Claire Morgan and Derek Vinge win Frontrunners Island Race Series

April 14, 2014

The Sooke River 10K was the concluding race of the eight race 2014 Frontrunners Island Race Series ( that started with the Prairie Inn Pioneer 8K in January. A total of 274 individuals ran the minimum races required to qualify for series awards.

In the overall standings, Claire Morgan took the overall top spot, having improved in each of the past four years. Her average score of 827.4 was a 2 point improvement over last year. Second female was a newcomer to the series, Jill Ramstead, with 772.2 points. Cheryl Davies rounded out the top three with a point average of 762.8.

Derek Vinge leap-frogged to the top of the men standings, having placed third last year. His average was 824.4, an almost 10 point improvement over 2013. Nick Walker took second, the same position he occupied last year, with 817.4 points. And third was another newcomer, Thomas Holm, a Norwegian studying at the University of Victoria, who averaged 805.0 points.

Series age groups are determined by age as of Dec 31, 2014. The winners were:

M0115: Matthew Thomson, 695.7
M1619: Sean Miller, 758.3
M2024: Nick Patenaude, 744.0
M2529: Thomas Holm, 805.0
M3034: Derek Vinge, 824.4
M3539: Shane Ruljancich, 791.4
M4044: Richard Light, 760.0
M4549: Hugh Trenchard, 770.8
M5054: Vince Brotherston, 782.0
M5559: Garth Campbell, 734.0
M6064: Les Disher, 698.0
M6569: Arjan Gelling, 628.4
M7074: Frank Towler, 612.4
M7579: Garfield Saunders, 489.6
M8084: John Woodall, 471.8

F0115: Bridget Cameron, 726.0
F1619: Marita Deschiffart, 748.3
F2024: Yana Hempler, 739.0
F2529: Melanie Van Soeren, 724.6
F3034: Jill Ramstead, 772.2
F3539: Claire Morgan, 827.4
F4044: Cheryl Davies, 762.8
F4549: Binder Kelsall, 739.6
F5054: Nancy Baxendale, 744.0
F5559: Donna Morrissey, 688.6
F6064: Lois Klingbeil, 676.6
F6569: Roslyn Smith, 669.8
F7074: Jill Davies, 544.0

In the club standings, Prairie Inn Harriers won once again, but the margin of victory continues to decline as they accumulated 3,408 points. Comox Valley Road Runners were second with 2,739 points, and Bastion Running Club placed third with 2,107.

Complete series rankings here:

SIRC Newsletter – Sport and Mental Health

April 14, 2014

The April 2014 edition of the SIRC Newsletter focuses on Sport and Mental Health for all ages.

See the link to the newsletter at:

Feature Articles

Sélection d’articles

The Stigma of Mental Health

Athletes Battling Depression

Athlete Burnout

Understanding Mental Health Issues

Le stigmate de la santé mentale

Le combat des athlètes contre la dépression et l'anxiété

Épuisement des athlètes

Comprendre les maladies mental

Officials Level 1 Workshop – Richmond

April 7, 2014

Officials Level 1 Workshop
Minoru Arena Boardroom (adjacent to Clement Track) 7191 Granville Ave., Richmond BC
Instructors: Sue Kydd & Neil Chin Aleong

This workshop will cover the basic rules for Athletics, including the Code of Conduct. Open to any interested persons. Youth encouraged to attend, most appropriate for ages 14+. Please come dressed to go out into the competition area to review venues. Questions welcomed!

For full information and a Registration Form please visit the BC Athletics website

(Clinic/Workshop Registration tab)

BC Athletics Welcomes New Clubs

March 24, 2014

BC Athletics is pleased to welcome two new clubs to the Association.

Athletics North Track & Field Club
( ANTF )
Prince George, BC
Contact: (250) 612-9438

BC Flyers Athletic Club
( BCFA )
Surrey, BC
Contact: (604) 830-3341

Please add these two new clubs to your contact lists and keep them in the loop!

