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Christa Bortignon Sprt BC Masters Athlete of the Year 2017

Sport BC held their 52nd Annual Athlete of the Year Awards Banquet at the Westin Bayshore Hotel on March 28, 2018.  

Christa was chosen as the Masters Athlete of the Year, most notably for her 6 Gold medals at the World Indoor Championships in Daegu, South Korea, and for her 4 World records in the Indoor and Outdoor Triple jump and Long jump.

Well deserved Christa!  The Greyhounds are extremely proud of you.

Greyhounds named BC Athletics Masters Athlete of 2017

Christa Bortignon – Female Masters Track and Field Athlete of the Year


Christa won 6 gold medals at the WMA Championships at Daegu, South Korea, including golds in the 60m, 200m and 400m. At the CMA/NCCWMA Championships, Christa won gold in the W80 100m and 200m. She broke 7 W80 Canadian records on the track, including the Indoor records in the 50m, 60m, 200m and 400m, and the Outdoor records in the 100m, 200m and 200m hurdles. For the 2017 WMA Rankings, Christa is ranked #1 in the world in 7 track events, 4 Indoors and 3 Outdoors in W80.


At the World Masters Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Christa broke world records in the W80 long jump and triple jump, winning the gold medal in these events as well as in the shot put. She broke the long and triple jump world records again at the Canadian and BC Indoor Championships. Christa added the Outdoor world records in the W80 long jump and triple jump while winning gold at the CMA/NCCWMA Championships. For the 2017 track and field season, Christa broke a total of 4 world records and 12 Canadian records.

Marvin Johnson – Male Masters Track Athlete of the Year

Marvin broke the BC Masters Indoor records in the M40 200m and 400m and the Outdoor record while running on a 4x100m relay team. At the CMA/NCCWMA Championships, Marvin defeated some of the top American M40 sprinters while winning the 100m and 400m. He is ranked #1 in Canada in these events. Marvin's 400m time of 51.34 is #2 all-time in BC and for 2017 ranks him #12 in the world for M40-44.

Reidar Zapf-Gilje – Male Masters Field Athlete of the Year 

Reidar is a multi-talented athlete who competed in 18 different track and field events in 2017 and was ranked #1 in Canada in 13 of these eventsfor M65-69. He broke 9 BC records and 2 Canadian records. His Canadian record in the pentathlon ranks him #1 in the world for M65-69. He is also ranked #2 in the world in the 2000m Steeplechase and 800m. Three of his BC records were in the triple jump, weight throw and throws pentathlon. Reidar excelled in all 4 jumping events and all 5 throwing events. At the CMA/NCCWMA Championships, Reidar won 8 gold medals in M65-69.  


Brian Carnate travelled half-way around the world to run a total of 300 metres (not counting heats) at the World Masters Games in Aukland, New Zealand.  

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Brian won the 100m race in 11.51 seconds 

Brian finished 5th in the 200m finals and his time of 23.40 is a NEW M35 BC RECORD.

VANCOUVER SUN RUN 10K April 23, 2017

Reidar Zapf-Gilje repeats as the Vancouver Sun Run winner.  Last year Reidar won the M60 age division.

This year Reidar was first out of 341 finishers but this time in the M65 age division.

Lynette Baldock finished 6th (out of 193 finishers) in the W70-74 age division.

Sheila Allison finished 10th (out of 193 finishers) in the W70-74 age division.

Renate Cheetham finished 11th (out of 81 finishers) in the W75 age division.

Arthur Gee had a good race in the M70 age division.


Greyhounds in Daegu, Korea, March 2017


Three Greyhounds are currently in Daegu, Korea at the World Masters Athletics Indoors Championships, March 2017.  Competing are Hardev Sandhu and Christa Bortignon.  Coach Harold Morioka is along for support.  

CHRISTA BORTIGNON sets another World Record in the W80 Triple jump with a jump of 7.09m.

She won gold in the 200m sprint in 38.32s.

On Tuesday CHRISTA   won the 60m with a time of 10.56 (Canadian Record) and broke the listed Long jump World Record 3 times (twice better than her pending WR of 3.02m.  Christa's best was 3.17m.

Hardev Sandhu had a PB in the 60m with a 9.36 (16th out of 30+).  

