Helpers Needed for Banquet Set-Up

 

Everyone needs to get their volunteer hours for 2018 and here is your first opportunity to help! Set-Up Crew for the Athletic Banquet meets this coming Wednesday Feb. 28th from 3:00 – 4:00 PM in the Legacy Centre Banquet Hall (building on the East side of the Track at Rotary Stadium). Family members can help their athlete earn volunteer hours. If you can volunteer until 5:00 PM for 2 volunteer hours that would be great! Parents and athletes can volunteer to help by emailing Christa at [email protected]

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

JD (JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT)  Ages 8-13 

PRACTICE SCHEDULE & LOCATION FOR JD TRAINING GROUP:

During the Track & Field Season starting on Monday April 9th running until the end of July:

  • 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.

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: http://www.bcathletics.org/News/django-lovett-raises-the-bar-ahead-of-the-2018-commonwealth-games/2734/

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: https://www.gofundme.com/pgk5f94c

To follow Django, @d_lovett, on Twitter click: http://twitter.com/#!/D_Lovett

To View Athletics Canada’s Announcement and List of Athletes Selected to Team Canada for the 2018 Commonwealth Games click:  http://athletics.ca/athletics-canada-nominates-46-athletes-canadas-2018-commonwealth-games-team/

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!

Click here: ONLINE REGISTRATION 

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.

What Do These 8 Valley Royals Athletes Have In Common?

Scroll down for the answer…

RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP for 2018, before Midnight December 31st 2017, and get your remaining Fundraising Credits back as a Discount/Refund. To Renew Click: ONLINE REGISTRATION (Due to insurance rules, all athletes must have a paid membership to train with the Valley Royals)

Answer: Each of these Valley Royals athletes have achieved performances in 2017 which surpass a standard based on the best performances of all time in their age category as recorded by BC Athletics. These Athletes have been nominated/awarded for the BC Athletics “JD Award” or “Athlete of the Year Award” for 2017.

  • Vikramjit Gondara (Senior) Athlete of the Year Award nominee for Hammer (63.00m) and Discus (47.64m)
  • Rowan Hamilton (Youth) Athlete of the Year Award nominee for Hammer (69.54m) and Discus (47.54m)
  • Alexa Porpaczy (Youth) Athlete of the Year Award nominee for High Jump (1.80m)
  • Liam Espedido (Midget 15) Athlete of the Year Award winner for High Jump (1.83m)
  • Elliott Payne (Midget 15) Athlete of the Year Award winner for Javelin (55.79m)
  • Harrison Trustham (Midget 15) Athlete of the Year Award winner for 100m Hurdles (14.10 seconds) and 300m Hurdles (41.40 seconds)
  • Mark Molina (2006 JD Boys) Junior Development Award winner for 60m Sprints (8.65 seconds) and 100m Sprints (13.62 seconds)
  • Emily Tinsley (2008 JD Girls) Junior Development Award winner for High Jump (1.15m)

Mark and Emily received their awards at the BC Athletics Junior Development Banquet on October 29th, 2017. Our Midget, Junior and Senior Athletes will be honoured at the BC Athletics Banquet coming up on the evening of February 3rd, 2018 at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel in Richmond. For Banquet Tickets and the most up-to-date info on Athlete of the Year Award Winners in BC, click this link: http://www.bcathletics.org/News/bc-athletics-annual-awards-banquet/2711/

Membership in the Valley Royals Increased by 76% in 2017

Need to RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP for 2018? See the NEXT POST below this one…

Membership in the Valley Royals has increased from 109 Members in 2016 to 192 Members in 2017. This is a remarkable 76% increase in one year!  Several new initiatives may have contributed to this stunning level of growth:

  • The Board of Directors chose not to increase prices. Instead, they created a new Fundraising Initiative that would give athletes 50% credit for any Fundraising or Sponsorship that they earned for the club. These Fundraising Credits could be used to help pay the athlete’s race/event fees and even be refunded as a discount on their 2018 Membership if renewed before midnight December 31st 2017. To Renew Click:  ONLINE REGISTRATION 
  • The Board also approved the creation of smaller membership packages for just the Track & Field Season or just the Cross-Country Season so that athletes had choices beyond the Whole-Year package (which remains our best deal)
  • Club President, Ivon Gill, created the new Vaisakhi Track & Field Meet and Cultural Celebration which raised our profile in Abbotsford and the athletic community. He also worked hard to invite many new sponsors to contribute to the club allowing us to advertise and raise greater awareness of the event.  Club Treasurer, Debbie Foote was Meet Director and Club Secretary, Dawn Driver, was Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Our new Online Registration System & Online Credit Card Payment System was designed by Sheldon Kotyk, Web-Developer & Owner of Abigah.com . Sheldon is a parent of two Valley Royals athletes and his web design work for the club has made registering/renewing and paying much easier for new and current members. Sheldon also designed the Monthly Online Credit Card Payment Option breaking down the cost of an annual membership into smaller monthly payments.
  • Board Member Monica Carsience and Vice-President James Porpaczy, wrote many press releases resulting in more media attention from newspapers around the Lower Mainland which reported the high achievements of several Valley Royals athletes and coaches.
  • Club Administrator, Christa McAuley, arranged for city-wide advertising in the PRC (Parks, Recreation and Culture) Guide and made Large Banner-Style Posters placing them at key locations around the City.
  • Board Member, Monica Carsience, created a new type of trial membership: the “$20 One-Week Trial”. She promoted this by creating a water bottle label to encourage new athletes to try a training group for one week. These water bottles were given away or sold for a dollar at key athletic events throughout the year. 
  • Club Treasurer, Debbie Foote, ran the Valley Royals Grand Prix Series in the fall reaching many schools, students, and their families in Abbotsford and Mission. Debbie arranged for all of the volunteers to receive a thank-you gift key chain with our club logo on it. The club promo tags on the key chains were designed and made by Chris Wright, parent of a Valley Royals athlete and owner of Wright’s Laser Design in Abbotsford.
  • Royals Vice-President, James Porpaczy, ran the BC Cross Country Championships which our club hosted in Clearbrook Park on October 28th. This event received national coverage in an Online news article in Canadian Running Magazine which featured video interviews of top athletes racing that day. 

The wonderful growth seen in the club this year can also be attributed to our club athletes who have enjoyed their training groups and have invited their friends to join them! 

Club President, Ivon Gill, wishes to officially thank all of the members of the Valley Royals Track & Field Club and says, “Many thanks to all of our athletes, families, coaches, officials, sponsors, fundraisers and volunteers who have contributed to the success of the Valley Royals in 2017! It is truly wonderful to see what we can accomplish together working as a team. Enjoy your holidays and we look forward to continued growth together as a Club in 2018!”

Renew Your Membership for 2018 Before Fundraising Credits Expire

Just a reminder to renew your Valley Royals Club Membership before December 31st. It’s fast and easy 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!

Click here: ONLINE REGISTRATION 

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

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

Fundraising credits expire at midnight New Year’s Eve so be sure to register before then and Christa will give you a refund for the dollar value of your credits. Happy New Year!