Athletics Canada Awards

October 7, 2013

Athletics Canada's Awards deadline is quickly approaching. Nominate athletes and coaches by October 15 here:

WADA publishes 2014 Prohibited List

September 27, 2013

Following approval by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Executive Committee on September 11, the 2014 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods is now available.

To consult the 2014 Prohibited List, the 2014 Monitoring Program, a summary of modifications on the 2014 List, and a Q&A on any changes, please click here.

In an effort to provide stakeholders with tools to support anti-doping activities and following the successful iPhone application introduced in 2011, the 2014 Prohibited List will again be available on iPhone and other mobile devices as of January 1, 2014.

For more information, please contact:

New CAN Fund Application Deadline

September 23, 2013


Starting this Monday September 23, 2013 at 10am EST the next CAN Fund athlete application will be available on the CAN Fund website for athletes to begin submitting their applications.  The application deadline is Friday October 18, 2013 at 5pm EST. 

The application will be available in French and English for ONLINE submission or direct mail.  You will be able to access the application on our website via this link  or (under Athlete Info).

On Monday September 23, 2013 at 10am EST when the application becomes available we will also have posted on our website important information, tips and instructions relating to the application that will help you with the application process.  Please make sure you read that information carefully and in its entirety before you begin your application.

*If you applied to CAN Fund for the January 2013 athlete application deadline we are still in the process of funding athletes from that application and will continue to do so for the next few weeks always with the goal of helping as many athletes as possible.  Each application is a new application so in order to be considered for funding for the Friday October 18, 2013 (5pm EST) application deadline you must apply to CAN Fund.  If you have received CAN Fund already this year you are still eligible to receive it again but must re-apply.

**Also, if you have applied to CAN Fund before you will notice that we added one new section to the application this year for “Athlete Referrals” giving athletes the opportunity to share with us the names of any contacts that you would like to refer to CAN Fund.


-Applications will be accepted from any active national team athlete who is training to represent Canada Internationally.

-Summer, Winter, Able-bodied and Paralympic athletes can apply.  

-Each approved athlete recipient receives direct funding of $6,000. 

-There are 2 applications a year. Each application is a NEW application. If you have received the CAN Fund already this year you are still eligible to receive it again.


For over 10 years CAN Fund has been helping great talent become world class and has supported hundreds of athletes who have proudly represented Canada at World Championships and Summer and Winter Games from Sydney to Sochi. CAN Fund is a leading catalyst in giving our athletes what they need to succeed on the world stage. Your donation provides our athletes with the opportunity to train and compete on a level playing field for Canada. Becoming world class requires great financial commitment and with consistent support from CAN Fund our athletes will achieve excellence.

If you have any questions we can be reached at 416-487-4442 or 1-866-937-2012

Athlete Relations Manager

2013/2014 Carding Application Deadline – September 30th

September 23, 2013

Logo_ACanadaThis is an important reminder about the upcoming deadline to submit an application for the 2013/2014 Athlete Assistance Program – Olympic Stream.

Applications must be received by September 30th, 2013.  Applications can be submitted via e-mail ( or fax (1-613-260-0341).

If approved for carding, you will be contacted to set up a face-to-face meeting with our head coach Peter Eriksson and your personal group event coach.

Please click here for full carding criteria.  The application form is on page 8 of the criteria.


Athletics Canada names 46 to 2013 IAAF World Championship Team

July 31, 2013

Ottawa – Athletics Canada is pleased to officially name today the 46 athletes who will represent Canada at the 2013 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championship in Athletics August 10 to 18 in Moscow, Russia. The event takes place at Luzhniki Stadium, site of the 1980 Olympic Games.

“The Moscow World Championship is our first major test on the path towards success at Rio 2016”, explains Team Leader and High Performance Director Scott MacDonald. “Our objective is to improve on the medal count and top 8 finishes we had at the 2012 Olympic Games. London saw a new generation of athletes stepping forward. In Moscow we are looking for those young athletes to take it to the next level by advancing through to finals, and to veterans to help lead the way to the podium.”

