
JD Crest Criteria
Intended to be an award that every child can earn, the JD Crest Criteria is simple:
Athletes must have a competitive, BC Athletics Junior Development Athlete membership.
All performances must be achieved at BC Athletics sanctioned meets.
An athlete must meet crest award standard in at least three events.
Based on their performances, every child can earn a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Crest.
How to Order
Club Administrators - Complete the online order form here.
Individual Orderers - Complete the online order form here.
Crests cost $4.66 (includes Shipping/Handling and GST).
Only one crest may be ordered per athlete.
Please wait to submit your orders until September 1 of the current year to provide time for our Statistician to create a list of eligible athletes.
JD Crest Recipients
JD Top 10 List
Each year results from the Junior Development Season are combiled to form three lists:
- Junior Development All Time Top 10 Performances
- Junior Development Annual Top 10 Performances By Event
- Junior Development Annual Top Performances by Name
Please find Top Ten books below.
|All-Time Top Ten||Top 10 by Event||Performances by Name|
Questions and/or comments regarding the JD Top 10/Best Performances lists should be directed to Tom Dingle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JD PENTATHLON SCORING TABLES
Junior Development Pentathlon Scoring Tables can be viewed HERE.
JD Manual & Parent Handbook
A 10 page primer for those new to BC Track & Field, the Handbook includes information on:
- How to register with BC Athletics
- What to expect on competition day
- Age categories and events
For meet organizers, coaches, and parents, the JD Manual contains detailed guidelines for the
Junior Development program including:
- Club and Championship meet hosting requirements
- Athlete Recognition Programs
- Technical Specifications of Events
- Para Competition Guidelines
Long term athlete development (LTAD) is the idea that kids and adults will get active, stay active, and reach their greatest athletic potential if they do the right things at the right time. Prepared by Athletics Canada, this booklet specifies how the LTAD stages align with development in track & field.
Prepared by the Coaches Association of Canada, this booklet provides suggestions on ways parents can help children reach their full potential at each stage of development along the LTAD pathway.
Mental fitness is just as neccessary for sport development as physical and technical development. Learn how coaches and parents can aid the mental development of athletes at each stage of the LTAD pathway.
With a mission to ensure that all BC children can participate in organized sport, Athletics for Kids provides grants to families to help cover program registration fees.
The provincial chapter of the national not-for-profit organization, KidSport BC provides financial assistance for sport registration fees and equipment to kids up to 18 years old. Contact your local chapter to apply.
A national charity, Jumpstart helps kids in financial need participate in organize sports by assisting with the costs associated with registration, equipments, and/or transportation.
DISABILITY SPORT ORGANIZATIONS
A not for profit association, BC Blind Sports provides support and services to individuals who are visually impaired to improve access and opportunities for participation in physical activity.
A multi-sport, non-profit organization, BC Deaf Sport Federation functions as an umbrella for deaf & hard of hearing athletes.
BC Wheelchair Sports Association has helped people with physical disabilities across the province lead active healthy lives through wheelchair sports and administers many sport programs including wheelchair athletics (track & field)
Special Olympics BC offers summer and winter sports for ages eight and up, including track and field
Hershey Track & Field Games (Age 9-14)
Athlete Development (Age 14+)
Inclusive of the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) stages of Training to Train, Learning to Compete, Training to Compete and Learning to Win, this program introduces athletes to the performance pathway of Athletics. Event specialization and training, advanced training leading to consistent performances at higher levels of competition and BC Team program opportunities are the key components of the Athlete Development program.
2023 BC Athletics T&F Championship Jamboree
The BC Athletics Track & Field Championship Jamboree is the premiere track and field competition held in the Province of BC each year, bringing together athletes from across the Province for three days of competition. Age groups offered include: U16, U18, U20 and Senior and include both Able Bodied and Para-Athletic Competitions.
DATE: July 7-9, 2023
LOCATION: Nanaimo, BC
FACILITY: Rotary Bowl
SPECTATOR CODE OF CONDUCT
All participants and spectators are reminded to review and adhere to the BC Athletics Spectator Code of Conduct.
Megann VanderVliet (Program Manager)
High Performance Stream
BC High School Track & Field
BC Athletics strives to support the Elementary and High School track & field communities. BC High School Track & Field is under the pervue of the BC High School Track & Field Commission. BC High School is a part of BC School Sports. For all information an inqueries please contact them directly by following the information below.
|To view the latest updates on BC High School Track & Field, including important updates, contacts and championships informtion, please go to the BC High School Track & Field website at bctfa.ca|
High School Graduates: Class of 2021
Congratulations to all of our Outstanding Graduating Student-Athletes!
High school graduates! You did it! In a year like no other, you persevered to get to graduation and have many exciting opportunities on the horizon. BC Athletics celebrates all graduating student athletes.
Many of our high school graduates will be pursuing Track and Field at Universities and Colleges in Canada and the United States, and some will choose to stay local and contine training with their Home Club. We are excited to announce that the following athletes have committed to continue their athletic career with the listed Track and Field programs.
If you would like to be added to our list, please contact Megann VanderVliet (email@example.com)
|Bethany Walton-Knight||Sprints||North Vancouver, BC||NorWesters Track and Field Club||Errol Anguilera/Karin Adande||McGill University|
|Claire Bosma||Middle Distance||Richmond||Kajaks Track and Field Club||Nurten Tasdemir||Simon Fraser University|
|Charlie King||Jumps / Javelin||Vancouver||Vancouver Thunderbirds||Larry Blaschuk, Laurier Primeau, Byron Jack||University of British Columbia|
|Charity Obazughanmwen||Sprints||Surrey||Universal Athletics||Jessie Dosanjh||Missouri State University|
|Ella Foster||Jumps||New Westminster||Royal City Track and Field Club||Christina Weir||York University|
|Emma de Boer||Jumps||Surrey||Ocean Athletics Track and Field Club||Joel Della Siega||University of Pennsylvania|
|Emma Canaan||Sprints||Kelowna||Okanaga Athletics Club||Pat Sima-Ledding||University of Toronto|
|Estella Mainella||Sprints||Surrey||Vancouver Thunderbirds||Iuliana Kroeger||Western University|
|Gage Zanette||Long Distance/X Country||Nanaimo||Nanaimo Track and Field Club||Tyler Heisterman||University of Idaho|
|Henry Ruckman-Utting||Middle Distance||Burnaby||Coastal Track Club||Scott Kent||Simon Fraser University|
|Jade Lenton||Sprints||Maple Ridge||Langley Mustangs||Andrew Lenton/Kevin Harrison||University of Toronto|
|Jacob Wadhwani||Long Distance||Maple Ridge||Langley Mustangs||Mark Bomba||University of British Columbia|
|Kate Cameron||Middle Distance/ X Country||Nanaimo||Nanaimo Track and Field Club||Tyler Heisterman||Simon Fraser University|
|Kennedy Primrose||Combined Events/Jumps/Sprints||Surrey||Vancouver Thunderbirds||Iuliana Kroeger||Simon Fraser University|
|Kyra Gillette||Middle Distance||Nanaimo||Nanaimo Track and Field Club||Tyler Heisterman||University of British Columbia|
|Laysha Tunti||Sprints/Jumps||Surrey||Universal Athletics Club||Jessie Dosanjh||Kennesaw State University|
|Madison Paugh||Jumps||Nanaimo||Nanaimo Track and Field Club||Phillip Vannini||Simon Fraser University|
|Matti Erickson||Middle Distance||Nelson||Kootenary Chaos Track Club||Alex Ulaszonek||University of Oregon|
|Micah Logie||Middle Distance||Surrey||Coastal Track Club||Scott Kent||Simon Fraser University|
|Milena Kalisch||Middle Distance||New Westminster||Ocean Athletics Track and Field Club||Ted de St. Croix||Simon Fraser University|
|Mitchell Gibbs||Sprints/Jumps/Combined Events||Langley||Vancouver Thunderbirds||Iuliana Kroeger||Simon Fraser University|
|Nicholas Monro||Sprints/Jumps||Langley||Vancouver Thunderbirds||Iuliana Kroeger||Simon Fraser University|
|Olivia Lundman||Race Walk||Nanaimo||Nanaimo Track and Field Club||Linda Campbell||University of British Columbia|
|Praise Aniamaka||Sprints/Jumps||Surrey||Vancouver Thunderbirds||Iuliana Kroeger||Purdue University|
|Roy Jiang||Sprints||Surrey||Ocean Athletics||Carl Savage||California Institute of Technology|
|Ryan Goudron||Middle Distance||Burnaby||Coastal Track Club||Scott Kent||University of British Columbia|
|Selin Tasdemir||Middle Distance||Richmond||Kajaks Track and Field Club||Nurten Tasdemir||Simon Fraser University|
|Thomas Quan Ting Ma||Hurdles||Vancouver||Vancouver Olympic Club||Tatjana Mece||Rice University|
College Choices - Streamline Athletes
Thinking about making the leap from high school to university can be tough. It’s hard to know where to go, what to study, or what opportunities exist. Streamline Athletes is an organization dedicated to making this transition easier by supporting student-athletes in their university recruitment journeys.
