COVID-19 and How We Can Deal With It
BC Athletics Plan for a Return to Sport
BC Athletics, our provincial parent body has released a draft of their "Return to Sport - Phase 1" Plan. The Athletics Return to Sport Plan will be a phased-in one that must align with the BC Guidelines for Return to Sport. Those guidelines are currently being developed by viaSport BC, WorkSafeBC, and the BC Ministry of Health officials, and as a result, this plan is still subject to change and will require approval by the BC Athletics Board of Directors and Member Clubs. The draft of the report is linked below.
Dear Members of the Association:
First of all, Thank You and all the BC Athletics Members for their support of and commitment to the BC Government and Provincial Health Officer's orders, directives, and policies relating to the COVID-19 Pandemic. These have not been easy times for any of us but, with your continued adherence to the guidelines for a Return to Sport, we are confident that Athletics will return in all its’ forms. The Athletics Return to Sport Plan will be a phased-in one that must align with the BC Guidelines for Return to Sport. Those guidelines are currently being developed by viaSport BC, WorkSafeBC, and the BC Ministry of Health officials. These are Pan-Sport Guidelines, meaning they will apply to all BC Sports Organizations that receive funding from the Provincial Government/viaSport. (MORE)
To view the complete draft plan, please follow this link: BC Athletics "Return to Sport - Phase 1" Plan.
Here is a link to an article that appeared recently in the Province Online indicating that Insurance concerns could derail return to play for youth sports. Because Track and Field would be similarly affected, you might be interested in reading the story.
The BC Championships Jamboree
The BC Championships Jamboree has been canceled for 2020. Right now, it is scheduled to be held in Prince George in 2021. Kamloops Track and Field Club will now host it in 2022. At the BC Championships in 2019, we had almost 700 athletes so it was a big meet and we had approximately 100 Australians here as well and we hope to welcome them again.
55+ Canada Games
The City of Kamloops was to host the 55+ Canada Games this July and has decided it will also host the event in 2022 meaning our sport will be tasked with lots of competitions. Track and field will need someone to take on the 55+ games as a Competition Manager. Please email Judy Armstrong at email@example.com if you are interested.
World Masters Championship
World Masters Championship in Toronto was canceled this July and has been rescheduled to take place in 2021 in Tampere, Finland in early July. They are very conscious of the difficult situation around the world and recognize the challenges of hosting this event for thousands of participants and visitors. They have 2 competition venues and one training facility. Tampere will be an exciting place to be in July 2021.
Happy Birthday, Dr. B
Dr. Bondarchuk will be having his 80th Birthday on Sunday, May 31. Because of the social distancing, we would like to do a drive-by for Dr. Bondarchuk and would like to meet at the Dufferin School parking lot at 5:00 pm to wish him well and have a big card to sign. He lives in Hillside Park and I will make arrangements to have him at the entrance of that complex to wave to us!
We will have banners and balloons and posters and some honking going on. It is a busy road but I am sure people won't mind and we will not linger long. It would be nice to see some of you out that have known him for a while. He has been a big part of athletics in Kamloops and put many athletes on provincial, national, and international teams, and 4 athletes on the Olympic Team. He has represented our city very well. It would be a nice gesture to be there to do a wave during a drive-by in your car.
If you have paid fees for the outdoor season and wish to receive a refund for those fees, please contact Janet at 250-320-0137. If you wish to have your fees transferred to the indoor season please let her know as well. We are trying our best to keep our membership aware of what is going on but until the liability issue has been solved or government steps in to solve it there is not much we can do at this point. All sports are in the same boat it seems.
If you or anyone you know wants manure please contact Judy at 250-319-6321. We do have some available and we want to get rid of it. You must bring your own shovel and containers because we will not have anyone to bag what you need. Donations will be graciously accepted.
If you have bottles/cans to return and can afford to donate them, please do so for the Kamloops Track and Field Club. We have an account at the General Grant's Bottle Depot at 963 Camosun Crescent, just off McGill across from TCC.
A big thank you goes out to the Kamloops Sports Legacy Fund for the new pole vault cover. We are very appreciative of their ability to provide this grant so that we have good quality equipment for training and hosting of competitions.
On a similar note, we also want to thank the Aurora Centennial Rotary Club of Kamloops for their donation of funds to assist us in upgrading our Photo Finish and Results equipment. This grant will allow us to purchase some items that we have wanted to have but have been unable to afford.