2013 BC Seniors Games Re-cap: #Kamloops – August 20-24, 2013

September 4, 2013

The 26th annual BC Seniors Games were hosted by Kamloops, from August 20-24.  The 2013 Games included 25 sports which were held in various venues around the city.  Track and field was held at Hillside Stadium on the campus of Thompson Rivers University.  The 10Km run and 10Km walk were held on MacArthur Island on the North Shore.  A strong contingent of 221 athletes over the age of 55 registered to compete in track and field.  The weather conditions were great with hot, sunny conditions for the first two days and then the weather cooled off for the last two days.  

The schedule was changed slightly from earlier years, with track events scheduled all day Wednesday and with no track events scheduled on Saturday morning.  More time was given for the throwing events and this allowed the throwing events to run much smoother than the year before.  A few athletes had conflicts with scheduling but mainly because the athlete entered numerous (jumping throwing and track) events.  Hurdles events, sprint and intermediate, were included for the first time.  The events in the men’s pentathlon were changed to include the 200m and discus, replacing the 100m and shot put.  With the changes, the mens’ pentathlon now conforms to WMA, CMA and BCA standards.  

Overall, the track and field meet was very successful.  The athletes commented about the “first-class” facilities and wished that their own communities could have something similar.  The Kamloops Track and Field Club, their organizers, officials and volunteers did an excellent job.  There were also about a dozen officials from BC Athletics who travelled to Kamloops to assist.

The athletes responded by setting many records; 61 BC Seniors Games, 24 BC Athletics, 10 Canadian and 3 World records.  All three world records were set by 76 year-old Christa Bortignon who competes in the 75-79 age category.  She set new world standards in the 100M (15.82), 400M (1:19.53) and 80M Hurdles (17.44).  The old world records were 15.91, 1:22.39 and 17.71.  Christa has now broken outdoor world records in 6 different events this year.

Ninety-year-old Harry Thompson broke 2 Canadian records in the M90 200M (51.88) and 800M (5:07.40).  This gives Harry five Canadian outdoor records this year.  Bakhshish Dhillon broke the M75 Canadian record in the Weight pentathlon (3455 points) and BC records in the Hammer (34.97m) and Weight (13.83m).  Cheryl Closkey broke the Canadian record in the W65 Weight (11.68m) and a BC record in the Weight pentathlon.  Victor Njume now holds Canadian javelin records in 3 different age groups after breaking the M70 Javelin record (44.30m).  Barry Adams ran an excellent 1500m on his way to breaking the M70 Canadian record in the Pentathlon (2919 points).  The team of Urith Hayley, Lori Graham, Elaine Whidden and Marie Johnson broke the Canadian W55 4x100M record (1:05.53).

BC records were broken by Kathy Brand in the W70 Hammer (25.80m) and Weight (9.76m), Margaret Rhebergen W55 Triple jump (8.51m), Betsy Rollins W60 Triple jump (7.85m), Daphne Sullivan W60 Sprint hurdles (17.14), Lynn Thompson M70 Sprint hurdles (18.98), Keith Taylor M80 High jump (1.15m), Joe Giegerich M80 Pole vault (1.82m), Karl Drahorad M85 Javelin (18.70m), Marg Radcliff W70 Weight pentathlon (3246 points) and Ken Townsend M65 Weight pentathlon (3146 points).

There are too many BC Seniors Games records to mention all of them.  However, Marek Glowacki, Harry Thompson and Christa Bortignon each set 5 new BC Seniors Games records.  

Olga Kotelko who turns 95 next year, won 11 gold medals.  Harnek Toor M65, also won 11 medals but only 4 of those were gold.

Next year the Games will be hosted by Langley from September 9-13.


Law a track champ at BC Senior Games #BCSeniorsGames @TheProgress #Chilliwack

August 29, 2013

August 28, 2013

CHILLIWACK PROGRESS – Chilliwack athletes produced 33 individual and 21 team medals at the 2013 BC Senior Games, held August 20-24 in Kamloops.