The Streamline Athletes online platform gives Canadian athletes the tools they need to make confident decisions about their academic and athletic futures. Here’s how it works:
- Create a profile
- Research universities and their track and field programs
- Contact coaches all over Canada
- Reach programs in the US with Streamline Athletes PLUS
Athletes and parents can explore and compare university track and field programs based on academics, athletics, geography, financial info, and more. Learn more about the Collegiate landscape in British Columbia here. Use the links below to see Streamline Athletes pages for university track and field programs in British Columbia:
- University of British Columbia Thunderbirds
- University of British Columbia - Okanagan Heat
- Thompson Rivers Wolfpack
- Trinity Western Spartans
- University of Victoria Vikes
BC Athletics Annual Awards
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Masters (Age 35+)
General & News
CMA - We Are Running Canada
With several 2020 masters national championship road races cancelled and others may be too, the CMA invites all road racers and racewalkers to the “We Are Running Canada” event!
The goal is to have a collective effort by masters runners to complete 7,240 kilometres, representing Mile Zero in Victoria, BC to St. John’s NL. Each runner can contribute to the goal by doing one or all of the four CMA National Championship distances of 5k, 10k, half-marathon and marathon.
2021 BC Masters Track & Field Championships
After provincial restrictions due to Covid-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 BC Masters Track and Field Championships, it was great that we were able to have this meet this year. The 2021 BC Masters Championships were hosted by the Greyhounds Masters Club on August 21-22, at Bear Creek Park in
Surrey. The pole vault competition was held two weeks earlier during the Greyhounds Multi-Events Meet at North Surrey Secondary School. The meet attracted 164 athletes who entered 443 individual events and 9 relay. For the first time, sub-masters (30-34) were invited to enter, but as non-championship
guests. Only a small number of sub-masters competed this year, but perhaps many more will enter in the future if allowed.
Blessed with good weather both days, mostly sunny with temperatures around twenty degrees, the meet generally ran well. Unfortunately the wind gauge was not properly set up for the first race (womens 80m hurdles) where there were two excellent results which would have been new BC Masters records. This
race was rerun after about fifteen minutes. With huge numbers in the throwing events and with the Electronic Distance Measurement (E.D.M.) device malfunctioning a few times, the throwing events got slightly behind schedule. But overall the meet was very successful.
There were many excellent results with athletes breaking nine Canadian and 24 BC Masters records. David Guss broke two M60 Canadian records, the 3000m (9:52.30) and 2000m steeplechase (7:08.81). Three athletes broke their own Canadian records: Renate Cheetham broke her own 3000m race walk
record (24:16.51), Myrtle Acton improved her W85 hammer record (22.33m) and Marek Glowacki improved his M80 shot put record (11.93m). Mark Pinckard ran an excellent race, breaking the M60 Canadian 800m (2:10.77) and Harnek Toor broke the Canadian M75 weight throw record (15.34m).
Two relay teams now possess Canadian Masters records. The relay team of Paul Reimer, Doug Henderson, Brent Scott and David Guss broke the M60 4x800m relay record (10:37.46) and the W75 relay team of Cherry Graf, Christa Bortignon, Marg Radcliffe and Avril Douglas set a new Canadian
standard in the 4x100m relay (1:19.88).
Breaking BC Masters records on the track were: Karl Mey M85 400m (1:32.68), Janette Wood W60 1500m (5:42.10), Carol Montgomery W55 3000m (11:28.68), Cindy O'Brien Hugh W60 80m hurdles (14.98) and Laurie Ritchie W60 300m hurdles (1:09.84). Setting new BC standards in the 2000m steeplechase were M75 Arthur Gee (13:21.07) and W35 Halimah Beaulieu (10:36.40). Sunette Lessing would have had a new BC record in the W50 80m hurdles (13.87) but there was no wind reading.
Field event athletes broke five BC Masters records. They were: Karin Adande W35 triple jump (8.36m), Patty Szybunka W60 triple jump (8.56m), Harnek Toor M75 hammer (36.53m), Marek Glowacki M80 hammer (36.58m) and Shane Wiebe M50 weight throw (15.01m).
Three relay teams broke BC records. The relay team of Derek Prevost, Shawn Nouraei, Steve Colbert and Paul Tshinyama broke the M50 4x100m record (49.47) and the team of Laurie Ritchie, Cindy O'Brien Hugh, Sharon Hann and Patti Rogers broke the W60 4x100m record (1:02.09). The relay team
of Fred Pawluk, Mark Stewart, Terry Riggins and Piara Bhullar broke the M70 4x800m record (12:25.94), just missing the Canadian record by 0.66 seconds.
A track and field meet can only be successful with the support from many others. The Greyhounds Masters Club is indebted and grateful to many. We thank the Ocean Athletics Club for the use of their high jump mats and standards, the Universal Club for the use of their steeplechase barriers and take-off
board, and BC Athletics for the use of their hurdles. We thank Dr MacPherson and his son Steve for once again serving as our First-Aid attendants, Randy our security person, the Surrey Parks and Recreation Department for preparing the facility, and our many sponsors for their generous donations.
