Special Offer on NorthStar Endurance Drink Mix, benefitting local athletes

August 21, 2014

Full story: http://www.bcathletics.org/News/special-offer-on-northstar-endurance-drink-mix-benefitting-local-athletes/1967/


Call for Learning Facilitator Applications

August 21, 2014

Call for Learning Facilitator Applications

  • Athletics Specific Learning Facilitator Training
  • Sat Sept 27th and Sun Sept 28th, 2014
  • 2-day, 19 hour LF Training (9am-9pm Sat and 9am-4:30pm Sun)
  • Fortius Athlete Development Centre, 3713 Kensington Ave., Burnaby, BC V5B 0A7

BC Athletics is looking to train some new Sport Specific Learning Facilitators for our Sport Coach and Club Coach NCCP Courses. If you are interested in attending this LF training please fill in this quick application form online.

Click Here for More information

Click Here for the quick Online Application

The cost is free for all successful applicants and BC Athletics will also cover your transportation, accommodation, and food costs for the weekend.

Thanks for thinking about this opportunity to pass along some of your coaching knowledge and skills. We are always looking for new and creative ways to improve coaching education so if you have any ideas or questions please feel free to contact Jennifer Schutz by phone (604) 333-3558 or email.


Whistler 50 Relay and Ultra Details, Price Increase Coming

August 20, 2014

Join us for the 4th annual Whistler 50 Relay and Ultra on Saturday, October 18. The 50 mile event is centered around Whistler Village and the Valley Trail system.

New this year, we've introduced 2 person and 4 person relay options, still covering the 50 mile distance. 4-person teams will see each runner complete a 20km leg, while 2-person teams will alternate 20km legs.

The standard 8-person team will remain the competitive focus ont he day, with runners alternating between 13km and 7km legs.

The Ultra also serves as the 2014 ACU 50 Mile National Trail Championship.

All participants receive a New Balance long-sleeve tech tee, as well as entry to all pre- and post-race festivities.

Price Increase Coming

Registration is well under way for the Ultra and all three Relay categories. Our Early Bird Price Deadline is coming up on August 26th, so grab your team and sign up today to save!

Pre-Race Social at the Brewhouse

Always a great partner of our event, the Brewhouse is once again going to host our Pre-Race Social and Package Pickup evening on the Friday night before the race. Exclusive food discounts and pint specials will be available all weekend long.

Situated right next to the Finish at Whistler Olympic Plaza, the Brewhouse will be serving up great food and drinks all day long. You'll have fresh local beer just a stone's throw from the Finish Line!

Post-Race Activities

We're excited for our best Post-Race Party yet! Hosted at the Longhorn Saloon, all racers and volunteers are invited to join this exclusive party. Drink and food specials will be available throughout the afternoon and evening, with music and entertainment continuing late into the night.

Other Saturday festivities for racers include:

  • Pint specials and 10% off food at the Brewhouse at Whistler
  • Free cover at Garfinkel's
  • Dubh Linn Gate will feature food specials for all racers and a live Celtic band

Plus plenty of other racer-exclusive deals throughout the Village.

Exclusive Accommodation Deals

We've partnered with Whistler.com and the Aava to offer exclusive hotel deals to all Whistler 50 participants – starting at $108/night!

Complete event details and registration at www.bcathletics.org/Whistler50RelayUltra


Dylan Armstrong to Receive Olympic Bronze

August 20, 2014

Full story: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/canadian-shot-putter-dylan-armstrong-to-receive-olympic-bronze/article20131933/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=Referrer%3A+Social+Network+%2F+Media&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links


The Mechanics of Speed Lecture

August 16, 2014

The Mechanics of Speed Lecture, Burnaby, BC

  • Wed Sept 10th, 2014 @ 7pm
  • Fortius Sport and Health, 3713 Kensington Ave, Burnaby, BC V5B 0A7
  • Dr. Gerry Ramogida (Seattle Seahawks) and Laurier Primeau (World Athletics Centre)
  • Registration fee is $20
  • For More Information – Mechanics of Speed Info
  • Registration – Mechanics of Speed Registration


Chewning appointed as new Head Coach for Speed and Power for Vancouver Thunderbirds

August 15, 2014

The Vancouver Thunderbirds are pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Chewning as the Head Coach power/speed effective September 1, 2014

Mary will be replacing Derrick Johnston who has been with the club for the past year, and now is moving to Eastern Canada to pursue other coaching goals.

For the past 7 years Mary has held coaching positions at Ocean Athletics and several high Schools in the South Surrey area in hurdles, jumps and sprints. She has been the Head Coach, Sprints and Hurdles at Ocean Athletics for over a year and has recently been appointed Head Coach Sprints and Hurdles at the University of British Columbia. During her time at Ocean she coached athletes to represent Team BC at National Championships and Canada Summer Games, as well as Team Canada for the World Youth Games.

