It’s back to work for Sue Northey’s secondary school aged middle distance group as fall practices commence on Tuesday, September 8 at Ron Wiebe Park (Clearbrook Park) from 4:00-5:45. New athletes are welcome to be on hand for the fall practices that will concentrate on cross country running and background conditioning for the middle distance track competitions.
New comers (both male and female) are welcome to come and give the cross country discipline a try. Athletes that are a minimum of 13 years of age and older are invited to be on hand for the first practice. Practice days will be Tuesday and Thursday at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
Athletes, both returnees and prospective newcomers, are urged to do some background running commencing this coming week. The emphasis should be placed on runs beginning with 30 minutes and working up to 45 minutes completed at a steady pace and done four or five times per week.
Although he was a late addition to the BC team that traveled to Northern Alberta for the Western Canada Games, Josh Adhemar came through with an excellent performance. Competing in the 400m hurdle event, Adhemar placed fourth with a personal best performance of 55.55 seconds.
Valley Royal athletes won two gold medals, silver and a bronze at the Canadian Legion Midget/Youth Championships held in St. Therese, Quebec.
Leading the way for the Royals was Vikramjit Gondara with a gold medal in the Youth division hammer by tossing the implement 58.68 meters. The victory meant Gondara had an unblemished season as he went undefeated in that event. Gondara also competed in the discus placing fifth with a throw of 43.99m.
Rowan Hamilton won two medals at the meet by placing first in the under 16 hammer (55.65m) and third in the shot put (14.45m). For good measure Hamilton also took part in the discus placing fourth with a toss of 42.13m.
Jayden Driver rounded out the medal performances by Royal athletes by placing second to Gondara in the Youth Hammer. Driver won the silver medal with a toss of 55.65m and in addition placed 7th in the discus with a 42.13m performance.