Perhaps, most of all, we thank our hard-working officials and volunteers for your dedication and long hours of work. This was the first time that the Greyhounds Masters Club hosted this championships, but it definitely will not be our last.
GREYHOUNDS IN-CLUB TRACK MEET
BEAR CREEK PARK – September 12, 2020
WORLD RECORD FOR LENORE MONTGOMERY
The Greyhounds Masters Club hosted their first-ever BC Athletics-sanctioned Track meet. Due to Covid-19, they were restricted to a maximum of 50 people, including athletes and officials, inside the track andfield facility. The meet was held at Bear Creek Park in Surrey under smoky conditions due to the smoke
travelling north from the many forest fires in the western states of America. Despite the smoke, their athletes ran very well. In fact there was more smoke coming from the heels of the runners.
The Greyhounds members broke 9 BC Masters records, 5 Canadian Masters records and Lenore Montgomery who recently entered the W90 age group, set a new world record in the 1500m (12:34.67). She also set a new Canadian record in the 800m (6:13.82). Two race walkers broke Canadian records.
Dmitry Babenko, a new member of the Greyhounds, broke the Canadian record in the M45 Mile race walk with a time of 7:01.70. He easily broke the old Canadian record (7:48.7) by a huge margin of 47 seconds. Renate Cheetham broke the W80 Mile race walk record of 12:41.83 with a new record of
12:26.55. The fifth Canadian record was broken by Deborah Lee in the W70 80m hurdles. Despite reaggravating an injury the prior weekend at the Greyhounds Throws and Jumps meet while competing in the long jump, Deborah broke Ex-Greyhounds member Christa Bortignon's Canadian record of 20.20
seconds with a new record of 18.15 seconds.
Breaking BC Masters records were: Cindy O'Brien Hugh broke the W60 80m hurdles record of 15.91 seconds with an outstanding time of 15.21 seconds. Laurie Ritchie despite being at the end of her age group, broke the W55 300m hurdles record by a whopping 9 seconds. Laurie broke the old record of
1:16.56 by running the race in 1:07.61. And next year when Laurie enters the W60 age group, she will be going over 27 inch hurdles instead of 30 inch hurdles. Mark Stewart broke one of the oldest BC Masters records. Mark broke the M75 800m record of 2:52.66 which had stood since 1989, by running an excellent time of 2:50.50. This was Mark's fourth BC Masters record this year. At the BC Masters Indoor Championships in Kamloops, Mark broke the BC Indoor 800m, 1500m and 3000m records.
Elaine Whidden broke one BC Masters record and just missed another. Elaine broke the W65 100m record of 15.80 seconds with a new record of 15.59 seconds. She missed breaking the W65 200m record by 0.01 second.
There were many other outstanding performances by the Greyhounds members. Two of them were: New member Piara Bhullar who turns 75 next year, pushed Mark to his 800m record and also ran a fast 1500m race (6:14.33). Carol Montgomery, another new member, ran two great races in the W55 800m and 1500m (5:40.32. It definitely helps to have Lenore's DNA.
The Greyhounds thank all of the officials and volunteers who helped make the Greyhounds first-ever BC Athletics-sanctioned Track Meet a great success.
The Team Canada Page on the CMA website contains Team Bulletin #1. This document describes what you need to do with respect to everything concerning the world championships. You need to send a pdf copy of your passport or drivers licence or birth certificate as proof of age. Send it to vern christensen.
Greyhounds defend their title at the 2019 Canadian Masters Track & Field Championships
Ste. Therese, Quebec - July 5-7 2019
The Greyhounds Masters Track and Field Club successfully defended their Club Championships at the Canadian MastersOutdoor Championships, which were held at Stade d'athletisme Richard-Garneau, in Ste-Therese, Quebec. This makes three consecutive club championships for the Greyhounds who won the team title at last year's Canadian Masters Outdoor Championships in Surrey, and this year's Indoor championships in Edmonton. The Greyhounds won the Harold Morioka Trophy, which CMA presents to the club who scores the most points (the top seven places receive 7,6,5,4,3,2,1 points). The Greyhounds scored 452 points while second place Les Vainquers (Montreal) had 272 points. Other clubs in the top 7 were: U of Toronto Track Club (182), Throwers Club, Ontario (155), JamCam International T&F Club, North York, Ontario (148), Ottawa Lions (117) and Saint John T&F Club, New Brunswick (103).
Leading the way for the Greyhounds was Hardev Sandhu (M70) who scored the most points. Karl Mey (M80) broke his own BC record in the 200m hurdles (40.88) and tied the BC record in the high jump (1.15m). Sheila Allison (W70) won all seven of her events.
CMA Hall of Fame
Congratulations to Tom Dickson and Jake Madderom! The “CMA Board inducts into the Canadian Masters Athletics Hall of Fame individuals who are judged to have made significant contributions to masters athletics in Canada, in either of two categories – as Athletes or as Executives/Administrators.” Tom will be inducted into the Athletes category while Jake will be inducted as an Administrator. They have been invited to receive their award at the 2019 CMA Awards Dinner which will be held on July 6, 2019, at Sainte-Therese, Quebec, during the Canadian Masters track and field Championships.
TOM DICKSON - ATHLETE
To be eligible for the CMA Hall of Fame as an Athlete, the athlete must have a minimum of ten years membership in the CMA and must be at least 65 years of age. Tom has been a CMA member for 25 years and is now 66. During these 25 years, Tom has been an outstanding sprinter with the 100 metre race being his specialty. During the history of Masters athletics (from 1972 to present), Tom has been the best-ever 100 metre runner in BC, and one of the best in Canada. Tom has been undefeated in 20 BC Masters Championships in the 100m and 200m. Tom has competed in 9 World Masters Athletics Championships and has been a finalist in the 60m (Indoors) and 100m (Outdoors) every year, winning 7 medals. Tom “has broken 13 Canadian records – often besting his own year after year.” Tom's M60 60m record of 7.80 seconds is age-graded at 99.16% and his M60 Canadian record of 12.10 seconds is 96.70% (actually 97.28% for age 61).
Tom has been honoured by BC Athletics as Masters Athlete-of-the-Year ten times (five times as Masters Track and Field athlete and five times as Masters Track athlete (starting in 2013, BC Athletics Masters AOY was separated into two categories: “Track” and “Field”).
Tom has also given back to the sport as a coach for 41 years. He has coached for the Vancouver Olympic Club (9 years), Valley Royals (29 years) and has been the sprint and hurdles coach for Simon Fraser University for the last 36 years. Tom has also been a Team BC Coach many times: National Legion Camp (twice), Canadian Junior Championships (6 times), Canadian Senior Championships (once), Western Canada Games (4 times) and Canada Summer Games (3 times). For his outstanding service Tom was honoured by BC Athletics with the Excellence in Coaching Award (1998), and by the NCAA as the Assistant Coach of the Year (2016).
JAKE MADDEROM – ADMINISTRATOR
Jake has competed in nine Canadian Masters track and field championships (winning 15 medals), in many Canadian Masters cross country championships, and in seven WMA Championships.
