Canada Summer Games update – 5 BRONZE medals for BC Team Athletics #jcg2013 #2013athletics

August 14, 2013

August 14, 2013

Today marks the half-way point in the Athletics competition at the 2013 Canada Summer Games. Moving in to the final 2 days of competition (Thurs and Fri),  Team BC Athletics has already captured 5 BRONZE medals! Congratulations to everyone thus far and continued luck for the duration of the competition.

Team BC Athletics Medals:

BRONZE               Justin Kent, 3000m Steeplechase Male

BRONZE               Regan Leanne Yee, 2000m Steeplechase Female

BRONZE               Rostam Turner, Decathlon Male

BRONZE               Jessye Marika Brockway, Para Discus Female

BRONZE               Jessye Marika Brockway, Para Shot Put Female

More Team BC athletes in action during the first two days of competition:

Serena Mercedes Graf, Shot Put Female – 9th

Andrew Davis, Shot Put Para Male – 4th

Colin Edward Morrow, Shot Put Para Male – 6th

Patrick William John Psotka, 3000m Steeplechase Male – 4th

Fiona Benson, 2000m Steeplechase Female – 7th

Visit the Canada Games website to see the full schedule for Thursday and Friday!



Island MLA Michelle Stilwell sums up her world record at track meet: ‘Fantastic’ #Lyon2013

July 29, 2013

July 25, 2013 – By Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist 

Times Colonist – Most politicians would be happy just to win their race in an election. But Michelle Stilwell isn’t like most politicians.

The Parksville-Qualicum MLA and government caucus chairwoman set a world record of two minutes, 14.79 seconds in winning the gold medal in the women’s wheelchair T52 class 800 metres Thursday at the International Paralympic Committee world track and field championships in Lyon, France.

The former world record of two minutes, 16.71 seconds was established in 2005 by fellow Canadian Lisa Franks. Stilwell holds four world records in the T52 class — the 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres and now 800 metres.

Thursday’s achievement came with bumps and scrapes. The race was originally conducted Wednesday but a re-race was ordered for Thursday after Stilwell and Marieke Vervoort of Belgium collided hard with 200 metres remaining. Stilwell managed to remain upright, but Vervoort’s chair tipped and she hit the ground. The Belgian was ruled to have cut off Stilwell and disqualified for the re-race.

“Well, that did not go as planned,” Stilwell said in a Twitter post on Wednesday.

“I am OK, only a little bruised on the arm.”

On Thursday, after winning the second race, she summed things up with one word: “Fantastic.”

“I would have liked to have Marieke in the race. I look forward to the day when we can re-race,” she said in an interview conducted by meet organizers. “I hope she is doing well and recovering.

“We definitely had a great race plan going in today. It was about controlling the race.”

And she took note of the weather. “It’s been very, very warm — very hot.”

Stilwell, who became a paraplegic at 17 while playing piggy-back with friends and falling down a flight of stairs, is the only female athlete to have won gold medals in two sports in the Summer Paralympics. She won gold in wheelchair basketball at Sydney 2000. Complications from her spinal cord injury forced Stilwell to retire from wheelchair basketball. She took up wheelchair track and won two gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, and gold and silver at London 2012. Stilwell’s silver at London came when Vervoort edged the Islander for gold in the T52 100 metres.

Stilwell, 39, who won a seat as a Liberal MLA in the May election, acknowledged the support she has received from the Island and across the country. “It’s been wonderful getting all your emails and your posts. I’m looking forward to coming home and showing everyone my new bling.”

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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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BCWSA Spring Clinic – Sunday March 11, 2012

March 8, 2012

BC Wheelchair Sports Association is hosting a 2012 Wheelchair Athletics Spring Clinic this weekend.

Sunday March 11, 2012 from 9 to 4 pm

Richmond Olympic Oval

Fee – $10 !!!


Try a racing chair, throwing, meet other athletes, learn new skills, have FUN!

For more information or to register:

James Hustvedt at 604.616.7106 – james at

Holly Tawse – holly at

Program Flyer & Registration Form



Dolfo Wins Bronze Medal at Para Pan-American Games

November 21, 2011

Langlay Mustang Braedon Dolfo broke his own Canadian 100m (T13) record in winning the bronze medal in the 100 meter final. The time of 11.34 seconds is also a London 2012 Paralympic Games “A” qualifying standard mark.

“I’m feeling pretty good, another personal best,” said a thrilled Dolfo who recently returned to training following hip surgery. “It feels great to be back.”

Guidelines for the inclusion of Para-athletes in Road Races

September 20, 2011

Para-Athletics caters to wheelchair athletes, amputee athletes, visually impaired athletes, and athletes with cerebral palsy. In addition to events organized specifically for them, para-athletes can also participate in mainstream events alongside able-bodied athletes. In athletics, these events are typically road races and marathons.

To allow for the safe participation of para-athletes, race directors should carefully review their event, and consider making adjustments where necessary.

BC Athletics has published guidelines outlining the considerations that can make for a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

The guidelines are available here:




Dolfo earns spot on Canadian team

September 12, 2011

From the Langley Times

Braeden Dolfo is off to Mexico in November.

The 17-year-old from Langley Secondary — and member of the Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club — will represent Canada at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Of the 26 member Canadian team, Dolfo is the lone B.C. athlete.

The legally blind track and field athlete has qualified to race in the 100m, but is aiming to also compete in the 200m and the long jump events.

Dolfo placed third earlier this year at the world championships, but is currently recovering from hip surgery.

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:

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 – or 604.616.7106

Event Poster – CLICK HERE

Para-Equipment Fund

December 7, 2010

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is now Accepting Applications for its Para-Equipment Fund!

Does your club need new adapted sport equipment? We are awarding grants of up to $5,000 to eligible clubs, for a total of $200,000 in grants for both summer and winter sports.

The Para-Equipment Fund (PEF) is a grassroots initiative that aims to assist local and provincial organizations in delivering first contact programming. It is designed to facilitate the participation of an increased number of people with a disability in Para-sport by expanding the availability of introductory-based equipment, particularly for first contact and equipment loan programs.

Apply before January 5, 2011 to take advantage of this great opportunity to expand or start your program!

The PEF is made possible through financial contributions from Sport Canada, Petro-Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC).

For more information: