RSS’ Alana Brittin races in Revelstoke earlier this fall. Brittin will be joined by Kate Granstrom, Jaclyn Elliott and Elizabeth Elliott at the BC High School Provincial Championships in Vancouver this weekend. It may be the last time girls run a shorter distance than the boys. (Marissa Tiel/ Revelstoke Review)

BC Cross Country board to vote on gender equality

The motion, if passed, would see girls run same the distance as boys

At the BC High School Cross-Country Running Championships in Vancouver this weekend, junior and senior girls will run 4.6 kilometres, while junior boys run five kilometres and senior boys complete 6.9 kilometres. It may be the last time the distances are lopsided between genders.

Revelstoke Secondary School and cross-country coach Jeff Wilson are leading the charge for gender equality in high school cross-country running.

In a new motion that will be voted on at the 2017 annual general meeting for B.C. Cross Country this Friday, RSS coach Jeff Wilson is asking that the girls run the same distance as the boys.

RELATED: Senior girls heading to xc provincials

The motion reads: “WHEREAS, both girls and boys run the same distances on the track; whereas, nearly all US state championships run equal distances; whereas, to ensure we send a positive message about equality to all of our runners BE IT RESOLVED that girls and boys of the same age run the same distance at the BC High School Championships with appropriate distances being 5km for Junior Boys and Girls and 6.5km for Senior Boys and Girls.”

It was seconded by Vernon Secondary coach Mark Bendall.

During the first north zone race of the season in Revelstoke this year, RSS set a tone for the rest of the zone. The race, held on Oct. 4 at the green belt near the Illecillewaet River saw senior boys and girls contest the same 5.7-km course, while junior boys and girls raced the same four-kilometre course.

RELATED: Gender parity reached at Revelstoke high school cross-country race

“The north zones are trying to work on gender equity at our races,” Wilson told the Review after the race. “Course have always been shorter for the girls and I think that sends the wrong message to our high school students.”

Grade 12 student Alana Brittin, one of the RSS runners competing at provincials this weekend, said she liked that the senior girls were running longer than the year before.

“I think the senior girls should run longer,” she told the Review. “Now they made the senior boys and girls equal.”

Last fall at the 2016 national cross country championships in Kingston, Ont., senior girls ran the same 10 kilometre course as the boys for the first time.

Wilson said he thinks the motion will pass Friday night and that other regions will soon follow suit.

“The ‘gender-equal’ distances and race formats that we provided to athletes in the North Zone this year were a success from a coach’s perspective and the athletes were pleased with the changes,” he said. “I also believe that there is a swelling of support for this change in the province and I hope that our motion is passed.”

If passed, juniors would all run the same about five kilometre-distance and seniors would compete over 6.5 kilometres at the 2018 B.C. High School Championships.


 

@marissatiel
marissa.tiel@revelstokereview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Environment Canada issues snowfall warning for Trans Canada Highway

Expect 20-30 cm from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass

Interior Health issues warning about opioid-laced stimulants causing recent overdoses

Interior Health is urging residents using or considering using drugs to reconsider… Continue reading

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Nov. 14

120 years ago: Revelstoke Herald, Nov. 11, 1899 The Knights of Pythias… Continue reading

Revy Let’s Talk: Falling down – mental health in the fall

Using our online system, Shelley Bird shared her experience and the experience… Continue reading

City of Revelstoke hires new director of engineering

Steve Black will be starting Nov. 18

VIDEO: B.C. couple creates three-storey ‘doggie mansion’ for their five pups

Group of seven, who Kylee Ryan has dubbed as the ‘wandering paws,’ have a neat setup in Jade City

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

Family of B.C. man killed in hit-and-run plead for tips, one year later

Cameron Kerr’s family says the driver and passengers tried to cover their tracks

Chilliwack family’s dog missing after using online pet-sitting service

Frankie the pit bull bolted and hit by a car shortly after drop off through Rover.com

B.C. wildlife experts urge hunters to switch ammo to stop lead poisoning in birds

OWL, in Delta, is currently treating two eagles for lead poisoning

B.C. First Nations drop out of court challenge, sign deals with Trans Mountain

Upper Nicola Band says deal represents a ‘significant step forward’

Pedestrian struck and killed in Kamloops accident

Kamloops RCMP responded to the incident at 5:30 p.m. Friday night

Most Read