Mary is an Athletics Canada certified Performance Coach (formerly Level 3) and will be responsible for power/speed athletes from Grade 8 and upwards.

If you wish to contact Mary you may do so at mary@thunderbirdstrack.com

- Vancouver Thunderbirds


Kris Swanson wins Emperor’s Challenge. Again.

August 14, 2014

Full story: http://tumblerridgenews.com/?p=13709


Richmond International Race Walk & US/Canada Jr Dual Meet

August 12, 2014

Full Story: http://racewalkwest.com/events/


Chewning appointed as new Head Coach for Speed and Power for Vancouver Thunderbirds

August 11, 2014

The Vancouver Thunderbirds are pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Chewning as the Head Coach power/speed effective September 1, 2014

Mary will be replacing Derrick Johnston who has been with the club for the past year, and now is moving to Eastern Canada to pursue other coaching goals.

For the past 7 years Mary has held coaching positions at Ocean Athletics and several high Schools in the South SUrrey area in hurdles, jumps abd sprints. She has been the Head Coach, Sprints and Hurdles at Ocean Athletics for over a year and has recently been apoointed Head Coach Sprints and Hurdles at the University of British Columbia. During her time at Ocean she coached athletes to represent Team BC at National Championships and Canada Summer Games, as well as Team Canada for the World Youth Games.

Mary is an Athletics Canada certified Perforamnce Coach (formely Level 3) and will be responsible for power/speed athletes from Grade 8 and upwards.

If you wish to contact Mary you may do so at mary@thunderbirdstrack.com

- Vancouver Thunderbirds


Frank Reynolds Bursary Award Winners Announced

August 8, 2014

Full story: http://www.whistlerspiritrun.com/blog/


B.C. athletes who competed at the 1954 Empire Games

July 28, 2014

Full story: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/athletes+competed+1954+Empire+Games/10067632/story.html


Record Participation; Edgar Siblings Win the 12th Sea Cavalcade Mile

July 28, 2014

Since 2011 this event has been growing in leaps and bounds. The 12th edition continued the trend with a new record total of 118 registrations — the third year in a row with 100+ finishers. The perfect summer weather no doubt helped to bring out nearly 60 last-minute sign-ups on race morning.

Leading the charge down Gibsons Way past cheering spectators was a trio which included last year's defending champion Jordan Wilson of Sechelt, recent winner of the Sechelt Canada Day Mile. Though he tried valiantly, a mile hat-trick was not in the cards, as new Sechelt resident Greg Edgar, along with his brother-in-law Skeets Morel of Vancouver, were just a few seconds faster getting to the finish line at the Heritage School. Edgar, a medical student, is doing his locum in Sechelt with another local runner Dr. Jack Bryson, who told him about this race (and jokingly apologized to Wilson later for bringing in the 'ringer' competition).

Wilson was pulled through to a 15-second personal best of 4:37, which lessened the pain of missing out on the $100 cash prize. Chatelech and Sunshine Coast Athletics teammate Alex Nightingale was left running alone in no-man's land in 4th place, but was very pleased with his 4:55 clocking — a 16-second personal best. He and Wilson were 1-2 in the M16-19 division, while Chatelech teammates Elliot Wadge and Liam Watson topped the M13-15 age group.

The Edgar family's winning ways continued with Greg's sister Mary Edgar of Vancouver easily taking the women's title in 5:19, good for $100 and 5th place overall. The second woman to finish was 18-year-old Sophie Dodd of Vancouver, who was third female in 2007 back when she was in the 10-12 year age group.

Rounding out the top three, just three seconds behind Dodd, was 55-year-old Nancy Tinari of Port Moody, a veteran distance running champion and former Olympian, who came over to race “just for fun”. Because of a permanent knee injury Tinari can't run more than about 5km at a time, so she enjoys shorter distance runs and triathlons these days. She was very happy with her 5:39 result on this fast course.

Many children participated enthusiastically in this family-friendly race. The most popular age group was “9 and Under”, comprising one quarter of the total field. The fastest in this age group was Calgarian Sophie Fingarson who clocked 6:42.6!

After enjoying the parade, participants gathered in Gibsons Landing for the awards ceremony, with draw prizes including a $160 gift voucher for shoes from Coast Podiatry / Dr. Adam Zanbilowicz.

Full results can be found at www.seacavalcade.ca/results/mile14.htm.

Next SCAC-hosted race is the Four Lakes 10k & 3k, August 10th at Katherine Lake Park in Garden Bay. For details, registration and volunteer sign-up see www.sunshinecoastathletics.org/4lakes/.