Jake's service to Masters athletics has been outstanding. Soon after Jake joined the CMA in 1985, he has volunteered his time in many administrative capacities (not only for Masters) for track and field, road running and cross country. He has been a member of the BC Athletics Masters Committee for 33 years, including about 20 years as the Chair. Jake was a member of the BC Athletics Board of Directors for about 15 years, including serving as the Chairman and VP of Communications. He has been the BC Provincial Director to the CMA for about 20 years. He has served on the BC Athletics Road Running Committee since 1992, and was on the Athletics Canada Appeals Committee for six years.
Jake became a BC Athletics official in 2007 and has officiated at many local, high school, provincial, national and international track and field meets. Currently he is a NCCP Level 4 Horizontal Jumps Official. He was on the Organizing Committee for the Canadian Cross Country Championships (2013 and 2014), and on the Organizing Committee for the Canadian Masters Track and Field Championships (twice), and has organized cross country teams for various CAN/AM /cross country challenges. Jake was also one of the organizers of the Lower Mainland Cross Country Series and was a co-race director of the Kajaks' Icebreaker 8K Road Race (twice).
In 2003, Jake was honoured by BC Athletics for his long-term service and contribution as Chair and Member of the Board of Directors. He won the BC Athletics Official of the Year Award (2016) and was honoured with the Founders Award for outstanding service to track and field in British Columbia (2017). Jake was nominated by Athletics Canada for the Commemorative Medal for the Queen's Golden Jubilee which is “Awarded to Canadians who made a significant contribution to their fellow citizens, their community, or to Canada over the previous fifty years.”
2019 B.C. MASTERS OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Langley, June 14-16
The 2019 B.C. Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships were hosted by the Langley Mustangs
from June 14-16, at Langley's McLeod Park and was held in conjunction with the Langley Mustangs'
annual Pacific Invitational Meet. About 140 Masters athletes registered for the meet in more than 400
events. The weather was excellent all three days with the temperature reaching into the high 20's.
The athletes broke 22 BC Masters records and 4 Canadian records. Another Canadian record was tied.
Breaking Canadian records were: Miriam Cavani in the W55 high jump (1.44m), Monica Pomietlarz in
the W60 high jump (1.40m), Myrtle Acton in the W85 shot put (6.72m) and Renate Cheetham breaking
her own Canadian record in the W80 3000m race walk (24:26.72). Julia Hengstler tied the Canadian
record in the W50 shot put (11.25m).
Patty Szybunka had an outstanding meet, breaking 4 BC records in the W60 100m, 200m, long jump and
triple jump. Monica broke 3 BC records, adding the W60 shot put and javelin throw along with her high
jump record. Breaking 2 BC records were: Nicole Carlos in the W45 javelin and weight throws, Miriam
added the long jump along with her high jump record, and Myrtle Acton added the weight throw record
along with her shot put record. Breaking one BC record were: Nancy Smith in the W55 hammer, Danny
Daniels in the M90 long jump, Jeannette Van Den Bulk in the W40 sprint hurdles, Sunette Lessing in the
W50 sprint hurdles, Cory Holly in the M60 hammer throw (there is a better throw pending), Karl Mey in
the M80 200m hurdles and Kathy Brand in the W75 hammer throw. Both Karl and Kathy have a slightly
better record pending in their events.
Tom Dickson was honoured during the meet for his upcoming induction into the Canadian Masters
Athletics Hall of Fame for his “significant contributions to masters athletics in Canada”. Tom will be
formally inducted next month into the CMA HOF at the Canadian Masters Outdoor Championships in
Montreal. Tom has competed in 9 World Masters Athletics Championships and was a finalist every year
in the 60m (Indoor) or 100m (Outdoor), winning 7 medals. He has been selected as BC Athletics Masters Athlete-of-
the-Year ten times.
The Masters athletes are extremely grateful to the Langley Mustangs and to all of the officials and
volunteers for their hard work and dedication over three days of competition.
BC MASTERS INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – March 29-31, 2019
Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops
The 2019 BC Masters Indoor Championships were held at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops, in conjunction with the Van Ryswyk Invitational Meet from March 29-31. As usual Kamloops hosted a well-run meet and the officiating was excellent. But the poor turnout from the Masters and youngsters was disappointing, especially for the host Kamloops Club who put in so much work. Nevertheless, there were many excellent performances with the Masters athlete breaking three Canadian Indoor records, and breaking/setting 19 new BC Masters Indoor records and tying one more.
Monica Pomietlarz broke the Canadian Indoor record in the W60 high jump. Two more Canadian records were broken in the relays. The W65 team of Deborah Lee, Karen Shook, Sheila Allison and Urith Hayley broke the Canadian Indoor 4x200m record, while the M75 team of Arthur Gee, Don Currie, Karl Mey and Surinder Shah broke the Canadian Indoor 4x400m record.
Arthur Gee broke the M75 Indoor long jump record and set three more new records in the M75 800m, 1500m and 3000m. Sunette Lessing broke three W50 Indoor records in the Pentathlon, long jump, and 60m hurdles and tied the BC Indoor record in the high jump.
Individuals breaking one BC Indoor record were: Marvin Johnson in the M45 60m, home-town Karl Mey who broke the M80 800m by 13 seconds and just missed the 400m record by 0.11 second, Hardev Sandhu in the M70 long jump, Deborah Lee who broke her own BC Indoor triple jump record, Jim Dyer who also broke his own Indoor record in the M75 weight throw, Suzanne Sharp in the W65 1500m race walk and Renate Cheetham in the W80 3000m race walk.
Two BC Masters Indoor records were broken in the 4x200m relays. The team of Faraaz Taiyab, Randy Sheldon, Sam Walker and Marvin Johnson broke the M45 relay record, and the team of Jess Aujla, Steve Law, Mark Phillips and Rob Smith broke the M50 relay record.
The Masters athletes thank the Kamloops Track and Field Club and all of the officials and volunteers for their dedication and hard work.
WMA CHAMPIONSHIPS – March 24-30, 2019
Five athletes from B.C. competed at the World Masters Indoor Championships, which attracted 4000 athletes age 35 and older, and which were held at Torun, Poland.
Eighty-two year old Christa Bortignon was the star of the Canadian team, winning 4 of Canada's 7 gold medals. Christa won gold in the W80-84 60m, 200m, triple jump and long jump. In the long jump Christa tied her world record of 3.28m which she set two years ago at the BC Masters Indoor Championships in Kamloops. Winning a bronze medal was Marek Glowacki in the M75 shot put, the only event he entered. Tom Dickson also contested only one event, the 60m sprint in the M65 age category. Tom won his heat and semi-final, but just missed a medal by less than a tenth of a second when he finished 4th in a very close finals race. Luke Wang competed in the M45 60m, 200m and 4x200m relay. Luke won his 60m heat and was 4th in his semi-final, and did not qualify for the finals. In the 200m, Luke was 3rd in his heat and did not qualify for the semi-finals. Hans Aabye finished 13th in the M40 10K run and 22nd in the Half marathon. Two other athletes from B.C. were entered but did not compete.