Level 1 Officials Workshop – West Vancouver April 7, 2014

March 10, 2014

LOCATION: 2378 Ottawa Ave., West Vancouver, BC

DATE/TIME: Monday, April 7, 2014 – 7:30pm

INSTRUCTOR: Bill Koch (604) 417-8950

This workshop is required for advancement to Level 1 in the national Officials Certification program. Instructor 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. Refreshments provided.

For a complete list of Officials Clinics and registration forms please visit the BC Athletics website at:
Registration Form

2014 BC Teams Selection Criteria and Standards

March 8, 2014

Burnaby, BC

BC Athletics has released the 2014 BC Team Selection Criteria & Standards for the following BC Teams:

    Canadian Track & Field Championships – Moncton, NB (June 27-29)
    Canadian Combined Events Championships – Ottawa, ON (July 17-18)
    Canadian Junior Race Walk Championships – Moncton, NB (June 29)
    Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships – Sainte Therese, QC (July 3-5)
    Canadian Junior Combined Events Championships – Ottawa, ON (July 16-18)
    Canadian Youth Legion Track & Field Championships (U18) – Langley, BC (August 15-17)
    Canadian Youth Legion Track & FIeld Championships (U16) – Langley, BC (August 15-17)

For information on the selection cirteria and standards for each team, please visit the BC Teams page. Athletes wishing to be selected to these teams will need to fill out an Online Athlete Declaration which will be available staring next week.

BC Athletics will also be releasing the BC Athletics BC Team Athlete Manual to help athletes plan ahead should they be selected to a BC Team.

- BC Athletics

Hatley Castle 8K Results

March 4, 2014

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Upcoming SportMedBC courses

February 26, 2014

Sports First Aid Course

March 9th, 2014 9am – 5pm
Cloverdale Recreation Centre
6188 176th Street
Surrey, BC

Concussion Management Workshop
March 4th, 2014 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Creekside Community Centre
1 Athletes Way
Vancouver, BC

Sports First Aid Course

March 8th, 2014 9am – 5pm
Creekside Community Centre
1 Athletes Way
Vancouver, BC

To register and for further information, check out the link:

Run Burnaby Now

February 25, 2014

BC athletics members receive 10% discount on registering for this event. Promotional Code under the Member Login area of the BC Athletics website.

Your one-stop event to kick-start a terrific year of running and walking to stay active, stay healthy and be your best. It's one part learning symposium and one part FunRun Event.

Learn from world class experts who will present all the latest information and research on running and walking. Test new shoes while you run or walk the picturesque trails at Burnaby Lake. Use the day to prepare for an active year in 2014.

Cost: $20 (does not include lunch).

Where: Fortius Sport & Health – 3713 Kensington Ave, Burnaby

When: March 8th, 2014

More information and to register: (events tab)

Our World Class Speakers:

Dr. Jack Taunton MSc MD – Sports Medicine Dip Professor UBC and Medical Director Fortius Sport &Health

Dr. Christopher L. MacLean, Ph.D.- Director, Applied Biomechanics & The Lab @ Fortius

Dr. Jason Crookham DO CCFP CAQ Sports Medicine – Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician

Ashley Charlebois M.Sc., CSEP-CEP – Registered Dietitian at Fortius Sport & Health

David Cox, PhD., R. Psych.Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, and one of Canada's leading sport psychologists

Phil Moore, B.A/B.P.H.E – Author of The Shoe Update, Co-Author of Pro-Care/ Dynamix Shoe Training Manual for Shoe Fitters, Footwear consultant and lecturer to Podiatric and sport and shoe manufacturers

Lynn KanukaResident Olympian and SportMedBC’s RunWalk Coach

Cody Low, BHK, CSCS, NCCP Level 3 track & Field Coach, NCCP Level Olympic Lifting – Strength & Conditioning Coach at Fortius Sport & Health and former Varsity Sprint Coach at University of British Columbia

Workshop Topics:

Running/ Walking Analysis by Dr. Christopher MacLean – Presented by Brooks

Dr. Christopher MacLean presents the latest information on biomechanical aspects of distance running. See how state-of-the-art force platforms and video analyses shed light on your running dynamics.

