CSI Victoria: Sport Performance Speaker Series – June 12 at 530 pm

June 7, 2013



The Sport Performance Speaker Series in Victoria returns on June 12 with a presentation by Dr Trent Stellingwerff –

Recovery Strategies for Peak Performance:  Nurition / Compression / Sleep

Register today for FREE – http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6825793131#


2013 Wheelchair Athletics Practice Sessions

April 19, 2013

Track nights for Surrey begin April 23, 2013

Tuesdays from 4 – 6 pm at Holy Cross High School, Surrey

Contact James Hustvedt for more information: 604.616.7106 or james@bcwheelchairsports.ca

*New and Experienced athletes welcome!

2013 Wheelchair Athletics

Summer Adventures Presents: Run Jump Throw Camps

June 22, 2012


Check out the Summer Adventures RJT Camps that are being hosted in Nanaimo and Ladysmith in July and August.

All dates and registration information can be found here: RJT Upcoming Events


November 24, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 7:00 pm – Delta Airport Hotel, 3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC

Open to all coaches, athletes, and the general public.

Who: William Sheel, Ph.D., Professor, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia

Description: The Scientific Basis of Elite Kenyan Runners – The excellence of runners from East Africa has been ongoing for several decades. In particular, elite runners from Kenya account for many of the top male and female running performances. This presentation will emphasize what is (and isn’t) known about the physiology of Kenyan runners.

Who: Jim Bailey, Australian Olympian

Description: On May 5, 1956 Mr. Bailey became the 6th person (1st on American soil) to run a sub 4-minute mile. Mr. Bailey ran for the University of Oregon and competed in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, AUS. He will be showing the video of his 1956 race, followed by a question and answer session.

“Natural Running” Seminar – Wednesday, November 16

November 8, 2011

Pacific Road Runners (PRR) presents its annual fall running seminar on Wednesday, November 16 @ 7:00 pm at Roundhouse Community Centre in downtown Vancouver. 

The topic—a hot one in running circles these days—is “Natural Running.”  Many people now advocate lighter shoes with a lower heel profile, and running form that involves midfoot/forefoot ground strikes instead of heel strikes.  Could this be the right running form for you? How do you go about incorporating Natural Running form? What are the potential benefits and risks?

The presenters are three highly accomplished members of the Metro Vancouver and Canadian running communities:

  • Peter Butler, former Olympian (2:10 marathon PR)
  • Carey Nelson, former Olympian (2:12 marathon PR)
  • Dylan Wykes, current elite marathoner (2:12 marathon PR to-date)

They will discuss the evolution of running and the trend toward minimalist shoes, and will demonstrate drills and exercises that recreational and competitive runners can use to improve their flexibility, athleticism and posture.  Dylan Wykes will also talk about his own current training as he attempts to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Marathon. 

The evening also includes great free prize draws, including a Mizuno gift certificate for a pair of running shoes as well as other running gear courtesy of Mizuno and Forerunners.  Plus, 20 guaranteed (not free) entries will be drawn for PRR’s upcoming “First Half” Half Marathon, which takes place on February 12, 2012.   Registration for this popular event sold out in a matter of hours on Nov 8, so seminar attendance offers another opportunity to gain entry into the race.  Visit www.pacificroadrunners.ca or e-mail info@pacificroadrunners.ca for more information.

National Coach Mentoring Program Launch

November 1, 2011

EDMONTON- Athletics Canada and The Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre (CACC) are pleased to announce the launch of an exciting and innovative National Coach Mentoring Program. This program aims to assist six coaches to progress their learning and effectiveness in the throws, particularly the shot put and hammer throw. Coaches from across Canada will be selected through an application process to participate in this four‐month program beginning January 6, 2012 and running through April 2012. Coaches should be expected to commit 3‐4 hours a week of study and participation to this program. The deadline to apply is Friday November 18, 2011.

Read the full Athletics Canada release HERE.

Questions regarding this program should be directed to Wes Moerman at the CACC wes.moerman@ualberta.ca

A more detailed description and application can be found here.

Best In The West Track & Field Tours: Hawaii 2012

October 7, 2011

Best In The West Track & Field Tours Presents: Hawaii March 16 – 26, 2012

The Best In the West Spring Break trip for 2012 has been announced!

Check out the flier HERE – and register today! 

Kick start your 2012 track and field season with a training camp in tropical Hawaii! The weather will be beautiful and we will be located within close proximity of Waikiki beach. We will be training at the track and field facility at the University of Hawaii as well as local parks and running trails. There will be an opportunity to compete at the Rainbow Relays on Saturday, March 24th, 2012. 

