JD Track and Field Season is Here!

Calling all aspiring track and field athletes between the ages of 8 and 12 (birth years 2015 – 2012). Junior Development (JD) season is here! Contact Club Administrator, Christa ([email protected]), to register your child. Fees for JD Track and Field season are $330. BC Athletics Insurance is required for all athletes, and this must be purchased directly from BC Athletics.

  • April 6 to July 29
  • Mondays and Wednesdays 5:45pm to 7:00pm
  • Saturdays 10:30am to 11:45am
  • Rotary Stadium

Valley Royals Junior Development Season is April 6 to July 29

Success in Seattle

Our Valley Royals Distance Crew had a great weekend at the University of Washington High School Invitational in Seattle Washington. In the premier High School Indoor meet in the Pacific Northwest, our runners recorded many personal best performances, got a great experience in a first rate track and field event, and in some cases recorded downright stunning performances.

In the Women’s 3000m event, Adrianna Buitelaar ran an amazing race to finish 2nd overall in open high school competition with a fantastic 15 second PR of 9:50.67. Quite an accomplishment for this grade 10 runner. In the same race Zoe Unger and Syra Dhaliwal ran strongly to finish 32nd and 54th respectively.

On the men’s side Riley Simmonds lit up the track with a blazing 25 second Personal Best Performance of 8:41.03 just 1.5 seconds from the BC HIgh School Juior Boys Record. This placed him in the 15th position overall in open high school competition. In the same race Miles Graham, Arata Nakanishi, Arie Wassenaar, Sam Rasquinha, Will Steiger, and Ollie Teer, ran strong races to finish well in a field approaching 200 runners.

In the women’s mile event Adrianna Buitelaar once again turned in a great race to finish 3rd overall with a very fast 5:03.25 personal best.  Maggie Epp ran a very strong 9th position finish with a very fast 5:13.40 season opener and Zoe Unger and Syra Dhaliwal also ran well.

Overall it was a great experience for our athletes and a big congratulations to all of our families who participated.

Well done Royals!! – Coach Scott

Gary Reed Indoor Meet Success

As is often the case this time of year, training has been choppy, sometimes outside, but sometimes being forced to make do with lots of technical and strength work done indoors.   Wanting to see where our fitness was at, the Royals power/speed group took the opportunity to compete at the Gary Reed Indoor Meet at the beautiful Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops, this past weekend.   Our group took advantage of the state-of-the-art facility competing in sprints, jumps and hurdles putting up some solid numbers and even a few personal bests.   Here’s the rundown:

Gurpartap Sandhu – strong showings in the triple jump, long jump and high jump with a PB in the 60meter hurdles

Sanaa Musonge – PB in the 60 meter hurdles, strong runs in the 60 sprint and 4 x 100 relay.

Luke Wight – PB in the 60 meter sprint, good run in the 4 x 100 relay and solid effort in the long and triple Jump.

Caleb Okoti – Excellent first indoor 200.   Strong run in the 4 x 100 relay.

Lillian Mandigo 60, 200, 300 –  Excellent first performances in the 60, 200 and 300 meter sprints.

Will Van Schagen – Great effort in his first indoor 400 and 800.  Solid run in the 4 x 100 relay.  

Gurmin Sandhu – Great job in the 60 hurdles and shot put.   

Well done, team.   -Coach Trevor

Canadian Cross Country Championships Success

A big congratulations goes out to our nine athletes from the Valley Royals Distance Group who represented us at the Canadian Cross Country Championships this past weekend in Ottawa Ontario.
Maggie Epp, Zoe Unger, Adrianna Buitelaar, Riley Simmonds, Sam May, Santos Svelander, Mark Molina, Miles Graham, and Arata Nakanishi took on the best in our Country on a frosty day at Terry Fox athletic facility in Mooney’s Bay. Sam May and Adrianna Buitelaar led the way with top 20 finishes in the U18 men’s and women’s races that had over three hundred and two hundred and seventy five runners respectively. Miles Graham moved to a new level with an outstanding 46th position finish in the U 18 race and all of our runners represented us proudly in what was for most their first Cross Country experience at the National Level.
Well done Royals. – Coach Scott