Team Canada is led by 24 Olympians including 2012 Olympic Games bronze medalist Derek Drouin of Counna, Ont., and 2012 Olympic Games finalists Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, B.C., Damian Warner of London, Ont., Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., Michael Mason of Nanoose Bay, B.C., and the men’s 4×100-metres relay team.

Armstrong won shot put silver at the last edition of the World Championships in 2011. In total 14 athletes from the 2011 World Championship team are back.

2013 IAAF World Championship Team
*Denotes Olympian

Name Event Hometown Personal Coach
*Mohammed Ahmed 10,000m St Catharines, ON Mick Byrne / Sharon Stewart
*Dylan Armstrong Shot Put Kamloops, BC Dr. Anatoliy Bondarchuk
Shawnacy Barber Pole Vault Toronto, ON George Barber / Dennis Mitchell
Karine Belleau-Beliveau 800m Montreal, QC Jean-Yves Cloutier
Khamica Bingham 4x100m Toronto, ON Frank Bucca
*Melissa Bishop 800m Eganville, ON Dennis Fairall
*Nathan Brannen 1500m Cambridge, ON Wynn Gmitroski
*Aaron Brown 100m / 4x100m Toronto, ON Bill Stephens / John Johnson
Alicia Brown 400m / 4x400m Ottawa, ON Bob Westman
Shai-anne Davis 4x100m Vancouver, BC Desai Williams
*Derek Drouin High Jump Corunna, ON Jeff Huntoon / Joel Skinner
Krista Duchene Marathon Brantford, ON Rick Mannen
Evan Dunfee 50km Racewalk Richmond, BC Gerry Dragomir
Sam Effah 100m Calgary, AB Les Gramantik
*Crystal Emmanuel 200m / 4x100m East York, ON Desai Williams
*Sultana Frizell Hammer Throw Perth, ON Dr. Anatoliy Bondarchuk
*Alex Genest 3000m Steeple Chase Lac-aux-Sables, QC Dave Scott-Thomas
*Inaki Gomez 20km Racewalk Vancouver, BC Gerry Dragomir
*Tremaine Harris 200m Markham, ON Desai Williams
Matthew Hughes 3000m Steeple Chase Oshawa, ON Wynn Gmitroski
Kimberly Hyacinthe 200m / 4x100m Lachenaie, QC Desai Williams
*Cameron Levins 5,000m / 10,000m Campbell River, BC Alberto Salazar
*Oluwasegun Makinde 4x100m Ottawa, ON Glenroy Gilbert
Lanni Marchant Marathon London, ON Dave Mills
*Jenna Martin 4x400m Caledonia, NS Jim Schnurr / Charles Scarrow
*Michael Mason High Jump Nanoose Bay, BC Ziggy Slegalowicz
Noelle Montcalm 400m Hurdles / 4x400m Windsor, ON Don Garrod
Cheria Morgan 4x100m Pickering, ON Desai Williams
Tim Nedow Shot Put Brockville, ON Dr. Anatoliy Bondarchuk / Darrin Reesal
Christabel Nettey Long Jump Surrey, BC Greg Kraft
*Sheila Reid 1500m Newmarket, ON Hugh Cameron / Terrance Mahon
Dontae Richards Kwok 4x100m Mississauga, ON Desai Williams
Anthony Romaniw 800m Hamilton, ON Dave Scott-Thomas
*Nicole Sifuentes 1500m Winnipeg, MB Mike McGuire
*Gavin Smellie 100m / 4x100m Etobicoke, ON Glenroy Gilbert
*Brianne Theisen-Eaton Heptathlon Humboldt, SK Harry Mara
Benjamin Thorne 20km Racewalk Kitimat, BC Gerry Dragomir
Kate Van Buskirk 1500m Toronto, ON Dave Reid
*Damian Warner Decathlon London, ON Gar Leyshon  / Vickie Croley
*Justyn Warner 4x100m Markham, ON Desai Williams
Rob Watson Marathon London, ON Richard Lee
*Sarah Wells 4x400m Toronto, ON Dave Hunt
*Angela Whyte 100m Hurdles Edmonton, AB Wayne Phipps
Chris Winter 3000m Steeple Chase Vancouver, BC Dave Scott-Thomas
Krista Woodward Javelin Vancouver, BC Byron Collyer
*Jessica Zelinka 100m Hurdles London, ON


The 14th edition of the championships will be the largest global sporting event of the year; the nine days of action will reach more than five billion TV viewers in more than 200 territories across the globe.