CONTACT: Chris Johnson (cjohnson@stgeorges.bc.ca  OR 604-818-5317) 

Running Legends Headline GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Speaker Series

September 26, 2011

Bart Yasso and Kathrine Switzer will be featured speakers at the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Speaker Series, to be held on Saturday October 8 at the Marathon Race Expo. The Speaker Series runs from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm and will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre, Level 1 in the Auditorium.

Yasso is the ‘Chief Running Officer’ at Runner’s World, who successfully launched the magazine’s sponsorship program. He has run marathons on every continent and is the creator of the ‘Yasso 800s’, a workout that predicts marathon race pace by running 800 metres 10 times. He is one of the few hardcore ultra-endurance runners to complete the 136-mile Badwater race. He will be running the Half Marathon.

Switzer became an overnight celebrity when she registered and ran the Boston Marathon in 1967, the first woman to do so, despite the race director trying to remove her forcibly from the race. She is an advocate for women’s running world wide, establishing the Avon Running Series, and successfully lobbying for the women’s marathon to be in the Olympic Games. Still an active runner, she ran the Athens Classic Marathon in October 2010, and the Berlin Marathon last weekend on September 25.

“Having some of the running greats attend our event over the years has given our participants, as well as our organization, a wealth of information and motivation relating to the sport of running,” says Race Director, Rob Reid.

In addition to Yasso and Switzer, the Speaker Series will feature the 2011 Track World Cycling Champion Tara Whitten, Canadian distance runner and Victoria Half Marathon record holder Marilyn Arsenault, and 19-time Canadian Champion, Lucy Smith.

The 32nd Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon takes place Sunday, October 9th, 2011. For the third year in a row it will host the 2011 BC Marathon Championships. For more details, visit www.runvictoriamarathon.com.

Thunderbirds Cariboo Cross Country Camp

July 21, 2011

The Vancouver Thunderbirds Track Club is pleased to offer the second 108 Mile House Cross-Country Camp. Get ready for a great season, with a fun, but challenging week of workouts. Prepare for cross-country season in a relaxed atmosphere, to learn more about cross-country and distance running. To spend time with friends and make friends who enjoy the sport of cross-country running. Graeme Fell will lead and run the camp with the assistance of partner coaches.

Where: 108 Mile House in the Cariboo

The hotel is the Hills Health Ranch, PO Box 26, 108 Mile Ranch, BC Canada, V0K 2Z0 – Tel: 800-668-2233

The hotel sits in the middle of an extensive forest that is excellent for training; with running trails, swimming and fitness room available. 108 Mile lake and trail is also close by. A full breakfast is included each day. All cabins have kitchens and athletes are expected to share cooking and cleaning duties.

When: Sunday, August 21st to Friday, August 26th

Depart from Vancouver at 8am and arrive in 108 Mile House at 2pm. Athletes not traveling from Vancouver are responsible for getting to 108 Mile House at 2pm. Sunday departure will be at 10:00am, with a scheduled return to Vancouver at 4pm.

What: The cost of the camp includes travel, accommodation, breakfast each day and two group workouts per day and individual consultation on training. Each day will involve two sessions of a mixture of trail and hill running, together with stretching, core, swimming and leisure activities such as volleyball.

How: In order to secure your spot (maximum of 30 spots are available) you must complete the application and ensure that it is received with payment by Wednesday, August 4th.  Cost to those traveling from Vancouver is $600. Cost to those making their own way to the camp is $525. Cheques should be made payable to the Vancouver Thunderbirds Track Club. Payments are fully refundable up until August 4th. All participants must be BC Athletics members.

For questions or more information, call Graeme at 604 266 8879 or email runner@intergate.bc.ca

Para-Throws Clinic: Fri June 17th – Langley

June 1, 2011

Friday, June 17th @ McLeod Park in Langley from 6 to 8 pm

David Greig, the Para-Athletics National Talent Development Coach, will be in attendance to provide expertise to all participants and coaches.

See the event poster here: http://www.bcathletics.org/main/pdf/para-throws-clinic-jun-2011.pdf

2011 Wheelchair Athletics Spring Clinic: April 9 & 10

March 24, 2011

Saturday, April 9, 2011 – Track & Para-Throws Sessions @ Sutherland High School, North Vancouver (Time: 9am to 4pm)

Sunday, April 10, 2011 – Road Session @ Iona Beach, Richmond (Time: 10am to 2pm)

For more information – please contact James Hustavedt – james@bcwheelchairsports.com or 604.616.7106

Event Poster – CLICK HERE

Club Excellence Workshops

January 18, 2011

True Sport Club Excellence is bringing some key workshops to the Metro Vancouver Area.
January 28, 2011 – Supporting Volunteers in Sport: http://members.sportbc.com/files/CE-Rowing-Canada-Richmond-BC-Flyer-Workshop.pdf
January 30, 2011 – Club Excellence Facilitator Training Workshop: http://members.sportbc.com/files/Facilitator_Training_-_Richmond_BC_Flyer_-_January_30_2011.pdf
To register for the events, and to keep up to date with all Club Excellence activities, visit http://www.clubexcellence.com/.