Ian Hume Award Recipient - M60 Reidar Zapf-Gilje B.C. - Multi-Events
Reider Zapf-Gilje from Vancouver is the repeat winner of the Ian Hume Award. In 2016, Reidar won gold medals in the four combined events in which he competed, often by several hundred points ahead of any competition. These included wins in the M60 Decathlon and Throws Pentathlon in the Americas Masters Games, the Pentathlon at the Norwegian Masters Chamionships and the Pentathlon at the Canadian Masters Outdoor Championships in Toronto.
Olga Kotelko Award Recipient - W60 Margaret Rhebergen B.C.
This award is named after the late Olga Kotelko, who set more age group World records than any other athlete, in all age groups from 80 to 95 years of age, and has been an inspiration to many people Worldwide, and a great ambassador for Masters Track & Field
Margaret Rhebergen from British Columbia is the winner of the Olga Kotelko Award. Margaret set nine British Columbia masters records in 2016, including five in field events. She set Indoor W60 records in the Triple Jump, Long Jump, High Jump, as well as outdoor records in the Triple Jump and Long Jump. Her five best results for the year are Age-Graded at 96.3%
2017 BC Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships to be held June 16-18, 2017 in Langley, BC. More info: http://www.langleymustangs.com/
BC Masters Indoor Championships To be Held March 31 - April 2, 2017 in Kamloops, BC. More info: http://kamtrack.ca/
CMA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS - HOSTING OPPORTUNITY
Americas Masters Games Results
10K Road Race:
Ultra Throw Club and Ocean Athletics Track & Field Club to Host "2016 Masters Throws Fest"
On Sunday, August 7th, 2016, Ultra Throw and Ocean Athletics will be collaborating to put on the 2016 Masters Throws Fest. Masters athletes will have the chance to compete in the weight pentathlon and super weight events.
For registration, visit: www.TrackieReg.com/2016MastersWtPent
As the entry deadline has passed, registration will now cost $40 for Wt Pent and $10 for Super Weight
For the schedule of events, please see the attached PDF: 2016 Masters Throws Fest
Canadian Masters Athletics Announces the 2015 Athletes of the Year
Based on nominations received from members of the CMA and votes cast by the CMA Board, the 2015 Athletes of the Year have been named in four categories of athletics, each of which has been named after a masters athlete who was prominent in the appropriate discipline, and is either still active or was active in the past, as identified below.
The following are the recipients of the 2015 Canadian Masters Athletes of the Year Awards:
Individual Track Events – “Earl Fee Award”
W85 Lenore Montgomery BC
This award is named after Earl Fee, the great masters middle distance track athlete who, at age 87, is still active and still holds many Canadian and World records, and continues to inspire others.
Lenore Montgomery from North Vancouver is the winner of the Earl Fee Award. In 2015, Lenore set W85 Canadian records in the 400m, 800m, 1500m and 5000m track races. Of these, the 800m, at 4:33.86, and the 5000m, at 32:36.20, were also World records, and were age-graded at 96% and 98%.
Combined Events – “Ian Hume Award”
M60 Reidar Zapf-Gilje BC
This award is named after Ian Hume who, beginning with the first World Masters Championships in Toronto in 1975 and for a period of 25 years, won 29 World Championship medals and set 40 World records in 9 events, including the Pentathlon and the Decathlon.
Reidar Zapf-Gilje from Vancouver is the winner of the Ian Hume Award. In the Norwegian Multi-Event Championships in June, Reidar won the Gold Medal in the M60 Pentathlon, setting a new Canadian record of 3,575 points, 372 points above the previous record. Also during the year, he won Gold Medals in the M60 age group in the BC 55+ Games in the Pentathlon, with 3,369 points, and in the Throws Pentathlon, with 3,295 points.
2016 CANADIAN MASTERS INDOOR T&F CHAMPIONSHIPS
Six BC Masters athletes travelled to Toronto this past weekend to compete in the Canadian Masters Indoor
Track and Field Championships at York University. It was only a small group of BC athletes but they did
extremely well. The meet attracted over 200 athletes, mostly from Ontario. The Greyhounds Masters T&F
Club women's team won 19 Gold medals and despite having only a 3-member team, won the Women's
Team Title with 149 points. The University of Toronto TC finished second among the 31 women teams,
with 127 points.
Christa Bortignon and Deborah Lee won all of their events. Christa, who is 79, won 6 Gold medals and if
she duplicates her performances next year, her 60m, long jump and triple jump results will be new world
records in the W80 age group. Deborah won 7 Gold medals and set a new Canadian record in the W65
50m hurdles. Six of her 7 results were new meet records. Rachel Fouladi won 6 Gold and 2 Silver medals
and set a new Canadian record in the W45 50m hurdles.
Three BC men competed in this meet. David Dickey, another Greyhounds Masters member, won 4 Silver
and 2 Bronze medals. Adding David's points, the 4-member Greyhounds Masters Club finished 3rd overall
among the 54 clubs that competed. Mark Pinkard, a Kajaks member, won 3 Gold and 1 Bronze medals in
the M55 age group. Competing unattached, Dmitry Babenko won the M40 1500m Race Walk with a time
which was less than 1 second of his Canadian record.
2016 BC MASTERS INDOOR T&F CHAMPIONSHIPS
KAMLOOPS – February 12-14
The 2016 BC Masters Indoor Championships were held from February 12-14, at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops. With the mild winter and good winter road conditions, including the Coquihala Highway, it was hoped that more Masters athletes would attend the Championships. Although the field
was small, the athletes that competed did extremely well, setting many records and establishing personal bests. As usual the Kamloops Track and Field club and the local officials and volunteers did an excellent job of putting on a great meet. A few BC Athletics officials travelled from out-of-town to help out.
The star of the meet has to be W85 Lenore Montgomery who set 4 World Records. Lenore broke the listed world record in the 400m (2:11.47), 800m (4:52.80) and 3000m (19:59.56). She set a new standard in the 1500m (9:31.42) race. However, apparently there is another W85 woman who recently ran the
1500m and 3000m races faster than Lenore.
Outstanding race walker Dmitry Babenko broke 2 of his own Canadian records in the M40 1500m (6:15.75) and 3000m (13:06.63) Race Walks. Cheryl Closkey broke the Canadian W65 Weight throw record (10.93m) and Gabriella Moro broke the Canadian W65 Shot put record (8.66m). Miriam Cavani broke the Canadian W55 High jump record (1.35m). The relay team of Tom Ukonmaanaho, Sewa Birring, Harold Morioka and Mark Stewart broke the Canadian M70 4x200m relay record (2:09.98). The relay team of Jorge Woods, Steve Briggeman, David Dickey and Cal Warren set a new Canadian standard
in the M55 4x400m relay (4:48.55).
Deborah Lee had an incredible meet with 6 individual BC records plus 2 relay records. Her individual records were in the W65 60m, 200m, 60m Hurdles, High jump, Long jump and Triple jump. Mark Stewart broke his own M70 BC records in the 800m, 1500m and 3000m. Mark was also on the M70 relay team that broke the Canadian record in the 4x200m. Margaret Rhebergen broke three BC jumps
records in the W60 High jump, Long jump and Triple jump. Margaret added two more BC records in the 60m and 60m Hurdles and was also on a record-breaking relay team. Speedster Cindy O'Brien Hugh broke 2 sprint records in the W55 60m and 200m. She was also on a record-breaking relay team. Jim Dyer broke 2 Race walk records in the M70 1500m and 3000m race walks. Renate Cheetham had 2 BC records in the W75 1500m and 3000m runs and she was on a relay team that set a BC record. Tom Ukonmaanaho broke 2 BC records in the M70 200m and High jump and he was also on the M70 4x200m relay team that broke the Canadian record.