World Record and IPC Gold for Michelle Stilwell #Lyon2013 @AthleticsCanada

July 25, 2013

AC – July 25, 2013 

Lyon, France – Another big day for Team Canada in Lyon, France as Michelle Stilwell of Nanoose Bay, B.C., won gold at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championship in a World Record time while Ilana Dupont of Clarenceville, Que., won bronze.  Three Canadian Records were also established on day six of the IPC Athletics World Championship.

The day got off to a hot start for Canada with a World Record and gold medal performance by Michelle Stilwell in the women’s T52 wheelchair classification 800-metres. “Fantastic!” Stilwell exclaimed. “I had so much pleasure while racing. I couldn’t have dreamt better, a World Record and a gold medal. This is a very good start to the day for Canada!” Her time of 2:14.79 bested the previous World record of 2:16.71 set in 2005 by Canadian Lisa Franks.

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BC Athletics Announces 2013 BC/Yukon Legion Team – UPDATED

July 24, 2013

Richmond, BC

BC Athletics is pleased to announce the 2013 BC/Yukon Command team that will travel to Langley, BC for the 2013 Legion Youth Canadian Track & Field Championships on August 9-11, 2013.  After many strong performances at last weeks BC Athletics Championships Jamboree in Kamloops.  BC Athletics has selected 15 athletes for their BC Midget 15 Team, and 25 athletes for their BC Youth Team.  Selection for both teams was very tight due to the great performances this year.  The teams are as follows:


Note:  BC Athletics is limited to 15 Athletes who are 15 years of age.  This limit is required by the Legion. First event listed under events is the event in which the athlete was selected.  BC Athletics will call each athlete and coach to discuss additional event entries.Athletes selected in individual  events are limited to 3 events and the relay races. Athletes selected for a Combined Event are limited their combined event and a relay. Teams are limited to 2 entries per event.

Name Event(s) City / CLUB / Coach(es)
Chicago Bains G 80H (200H) Duncan/CVAC/J. May
Gurleen Bhandal G DT (SP / HT) Vancouver/KJAK/R. Collier
Chanell Botsis G HT (DT) Coquitlam/KJAK/ R.Collier
Jason Clare B PV (TJ) Nanaimo/NTFC/S.Donaldson, M.Viers
Zion Corrales-Nelson G 200 (100 / 300) Burnaby/BBYS/W.Rekord
Joel Della Siega B HJ Surrey/OATF/ St. Croix
Dean Ellenwood B 800 (300) Langley/LANG/D.Lotnick
Brendan Hoff B 1200 (2000) Campbell River/RIVC/D.Trenholm
Rachel Jerome G LJ (TJ / 200) Ladysmith/NTFC/D.Morris, M.Viers
Keiran Leboe B HT (JT / DT) Prince George/PGTF/M.Elliot
Felix Richter B 100H (100 / 200) Errington/OTFC/L.Ritchie
Jasper Schiedel B Pent Vancouver/VOCA/B. Mece,T.Mece
Nina Schultz G Pent New Westminster/NWSA/T.Mece,B.Mece
Thompson Weeger B DT (300) Port Alberni/AVTC/D.Sherlock
 Kelsey Carrothers  G HT (JT) Victoria/PATH/Gmitroski


Note:  BC Athletics is limited to 25 Athletes who are 16/17 years of age.  This limit is required by the Legion. First event listed under events is the event in which the athlete was selected.  BC Athletics will call each athlete and coach to discuss additional event entries.  Athletes selected in individual  events are limited to 3 events and the relay races. Athletes selected for a Combined Event are limited their combined event and a relay. Teams are limited to 2 entries per event.