Hardev finished 5th in the Weight throw(11.32m) and 6th in the Hammer Throw (28.97m)

See Christa’s Record Breaking Jump and Hardev’s Weight Throw in Team Videos page.

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Greyhounds in Kamloops, BC, Mar 31-Apr 2, 2017

Thirty-one Greyhounds competed in the BC Masters Indoor Championships.  Greyhounds set 2 World Records, 4 Canadian Records and 20 BC Records at the meet.  

Van Ryswyk Indoor /BC Masters Indoor Championship Kamloops, BC, Apr. 2,  2017

Greyhounds Training 

Two Greyhound dogs (Happy and Huggy) joined our practice for a brief group picture on Christmas Eve at SFU. In dog's years, they fit our track and field club's age requirements but couldn't stick around. . . they had to "run"!!

Merry Christmas to ALL the "Greyhounds" out there!  

Coach Sam

BC Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee - Harold Morioka

What better way to cap off 2016 than to have Harold Morioka inducted into the BC Athletics Hall of Fame.  

The award was presented at the The 2016 BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet  on Saturday, November 19, 2016

Harold’s background was the subject of an article on Ken Stone’s World and USA home page for adult age-group track and field.  see link

The source of Ken Stone’s information was the Surrey North Delta Leader.  The January 10, 2017 issue tells the story of Harold’s road to success in track and field.   For the complete article see link Surrey North Delta Leader.

Harold Morioka at age 46 running in Wakayama, Japan.

BCA Banquet - Masters Athlete of the Year

Other Greyhounds receiving recognition on Nov. 19 were Lenore Montgomery for BCA Female Masters Track Athlete of the Year and Reidar Zapf-Gilje for BCA Masters Male Field Athlete of the Year.

2016 BC 55+ Games Open in Coquitlam!

Linda Ordowski is the first Greyhound to cross a finish line and receive a medal at the 55+ Games in Coquitlam on Wednesday, September 21.  She was also the first woman to complete the gruelling 10K Road Race and did so in under 50 mins.


Linda Ordowski at the stadium finish of the 10K Road Race in Coquitlam.


(L) David Walker was the first Greyhound man to cross the finish line in the 10K Road race in Coquitlam.  

(R) Urith Hayley carries the Torch at the 55+ Opening Ceremony.  See More Photos

See 55+ Games Results

Americas Masters Games  - Athletics -  in History Books!

The Track & Field portion of the America Masters Games is over.  In addition to Canadians from across the country, there were athletes from the US, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Jamaica, and India.

Roy Turkington wins Gold in M65 100m at Americas Masters

Some of the comments regarding the meet:  "What an awesome experience! One that I truly appreciated and was fortunate to have been part of a great team to share it all with.” (Sam Walker); “Absolutely amazing.  One of my favourite track meets to date.” (Sharon Evans).  

2016 7th Annual Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial 5KM Run-June 12

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The weather was great for the annual 5K Run and 3K Walk with all proceeds going to BC Children Hospital. Lenore Montgomery completed the 5k in 33’14” and Renate Cheetham in 36’.  Race organizers especially honored Lenore with an escort for the entire race.  ….See More Photos


Canadian Masters Athletics Announces the 2015 Athletes of the Year

Based on nominations received from members of the CMA and votes cast by the CMA Board, the 2015 Athletes of the Year have been named in four categories of athletics, each of which has been named after a masters athlete who was prominent in the appropriate discipline, and is either still active or was active in the past, as identified below.

The following are the recipients of the 2015 Canadian Masters Athletes of the Year Awards:

Individual Track Events – “Earl Fee Award”


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This award is named after Earl Fee, the great masters middle distance track athlete who, at age 87, is still active and still holds many Canadian and World records, and continues to inspire others.

Lenore Montgomery from North Vancouver is the winner of the Earl Fee Award. In 2015, Lenore set W85 Canadian records in the 400m, 800m, 1500m and 5000m track races. Of these, the 800m, at 4:33.86, and the 5000m, at 32:36.20, were also World records, and were age-graded at 96% and 98%.

Combined Events – “Ian Hume Award”

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This award is named after Ian Hume who, beginning with the first World Masters Championships in Toronto in 1975 and for a period of 25 years, won 29 World Championship medals and set 40 World records in 9 events, including the Pentathlon and the Decathlon.


