The Valley Royals is pleased to announce that former JD Cross Country Coach-Alex Seimens-has accepted a position as an assistant coach for the upcoming JD Track & Field season. We are thrilled to have Alex back with the Royals.
The Valley Royals Board of Directors is pleased to announce that in 2019 Coach Scott Svelander will become the new Track & Field Coordinator for the Junior Development Program which was built by Coach Trevor Wight over the past four years. Coach Scott will continue coaching the Endurance Running Group next year too. Scheduling information will be published in the new year.
Many thanks to Coach Trevor for all of his excellent work in training and developing young athletes and well as providing mentoring to the JD Assistant Coaches. Coach Trevor has written an open letter to the club:
Dear Royals Family,
This coming season, I am taking a step back from my role as coordinator of the JD program. I am doing this so that I can spend more time supporting my own children (there’s four of them) with their various activities. My older two boys who’ve been a part of the JD program for the past couple of seasons are also taking a break this year to pursue other sports and interests.
I would like to extend a hearty congratulations Mr. Scott Svelander for stepping up to take over my former role. Scott has a wealth of experience in track and field. I have no doubt that our JD program will see continued success under his leadership.
I would also like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all the members of the club – board members, parents, assistant coaches and athletes for your support in growing the JD program over the past four years. It’s been challenging, rewarding and above all, a lot of fun. I wish all members of the club nothing but the best moving forward. I hope to work with all of you again at some point in near the future.
Online FUNDRAISER in time for Christmas and shopping! Sweet legs is hosting a 2 week online sale SALE. 10% of every pretax sale will
Go towards the club. See the event to participate! Thank you
Sizes available for children and ladies including petite and plus sizes
Many thanks to Debbie Foote for coordinating this online event to benefit the Valley Royals!
Give your family and friends an opportunity to support the Valley Royals while decorating for the holidays with fresh poinsettias and greenery! Online ordering and payment by e-transfer available. Or pay at time of pick up with cash or cheque (made payable to the Valley Royals). Athletes get credit for each order placed that has their name in the “Referred By” box in the online order form.
Use this link to invite people to place an order: https://valleyroyals.growingsmilesfundraising.com/home
Many thanks to Naomi Booth for coordinating this fundraiser. Unfortunately we didn’t get enough orders by the deadline so the fundraiser has been cancelled. Naomi may try this fundraiser again next year with a bit more lead time so keep it in mind for next Christmas.
Note: Any parent who runs a fundraiser for the club gets all of their family’s volunteer hours for the year completed. This is true even if the fundraiser does not succeed. The effort that was made to give our athletes a chance to fund raise and the lessons learned in the process of setting up the fundraiser is valuable and much appreciated by the club.
The Throws Group will take a break for Christmas. Last Practice of the Fall Season is Sunday December 9th. Winter Throws Practices resume on Sunday January 6th
Throws Practice Schedule:
- Mondays – 4:15 PM Rotary Stadium
- Wednesdays – 4:15 PM Rotary Stadium
- Sundays – 2:00 PM Clearbrook Park
Coach Scott’s Endurance Running Group will be Winter-Training in 3 different locations:
Tuesdays 4:15 – 5:45 PM at Jane & Gerry Swan Track at Rotary Stadium: Meet at the Club Shed
Thursdays 4:15 – 5:45 PM Delair Park Rugby Pitch & Gravel Trail: Meet at Picnic Shelter near the playground in Delair Park (East Parking Lot off Old Yale Rd. Picnic shelter is indicated with a star on the map below)
Saturdays 10:00 – 11:30 AM at Clearbrook Park: Meet at main parking lot beside sign for Ron Wiebe Playing Fields
Bring bottle of water, hat, wear layers
Power & Speed Group’s Practices move indoors at the ARC – Abbotsford Recreation Centre 2499 McMillan Rd. – starting Wednesday, November 14th:
Now that our clocks are back on standard time, Coach Sean is moving the Monday and Wednesday 4:15 PM Throws Practices to Rotary Stadium. The stadium lights will provide safer throws as the sun sets and the Valley Royals Shed can provide some opportunities for strength & conditioning training. Sunday 2:00 PM Throws Practice will remain at Clearbrook Park.
Congratulations to JD athletes Mark Molina and Ben Wright who received awards from BC Athletics at the JD Awards Banquet on Sunday. Mark exceeded the provincial standard for Long Jump and 200m Hurdles. Ben exceeded the provincial standard for Long Jump and 100m Sprints. Well done boys! Look for these two on the track when their season starts in April.
Many thanks to the staff of BC Athletics, Officials and Valley Royals Volunteers for hosting a wonderful BC Cross Country Championships in Clearbrook Park this weekend! A special thank you to Save-On-Foods for donating supplies and tents for the Concession and the Finish Line Snacks.