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:
  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


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


Brian McCalder


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.



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.


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

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2014 Summer Twilight Series Coaching Pro D Sessions

June 20, 2014

2014 Summer Twilight Series Coaching Pro D Sessions

South Surrey Athletic Park, BC

  • Next Week's Pro D Session = Starts and Hurdles with Laurier Primeau
  • Register soon as spots are almost full!
  • 1 hour Event Specific Professional Development Sessions
    • Wed June 25th – Starts and Hurdles
    • Wed July 2nd – Jumps (2 groups – horizontal and vertical)
    • Wed July 9th – Middle Distance
    • Mon July 14th – Strength and Conditioning
    • Wed August 6th – Throws (2 groups – sp/disc and jav/hammer)
  • 5:30-6:30 at South Surrey Track before the Ocean Athletics ReMax Summer Twilight Meet
  • Free but limited to the first 20 who register
  • Includes a free dinner!

Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5K Preview

June 18, 2014

Lanni Marchant to run Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon

Dylan Wykes returns to Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon

The 5K is sold out. Space still available in the half marathon.

Complete details,

Athletics Canada Launches Alumni Search

June 17, 2014

Hello Athletics Canada Alumni!

I have been asked to help re-connect with our large Athletics Alumni family at the Club, Provincial or National Team level.

Your past and current involvement is what makes our sport so rich in its history and so fertile in its legacy. We are all members of the same great family in a global sport dating back to the ancient Greek times, with our own national association dating back to the early 1900s.

Whether you reached the pinnacle of the sport as an international medallist, or maintained club roots and are still involved as a masters athlete; whether you coached at an elite level, or worked tirelessly as a volunteer at the grassroots and development levels; whether you gave countless hours as an official or continued in the sport from your youth as a parent, volunteer, club, provincial or national board member we want to hear from you.

Please register as a member of our greater Athletics Canada Alumni at or

*If you wish to identify over many decades, and as an Athlete, Coach, Official, Club or Branch Board Member etc, for now please just go in multiple times to register in multi-categories, (each time only takes a minute) until the site gets further refined. This way we can make sure you are connected and identified with each group and category.

Have a question? Contact me at

Bonjours aux anciens d’Athlétisme Canada!

Votre engagement passé et actuel est ce qui rend notre sport si riche dans son histoire et si fertile dans son héritage. Nous sommes tous membres de la même grande famille dans un sport global qui remonte à la Grèce antique, et avec notre association nationale qui date du début des années 1900.

Que vous ayez atteint le pinacle du sport en tant que médaillé international ou que ayez conservé vos racines de club et que vous soyez encore impliqué en tant qu’athlète maître; que vous ayez entraîné à un niveau élite ou travaillé sans relâche comme bénévole aux niveaux de la base et du développement; que vous ayez donné des heures incalculables comme officiel ou que vous ayez continué dans le sport de votre jeunesse en tant que parent, bénévole, membre d’un conseil d’administration, nous voulons avoir de vos nouvelles.

Veuillez prendre un moment pour vous inscrire à notre base de données à ou

Afin de pouvoir vous identifier à chaque catégorie qui vous vous définit (années d’activité, athlète, entraîneur, officiel, club, conseil d’administration, etc.) vous pouvez pour l’instant vous inscrire à plusieurs reprises selon la catégorie (chaque inscription ne prend que quelques instants) le temps que le site ne soit raffiné. Ainsi nous pourrons nous assurer de bien mettre en contact les gens selon chaque groupe.

Vous avez une question? Communiquez avec

I trust Athletics still a big part of who you are. For those active athletes, all the best for great results in the upcoming season and competitions.

Please forward this message to your own circles of Athletics Alumni across the country

Thelma Wright

tel: 604 261 6843

Spectator Code of Conduct

June 16, 2014

Burnaby, June 16, 2014

BC Athletics announces its Spectator Code of Conduct, an outline of Do's and Don'ts when it comes to interacting with Athletes, Officials, Coaches, Parents and Other Spectators at an Athletics Competition – Track & Field, Road Running, Cross Country Running or Race Walking.

The Spectator Code was put together with input from BC Athletics Committees, Board of Directors and the Membership under the guidance of Denise Clements, Director. “The code is there for the information and education of the viewing pubic of parents, friends, relatives and followers of the sport of Athletics”, said Denise Clements. “We (BC Athletics) want all Athletics competitions to be a welcoming and enjoyable experience for everyone – from the many Club Volunteers who put on the competitions through to the Officials, Athletes, Coaches, Parents and Other Spectators. Having everybody happy and eager to come back to host, watch, take part or work at the next event is critical to a healthy Athletics program in British Columbia. We are very fortunate to have such committed Officials and Event Organizers throughout the province and our Spectator Code of Conduct is there to help make their experience even better,” Denise concluded.