Name Event(s) City / CLUB / Coach
Natasha Akbarizadeh G HT (SP) Maple Ridge / RRTF / B.Graham
Robyn Buckingham G HEP Langley / LANG / K.Chapdelaine
Stephanie Cho G 300H (TJ / 100H) Vancouver / VOCA / T.Mece
Nickolas Colyn B 2000SC (3000) Langley / LANG / D.Hetherington
Autumn Covington G HT Surrey / KJAK / R.Collier
Braden Derker B PV Kamloops / KAML / R. Jensen
Marita Deschiffart G 2000SC (800) Nanaimo / NTFC / A. Johnston
Erica Deschiffart G 2000SC (1500) Nanaimo / NTFC / A. Johnston
Jordan Ellingson B JT Maple Ridge / LANG / T.Nielsen
James Elson B TJ (HJ) North Vancouver / NORW / E.Voloshin
Jake Hanna B 400 (200) Surrey / OATF / M.Chewning
Benjamin Ingvaldson B HT (DT / SP) Surrey / OATF / F.Sommer, D.Allemeersch
Liam Lindsay B TJ Duncan / CVAC / W.Palou
Olivia Moriconi G DT Pitt Meadows / RRTF /
Thomas Oxland B 800 (1500) Nanaimo / OTFC / R.Longmuir, K.Longmuir
Peter Oxland B 1500 (800) Nanaimo / OTFC / R.Longmuir, K.Longmuir
Felix Rankin B 100 (200) Gibsons / WVAN / E.Konart, E.Bell
Kenneth Schultze B 110H West Vancouver / WVAN / E.Bell
Taryn Smiley G 200 (100) Duncan / CVAC / J.May
Mihailo Stefanovic B 300H (110H) New Westminster / NWSA / T.Mece
Ethan Strome B 300H (400) New Westminster / TBIR / J. Buhlman
Diana Voloshin G 100H (LJ) Vancouver / NORW / E.Voloshin
Nathan Wadhwani B 1500 (3000) Maple Ridge / GOLD / V.Wadhwani
Katie Weaver G HEP North Vancouver / NORW / E.Voloshin
Brittni Wolczyk G JT Port Coquitlam / LANG / T.Nielsen


Richard Collier Head Coach / Throws Coach Richmond / KJAK
Jessie Dosanjh Sprints, Hurdles & Relays Coach Surrey / UATH
Pam Medland Endurance Coach Kelowna / OACS
Tatjana Mece Jumps & Combined Events Coach New Westminster / VOCA
Erin Bell Team Manager North Vancouver / WVAN
Neal Currie Team Manager Telkwa / BVAS
Anne Marie Snith Legion Chaperone Nanaimo
Peter Maryschuk Legion Chaperone Kelowna / OACS

For those athletes who were not named to the team, you can still register as an Open/Club athlete at by 1:00PM Wednesday, July 31st.

For any additional questions, please contact the BC Athletics Technical Manager for Track & Field at

Good Luck to the BC Team and all the fine BC Athletes & Coaches competing at the National Youth Championships!

– BC Athletics

Athletics Canada names Peter Eriksson Head Coach of Olympic and Paralympic programs

July 10, 2013

Athletics Canada, the national governing body for track and field, cross country, road running and road racing, officially announced today the hiring of Peter Eriksson as Olympic and Paralympic Head Coach. Eriksson, from Ottawa, Ont., officially begins in the role August 1.

“It is a privilege and honour to be named Athletics Canada Head Coach, on a personal level it’s also a wonderful opportunity as I recently moved back to Ottawa in order to be with my family,” said Eriksson. Peter Eriksson brings over 30 years of coaching experience, most recently as Head Coach with UK Athletics (October 2012 to June 2013) and Head Coach and Performance Director of the Paralympic program for the British federation (2009 to October 2012).