Silvia Law was a big winner, reeling in five medals in track and field.

Competing in the women’s 80-84 division, she won gold in the weight throw, silver in discus and bronze in shot-put, pentathlon, javelin and hammer throw. Fellow track athlete Jim McIsaac (men’s 55-59) won silver in discus and shot-put.

Full article: http://www.theprogress.com/sports/221543881.html

Seniors golden at games #BCSeniorsGames @pgfreepress #PrinceGeorge

August 29, 2013

August 29, 2013

PRINCE GEORGE FREE PRESS – Prince George Track and Field Club (PGTFC) members did most of the local gold mining at the BC Seniors Games, held last week in Kamloops.

Prince George athletes picked up 30 golds over the five days, with 20 of them coming in track and field. The Zone 9 North Central team, which includes Prince George, won 124 medals in total, including 52 gold, 43 silver and 29 bronze.

The North Central zone placed seventh in team standings, with Fraser Valley leading the way.

Tom Ukonmaanaho led the way for Prince George, winning six medals in track and field, including four gold. He topped the charts in the men 65-year-old 100 metres, 100 metre hurdles, high jump and pole vault.

Two other PGTFC members won three golds each. Suzanne Sharp won the women 55-59 800m, 10k road race and 5k power walk, while Keith Taylor won the men 80-84 10k road walk, 5k power walk and high jump. Arna Kristian doubled up in the women 75-79 division, winning the hammer throw and pentathlon, with David McGraw also winning a pair of golds in the men 70-74 100m and 200m.

Club president Brian Martinson took the spot in the men 55-59 800 and 1500.

Other gold medals were claimed by Cris MacDonald (women 70-74 triple jump), Ewing McLaren (men 85-89 pentathlon), Linda Meise (women 60-64 high jump), and Dick Voneugen (men 80-84 2k optional power walk).

Full article: http://www.pgfreepress.com/sports/221555651.html

Report from BC Masters Committee – Canadian Masters Track and Field Championships from August 9-12, 2012

August 28, 2012

Courtesy – Harold Morioka 


About 10 Masters athletes from BC participated in the Canadian Masters track and field championships which were held in Saint John, New Brunswick, from August 9-12. This meet also duplicated as the NCCWMA (North, Central and Carribean World Masters Athletics) championships. Over 500 athletes registered for this 4-day meet.

Christa Bortignon broke the W75 Pentathlon record with 4743 points. This was 212 points better than the old record of 4531 points which was held by Leili Kaas from Estonia. Christa also broke her own W75 Canadian records in the 200m (34.81) and 400m (1:25.07), which she set earlier this year. She set a new Canadian record in the 80m hurdles (19.71). Christa also won more gold medals in the 100m, long jump, high jump and triple jump, with results just off her pending Canadian records.

Winning 6 gold medals each were 93 year-old Olga Kotelko and 80 year-old Mae Turek. Sandy Anderson W70 also won 6 medals but not all gold. Cheryl Closkey W60 won 4 medals and Barb Saunders W70 won golds in the 800m and 1500m.

Three men also participated in this meet. Peter Freeman won the gold medal in the M60 400m and 800m while Al Percival, also M60, won the 100m and took silver in the 200m. Barry Adams M70 won silver in the javelin.

BC Masters Track & Field Championships Re-Cap

June 20, 2012

By Harold Morioka  (June 19, 2012)

The 2012 BC Masters Track and Field championships were hosted by the Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club from June 15-17. Held in conjunction with the Pacific Invitational Track and Field meet, the Masters Championships were held at Langley’s McLeod Park. For the first time, a racewalk (3Km) was included in the meet.