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Reidar Zapf-Gilje from Vancouver is the winner of the Ian Hume Award. In the Norwegian Multi-Event Championships in June 2015, Reidar won the Gold Medal in the M60 Pentathlon, setting a new Canadian record of 3,575 points, 372 points above the previous record. Also during the year, he won Gold Medals in the M60 age group in the BC 55+ Games in the Pentathlon, with 3,369 points, and in the Throws Pentathlon, with 3,295 points.

 Sam Walker New Head Coach of Greyhounds Masters

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At our recent AGM on April 2, 2016 Harold Morioka announced that he was stepping down as Head Coach after 17 years.  The baton now passes to Sam Walker.  

Coach Sam has this message for all of the Greyhounds.

As your new head coach, I wanted to recap what I had mentioned at this years AGM for those that were unable to attend:

First and foremost, a sincere and heartfelt "THANK YOU" to Harold for the many years dedicated to the Greyhounds club.  

Thank you for your time and commitment, passion, care and concern, knowledge and humour.

It is an honour to have had Harold as a mentor of which, I have learned immensely. 

Harold promoted an atmosphere of growth, knowledge and fun.  It is my intent to follow the same path.  In addition to supporting our club's mission for athlete health and well-being, I will work towards promoting forward movement within the club, athleticism and team unification.

Harold cared for many aspects of the club duties such as athlete registration. Should any changes be necessary, information will be sent out.  Harold will continue to coach during the week but it may become a little more relaxed as time progresses.

Athlete performances will still be maintained and recorded at the meets and for our Greyhound’s award banquet.  The male/female top performance info will continue to be updated as well.  We have minimal coaches but an attempt to have someone present (at the various track and field meets we attend throughout the year) will be something to work towards.  Overall every attempt to ensure a smooth transition will occur. 

Following in Harold's footsteps will definitely be a challenge in itself but I have accepted this and am passionate about the sport.  I look forward to working with you all.

See you out on the track & field!

Coach Sam

2016 Coquitlam 55+ BC Games - Try It - Learn It - Live It

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The Greyhounds Masters Track Club partnering with Coquitlam City in offering free “try-it” programs for 55+ aged individuals.  The location was Town Centre Park, Stadium Track and the dates on April 26, May 10 and May 17.  

2016 Greyhound Athlete the Face of the Huntsman Games

Christa St. George 2016

Christa Bortignon could not resist taking a photo beside this trailer with a larger than life image of herself.  Christa was in St. George, Utah, along with other Greyhounds to compete in the Huntsman Senior Games.  She collected Gold Medals in the 50m, 100m, 200m, High jump, Standing Long Jump, and Triple Jump whilst there.

2016 Vancouver Sun Run - Greyhounds

Congratulations to Reidar Zapf-Gilje who placed FIRST out of 648 in his category M60-64 with a time of 40:44.

Other Notable Greyhound results:

Renate Cheetham F76-79 Place 6/77 with a time of 1:16:08.0

Lynette Baldock F65-69 Place 12/369 with a time of 1:00:17.0

Arthur Gee M70-74 Place 18/153 with a time of 59:14.0

Congratulations to all!!!!

Lenore Montgomery Canadian Masters Athlete for Feb 2016


Canadian Masters Athletics has once again chosen Lenore Montgomery W85 as Athlete of the Month.  

Lenore Montgomery set FOUR World Records at the BC Masters Indoor Championships on February 12-14 in Kamloops.  Lenore broke the world records in the 400m (2:11.47), 800m (4:52.80), 1500m (9:31.42), and 3000m (19:59.56).


2015 BC Athletics Hall Of Fame Inductees (from BC Athletics website)

Herb Gee – Athlete

Born in 1941 in Montreal, Herb Gee from an early aged displayed outstanding skills in Hockey, Football, Downhill and Slalom Skiing all of which evolved to dirt biking to fulfill his need for speed. An accident and an eventual move to British Columbia 1996 opened another door for Herb when in 1997 he entered his first BC Senior Games (55+ Games) and 5 Gold Medals. The hook was set!