Eriksson adds, “I plan to continue with the same approach and methods that led to success at the Paralympic games, strong performance management of our best medal prospects to maximise the likelihood of podium performances at the Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as World Championships. “

The integrated Head Coach position is something Coach Eriksson truly believes in, “All identified athletes, Olympic or Paralympic, must have the same opportunities in terms of coaching, facilities, support services, training environments and expectations.” He adds, “Streamlining the Head Coach role is the right approach for true integration and will further strengthen Athletics Canada’s position as a worldwide leader in delivering a fully integrated program.”

At the 2012 Olympic Games Athletics Canada’s track and field team recorded 12 top 12 finishes and 8 athletes finished in the top 8 of their respective event. The majority of these athletes were 25 years of age and younger. “The Olympic program is moving in the right direction to meet medal targets at major international events, we have a lot of young athletes who are stepping up to the challenge, that is very encouraging,” said Eriksson.

Athletics Canada is in the process of reviewing the Olympic and Paralympic high performance program through a thorough review led by Peter Davis of Sport Performance Management, the outcome of this review will guide the organization to ensure it meets its performance objectives. Peter Eriksson, as Head Coach, will direct the high performance program beginning in the fall based on the findings and recommendations of the review. Eriksson, “It’s important that, as an organization, we keep in mind that Own The Podium and Sport Canada invest in medals at major events, this must always be our guiding light.”

“The search for an integrated (Olympic and Paralympic) Head Coach began in late January, as an organization we felt it was important to take our time and not rush the process, really take a look at the complete landscape and find the right fit so that we can achieve our international medal targets,” said Rob Guy, Athletics Canada Chief Executive Officer. Guy adds, “We saw a wonderful opportunity and reached out to Peter when he stepped down from his role at UK Athletics and announced he was moving back to Canada to be closer to his family.”

Guy says, “Through an extensive process we quickly identified that Peter was our guy, it was a delicate process from there as he still had some responsibilities to finish up with UK Athletics. Throughout this process Peter was very loyal to his former employer, and we think that’s a great quality. I look forward to that level of devotion coming to athletics in Canada.”

Coach Eriksson has led athletes and programs to win more than 125 medals at the Paralympic Games, Olympic Games, World Championships and other major international events. Most notably he was Chantal Petitclerc’s personal coach as she raced to ten gold medals and seven world records at the 2004 and 2008 Paralympic Games.  In his role with UK Athletics he took them from 18th at the 2008 World Championship to top three at the 2011 edition. Most recently he led the British Olympic team to their highest score at the 2013 European Team Championship in Gateshead, England and a third place finish at the 2013 Indoor European Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Volunteers needed for Legion Track and Field Championships

June 17, 2013

With the Legion national track youth track and field championships less than two months away, volunteers are still needed.

More than 1,000 of the top youth (ages 14 to 17) track and field athletes from across the country will be competing at Langley’s McLeod Athletic Park.

The championships, which will also be held at MAP in 2014, run Aug. 9 to 11.

Some of the positions which need to be filled include technical field assistants, gate admission, crowd control, general support, bloggers, interviewers, radio announcers, photographers, videographers and more.

Contact Ted Stout at or at 604-282.4408 for more.


Athletics Canada mourns the loss of Diana Stevens

May 16, 2013

It is with a heavy heart that Athletics Canada learned today of the passing of Diana Stevens, Athletics Manitoba Executive Director.

“This is a very sad day for me as a friend and colleague of Diana,” said Rob Guy, Athletics Canada Chief Executive Officer.  “I know how much of a void this is going to leave in her family as it was priority number one for her.  My deepest condolences to her husband Tim, her son Joel, and her daughters Michelle and Janelle.”

Diana was known for her enthusiasm, her passion and her love of life; her loss will leave a large hole in many people’s lives, notably in the athletics community.  Diana was a champion of the Hershey’s Track and Field Games program single-handedly growing participation year over year to participation levels unmatched across North America.

She was the engine behind next week’s Hershey’s Track and Field Games Day in Canada event in Carman, Manitoba.  Over 1,000 children are expected at this event thanks in large part to Diana’s perseverance in reaching out within her community to encourage kids to get up and active.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, her friends and the greater Manitoban athletics community.