Fueling for Optimal Health and Performance by Ashley Charlebois – Presented by Pharmasave

Ashley will discuss practical strategies on how to meet energy and nutrient needs to optimally fuel for walking and running.

Psychological Preparation for Race Day by Dr. Jack Taunton – Presented by Mizuno

Will help you with those race-day jitters and how to push through the mental barriers associated with running and walking.

Minimalist Footwear Study by Dr. Jack Taunton – Presented by Nike

Dr. Taunton shares with you his latest studies for Nike Global Research. These studies appeared in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Runners World, and the New York Times.

Why We Run by Dr. Jason Crookham – Presented by SportMed Retail

Benefits of Exercise for health, happiness and disease prevention. Risks of low fitness, sedentary time and long commutes.

A Scientific Look at Footwear from a Maximalism to Minimalism by Phil Moore – Presented by New Balance

Phil Moore will take you through and simplify the complex world of athletic footwear.

Life After 10km by Lynn Kanuka – Presented by SportMedBC

Explore your options including the lure of the half marathon and what your training might look like to safely and comfortably complete the longer distance. This Olympic runner shares her expertise and success on running faster.

Cross Training in the Gym for Runners and Walkers by Cody Low – Presented by Asics

Find out how you can get stronger, avoid injuries, and get better results by spending quality time in the gym.

Complete details and registration,

BC Athletics launches Member Only section on Website

February 25, 2014

A new feature of the BC Athletics website provides members with exclusive access to discounts on goods and services, and other information.

Discounts are currently available from Biosteel, Timex, Athletics Canada, BC Running Stores, Avis, Holiday Inn, and Charter Bus Lines. In addition, competitive members receive reduced entry fees to sanctioned events.

Log in to the Member Only area at the top right of the website, and watch for further offers.

Jennifer Swan Memorial Services

February 24, 2014

There will be two Memorial Services held to honour Jennifer Swan, daughter of Gerry and the late Jane Swan and sister of Jason Swan.

Jennifer Swan, Memorial
Saturday, March 8, 2014
The Legacy Building
Rotary Stadium, Abbotsford

Jennifer Swan, Memorial
March 29th
Kamloops, BC
Final details will be noted as soon as they are available.

Level 1 Officials Workshop – Kamloops, BC

February 19, 2014

March 3, 2014 – Kamloops, BC

LOCATION: Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC – Tournament Capital Centre – upper floor meeting room

DATE/TIME: Monday, March 3, 2014 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm

INSTRUCTOR: Alwilda van Ryswyk – Provincial Clinician
Greg Nicol – Provincial Clinician

This workshop is required for advancement to Level 1 in the national Officials Certification program. Instructor 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

Full details and registration information are available on the BC Athletics Website

BC Athletics Junior Development Committee – Open Position

February 15, 2014

The Extended Application Deadline is February 28th, 2014

There is one position on the Junior Development Committee that has not been filled. Anyone who is interested in filling this position is asked to put forward their name so that the JD Committee can consider their application. The person should be involved actively in the coaching or administration of JD Athletes and be knowledgeable of the Long Term Athlete Development Model.

Anyone who is interested should contact Graeme Fell at:

Level 2 Officials Clinic – April 12, 2014

February 14, 2014

LOCATION: Nanaimo & District T&F Club Clubhouse, Rotary Bowl, 355 Wakesiah Ave., Nanaimo BC
(Behind Nanaimo District Secondary School)

DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 12, 2014 – 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

INSTRUCTOR: Ina Wallace and Aileen Lingwood – BC Athletics Officials

This workshop is required for advancement to Level 2 in the National Officials Certification program. Registration fee covers costs of handouts, and an IAAF Rulebook. Rules and best practices are covered in a lecture/discussion format. It is conducted entirely in the classroom, and there will be some paperwork so participants should bring a notebook and pen. There will be one lunch break. Beverages and a light lunch will be provided. Come prepared to take notes.

Full details and a registration form are available on the BC Athletics website.