Also establishing new BC records were: Karl Jones (M45 60m), Valerie Scott (W60 400m and both W55 4x200m and W60 4x400m relays), Lynette Baldock (W65 3000m and W60 4x400m relay), Lynn Thompson (M75 triple jump), John Hawkins (M65 high jump), Dave McDonald (M60 weight throw), Harnek Toor (M65 weight throw) and John Storms (M55 1500m race walk).
Winning no individual gold medal but winning the inspirational award from many, was Sewa Birring. Sewa is a double cancer surviver who is overcoming the odds. Sewa bravely started the 400m but was unable to complete the race. The next day he ran the 200m twice, first in the individual 200m race and then again in the relay, helping his M70 4x200m relay team break the Canadian record.
The meet was extremely well run and very enjoyable for the athletes. The Masters athletes wish to thank the Kamloops T&F Club and all of the officials and volunteers for their time and effort
2015 55+ BC Games - North Vancouver, August 26-29
The 28th annual 55+ BC Games (formerly called the BC Seniors Games) were hosted by North Vancouver from August 26-29. The 2015 Games included 25 sports which were held mostly in venues in the City and Municipality of North Vancouver. However Ice Curling was held in Vancouver and Dragon Boat and Athletics were held in Burnaby. Track and Field was hosted by the Norwesters Track and Field Club and held at Swangard Stadium. About 220 athletes over the age of 55 registered to compete in track and field.
The weather was excellent for the first two days but it rained on Friday morning, forcing the cancellation of the long hurdles and the women's pentathlon which included the hurdles. The rain also made it difficult for the high jumpers and throwers. With the forecast for heavy rains and high winds for Saturday morning, the meet organizers decided to cancel the 10K Road Run and 10K Road Power Walk which were to be held at the Seymour Demonstration Forest in North Vancouver.
Overall the meet was very well run. The track events were right on time as were the jumping events. The throwing events with their large number of participants got slightly behind schedule but there were no major problems. The large number of very competent BC Athletics officials and the many volunteers kept everything running smoothly.
The athletes established many records: 45 Games records (plus 1 tied), 23 BC Masters records (but there are 4 better records pending), 10 Canadian records (there are 2 better records pending) and 1 WORLD RECORD.
Lenore Montgomery broke the World Record in the W85 5000m (32:36.20). Lenore would have even broken the world record by another 47 seconds but she was on the opposite side of the track when the gun sounded for the start of the 5000m race. Lenore had to rush over to the starting line and when she started, the clock was already at 47 seconds. Lenore also broke the listed World Record in the 800m (4:33.86), but there is a better time pending by a woman who ran this race in the WMA Championships in Lyon, France. Lenore added 2 more Canadian records in the 400m (2:11.85) and 1500m (9:06.76)
Maurice Tarrant broke the Canadian record in the M85 5000m (30:12.55) and added 2 more Games records in the 800m and 1500m. Had Maurice gone to Lyon, his times would have been good enough to win 2 Silver medals and a Bronze medal. Myrtle Acton broke the Canadian record twice in the W80 Hammer throw, once in the Throws pentathlon (22.46m) and once in the individual event. Other Canadian records were broken by Norm Lesage M85 100m (but he has a better pending CR of 18.00), William Falconer M95 100m, Doug Monds M85 Pole vault, and Marilyn Benz W65 Javelin (Marilyn has a better CR throw pending).
Herb Phillips broke 3 BC M75 records in the 800m, 1500m and 5000m, but none of these were Canadian records only because he is following in the footsteps of the great Ed Whitlock. Herb's time in the 5000m (20:51.35) would have won the GOLD medal at last month's WMA Championships in Lyon, France. Norm Lesage added a second BC record in the M85 200m while Elaine Whidden bettered 2 listed BC records in the W60 100m and 200m (30.46) with
times that would have placed her just outside the medals in Lyon (she does have slightly better times pending). John Hawkins broke the BC M65 record in the Pole vault (Gerard Dumas has a better height pending) and tied the High jump record (1.50m). Other BC records were broken by Sandra Bissessur W65 400m, Lynn Thompson M75 Sprint hurdles, Deborah Lee W65 Triple jump, Reidar Zapf-Gilje M60 Triple jump, Rainer Sillantaus M85 Shot put and Scot Henney M90 Javelin.
The Zone 3 relay team of Urith Hayley, Cindy O'Brien Hugh, Marie Johnson and Elaine Whidden broke the W55+ BC 4x100m relay record (1:01.43).
Breaking at least 2 Games records were Cindy O'Brien Hugh W55 200m and 400m, Mark Stewart M70 400m and 800m, Susan Gordon W55 800m and 1500m, and Rose Hare W65 Discus and Throws pentathlon. Reidar added a 2nd Games record in the M60 Sprint hurdles while Rainer added a 2nd Games record in the M85 Javelin.
The athletes would like to thank Dawn Copping (meet director), the officials and many volunteers for their hard work and for making these Games a huge success.
Next year the 55+ BC Games will be hosted by Coquitlam from September 20-24.
Zone 3 coordinator
BC Athletes Excel at World Masters Track & Field Championships
Four Masters women from the Greyhounds Masters Track and Field Club set a new Canadian standard in the W60 4x100m relay (all members of the relay team must be over the age of 60). Competing on April 26th, at the University of Oregon's famed Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, the team of Deborah Lee (W64), Christa Bortignon (W78), Urith Hayley (W64) and Elaine Whidden (W60), ran the 400 metre relay in a time of 1:03.74. This breaks the Canadian Masters W60 record of 1:04.60 which was set by Team Canada at the 2011 World Masters Athletics Championships, in Sacramento, California. Having four women from the same club break a National record which was set by four women representing Canada, is a huge accomplishment.
CANADIAN MASTERS INDOOR T&F CHAMPIONSHIPS
Toronto, ON – March 14-15, 2015
Ten BC Masters athletes competed in the Canadian Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend in Toronto. Christa Bortignon and Deborah Lee won gold in all 7 of their events. Hardev Sandhu won 6 medals including gold in the 60M and Weight throw.
Christa broke 2 Canadian Indoor records in the W75 50M and 50M hurdles. Deborah established 4 BC Indoor records in the W60 50M, 50M Hurdles, High jump and Triple jump. Deborah just missed another BC record by only 1/100th of a second in the 60M Hurdles. Al Percival broke the Canadian Indoor record in the M60 50M sprint. Natasha Bacchus set a new BC Indoor record in the W35 50M and broke her own pending BC record in the 60M, which she established a month earlier in the BC Masters Indoor Championships in Kamloops. Juliette Christie broke 2 of her own pending BC Indoor records in the W50 1500M and 3000M. Hardev set a new BC Indoor record in the M65 50M while Mark Pinckard
broke his own BC Indoor record in the M50 800M.
