Vaisakhi Festival Track & Field Meet

The 2018 Vaisakhi Festival Track & Field Meet will be on Sunday, April 15th, at Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford BC

Sponsor the Vaisakhi Meet

To Sponsor the Vaisakhi Meet please email our Club Treasurer Debbie Foot at [email protected] to arrange for her to receive your Sponsorship by Cheque (made payable to the Valley Royals) or by E-Transfer

Click here for a printable PDF of the Sponsorship Letter and Packages info: 2018 Sponsorship Letter

Sponsors should give Debbie a vector file or good quality jpg file of their Company Name and/or Logo. Logos will be used on acknowledgements that come in the Sponsorship Package that the sponsor qualifies for (see Sponsorship Package Chart below for details)

Note: Sponsors of the Vaisakhi Meet also get their logos displayed at 5 races in the Fall…the Valley Royals Grand Prix Racing Series (4 Races that attract about 1000 students, teachers and parents) and at the BC Cross Country Championships which attracts many hundreds of athletes from across the province.

Click here for a Description of the Vaisakhi MeetAbout the 2018 Valley Royals Vaisakhi Festival Track & Field Meet

JD Track & Field Group Begins Training on Monday April 9th



PARENT INFORMATION MEETING: Near the end of the first practice on Monday, April 9th, 6:45 – 7:15 PM at the Valley Royals Shed (South end of the track at Rotary Stadium)
Track & Field Season: JD Training Begins on Monday April 9th 2018 running until Wednesday, July 25th with the BC JD Championships happening on July 27-29th in Kelowna to conclude the JD Track & Field Season (No practices on statutory holidays)
  • Mondays 5:45 – 7:15 PM at Rotary Stadium
  • Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:15 PM at Rotary Stadium
  • Thursdays 5:45 – 7:15 PM at Rotary Stadium 

Meet at the Valley Royals Shed at the South End of the Track

Events Offered: Middle Distance, Sprints, Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Discus, Race Walk, Hammer(age specific) Pole Vault (age specific), Cross Country

This age group encourages athletes to try all event areas (Racing, Jumps, Throws) in both practices and competitions. The focus for the JD athletes at meets should be on enjoying the experience and learning how to do their best in a variety of events and challenging themselves to improve their own mark.

SPRING BREAK TRAINING: New Training Times/Locations for Ziggy and Harold’s Groups

NEW practice sessions & locations for Ziggy and Harold’s Groups listed below…


Ziggy’s Power/Speed Practices         

Coach Ziggy   and Coach Trevor 

Ziggy would like athletes to train at least 3 times a weekThere will be specific training on certain days. Athletes are welcome to train on any of the days listed but need to know that most of Ziggy’s attention will be put towards the athletic event(s) being focused on for the day.

Ziggy’s practice schedule for the first week of SPRING BREAK is as follows—

Saturday, March 17th   10:00 – 11:45 AM ~ Club Shed at Rotary

Monday, March 19th   10:00 – 11:45 AM ~ Club Shed at Rotary

Wednesday, March 2st    10:00 – 11:45 AM ~ Club Shed at Rotary

Thursday, March 22nd     4:00 – 5:45 PM  ~ Club Shed at Rotary

Saturday, March 24th    10:00 – 11:45 AM ~ Club Shed at Rotary

The following week we do NOT have access to Rotary Stadium as it is closed down. Practices will be held at another venue. We will let you know the location and times next week. 


Coach Harold  

TRAINING SESSIONS WILL RUN 2 -3 HOURS and practices will consist of conditioning & technical work

Practice Schedule Starting March 12th, 2018:

  • Tuesday 4:30 PM @ Clearbrook Park Throws Cage & 6:00 PM @ Valley Royals Shed 
  • Thursday 4:30 PM @ Clearbrook Park Throws Cage & 6:00 PM @ Valley Royals Shed
  • Sunday 11 AM @ Clearbrook Park Throws Cage & 1:00 PM @ Valley Royals Shed

The Clearbrook Park Throws Cage is just north of the baseball diamonds in the main field of Clearbrook Park. The Valley Royals Shed is located at the south end of track at Rotary Stadium

Lovett Raises the Bar

After being selected to represent Canada at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, Django Lovett has done it again!

Lovett set a new PB at the University of Washington Invitational Meet in Seattle jumping 2.29m to win the meet!  

Chris Winter’s interview with Lovett is available here:

Athletic Banquet Wed Feb 28th Reserve Your Seats Today!

The Valley Royals Athletic Awards Banquet is coming up soon on Wednesday February 28th!

The cost has been kept low at $20 per person to allow maximum participation from athletes and their families.  Payment may be made at the door by cash or cheque.

RESERVE YOUR SEATS AT THE BANQUET by emailing Dawn at [email protected] to let her know the number of seats you will need reserved for your family.

Doors open at 5:30 PM at the Legacy Building Banquet Room (upstairs overlooking Rotary Stadium in the building on the East side of Gerry and Jane Swan Track). Dinner begins at 6:00 PM followed by Awards & Photos concluding with the Silent Auction Winners at 9:00 PM. 

BOOK YOUR SPOT IN THE SILENT AUCTION by emailing Monica at [email protected] If you include a photo, description and SB (minimum starting bid) she will post it on the Club’s Facebook Account to generate interest in your item! Athletes get Fundraising Credits for 50% of the value their item(s) generated in their top bid (Credits can be used to pay entry fees this year)

Valley Royals High Jumper Django Lovett Headed Down Under for Commonwealth Games

Standout High Jumper Django Lovett, who trains with the Valley Royals Track & Field Club, will represent Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia this April. The University of  New Mexico alum qualified for the prestigious event with a leap of 2.27 m at the Mt. Sac Relays in California. Lovett, who trains with storied coach Ziggy Szelagowicz in Abbotsford, remains humble in success and is quick to share the praise. He stated that “As hard as I’ve been working, Ziggy and the Valley Royals Track and Field Club have been a tremendous boost in contributing to my success, since my high school days.” The games begin with the opening ceremonies on April 4th and conclude on the 15th.

Written by James Porpaczy

The cost of training, traveling and competing at this level is very high. About $10,000 per year. To contribute to Django’s GoFundMe page click:

To follow Django, @d_lovett, on Twitter click:!/D_Lovett

To View Athletics Canada’s Announcement and List of Athletes Selected to Team Canada for the 2018 Commonwealth Games click:

Renew Your Membership for 2018

Due to insurance rules, all athletes must have a paid membership to train with the Valley Royals

It’s fast and easy to renew your Valley Royals Club Membership with our “Renew” option – just use the same email address that you used to register in 2017, check/edit your information, choose your membership package & payment option and you’re done!


Online credit card payment and our monthly payment program are available. You can also pay by cheque.

The Valley Royals Club Thanks Coach Sue for 15 Years of Service

January 1st, 2018 marks the end of an era as it is the last day of Susan Northey’s 15 years of service to the Valley Royals as Middle Distance Coach. Of her time with the Royals Sue says, I appreciate the many positive experiences and opportunities the Valley Royals has provided me over my many years of involvement with the club. I wish to thank the club and wish the organization every success in the future.”

The Club is presently in discussions with several excellent candidates to become the new Coach of our Middle Distance Program and an announcement will be made soon.