During the next 12 years, as a member of the Tri- City Greyhounds, Herb continued his dominance including 8 Golds at the 2001 BC Seniors Games, 4 Gold at the 2003 Richmond Canadian Masters Track & Field Championships plus Gold and Silver in the 2009 Kamloops Canadian Masters Track & Field Championship at age 68.

Over his career Herb established 6 Canadian and BC records, some of which still stand today – Outdoor: M55 plus 4x100m Relay; M65 100m; M60 4x100; Indoor: M65 60m; 200m; Long Jump.

The World Masters Indoor Championship in March 2010 was Herb’s next major competition he had on his competition calendar when in November 2009 he was diagnosed with an illness he would not recover from. Herb passed away in February 2010 but left an outstanding legacy of performances, records and inspiration to many Masters Athletes.

BC Athletics is honoured to induct Herb Gee into the BC Athletics Hall of Fame. 

BCA Masters Female Track Athlete of the Year 2015

Montgomery, Lenore – W85

Club: Greyhounds Track & Field Club | GREY

Highlights: Since turning 85, Montgomery set new BC and Canadian records in the 400m, 800m, 1500m and 5000m. She broke two world records in the 800m (since bettered in France) and in the 5000m. Lenore is ranked No. 1 in the world in the 5000m and No. 2 in the 400m, 800m, and 1500m. 

BCA Masters Female Field Athlete of the Year 2015

Bortignon, Christa – W75

Club: Greyhounds Track & Field Club | GREY

Highlights: Christa Bortignon had another great year in track and field. She has the world record in the 100m, 400m, 80m hurdles, 200m hurdles, triple jump and the pentathlon. Her best field event was the triple jump this year with an excellent best performance of 7.47m at the Trevor Craven in July. 

Christa is ranked third in the world in both the triple jump and the long jump and sixth in the world in the high jump. 

Bortignon was Canada’s top medalist at the Lyon World Masters Track & Field Championships with two gold, two silver and two bronze medals 

Greyhounds Athlete-of-the-Year Awards 2015

Harold Morioka at Annual Awards Banquet

Tonight (Oct 18) we celebrated the excellent season that the Greyhounds athletes had in 2015.  After the coaches mentioned all the successes of every Greyhound who competed this season, we announced our Athlete-of-the-Year Awards.  It was extremely difficult for the coaches and executives to decide who should be our 2015 winners.  (To see 2015 winners go to Greyhounds AOY page.

Christa Bortignon Canadian Masters Athlete for October 2015


We, the Greyhounds, have our 3rd Canadian Masters Athlete-of-the-Month as chosen by the CMA.  Christa was chosen as the CMA Masters Athlete-of-the-Month for October.  

She was honoured for winning 15 Gold Medals at the Nevada Seniors Games in Las Vegas (7 gold medals in the 50m, 100m, 200m, long jump, triple jump, standing long jump and javelin) and the Huntsman World Masters Games in St. George, Utah (8 gold medals in the 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, long jump, triple jump, high jump and standing long jump).  

At both meets, Christa set new meet records in the 50m sprint.


Lenore Montgomery Canadian Masters Athlete for July 2015


For the second month in a row, a Greyhound Masters Athlete was chosen by the Canadian Masters Association as Athlete of the month. Lenore Montgomery set a new WORLD RECORD in the W85 800m race with at time of 4:39.10 at the Trevor Craven Meet in Burnaby, BC on Sunday, July 5th, 2015.  

The previous WR of 4:56.10 was held by Vkadtjkeba Kokina, UKR for 2 years.  Lenore was able to hold onto her WR however, for only 1 month as it was broken by Melitta Czerwenka-Nagel in Lyon on Aug 9, 2015 with a time of 4:15.99.

Lenore also set a new Canadian Record in the W85 1500m race in 9.0.92.  CONGRATULATIONS LENORE!

Reidar Zapf-Gilje Canadian Masters Athlete for  June 2015

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Greyhound men were also busy.  Harold Morioka submitted Reidar’s BC Masters performance to the Canadian Masters Association.  The following was taken from the Canadian Masters Website:

"There were many spectacular performances across the country in June, so it was a tough decision. We went with M60 Reidar Zapf-Gilje BC and M80 Emil Muller ON

Reidar competed in 14 events at the BC Masters Championships; 100(14.16), 200(29.33), 800 (2:30.50), 100mH (18.32), 300mH (52.07), Steeple (7:55.08), LJ(4.54), TJ(9.49), HJ(1.35), PV(2.60), DT(38.39), JT(36.31), HT(33.94), and WT(14.23)

Reidar also scored 3575 pts in the Pentathlon at the Norwegian Masters Championships – which is the #1 Ranking in the World.