2015 BC Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships
The second annual BC Masters Indoor Track and Field Championship was held on February 13-15, at
the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops. This meet was held in conjunction with the Van Ryswyk
Indoor Invitational Meet. The number of Masters athletes competing was a little higher than last year,
and hopefully this championship meet will continue to grow in the future.
The Masters athletes that competed did extremely well. They set/broke 40 BC Indoor records and 9
Canadian Indoor records. Another BC record was tied.
Norm Lesage broke two Canadian records in the M85 60m (but he has a pending record from a week
earlier at the Harry Jerome meet) and 200m. Don Currie also broke two Canadian records in the M80
1500m and 3000m Race walks. Margaret Rhebergen broke her own Canadian W55 high jump record
and Harry Thompson set a new Canadian standard in the M90 1500m Race walk.
The M70 relay team of: Surinder Shah, Mark Stewart, Bill McNamara and Tom Ukonmaanaho, broke
the Canadian record in the 4x400m relay and set a new Canadian standard in the 4x200m relay. The
relay team of: Lynette Baldock, Gabriella Moro, Winni MacKay-Smith and Christa Bortignon, set a new
Canadian record in the W65 4x200m relay.
Four athletes broke/set three individual BC Masters Indoor records. Norm added the M85 400m record
to his 60m and 200m records. Mark Stewart set three new M70 standards in the 800m, 1500m and
3000m. Arthur Gee set three new standards in the M70 triple jump, 1500m Race walk and 3000m Race
walk. Rachel Fouladi broke the BC W45 triple jump record and set new standards in the 1500m and
3000m Race walks.
Five athletes added two new BC Indoor records to their names. Lynette Baldock broke her own W65
800m and 1500m records. Margaret Rhebergen broke her own W55 60m record as well as the high
jump. Juliette Christie set two new BC standards in the W50 1500m and 3000m runs. Harry Thompson
added the M90 triple jump to his Race walk record. Tom Ukonmaanaho broke the BC M70 200m
record and tied the high jump record.
Adding one new BC record to their names were: Natasha Bacchus W35 60m, Sam Walker M40 400m,
Surinder Shah M70 long jump, Deborah Lee W60 long jump, Heinz Peter M65 high jump, Gabriella
Moro W65 shot put, Jody Cranston M45 weight throw, Harnek Toor M65 weight throw and Lori
Graham W55 1500m Race walk.
Two relay teams set new BC records. The W45 4x400m relay team of: Cindy O'Brien Hugh, Kathy
Friesen, Winni MacKay-Smith and Nicola Everton, and the M45 4x400m relay team of: Mark Phillips,
Gordon Flett, Harjinder Kang and Steve Briggeman.
The schedule was slightly altered from last year so that the meet could be completed by noon on
Sunday. With the support of many fans, Dylan Armstrong was finally presented with the Olympic
bronze medal that he was denied at the Beijing Olympics, six and a half years ago. Armstrong finished
fourth in the shot put competition (by only a centimetre) but was moved up to third when the athlete
from Belarus was disqualified for doping.
The Masters athletes give huge thanks to the meet organizers, officials and volunteers for their hard
work and dedication over the three days.
The Kamloops Track and Field Club invites all Masters athletes to the third annual BC Masters Indoor
Championships which will be in the Tournament Capital Centre again in February, 2016.
2014 BC Senior Games
Report on the 2014 BC Senior Games Langley, Sept 10-13
2013 BC Seniors Games
Report on 2013 BC Seniors Games Kamloops, Aug 21-24
2013 BC Masters Track & Field Championships Results
Results of 2013 BC Masters Track & Field Championships Langley, Jun 14-16
WORLD MASTERS INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 6th WMA Indoor track and field championships were held in Budapest, Hungary, from March 25-
30, 2014. Over 3900 athletes over the age of 35, from more than 70 countries, were entered in the
championships. The SYMA facility was excellent with two tracks, and more, under the same roof.
Hungary did an excellent job of hosting the “queen of sports” as they call athletics in their country.
Olga Kotelko, who turned 95 only 23 days prior to the first day of competition, was one of the stars of
the WMA Indoor Championships. Olga competed in the W95-99 age group and was one of the fifty
Canadian Masters athletes entered, eleven were from BC.
Olga won 10 Gold medals and established 9 new World records. She set new world indoor W95
standards in the 60m, 200m, High jump, Long jump and Triple jump. She also broke the world indoor
records in the W95 Shot put and Weight throw. At this Indoor championships, there were also a few
Outdoor Road races and three Outdoor throwing events. Olga broke the Outdoor world records in the
W95 Hammer throw and Javelin. The only event that Olga did not establish a new world record was
in the outdoor Discus throw.
Other BC athletes winning medals were: Christa Bortignon (Gold in the W75 60m hurdles), Tom
Dickson (Silver in the M60 60m sprint) and Marek Glowacki (Silver in the M70 Shot put). Tom tied
the Canadian Indoor record in the M60 60 m (7.80 seconds during the semi-finals) and broke the
Canadian Indoor M60 200m record (25.98 seconds). Marek broke his own Canadian M70 Shot put
Normally the WMA Indoor Championships are held every two years but for the next two years the
WMA will have Outdoor Championships. The next WMA Indoor Championships will be in three
years (2017) in Daegu, South Korea.
BC MASTERS INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Kamloops, February 14-16, 2014
The first-ever BC Masters Indoor track and field championships were held on February 14-16. The meet was
hosted by Kamloops in their Tournament Capital Centre on the campus of Thompson Rivers University.
Unfortunately the turnout was very low, probably partly because of the dangerous weather conditions on the
Coquihalla Highway. Despite the small turnout, there were a few outstanding results. As usual, the Kamloops
Track and Field Club and their volunteers, hosted an excellent meet.
No world records were broken this year but look out next year because Olga Kotelko turns 95 on March 2nd.
Actually she will undoubtedly break/set a few world records next month at the WMA Indoor Championships in
The small group of Masters athletes broke 7 Canadian records and tied another. Breaking Canadian records
were Dmitry Babenko in the M40 1500M Racewalk (6:27.23) and 3000M Racewalk (13:45.23). Donald Currie
broke the identical Canadian records in the M80 group. He turned 80 on February 13, only one day before the
start of the meet. Also setting a Canadian record was 91-year-old Harry Thompson in the M90 3000M and
Cheryl Closkey broke the W65 Weight throw record (10.46m).
The relay team of Hardev Sandhu, Fred Pawluk, Harold Morioka and Sewa Birring broke the M65 4x400m
Canadian record (4:46.66).
Margaret Rhebergen tied her own Canadian record in the W55 High jump (1.30m). Actually Margaret might
have broken her Canadian record because the bar was set higher than 1.30m. When the bar was measured after
her record breaking jump, the bar read 1.32m. However the official ruled that since the recorder had listed the
height as 1.30m, that this was the official height and that measuring after the height was only to confirm that the
height of the bar was at least this height.
There were 28 new BC Indoor records and two more were tied. In addition to the records above, the following
BC records were broken.