Marathon Man was lost in the shadows of the 1954 Empire Games

July 27, 2014

Full story: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Marathon+lost+shadows+1954+Empire+Games/10064208/story.html


New Format for NACAC Mentorship

July 25, 2014

BC Athletics is pleased to announce 4 different ways for coaches to take advantage of the NCACA U23 Championship being in our backyard.

  1. Skill Analysis Mentor Group - Fri Aug 8th & Sat Aug 9th, 2014
    • Watch the NCACA U23 Championships through the eyes of an Expert Coach (Les Gramantik and Derek Evely)!
    • Small group of 5-6 coaches + 1 LF/Expert Coach
    • Registration Deadline is Thursday July 31st at 11:59pm PST
    • $400.00 + GST – includes $250 registration fee, 3 nights of shared accommodation, breakfasts, and dinners
    • Registration Information
    • Online Registration
  1. Coach Education Panel DiscussionThurs Aug 7th, 2014
    • Learn from the experts on how best to “Bridge the Gap from Junior to Senior”
    • Includes 2 PD points for your NCCP Locker profile
    • Free
    • Online Registration
  1. Full NCCP Courses – Wed Aug 6th & Thurs Aug 7th, 2014
  1. Just the NCCP Technical Modules - Thurs Aug 7th, 2014
    • Upgrade your training with an additional event group – or just learn the technical skills!
    • Event groups include Throws or Sprints
    • Coaches from any sport can attend – see Speed Flyer!
    • $75 + GST for just the Technical Modules
    • Registration Information
    • Online Registration for Throws or Sprints
  1. **New Bonus Day** NCCP Jumps Technical Module - Friday Aug 8th, 2014
      • Upgrade your training with an additional event group – or just learn the technical skills!
      • Can be paired with the classroom portion on Wed but please note that you will have a day off on Thurs.
      • $75 + GST for just the Technical Modules
      • Registration Information
      • Online Registration for Jumps


New Deadline for NACAC Mentorship Application

July 16, 2014

BC Athletics is pleased to announce 4 different ways for coaches to take advantage of the NCACA U23 Championship being in our backyard.

  1. Skill Analysis Mentor Group - Fri Aug 8th & Sat Aug 9th, 2014
    • Watch the NCACA U23 Championships through the eyes of an Expert Coach!
    • Small group of 5-6 coaches per event area + 1 LF/Expert Coach
    • Application required – Extended deadline is Wednesday July 23rd at 11:59pm PST
    • $400.00 + GST – includes $250 registration fee, 3 nights of shared accommodation, breakfasts, and dinners
    • Registration Information
    • Online Application
  1. Coach Education Panel DiscussionThurs Aug 7th, 2014
    • Learn from the experts on how best to “Bridge the Gap from Junior to Senior”
    • Includes 2 PD points for your NCCP Locker profile
    • Free
    • Online Registration
  1. Full NCCP Courses – Wed Aug 6th & Thurs Aug 7th, 2014
  1. Just take the NCCP Technical Modules - Thurs Aug 7th, 2014
    • Upgrade your training with an additional event group – or just learn the technical skills!
    • Event groups include Throws, or Sprints, or Endurance
    • $75 + GST for just the Technical Modules
    • Registration Information
    • Online Registration for Throws, or Sprints, or Endurance


You’re Invited to Stay Connected to BC Athletics

June 30, 2014

Hi BC Athletics Members, Parents/Guardians, Friends, Partners and Event Participants:

BC Athletics invites you to stay connected with us and we hope you will accept our invitation.

With Canada's new anti-spam legislation taking affect July 1, 2014 we want to be sure that email and other electronic communication from BC Athletics is welcomed.

The information BC Athletics sends out includes:

  • Children's Programs – Track Rascals, Run Jump Throw & Junior Development
  • Youth to Adult Programs in – Track & Field, Road & Cross Country/Trail Running, Race Walking, Marathon, Ultra & Mountain Running
  • Funding Support for – Athletes, Coaches & Officials
  • Events – Community, Club, Championship, National, International, Sanctioning & Insurance
  • Coaching Education – Clinics, Certification & Professional Development
  • Officials – Clinics, Workshops, Certification, Upgrading & Officiating Opportunities
  • Club Executive – BC Athletics Annual General Meeting, Policies, Rules & Membership
  • BC Summer and Seniors Games – Zones, Selection Trials & Contacts
  • Provincial & National Teams – Selection Criteria, Standards & Trials
  • Membership – Individual, Club, School, Post-Secondary & Fees
  • School & Post-Secondary – Contacts, Programs & Links
  • Other – relating to the promotion & development of Athletics in British Columbia & Canada

To let us know:

  1. Click on the following link that takes you to the fillable form: https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=5QTAGgZ3alHqF4Y0vPVaVQ
  2. See the list of information that BC Athletics sends out by email and other electronic means.
  3. Decide if you want or need to Opt-in and Stay Connected or want to Opt-out.
  4. Complete the requested information of: First Name, Last Name & Email Address.
  5. From the drop down menu:
    1. Select Stay Connected; or
    2. Opt-Out
  6. Review the information you have put in the form to be sure it is correct.
  7. Hit the Submit Button at the bottom of the page.