About BC Athletics:

BC Athletics is the Provincial non-profit amateur sport organization for Track & Field, Road Running, Marathons/Ultras, Cross Country/Trail Running and Race Walking. A Branch member of Athletics Canada, BC Athletics is made up of individual members, member clubs and affiliated organizations. The purpose of the Association is to promote, encourage and develop the widest participation and the highest proficiency in the sport of Athletics.


2014 JD Track & Field Championship Meet Technical Packet Available

June 12, 2014

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Important BC Junior Team Information

June 12, 2014

Burnaby, BC

Please read below for important information related to BC Junior Team Selection.

Athlete Declarations

Athletes and coaches are reminded that the deadline for the BC Junior Team Athlete Declarations is due no later than Sunday, June 15, 2014 by 5:00pm PST. Athletes must have submitted an Athlete Declaration by this time to be considered for BC Junior Team Funding.

BC Junior Athlete Tracking

BC Athletics has released a preliminary BC Junior Athlete tracking list. This list includes all BC Junior Aged athletes and Youth aged athletes who have declared. Please be aware that not all of the Junior aged athletes on the list have declared, and will be dropped form the list if no declaration is submitted prior to the deadline issues above. Please view the BC Junior Tracking List by clicking the link below:

2014 BC JUNIOR TEAM TRACKING LIST (as of 06.11.14)

Declared Athletes

Please see below for the list of athletes who have declared for the 2014 BC Junior team below. This list is current as of Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 4:30pm:

Athlete Name Club / Affiliation Coach
Akbarizadeh, Natasha Unattached Brad Graham
Ascui, Nic Oceanside Track and Field Club Kim and Randy Longmuir
Bains, Chicago CVAC Jaquars John William may
Bassett, Rebecca Oceanside Track and Field Club Brit Townsend
Bassett, Miryam Oceanside Track and Field Club Kim and Randy Longmuir
Behncke, Peter Unattached Garrett Collier
Botsis, Chanell Kajaks Richard Collier
Buckingham, Robyn Langley Mustangs Jarid Vaughn
Cheng, Caleb Strathcona Lions Athletic Club Robert Solmes
Cho, Stephanie Vanciouver Olympic Club Tatjana Mece
Colyn, Nickolas Langley Mustangs Dave Hetherington
Commandeur, Scott Comox Valley Cougars John May
Commandeur, Adam Comox Valley Cougars John May
de Visser, Andrew Vancouver Thunderbirds Track Club Derrick Johnston
Ellenwood, Georgia Langley Mustangs Dwayne Lotnick
Ellenwood, Georgia Langley Mustangs Dwayne Lotnick
Elson, James NorWesters Elena Voloshin
Fagan, Veronika Okanagan Athletics Club Nate Reiter
Geekie, Davis Okanogan Athletics Nathan Reiter
Hayes, Samantha Kamloops Track and Field Club Oleg Bondarchuk
Heuer, Kristin NorWesters Track and Field Elena Voloshin
Hooton, Jesse Hershey Harriers Marek Jedrzejek
Hutchinson, Nicole Hershey Harriers Darcie Montgomery
Johnston, Glen Ocean Athletics Len Van Ryswyk
Jorgensen, Oliver Valley Royals Brit Towsend
Keane, Brianna Unattached Liam Keane
Keane, Brianna n/a Liam Shane Keane
Lisek, Monique Unattached Jiri Novy
Oxland, Thomas Oceanside Track and Field Club Kim and Randy Longmuir
Oxland, Peter Oceanside Track and Field Club Kim and Randy Longmuir
Rankin, Felix Elphinstone Track and Field Lexa Pomfret
Rasche, Teagan Langley Mustangs Tom Nielsen
Schultze, Kenneth West Vancouver Track & Field Club Erin Bell
Stone, Kala n/a Ryan Cole
Taylor, Nicholas UVIC Track Club Dacre Bowen
Taylor-Lewis, Adeyemi Coquitlam Cheetahs Tara Self
Tjernagel, Raquel Coquitlam Cheetahs Tara Self
Townsend, Addy Unattached Brit Townsend
Townsend, Dana Unattached Brit Townsend
Townsend, Addy Unattached Brit Townsend
Turner, Rostam Okanagan Athletics Club Andy Higgins
van Ryswyk, Kathryn Ocean Athletics Len van Ryswyk
Wadhwani, Nathan Golden Ears Athletics Vid Wadhwani
Wolczyk, Brittni Langley Mustangs Tom Nielsen
Wu, Alex Strathcona Lions Athletic Club Robert Solmes
Yee, Regan Bulkley Valley Athletics Neal Currie

BC Junior Team Information

Information on the BC Junior Team was released earlier last week. Please go to the BC Teams webage and consult the BC Athlete Manual for all Flight and Hotel information. If you have any questions, please contact the Technical Manager for Track & Field at

- BC Athletics

Special Discount – St John Ambulance First Aid and CPR

June 12, 2014

Through ViaSport, BC Athletics is excited to partner with St. John Ambulance to offer our B.C. coaches, athletes and officials a 10% discount on St. John Ambulance First Aid and CPR courses.