Breaking two BC records were: Fred Pawluk M65 800m and 1500m, Bakhshish Dhillon M75 Shot put and
Weight throw, Nardene Hammond W40 1500M Racewalk and 3000M Racewalk, Lori Graham W55 1500M
Racewalk and 3000M Racewalk and Denise Clements W50 Shot put and Weight throw (But Carolyn Boomer
gets the new BC W50 Shot put record with a better record-breaking put than Denise).
Also breaking BC records were: Tom Ukonmaanaho M65 200m, Sam Walker M40 400m, Verena Stroda W40
Shot put, Kathy Brand W70 Weight throw, Dan Krause and Hardev Sandhu in the M65 Weight throw (but Dan
gets the new BC record with a better record-breaking put), Harold Morioka in the M70 High jump and Sean
Steele in the M50 Weight throw. Along with their Canadian records, Margaret Rhebergen added a BC record in
the W55 60m Hurdles, Cheryl Closkey added a BC record in the W65 Shot put and Donald Currie added a BC
record in the M80 800m.
The relay team of Andy Bienefeld, Eric Torin, Sam Walker and Luke Wang set a new BC record in the M35
Nancy Cochrane was attempting to better her BC W60 High jump record which she set only two weeks earlier.
Unfortunately she partially tore her achilles tendon and a calf muscle during an early jump.
Diane Matus tied the BC record in the W65 60m sprint.
Who is a Master?
Your entry to an Athletics event could be simply to have fun, have a healthy workout, pick up an attractive t-shirt, support a charity or, as a serious competitor, attempt a personal best performance.
The only requirement for being a masters member in any BC Athletics sanctioned event is to be 35 years of age or older.
Age group results-age graded results
Competition results can be calculated on an overall performance basis where athletes compare their performance to how other competitors in their age group performed. Some events now provide age graded results. These results are generated from tables developed by reviewing the performances of a large number of athletes over a long period of time, in each of the age categories, as well as the world records by age groupings. The tables then indicate an ultimate performance that could be expected from any age. There are separate tables for males and females.
Age graded results can be used in several ways. Using these tables, each athlete's performance can be calculated as a percentage of these extremely high standards for both male and female at each age. New results are then processed based on percentage achievement. Hence the playing field is leveled by compensating for age and sex. These age graded results can be very different from the overall results. It's possible that a 45-year old woman would displace a 28-year old male overall winner as the age graded winner. This, of course, is competitive and many (in fact most) participants don't enter events solely for competition. There are other effective ways of using performance percentages.
For example: if your performance in a 5K race was @ 78.3%, you could apply this percentage to the table for 10K at your age and calculate your expected finish time at 10K for the same effort. This would enable you to establish your mile pace to ensure that you don't go out too fast in the 10K event.
As you age you can use age graded results to compare your fitness and conditioning from one year to any other year. It's also useful in tracking your progress over any number of dissimilar events.
Reasons to join BCA - Masters
- Receive the annual publication of the Events Calendar
- Liability and Sport Injury/Accident Insurance
- $3.00 deduction from entry fees at BC Athletics sanctioned events
- Discounts on merchandise from selected sports stores
- Registered member of BC Athletics
- Branch member of Athletics Canada
Supporting BC Athletics through an annual membership fee of $50 + GST (for Masters athletes) helps to fund the governing body of our sport and helps to ensure that:
- BC Athletics sanctioned events meet standards for safety, officiating and organization
- workshops and seminars are provided to enhance the overall well-being of athletics as a sport
- there is co-ordination of the many volunteer efforts provided by the athletics community
- there is direct contact for Athletics information by telephone or the internet
As a member you are welcome to attend the Masters Committee Annual General Meeting or stand for election to the Masters Committee Board itself.
For coaching, for group workouts, for increased social activities and for team events such as the Whistler 50 Relay, there are a number of BC Athletics affiliated clubs that welcome all levels and all ages of Masters Athletes.
Masters Achievements Awards
These awards are in the form of pins in bronze, silver and gold which represent increasingly higher standards of performance. These pins are available for purchase by masters who have achieved the required standards. The standards are adapted from those that the Canadian Masters Athletics Association used to have for their crests, and cover a wide range of events.
The standards may be viewed by clicking on one of the following links:
To apply for a pin
Please print the Masters achievement award application form and mail (with the $9.04 fee) to BC Athletics, 2001B – 3713 Kensington Ave., Burnaby, BC V5B 0A7.
Master of the Year Award Criteria
For 2017, the age grading will be based on five year tables. In other words, for a 5 year age group, the entry for the lowest age in the group will be used to calculate the age graded result for all 5 ages in the group. This means that the best performances within an age group will get the best age graded result. This change was made in order to reward direct competition within an age group and to provide more opportunities for athletes entering a new age group.
Age grading calculator may be found at www.howardgrubb.co.uk/athletics/wmalookup06.html
Track Master of the Year Award Criteria (male and female)
The awards will be based on the Five Best Age Graded performances for the year (may be the same event or different events)
For example, an athlete could have results for: 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m or five results for 100m.
Road Running Master of the Year Award Criteria (male and female)
The awards will be based on the Five Best Age Graded performances for the year (may be the same event or different events)
Cross Country Master of the Year Award Criteria (male and female)
The awards will be based on the best age graded performance in the BC Championships and the Canadian Championships. Normally, the winners must also have participated in at least one other cross country race during the year.
Field Master of the Year Award Criteria (male and female)
The awards will be based on the quality of performances based on a percentage of the Canadian 5 year age group records. Consideration will be given to records set. A minimum of five performances will be required.
Sport BC Master of the Year Award Criteria (only one award)
Normally, the nominee is a winner of one of the above awards. Top 3 age graded performances plus international ranking will be considered.
Master Events 2019
BC Masters Record Application Forms:
- Masters Road Running Record application form (6/13/19)
- Masters TRACK Record application form (9/13/22)
- Masters FIELD & THROWS PENT Record application form (6/13/19)
- Masters MULTI-EVENTS Record application form (6/13/19)
BC Masters Records
BC Masters INDOOR Track & Field Records - (updated 12/31/22)
BC Masters OUTDOOR Track & Field Records - updated 12/31/22
BC 55+ Games Track & Field Records (formerly called BC Senior Games) - posted 1/13/21
BC Masters Road Running Records:
BC Athletics in partnership with Special Olympics BC provides program opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities. These athletes are able to compete in regional, national and international Special Olympic events under the International Paralympic Committee.
For more information related to participation in Special Olympics in BC, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on eligibility and other resources can found at Special Olympics BC.
Coaching Manual from Special Olympics Canada.
- 100, 200, 400 and 800 Metre Run
- Hurdles: Women - 100 Metre, Men - 110 Metre
- Relays - 4 x 100, 4 x 400 Metre
- 1500, 3000, 5000, and 10000 Metre
- High Jump
- Mini Javelin
- Running Long Jump
- Standing Long Jump
- Shot Put: Women 2.72 kg/6 lbs, Men (16 yrs. and over 4 kg/8.13 lbs) or (16 yrs. and under 2.72 kg/ 6lbs)
- Pentathlon (Five events: 100 Metres, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump, 400 Metres)
The following events provide meaningful competition for athletes with lower ability levels:
- 50-metre developmental
Recommended Guidelines for Events and Technical Standards
Events and Technical Standards