Coquitlam Masters Athlete of the Year 2015

Elaine Whidden - Track & Field

Elaine Whidden was inducted into the Coquitlam “Wall” of Fame as the Masters Athlete of 2015 in Track & Fied on June 16, 2016.  

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Quoting from their website: "Her 100m time of 14.60 seconds bested a record set by a Canadian Masters Athletics Hall of Fame member, and she repeated the feat in the 200. As the anchor, Elaine would also put the finishing touch on another record, this time the Canadian women's 60-plus 4x400m relay. The quartet of Greyhounds runners knocked 27 seconds off the old standard at a meet in Surrey."

FullSizeRenderThe World Police & Fire Games 2015

Bill McNamara was inducted into the Police & Fire Games Hall of Fame, Track & Field division on June 26th in Fairfax County, VA. 

At the Games this year, Bill took home 7 medals in track events including a gold in the men’s 4x400m relay which broke a Games record set in Belfast in 2013.

Prior to the track & field events Bill took the silver medal in the stair race (29 floors).  This was in the 60+ age group.

2015 Greyhounds add Pole Vaulting to Training 

With the help of Scot Henney (M90) the Greyhounds unloaded and stored our Pole Vaulting mats today at North Surrey Senior Secondary.

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L-R: Richard Wakelam, Urith Hayley, Harold Morioka, Natasha Bacchus, Scot Henney,  and Owen Wong

The Greyhounds will be offering training in Pole vaulting in the upcoming 2016 Track and Field Season.    Stay tuned for Pole Vaulting 101 classes! 

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When the call went out for members to help unload the mats, Scot Henney (M90) was one of the first to rally and said he would be there.  Seen here unloading the mats is Harold, Scot, Owen and Natasha.  The driver who delivered the mats (top left of photo) is Dave Munro from the Nanaimo Track Club.  Missing from this picture is Richard Wakelam and Surinder Shah. 

Reidar Zapf-Gilje, our member since 2013 and who competes in the Pole Vault, will be leading the coaching in Pole Vaulting. 

2nd Outdoor BC Track Record for Elaine in 2 weeks


On July 4th,  2015 at the Trevor Craven Track Meet in Burnaby, Elaine Whidden set a new standard for the W60 100m with a time of 14.60s  breaking Avril Douglas’ record of 15.37s set in 2006.  

This is the 2nd BC record for Elaine, having set a new 200m record at the BC Masters two weeks ago with a time of 30.74s for the W60 200m sprint.  

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Elaine Whidden W60 200m record run at BC Masters Outdoor T&F, June 20, 2015

Elaine was featured in The Tri-Cities Now on July 15th.  See Article

Deborah Lee breaks W65 Sprint Hurdles Record

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Deborah Lee at the BC Athletics T&F on June 20, 2015 in Langley, BC

Deborah Lee bettered a record that she set only 2 weeks ago in the W65 80m Short Hurdles.   In the BC Athletics T&F two weeks ago, Deborah broke Sandy Anderson’s time of 18.81s set in Spokane in 2008. Deborah’s time was 18.07s.  On July 4th,2015, at the Trevor Craven Track Meet in Burnaby, Deborah did the W65 80m Short Hurdles in a new time of 17.90s.

April 12, 2015


The Greyhounds Executive welcome Sharon Evans on board as their new Jumps Coach.  Sharon has been a member of the Greyhounds since 2014 and competes in sprints and jumps.


When first approached and asked if she would consider coaching, Sharon was “intrigued”. She asked herself:


"Why would I want to coach"? I take great pleasure in supporting others’ goals and interests, and in sharing information with them that might be helpful.


Since then Sharon has completed the level two Club coach course in Nanaimo on April 11, 2015 and is “excited to bring back loads of jump coaching techniques with me as we get ready for a superb summer season of jumps.”


“I am INTENSELY excited about our upcoming season – and I can sense anticipation in our club members to continue to learn new skills and set goals for their athletic futures. 



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