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.



#LegionNationals re-cap from this past weekend in #Langley – Records and Medalists by Day

August 12, 2013

August 12, 2013

This past weekend, the Legion National Youth Track & Field Championships took over McLeod Park in Langley. Thank you to all the volunteers, officials, the Legion and all organizers for making this great event possible.

The 2013 Legion Championships were highlighted by 11 record breaking performances. The following new Championship records were established by BC athletes:

  • Midget Girls 80mH – Chicago Bains / British Columbia – 11.48
  • Midget Girls Pentathlon – Nina Schultz / British Columbia – 3332
  • Midget Boys Pentathlon – Jasper Schiedel / British Columbia – 3257
  • Midget Girls 4x100m – BC-Yukon – 47.69
  • Midget Girls Hammer – Chanell Botsis / British Columbia – 55.21m
  • Youth Girls Hammer – Natasha Akbarizadeh / British Columbia – 56.21m

For all 11 established records, click here – Full story 

Thanks to Athletics Canada, we have a compilation of the Championship Medalists for all 3 days of the competition. Click the links below to view.

Championship Medalists – Day 1 (August 9, 2013)

Championship Medalists – Day 2 (August 10, 2013)

Championship Medalists – Day 3 (August 11, 2013) 


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.

Con’t …

Full article: http://www.worlds2013.athletics.ca/news.php?id=81

Hurdler Bains smashes 27-year-old B.C. record #kamloops2013

July 23, 2013
By Ashley Degraaf – July 23, 2013

Cowichan News Leader – Cowichan’s Chicago Bains has done it again.

During provincials action, the local track sensation smashed a 1986 provincial 80-metre hurdle record of 11.50 seconds with a personal best of 11.42.

“I cannot express in words the magnitude of this sprint race record she has just established, it leaves me speechless,” said coach John May in an email on the provincial meet in Kamloops July 19-21.

Cowichan product Taryn Smiley also knocked socks off, winning both the 100 and 200 metres races.

“For the 15 year old midget-aged athletes and the 16/17 year old youth athletes, it’s a trial meet to get on the BC Teams that will attend the Legion Youth National Track and Field meet in August this year in Langley BC,” explained May on the weekend event that saw participants drenched in extremely hot weather.

“For Taryn, 16, and Chicago, 15, it meant doing fewer events at this meet. For me as their coach, this is very important, trying to peak at the right time and developing a sense of what it takes to do so is something they will utilize far into the future in this sport especially.”

Bains’ record breaking victory also has a cool story behind it, the coach said.

“On arrival at the meet I was given her competition bib number and it was 1142,” he said. “Looking at the bib number I think, ‘Wow, wouldn’t that be something if she ran 1142.’ When I gave it to her Saturday morning to put on she looked at it and smiled at me.”

May said he was shocked and speechless when the final time, 11.42, was posted.

“Anyone who knows the hurdles events was stunned by this accomplishment. It is absolutely amazing.”

Bains amazed folks again Sunday with her 200m hurdles race, taking top spot with another provincial record finish of 27.60, just shy of her 27.53 personal best she attained two weeks ago.

“This amazing young woman will now continue to prepare for the (nationals) where she will again set her focus on being the best she can be on the days she competes.”

May has coached Smiley for one season under her second claim club, the Comox Valley Cougars.

“She teamed up to run the 4×100 relay with Calli Ann Abbott (15), Chloe Gummer (15), Kyla May (16) and  they were the fastest women’s team to run this weekend,” May said. “It had viewers stunned as these four girls had never relayed together before and used their knowledge of relay to quickly establish the exchange parameters and executed a relay of almost ‘demonstration like precision’ with Taryn running an anchor leg for the win by 10s of metres.”

In the 100m race, Smiley won both her heat and the final with a personal best of 12.23, “narrowly missing the difficult 100m BC Team Youth standard of 12.20.”

“On Sunday in the 200m she again won her heat in convincing fashion and in the final, ran the most stunning race I have yet seen her run and with the team standard set at 25.45, Taryn exceeded that standard by running 25.39 in the final.

“This certainly gives her a good shot at being on the BC Team as well,” said May, noting the team will announce its lineup in the next few days.

“As their coach, I am as I said both honoured and humbled. These are two very amazing young ladies that seem to be on a mission that takes them down a path that requires sacrifices and hard work all too often not seen in many youth today.”

Read full article: http://www.cowichannewsleader.com/sports/216501431.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.