In Memoriam – Jennifer Swan-Rogers

February 13, 2014

It is great sadness that BC Athletics has learned of the sudden death of Jennifer Swan, daughter of Gerry and the late Jane Swan and sister to Jason Swan.

Jennifer, a scholarship athlete at BYU in Track & Field and a long-time member of the Valley Royals TFC, was a teacher in Kamloops – a leader and innovator who brought energy and passion to her craft. Jennifer was a Grade 2 teacher at Beattie School of the Arts in Kamloops at the time of her passing.

Our thoughts are with her family, friends and students who she loved, care for and enjoyed being with.

Further details can be found at:

2014-15 BC Team Staff Applications Open

February 9, 2014

Burnaby, BC

BC Athletics is now accepting applications for 2014-2015 Team Staff positions. If you are interested in applying, please do so by clicking on the link below. This year's application will be online only. Applications will be due no later than March 7, 2014 at 5:00pm. Please follow instructions, and your application will be submitted to the BC Athletics office.


If you have already filled out a form from last year (for 2014), please be sure to check the list of 2014 applicants on the BC Team Tab of the Coaches webpage. For 2015 teams, you will need to submit an application.

This form can be saved prior to submitting your application to BC Athletics. Simply click the save button on the botton right hand of the form, and an email will be sent to you with a link to continue at a later date.

BC Team Selection Standards, Selection Criteria and Team information will be released soon.

If you have any questions, please contact the Technical Manager for Track & Field at

BC Athletics

BC Athletics Junior Development Committee – Open Position

January 28, 2014

There is one position on the Junior Development Committee that has not been filled. Anyone who is interested in filling this position is asked to put forward their name so that the JD Committee can consider their application. The person should be involved actively in the coaching or administration of JD Athletes and be knowledgeable of the Long Term Athlete Development Model.
Anyone who is interested should contact Dawn Copping at

Employment Opportunity – Interior Regional Athletics Coach

January 22, 2014

Employment Opportunity

Interior Regional Athletics Coach – Middle Distance & Cross Country

Kamloops, BC

The Kamloops Track & Field Club in partnership with viaSport, Cdn Sport Institute-Pacific, PacificSport Interior and BC Athletics is looking for a self-starting, motivated and experienced Middle Distance and Cross Country Coach for the position of Interior Regional Athletics Coach. This is a part-time coaching position.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a history of successful Middle Distance and Cross Country Coaching;
  • Have complete Athletics Coaching Certification – Endurance – minimum Club Coach (Old Athletics Level 2) or equivalent education, training and experience;
  • Be a self-starter who can work independently as well with a team of dedicated volunteers and paid staff;
  • Be an innovator and motivator with experience in planning, developing and delivering Athletics programs;
  • Have experience in working in an Athletics Club or equivalent in the non-profit sector;
  • Have experience in reporting to a Board of Directors and funding partners;
  • Have an interest in growing the club and the sport of Athletics;
  • Have a post-secondary degree in a related field; and
  • Have had a criminal records check since 2010.

Job Description:

  • See appendix A


  • 20,000 per year

Competition/Training Camp Travel:

  • As part of the Kamloops TFC Brd approved annual Competition/Training Camp Budget
  • Professional Development:
    • $1000 per year

Program and Outreach:

  • As part of the Kamloops TFC Brd approved annual Program Budget/Outreach Budget

Starting Date: February 10, 2014


  • Please provide a letter of application
  • A resume of education, training and experience
  • Three references

Application Deadline:

  • February 1, 2014

Submit Applications to:

Judy Armstrong, President

Kamloops Track & Field Club

#182 – 230 1210 Summit Drive

Kamloops, BC V2C 6M1


The Kamloops Track and Field Club is an equal opportunity employer and invites applications from all interested and qualified individuals. Only those qualifying individuals will be contacted to arrange an interview.

Appendix A

Interior Regional Athletics Coach

Middle Distance / Cross Country


POSITION: Interior Regional Athletics Coach, Kamloops

DESCRIPTION: The Interior Regional Athletics Coach-Kamloops through the Kamloops Track and Field Club and in partnership with BC Athletics, will provide coaching services for cross country and middle distance running plus technical support to the KTFC members and other athletes within the region. This includes developing annual training, monitoring and competition programs for athletes in partnership with their personal coach. These duties will be conducted with professionalism and in accordance with the Codes of Conduct and Harassment guidelines set out by B.C. Athletics.


  • Direct coaching of KTFC development and performance endurance (middle distance/cross country) athletes Midget (14/15) through to Senior (20-34) and identified Regional athletes as appropriate;
  • Implement of a cross country and middle distance competition program;
  • Mentoring of developing endurance KTFC and Interior region coaches;
  • Provide assistance to coaches in developing the annual training and competition plans for developing and performance athletes;
  • Outreach to local schools by offering clinics, camps and coaching assistance as appropriate;
  • The identification of and outreach to emerging, developing and performance level athletes and their personal coach in the Interior and Okanagan Regions;
  • Provide regular communication and information forums with the Interior and Okanagan Provincially identified Middle Distance IPS athletes and their personal coach;
  • Work with the BC Athletics T&F Technical Mgr and the Head Coach of the BC Endurance Project to insure ongoing program and development opportunities for identified Interior/Okanagan middle distance/cross country athletes and coaches;
  • Referencing the BC Athletics/Cdn Sport Institute – Pacific/Pacific Sport Agreement and the Benchmarks for IPS identified athletes, provide ongoing monitoring and reporting as appropriate;
  • Establish and provide contact information and links to BC Athletics, the Athletics Canada National Endurance Group-Victoria, PacificSport Interior and Okanagan and other related agencies;
  • Assist in the promotion of programs related to track and field including training camps, competitions and professional development;
  • Attend Track & Field and Cross Country Meets – School, Club, Regional, Provincial and National/International – as appropriate and possible;
  • Establish contacts and regular communication with the local and regional Media;
  • Assist in Club administration as it pertains to coaching duties for Middle Distance and Cross Country;
  • Assist with Club fund-raising programs.


  • Submit monthly reports in writing to the KTFC Executive highlighting recent activities and upcoming events.
  • Provide quarterly reports, updates and plans to BC Athletics through the BC Athletics T&F and Rd/XC Technical Managers – as per the BC Athletics/Canadian Sport Institute-Pacific Agreement.

MEGHAN BUTTERWORTH Joins BC Athletics Staff to lead the Run Jump Throw Program

January 17, 2014

BC Athletics is very pleased to welcome Meghan Butterworth to the staff of the Association. Meghan has taken on the position of the BC Athletics Run Jump Throw Program Coordinator following an extended internship with Basketball BC.

A recent graduate of UBC Okanagan in Human Kinetics-Health Promotion, Meghan, in addition to her time with Basketball BC, has worked with the Canadian Cancer Society in the promotion of the WellnessFits Workplace Health Program, helping to facilitate its implementation with UBC-Okanagan. With an extensive list of volunteer community health projects to her credit, Meghan looks to continue her work in sport programming for children and youth and contribute to a healthier population.

Her own sport background includes nine years with the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club, since 2008 with the Metro Women’s Soccer League and having completed both the Fort Langley and ScotiaBank Half Marathons.

“We are very pleased to have Meghan on board with BC Athletics”, said Brian McCalder, BC Athletics President/CEO. “Meghan’s experience having delivered similar programs with Basketball BC together with her education, sport background, enthusiasm and understanding of Long Term Athlete Development made her an ideal fit for this position. We are confident she will continue to build the best grassroots fundamental movement skills program in Canada and move the Run Jump Throw Program to even greater levels of participation”, concluded McCalder.

Meghan can be reached at:

Meghan Butterworth

BC Athletics Run Jump Throw Coordinator

Fortius Athlete Development Centre

3713 Kensington Avenue

Suite 2001 B Oslo Landing

Burnaby, BC V5B 0A7

Ph: 604-333-3554

Fax: 604-333-3551

Email: / /

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