Four BC Race Walkers named as Athletics Canada’s Panamerican Race Walking Cup Team

May 9, 2013

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada announced four athletes that will travel to Guatemala City, Guatemala to compete at the Panamerican Race Walking Cup on May 25 and 26. Connolly, Dunfee, Gomez and Thorne will all head south to compete in the 20km race walk which takes place at 4:00pm local time (6:00pm eastern time) on Saturday May 25.

“Canada’s Senior Men Race Walkers are ready to show the rest of the western hemisphere that we are once again contenders for the top spots”, comments Gerry Dragomir, Head coach of the contingent heading to Guatemala City. “This team representing Canada is the strongest senior men’s 20km race walk team that has ever been sent into competition. These young men have trained together since they were juniors and know the event, as well as their competitors, better than most. Up to now we have only been shown a few promising glimpses of what these athletes are capable of. This is a challenging event for us with the altitude, heat and long travel; a set of good finishes here will create a lot of excitement for the bigger events to come.”

The team will be led by Vancouver, B.C.’s Inaki Gomez whose international experience is highlighted by his 2012 Olympic debut last summer in London, England. Gomez set a new Canadian record at the Games with a time of 1:20:58 over 20km and this time also registered him a standard towards making the 2013 International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships team.

Also heading to Guatemala is Creighton Connolly of Vancouver, B.C., who represented Canada last year at the IAAF World Race Walk Cup in Saransk, Russia registering personal best performances in both the 10km and 20km race walks.

Richmond, B.C.’s Evan Dunfee won gold at the NACAC U-23 championships last season over 20000m (on track) race walk. He also clenched the 2012 National title in the senior 10km race walk.

Benjamin Thorne of Kitimat, B.C., is competing in his first senior year. As a junior last season Benjamin won both the Canadian 10km and 20km race walk Championships while setting new Canadian Junior Records of 40:26 and 1:21:55 in the two events respectively.

The Panamerican Race Walking Cup course is located in the Simeon Canas Avenue which has a one-kilometre closed loop. 45 countries are expected to compete.

For more information visit:

Eugene Reimer will be inducted into the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame

May 9, 2013

Reimer to be Inducted 

The Abbotsford/Mission Times – May 9, 2013 – Wheelchair racing legend Eugene Reimer of Abbotsford will be inducted into the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame.

Though Reimer passed away in 2008, he leaves behind a legacy of advocacy and excellence that has paved the way for today’s Para-lympians.

“Every wheelchair athlete competing today owes a debt of gratitude to Eugene Reimer,” said Gail Hamamoto, executive director of BC Wheelchair Sports Association.

“He wasn’t content to just win medals. He wanted to build a more inclusive society. Right up until his death, he remained passionate about promoting wheelchair sports.”

During his storied wheelchair sports career, Reimer amassed 50 national medals, 22 international medals, and 10 Paralympic medals.

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Interview with Athletics Canada’s new High Performance Director, Scott MacDonald

April 1, 2013

Chris Kelsall (Athletics Illustrated) interviews Athletics Canada’s new High Performance Director, Scott MacDonald.


Call for Applications – World Athletics Day 2013 – May 11-12 2013

February 21, 2013


Athletics Canada invites applications from meet organizers wishing to host a meet as part of the 2013 IAAF World Athletics Day program. Provincial High School Championship meet organizers are strongly encouraged to apply!

The meet organizer(s) will be entitled to a Grant from the IAAF to assist in the organization and operation of the competition of up to $500 US. Promotional materials (T-shirts, posters, pins, and diplomas) will also be made available to assist in the promotion of the official 2013 World Athletics Day Competition. The 18th edition of the IAAF’s World Athletics Day will take place on Saturday May 11th and Sunday May 12th (these are the IAAF preferred dates – if the meet has to occur on another weekend in May to fit with your provincial calendar that is acceptable). The competition program will comprise events for Youth Age Group Boys and Girls; athletes registered members of Clubs born in 1996 and 1997, whereas the program for Schools will be for participants born in 1998-2000. For the Schools competition, results will be Team based. The designated competition must be in accordance with IAAF and Athletics Canada rules.