For the few events (steeplechase, racewalking, weight throw and men’s hammer) held on Friday evening, weather conditions were good. But on Saturday it was cold with heavy rains falling most of the time. It rained again on Sunday morning and although it stopped raining in the afternoon, it remained cold and windy. A few athletes fell attempting their throws while the runners ran through puddles and against the wind. Despite the difficult conditions, the athletes did very well.

The athletes broke one World Record, six Canadian records and nineteen BC Masters records. One other Canadian and BC record was tied.

Christa Bortignon (W75) broke the most records. Despite running against a -2.8 m/s headwind, she broke the World Record in the 200 metre hurdles (41.70). She also set a Canadian record in the 200 metre sprint (34.93). Christa also bettered the 2011 Canadian records in the triple jump and long jump but she has better Canadian records pending from a meet earlier this year in Raleigh, NC.

Also breaking Canadian records were Lenore Montgomery in the W80 3000 metres (16:47.89), Gabriella Moro in the W65 shot put (9.29m), Rose Hare in the W60 weight throw (12.28m) and Ellie Halcrow in the W65 3000m racewalk (18:47.30). Margaret Rhebergen tied the Canadian record in the W55 high jump (1.30m).

Christa broke the intermediate hurdles world record by the slimest margin possible (0.01 second). Lenore broke the Canadian 3000m record by more than 2 and a half minutes. Gabriela broke her own Canadian shot put record of 9.23m which she set earlier this year. Rose broke her own weight throw record of 12.05m which she set two years ago. Ellie has competed in many BC Seniors Games but this was her first BC Athletics competition. She broke the Canadian 3000m racewalk record by 15.54 seconds. Margaret, despite jumping in the rain, tied her own Canadian and BC high jump record.

Breaking BC Masters records were: Juliette Christie W50 3000m, Lynette Baldock W65 3000m, Jeanette Van Den Bulk W35 400m hurdles, Nancy Craig W45 pole vault, Sandy Anderson W70 weight throw, Dave McDonald M55 weight throw, Les Robson M85 triple jump, Dmitry Babenko M35 3000m racewalk, Gerald Dragomir M60 3000m racewalk and Nardene Hammond W40 3000m racewalk.

Jeannette would have had another BC record in the 200m sprint but the wind was +2.1 m/s, just over the allowable limit of +2.0 m/s. She just missed a Canadian record in the 400m hurdles but she did break the Canadian record just a week earlier, running the event in 1:03.53.

There were several positive comments regarding the newly designed BC Athletics Championship medals. Special “thank you’s” go to our dedicated officials and volunteers who always do an excellent job.

NCCWMA & CMA Championships (Aug 9-12, 2012) Saint John, New Brunswick

March 16, 2012

2012 North/Central American/Caribbean & Canadian Masters Track & Field Championships in Saint John, New Brunswick 

Less than 5 Months to go!

This masters track and field competition is a regional international event recognized by World Masters Athletics and the Canadian Championships for 2012. The event is open to athletes of age 30 and up. There are no qualification requirements other than your age and is a unique opportunity to compete in some different events against international and national competitors.

Meet information and registration located at: http://www.nccwma2012.com/


Records and Medals for Christa

August 9, 2011

Courtesy of Harold Morioka 

Competing at the USA National Masters track and field championships, 74-year old Christa Bortignon set 5 more Canadian Masters records and won 8 gold medals. The four-day meet from August 4-7 was held in Berea, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland. Christa broke W70-74 Canadian records in the 100m (16.16), long jump (3.47m) and 80m Hurdles (20.76) and set new records in the 200m Hurdles (43.71) and Pentathlon (3348 points). She bettered her pending Canadian records in the 100m and long jump which she broke earlier this year. Christa won four gold medals in the above events, except for the 80m hurdles which was part of the pentathlon. Christa added gold medals in the 200m, 400m, high jump and triple jump.
Next week, from August 17-20, Christa will be competing in the BC Seniors Games in Trail. In September she plans to compete in the European Masters Games in Lignano, Italy and in October, in the World Huntsman Games in St. George, Utah.