To receive your discount:

Find the promotional code on the Member Login page (top right) of the BC Athletics website. Then visit or call any St. John Ambulance branch training location in British Columbia, register for a training course and mention the promotional code to get 10% off any of the following courses:

  • CPR A, CPR B & CPR C
  • Lifesaver
  • Standard First Aid + CPR C
  • Emergency First Aid Community Care

Choose from 26 locations in British Columbia. Offer expires May 31, 2015

This discount is only available to coaches, athletes and officials in British Columbia.

For questions about this special offer, please contact Helen Whitehead at

2014 JD Updated Manual Now Available

June 5, 2014

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Level 1 Officials Clinic – Kelowna – June 27, 2014

May 26, 2014

Level 1 Officials Clinic
Apple Bowl – 1555 Burtch Rd. Kelowna, BC
June 27, 2014 – 5:00pm

Instructors: Carol Cull & Greg Nicol
Registrar: Roberta Tetlock

The meeting will be held in the stands of the Apple Bowl on the Friday evening of the Jack Brow Track Meet. In an hour and a half we will cover organizational information that affects officials in BC and the basic rules for track and field events. The focus of this meeting is more informational than technical although there will be handouts and participants may want to take notes.

Level 1 Clinic Registration Form
Registration deadline – June 20, 2014

Kamloops’ Centennial Meet – May 16-18 2014

May 23, 2014

Only a small group of Masters athletes took park in the Kamloops’ Centennial meet, but this small group
produced a few outstanding results at Hillside Stadium, including six new world records, 13 new
Canadian records and 18 new BC records.

Doing it the “O. K. Way”, Olga Kotelko added six more world records to her already amazing total.
Olgo set new world standards (there were no previous W95 records in the jumps) in the high jump, long
jump and triple jump. Olga also broke the world record in the hammer throw (14.92m) which broke her
own world record of 14.76m from Budapest, weight throw (6.41m) and throws pentathlon (5338 points)
far superior to the previous WR of 3989 points. Olga would have had a 7th WR in the 100m (29.59) but
for a 2.5 m/s aiding wind. The listed WR is 35.48 seconds.

In addition to the records above, Olga broke two more Canadian records in the shot put ( 4.91m) and
discus (12.04m). Also breaking two Canadian records were Rose Hare in the W65 weight throw
(11.70m) and throws pentathlon (4021 points) and Myrtle Acton in the W80 discus (17.95m) and throws
pentathlon (her 3653 points beat Olga’s former total). Carolynn Boomer broke the W50 Canadian shot
put record of 11.00m by 2 cm (11.02m).

Three women broke BC records in the hammer throw. Cheryl Closkey and Rose Hare broke the W65
record but Rose gets the new record with her superior 30.37m throw. Kamloops resident Kathy Brand
broke the W70 record. Two more Kamloops residents broke BC records in the jumps. Miriam Cavani
broke the W50 long jump record and Margaret Rhebergen broke her own W55 triple jump record. Dave
McDonald broke the listed BC M60 record in the weight throw but he has a better throw of 15.41m

Level 1 Official’s Workshop – Surrey – June 9,2014

May 23, 2014

Introductory Athletics Officials Workshop
Presented by the BC Athletics Branch Officials and Ocean Athletics Track and Field Club

Date/Time: Monday, June 9 2014 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: South Surrey Athletic Park Track – located off 20th Avenue at 146th Street in Surrey
Instructors: John and Carol Cull. Athletics Canada National Clinicians

This workshop is required for advancement to Level 1 in the National Officials Certification program. Instructors will present organizational information, which prepares novice officials for successful participation and future upgrading. Basic rules and best practices for individual track and field events are presented on site. Handouts will be provided, but participants should come prepared to take notes. Dress for comfort and light activity.

Level 1 Workshop Registration Form
Registration deadline is Thursday, June 5, 2014 – 5:00pm

Have you seen this trophy?

May 14, 2014

The Lions Gate Road Runners are looking for the James Cunningham Memorial Seawall Race trophy that was awarded to the overall winners of the annual event. The trophy, pictured here, was last seen in the early 1990's.

If you have seen the trophy, please contact Frank Stebner,

Miracle Mile Returns to Vancouver on July 10th

May 5, 2014

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Level 1 Officials Clinic – Kamloops, BC

May 5, 2014

Introduction to Officiating Track and Field
Officials Level 1 Workshop
Kamloops, BC

Date: May 13, 2014 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: #90 – 1950 Braeview Place, Kamloops BC
Instructors: Alwilda van Ryswyk ( Ph: (250) 372-9640
Greg Nicol ( Ph: (250) 372-7888

This workshop will cover the basic rules for Athletics including the Code of Conduct. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join by contacting Alwilda or Greg.
There will be some paperwork so participants should bring a notebook and pen.

For full details visit the BC Athletics website under “Clinics/Workshops Registration” tab – Officials Page


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