Note: You can Opt-out at any time by just contacting us at:

BC Athletics

3713 Kensington Avenue, Suite 2001-B

Burnaby, BC V5B 0A7

Ph: 604-333-3550 – Ext. 101

Email: bcathletics@bcathletics.org

Thank you for being part of BC Athletics and the Athletics Family in British Columbia.

Sincerely,

Brian McCalder

President/CEO

BC Athletics


Olga Kotelko – 1919 – 2014

June 25, 2014

Olga Kotelko – March 2, 1919 – June 24, 2014

It is with great sadness that BC Athletics has learned of the sudden passing of Olga Kotelko on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the age of 95.

Olga, whose life was full of sport, physical activity, good nutrition, family, friends, travel and fun was a role model for many and the subject of physiological studies, magazine and newspaper articles and the author of two books “What Makes Olga Run” and “Olga: The OK Way to a Healthy, Happy Life”.

Starting Track & Field at the age of 77 Olga competed successfully at local, provincial, national and internationally competitions setting records at every level of the sport with 15 outdoor and 19 indoor Age-Group World Records to her credit.

Olga truly lived “Sport for Life” and will be remembered and missed by the many people she met and inspired throughout her life.

  • Prayers for Olga will be on Wednesday, July 2 at 7 pm.
  • Funeral will be on Thursday, July 3 at 10 am.
  • Both will be at St Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 550 14th Avenue West, Vancouver, BC (Near City Hall)

For more details on the life of Olga please see:


BC Athletics Remembers Leslie Howe and Kostie Killas

June 24, 2014

In Memoriam

BC Athletics has over the last 3 months come to learn of the passing of two former member athletes whose presence and competitive spirit on the Road and Track will always be remembered.

Leslie Howe – August 2, 1957 – April 7, 2014

BC Athletics is saddened to learn of the passing of Leslie Howe – athlete, competitive runner and energized spirit who spent time working in the sport sector with several Provincial Sport Organizations plus time with 2010 Legacies Now. A previous member of Lions Gate Road Runners and VFAC.

See: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=leslie-joanne-howe&pid=170803633

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Kostie James Killas – April 3, 1954 – June 12, 2014

Despite a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma he finally succumbed to the disease surrounded by his loving extended family. Kostie, a past member of the Kajaks TFC and a member of several BC Athletics T&F Teams, Kostie as larger than life in the competition arena, always pushing himself to achieve his very best.

See: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=kostie-killas&pid=171424603


Presentation and Q & A Session with Athletics Canada Staff

June 23, 2014

BC Athletics to Host an Athletics Canada Presentation and Q & A Session with Athletics Canada CEO Rob Guy and National Team Programs Operations Manager Jared MacLeod

You are invited to attend a session with Athletics Canada Staff – Rob Guy and Jared MacLeod.

Details for the Session:

  • Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
  • Time: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Location: Kamloops, Tournament Capital Centre (adjacent to the Hillside Track & Field Stadium)
  • Room: Meeting Rooms C & D

Who should attend?

  • Athletes, Personal Coaches, Club Executive, Parents interested in the Athletics Canada: National Team Programs; High Performance System and Structure; and Support for Athletes and Coaches.

Food and Beverages:

  • BC Athletics will provide light snacks and beverages for those attending.

Topics for the Session:

  1. Brief overview of the AC Strategic Plan
  2. The “New” AC HP System and Structure – Hubs
  3. Athlete Based Support
  4. Coach Based Support
  5. Staffing
  6. The National Team Program
  7. Athlete Support Programs
  8. Personal Coach Support Programs

Register for the Session:

  • We need you to REGISTER for the Session so we can insure ample space, food and beverages. This will help us a great deal.
  • We have space for 100
  • Registration Deadline is: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
  • To register – go to this link, complete the form and Submit:

Thank you and we will see you in Kamloops

Brian McCalder, President/CEO, BC Athletics


Venerable Shuffle at a crossroads as it turns 30

June 23, 2014

Full Story: http://www.bclocalnews.com/sports/262720131.html


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