Full information and an application form can be found at –


Canadian Masters Athletics (CMA) Annual Meeting

November 23, 2012

The Canadian Masters Athletics (CMA) 2012 Annual Meeting will be held in Toronto on Thursday, December 13, 2012.  Details are available at

For further information please contact Jake Madderom at

Membership has benefits

November 1, 2012

Use your AC membership number to receive 30% off BIOSTEEL products & 15% off AC merchandise. You can also save 20% on all Timex product with promo code AC2012.

2013 Athletics Canada Branch Grants

October 11, 2012

The 2013 Athletics Canada Branch grants package is now available. Funding is available in 3 categories, and you can apply until the deadline of Dec 3, 2012.

Full story and Application package can be found here:

Celebrating Sports Day in Canada on Monday with Run Jump Throw

September 21, 2012

B.C. Minister of Finance Michael de Jong,  London 2012 Olympic medalists and B.C. Sports Hall of Famers team up to support Sports Day in Canada in Vancouver 

B.C. Minister of Finance Michael de Jong, London 2012 bronze medalists Brent Hayden (swimming), Christine Girard (weightlifting) and Emily Zurrer (soccer), B.C. Sports Hall of Famers Thelma Wright (athletics) and Andrea Neil (soccer), ParticipACTION’s Kelly Murumets and True Sport’s Karri Dawson join local children as they participate in a Run, Jump, Throw obstacle course to celebrate Sports Day in Canada, and the power of sport in your community and among family.

Monday September 24 at the BC Sports Hall of Fame


About Sports Day in Canada

Sports Day in Canada, on Saturday, September 29, 2012, is a national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance levels, in communities across Canada. Sports Day in Canada caps off a week of more than a thousand local events and activities, such as community-wide festivals, try-it days, open houses, games, competitions, meet-and-greets, tournaments, fun runs, spectator events and pep rallies, and includes a special television broadcast on CBC Sports. Sports Day in Canada is presented by CBC Sports, ParticipACTION and True Sport, working with national sporting organizations and their networks of coaches, athletes and enthusiasts across the country. Sports Day in Canada is generously supported by Sport Canada, Subway Restaurant and New Balance Canada and is expanding its reach in British Columbia thanks to a first-ever provincial partnership with B.C.’s Ministry of Health.  For more information about Sports Day in Canada, please visit:


Media information, contact:

Axelle D’Anglemont

Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Phone: 604-692-4230


‘Emotional’ Jessica Smith wins spot as B.C. athlete on Olympic Track team

July 3, 2012

VANCOUVER — The weariness was evident in Jessica Smith’s voice on Monday, having arrived back in North Vancouver the night before from Calgary after the weekend’s drama-filled Canadian track and field Olympic trials.

“It’s been pretty emotional and physically draining for the last couple of days,” admitted Smith, who got the necessary top three finish in the women’s 800 metres, albeit by just 9/100ths of a second.

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How Athletics is Changing

June 7, 2012

Donna Harris, Director, Coach Development, Athletics Canada offers some LTAD insight in this article from Sport Manitoba

“At Athletics Canada, we know that running, jumping and throwing are not only skills for track and field but also are the basis for proficiency and enjoyment in many sports. Using the Long-term Athlete Development framework, we have designed our track and field curriculum to promote excellence within our sport while also developing athletes to enjoy other sports. Prior to the Athletics Canada Competition Review, all athletes whether they were 10 or 35 were competing in the same events. For athletics the issue was an adult competition structure transposed on children.

We know that the events in a track and field meet drives the type of training the athlete does. By changing the events to better suit the growth patterns of children and adolescents, we can make sure that the training is developmentally appropriate for athlete development…”


Also included – video clips with Sean Baynton,Coaching Coordinator, Athletics Manitoba answering some frequently asked LTAD questions.

View the full article from Sport Manitoba –