National Photo Finish Clinic – “Getting Results”

January 6, 2011

DATE: Sunday, January 30, 2011

TIME: 9:30am – 1:00pm

LOCATION: Hilton Vancouver Airport, Richmond B.C. – 5911 Minoru Blvd, Richmond BC

A clinic/discussion led by David Weicker, ATO (Chief Judge Photo Finish for World Junior Championships 2010) and Sam Collier, BC Athletics Manager, Registration and Membership Services.

While the session is for those requiring a National Level Clinic, this session would be good for all aspiring photo finish chief judges, photo finish operators, meet organizers, secretariat staff, technical delegates and others. This session will focus on the “narrow aspects ” of timing a race through to the “broad aspects”, production of results from races and field events.

While it will not be a “technical” seminar on networking, there will be an overview of what it takes to network the photo finish aspects of results with the production of results using a data base system (for example using Hy- Tek Meet Manager). 

It will outline equipment and technical requirements, plus the roles of various players involved in making a track meet successful: (a) the meet director, (b) the technical delegate, (c) the competition secretary, (d) the photo finish chief judge, (e) the photo finish operators and (f) the results team.

This session will be discussion based. 

Please sign up prior to AGM weekend by contacting John Cull  johncull@telus.net  or 604 599-6638

Presentations from Sport Leadership Conference

December 7, 2010

Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif is an annual conference organized by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) that fosters the development of Canada as a leading sport nation and reinforces CAC’s role in achieving that goal. The 2010 conference was held in Ottawa, November 18-21.

One of the world’s premier annual conferences for sport leaders, over 750 coaches, sport administrators, coach educators, and sport scientists convened for several days of learning, networking, and celebrating achievements.

Presentations from the conference can be viewed here: http://23361.vws.magma.ca/sportleadershipsportif/2010/e/presentations/index.cfm

IGNITE Athlete Development Program

December 7, 2010

Canadian Sport Centre Pacific and the network of PacificSport Centres want to ensure you have every advantage you need to compete for your province, and some day, for your country.

The IGNITE Athlete Development Program targets athletes from any sport between the ages of 14-17 with the aim of building COMPLETE CHAMPIONS. Focusing on the elements of athleticism that build a well-rounded foundation based on balance, strength, speed and explosive power, IGNITE ADP will take your game to the next level. 

Five-month programs will be launched January 31, 2011 in Victoria and Vancouver. 


Only 20 athletes per region will be selected each year to train with CSC Pacific and PacificSport’s world renowned experts three times weekly outside of school hours  (20 athletes per region, 10 athletes per training group). Sessions are designed to enhance motor skills, physical fitness and injury resistance, ensuring physical competencies are developed in age and stage appropriate programs. 

The First five-month IGNITE Athlete Development Program will run three times weekly from January 31-June 30, 2011, building on the foundations of athleticism and long term athlete development through elements of gymnastics, track & field and strength & conditioning. 

Learn more about the IGNITE programs launching in Victoria and Vancouver here: http://www.cscpacific.ca/content/ProgramsServices/IGNITE/IGNITE_ADP.asp. IGNITE programs in the Fraser Valley, Okanagan, Interior BC, Vancouver Island and Northern BC will be finalized soon — stay tuned for application deadlines and start dates!

CSC Pacific/PacificSport Athlete Advance

December 7, 2010

The 2011 Athlete Advance – Saturday, Jan. 8, 8am – 5:45pm
@ CSC Pacific Vancouver Campus (Former 2010 Athletes’ Village)
Presented by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation & the Vancouver Sport Network

Winning medals on the international stage is incredibly difficult. The difference between a gold medal performance and narrowly missing the podium is measured in a fraction of a second. What does it take to bridge the gap between high performance and podium performance? What does it take to win?

The CSC Pacific/PacificSport Athlete Advance is an annual gathering of athletes and professionals aimed at educating and inspiring BC’s future Olympic, Paralympic and World Championship athletes. Participants will have the opportunity to access practical workshops and seminars on topics that are relevant to the high performance athlete. Innovative and interactive sessions will be presented by expert professionals in their respective fields.

A coach-focused information session will also be offered. This is open to coaches looking to find out more about CSC Pacific/PacificSport programs and services. Coaches must register for this session also. Please contact Kate Kloos for more information: kkloos@cscpacific.ca

This event is FREE for registered CSC Pacific/PacificSport athletes. Please contact the Athlete Coach Services Coordinator in your area for the discount code. The event is open to non-registered athletes for a fee of $200.

More information: http://www.cscpacific.ca/Content/Athletes/Events.asp?langid=1


December 2, 2010

Time is running out!! Confirm your spot by submitting a deposit NOW!!!!

