BC ELEMENTARY TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Event Date(s): Friday May 27th – Sunday May 29th, 2022
Location: Clement Track & Collier Throws Centre @ Minoru Park
7191 Granville Street, Richmond, BC, Canada
Hosted by: The Kajaks Track & Field Club
in cooperation with The City of Richmond
Sanctioned By: BC Athletics, a member of Athletics Canada
Garrett Collier (Meet Director) email@example.com
Participants: This meet is open to all athletes ages 9-13 years of age. There are no restrictions. Athletes can enter this meet with their school team, as an individual representing their school, a BC Athletics club member or an unattached individual athlete (no affiliation).
Accepted Entries: Entries are done by Year of Birth (YOB). Athletes may only enter events in their own age category. Please see the BC Athletics Technical Specifications Manual for technical specifications by age. There is NO provision for athletes to compete in events below their age division. Where an event is not offered, they may enter in the next highest category if that category is noted for the age/gender in the BC Athletics Technical Specifications. Please also note the following restriction(s):
300m Event: The 300m is for 2010 and 2009 athletes only. Younger athletes will not be permitted to enter this event.
4 x 200m Mixed Relay: The 4 x 200m Mixed Relay is for 2009, 2010 and 2011 athletes only. Younger athletes will not be permitted to enter this event.
Schedule of Events: The meet will provide a TENTATIVE schedule of events for the meet to be posted online at www.kajaks.ca/bcec in April. A FINAL schedule will be posted 8:00 on Thursday May 26TH - please be sure to check this schedule for any updates that may affect your athlete. Please note we will make every effort to run on schedule and, if time permits, the meet will run no more than 20 minutes ahead of schedule.
Rain: The meet will go on as planned Rain or Shine. For safety, rain may cause the High Jump to move indoors to the arena. If this is the case, some High Jump events may need to be moved later or to the next day.
Medical: There will be a First Aid tent.
Lost & Found: A Lost and Found will be located at the Packet Pick-Up desk inside the arena at the north end of the stadium. Items remaining after the completion of the meet will be donated.
Concession: The concession stand will be located behind the grandstands. Be sure to stop by for some tasty snacks and beverages.
BBQ: We will be having our world famous Kajaks BBQ again this year. The BBQ is located on the south side of the grandstand.
Track Rascals 50m: The BCEC will be hosting a 50m Track Rascals Dash for all kids ages 3-8 years old. Cost for race entry is by $10.00 donation. All proceeds from the Rascals race will be donated to KidSport Richmond so ALL kids can play!
"... A quick thank you for the excellent work that you, and all of the Kajaks volunteers, did to run such a great track meet this weekend. It was really well done - and I am sure a tremendous effort went into it. We had a great weekend!"
- J.B. (Victoria,B.C.)
"Our community had a great time at the meet. It was well run and somehow managed to end on time on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!
I found your marshalls and volunteers to be respectful, empathetic, and patient...
This track meet was a highlight of the school year for us."
- G.W. (Vancouver, B.C.)
Celebrating 50 years in 2018 at the Clement Track and Collier Throwing Centre in Minoru Park, Richmond, B.C.
Back row: Olympian Dylan Armstrong, Richmond Sports Council's Jim Lamond, Kajaks AD sprints/jumps coach Byron Jack, Kajaks Head Coach Garrett Collier
Middle row: Coun. Bill McNulty, Coun. Ken Johnston, Kajaks JD coach Moseley Jack, Kajaks Masters coach JJ Schmidt, Kajaks Masters athlete Fred Pawluk
Front row: Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Coun. Alexa Loo and son, Kajaks founders Dr. Douglas Clement and Diane Clement, BCEC founders Carl Savage and Kim Young
Back in the mid-1960s, the only local track and field meets were Legions-guided high school meets. Kajaks coaches Carl Savage and Kim Young saw the need to fill this void and the B.C. Elementary Track and Field Championships was created in 1968.
The first year saw 614 athletes, 448 of which were Richmond students. Since that time the BCEC has attracted competitors from as far away as Sunshine Coast, Victoria, and all the way from Bella Coola.
The BECE has grown to be one of the biggest track and field meets in North America, being one of the few that is open to all elementary students ages 9 to 13.
For many young athletes, the BCEC is their first contact with a real track and field meet. With the friendly competition and the safe and supportive environment, the BCEC has become the stepping stone for athletes who have continued and garnered national and international success, as well as those who just love to throw hard, jump high, jump far, and run fast!
400m runners Rhona Jamieson (left), Dean Gordon (right) at the 1969 BCEC