LIMITED NUMBER OF SPACES – Kick start your 2011 track and field season with a training camp in beautiful Santa Barbara, California! Others may use the camp to help them gain speed and fitness for another sport. The weather will be beautiful and we will be located within close proximity of great beaches. We will be training at Dos Pueblos High School as well the Goleta Valley Athletic Club.

We have once again put together an excellent complement of coaches to work with high school athletes ranging in experience from novice to national team level.  This training camp is designed to integrate biomechanical work, event-specific training methods, nutrition, mobility, psychological training and a lot of fun. 

  • Chris Johnson – Vancouver Thunderbirds Cross Country and Middle Distance Coach; St. George’s Cross Country and Track and Field Coach; Assistant Cross Country and Middle Distance Coach at UBC.
  • Nick Stoffberg – Vancouver Thunderbirds Speed and Power Coach; St. George’s Track and Field Coach; sprints, hurdles, and multi-events coach at UBC.
  • Byron Jack – Vancouver Thunderbirds Intermediate Coach; Kajaks Track and Field Club long and triple jump coach.
  • Darcie Montgomery – Hershey Harriers Cross Country and Middle Distance Coach.


  • Saturday, March 19th: travel to Santa Barbara
  • Sunday, March 20th: am workout, pm afternoon at beach
  • Monday, March 21st: am workout, pm workout
  • Tuesday, March 22nd: am workout, pm workout, evening movie
  • Wednesday, March 23rd: am workout, pm trip to Hollywood, Beverly Hills
  • Thursday, March 24th: am workout, pm workout, go-carting
  • Friday, March 25th: am workout, pm shopping
  • Saturday, March 26th: Easter Relays (competition) or workout, water slides
  • Sunday, March 27th: travel home to Vancouver

COST: $2195, includes airfare costs, transfers, accommodation, coaching and tour shirt

CONTACT: Chris Johnson cjohnson@stgeorges.bc.ca phone:               604-818-5317        


  • $750 deposit to the Vancouver Thunderbirds Track and Field Club
  • completed application form (available by email)

REQUIRED JANUARY 14th, 2011 – full balance ($1445)

A detailed itinerary will be sent to you closer to the event along with an Acknowledgement of Risk and Informed Consent Form

Motivation for Winter Running

October 17, 2010

Pacific Road Runners presents a free seminar at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver on Monday, November 1 at 7:00pm.

Whether you’re a beginner, a veteran or an elite athlete – this seminar is for you.  You’ll leave the seminar ready to commit to training for a spring race!


  • Jerry Ziak – 2:17 marathoner, running coach and running clinic leader.
  • Bettie Jean McHugh – marathon world record holder for her age group – 80 years.
  • Ben Kotanen – Runner, track coach and Mizuno Canada representative.
  • Jim Lawrence – Masters runner, Heart & Stroke Foundation volunteer and last place finisher in the 2008 “First Half” Half Marathon – wait til you hear his inspiring message!

20 lucky attendees will win guaranteed entry into the “First Half” Half Marathon on February 13, 2011, regular registration for which opens on November 4, 2010.

Complete information: http://www.pacificroadrunners.ca/firsthalf/

Kajaks T&F Club-Track Rascals/RJT to begin Sept 20 with Olympian as Coach

September 10, 2010

Starting on Monday, September 20th, 2010, children 6 to 8 will be able to take part in the Kajaks Track Rascals program at Minoru Park in Richmond. This 5 week program with sessions Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:45 to 7:30 pm, will be conducted by NCCP certified RunJumpThrow Instructors, one being Olympic Snowboarder – Alexa Loo.

Registration is still open, and can be completed by emailing the coordinator – Avril Douglas at avrilhome@shaw.ca

Check out this news story about the program! Click here!

**NOTE-The sessions being on Monday September 20th – bot the 13th like cited in the news article.

Calling all 6 to 8 olds! Register today!

2010 Canadian National Sprints Conference: Fri, Nov 12 – Sun, Nov 14, 2010

September 7, 2010

“The Development of Speed”

An outstanding panel of experts will discuss contemporary sprint training theory and practice.

This conference aims to analyze and debate a variety of sprint training systems and technical models in order to help coaches better understand the development of speed and how to improve their athletes’ performances.

Date: Nov 12, 2010 to Nov 14, 2010

Location: Athletic Centre, University of Toronto

Registration Fee: $200 CAD

Presenters include: Tom Tellez, Loren Seagrave, Les Gramantik, Gary Winckler, Molly Killingbeck, Anthony McCleary, Canadian National Event Group Coaches, athletic therapists, Canadian National Team Medical Practitioners and sports scientists from the Canadian Sport Centre Ontario.

All presentation and registration information at: http://www.athleticscoaching.ca/?pid=3&eid=78