Abresia Foote gets first Sponsorship of the Fall 2017 Season!


Congratulations to Valley Royals thrower and race-walker, Abresia Foote, on being the first athlete to get a Sponsor for the club’s Fall 2017 Cross Country Season! Abresia’s sponsor is “Call Brown Real Estate Team” which has purchased a $100 “Friend of the Club” Sponsorship. This will give their company name and logo exposure on our website and on the “Wall of Fame” which will be on display at all 4 Valley Royals Grand Prix Races in Sept/Oct & at the BC Cross Country Championships which our club will be hosting in Clearbrook Park on October 28th. 

Check out our new CLUB SPONSORS section on the Valley Royals Website which contains Thank You Walls for all of our 2017 Sponsors, Sponsorship Packages, a downloadable PDF Sponsorship Letter 2017 Fall Sponsorship Letter & Sponsorship Packages for Valley Royals Track & Field Club with Chart to give to potential sponsors and a new handy Chart of the benefits of each package at a glance! 

Royals Own the Podium at the B.C. Junior Development Championships

This past weekend in White Rock, the Valley Royals JD squad finished off a banner season at the Provincial Junior Development Championships for nine to thirteen year-olds.    In all, the team stepped up to produce sixteen podium finishes, further adding another sixteen top eight performances.   

The Royals were led by the trio of rookies Mark Molina and Benjamin Wright (both age 11) and Luke Wight (age 10).   Mark Molina took the silver in both the 60meter and 200 meter sprints, further adding a 4th in the 100.   Benjamin Wright was the definition of consistency, producing bronze medal performances in the 60meter, 100 meter and 200 meter sprints, with a further bronze in the long jump.   Iron man Luke Wight, competing in six individual events, took the bronze in the high jump and 1000 meter run, silver in the long jump, further adding fourth place finishes in the 100 meters and 600 meters and a sixth in javelin.  

The trio of Molina, Wright and Wight dominated the eleven-year old relays.   Joined by veteran Arie Wassenaar in the 4 x 100 relay, the squad easily took the gold.  The same trio were joined by rookie Aryan Sidhu to take another gold in the distance medley relay.  

Our top female performers were the Royal’s young nine year olds.   Emily Tinsley captured silver in high jump, Gurpartap Sandhu took bronze in the long jump, and Bhavneet Grewal placed fourth in long jump and fifth in high jump.   Sandhu and Grewal joined eleven-year olds Sierra Greene and Sarah Thiel to take silver in the 4 x 100 relay. 

There were numerous other gutsy, clutch performances by the rest of the squad, too many to mention.    

Coaches Trevor Wight and Alexis Krieg were thrilled with the team’s performance.   “All year we’ve stressed having fun, teamwork, and participating in variety of events.   We believe that the team’s success at the JD championships is a direct result of this approach.” 

If you have photos from the BC JD Championships to share, email them to Monica at [email protected]

Results of the 2017 BC JD Championships (July 21-13) are available at this link: http://static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static/f/48937/27633889/1500857012810/bcjdchampionshipsresults2017.pdf?token=4ciI53%2F5CYo3Q9%2B3HHaIOefUoIA%3D

Congratulations to Athletes Selected to the BC/Yukon Midget & Youth Teams!

Congratulations to all of the athletes and their coaches on qualifying for the BC/Yukon Midget and Youth Teams to go to the Legion National Championships!  Your hard work and determination has paid off and we know you will represent the Valley Royals Track & Field club with pride in Brandon, Manitoba. The Royal Canadian Legion National Youth Track & Field Championships will take place from August 11th to 13th.
Athlete Lists for Midget and Youth Teams can be found at this link: 

Valley Royals Throwers Gondara and Hamilton in the News

On Wednesday July 19th the Abbotsford News published an article about the amazing season that Valley Royals throwers Vikramjit Gondara and Rowan Hamilton are having. Both athletes are trained by Coach Harold Willers.  

You can read the article on page A18 of Wednesday’s paper or the Online version is available here: http://www.abbynews.com/sports/valley-royals-athletes-from-abbotsford-head-to-peru-for-team-canada/

Smith, Butterworth and Crofts give their Best Performances in Belgium

Congratulations to Valley Royals athlete Jessica Smith and former Valley Royals athletes Lindsay Butterworth and Helen Crofts on their excellent performances in the 800m race at the International Athletics Meet in Belgium this week!

Lindsey Butterworth 202.13 Personal Best
Helen Crofts 2:03.67 Season’s Best
Jessica Smith 2:04.65 Season’s Best

(Photos from Canadian Track & Field Championships in Ottawa July 2017)

Congratulations to our Athletes who competed at the BC Athletics Championship Jamboree!

The results of the 2017 Jamboree are available at this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B338BHhSuiLpcUxuOEI5cUhiaHBHYTFVMmwybG1PVnBGU2Mw/view

The Gerry Swan Report on the Valley Royals Middle Distance athletes at the Jamboree is available here: Lucas Smith Completes His Season with Two Personal Bests

Medal winners, be sure to send us your photos, videos and PBs from the meet to add to this post & our Facebook Post. Send these to Monica at [email protected]

Gold Medalists: Rowan Hamilton Men 16-17 Hammer Throw (66.04m), Vikramjit Gondara Men 18-19 Hammer Throw (63.41m), Gregory Poirier Men 18-19 Shot Put (14.44m), Elliott Payne Men 14-15 Javelin Throw (55.64m) PB, Django Lovett Men 20&Up High Jump (2.24m–see video of this jump on our Valley Royals Facebook Page), Michael Lambert Men 18-19 High Jump (1.95m), Liam Espedido Men 14-15 High Jump (1.83m) PB, Alexa Porpaczy Women 16-17 High Jump (1.75m), Hannah Rolfe Women 18-19 High Jump (1.60m), David Boyd Men 20&Up Pole Vault (4.60m), Joshua Carsience Men 14-15 Pole Vault (3.05m)

Silver Medalists: Jayden Driver Men 18-19 Discus (40.48m) & Hammer Throw (54.30m), Harrison Trustham Men 14-15 100 Meter Hurdles (14.74 sec) & 300 Meter Hurdles (41.40 sec) PB

No Bronze Medalists but in 4th place: Hannah Lambert Women 16-17 Discus (29.33m), Dan Ko Men 16-17 Triple Jump (11.98m)

BC Athletics JD Championships Relocated to South Surrey Athletic Park in White Rock July 21-23

Event and Race entries are due to Christa by email at [email protected] by Sunday July 16th at midnight.  

Due to the situation with fires, and concerns over air quality, a decision has been made to relocate the BC Athletics Junior Development Championships from Kelowna to South Surrey Athletic Park in White Rock. The Championships will be hosted by Ocean Athletics and the date will remain the same, July 21-23. Further details will be available at: http://www.oceanathletics.org/ 

Gondara and Hamilton are Top Canadians in Hammer Throw U20

Vikramjit Gondara won gold and Rowan Hamilton won silver in U20 Hammer Throw at the Canadian Track & Field Championships in Ottawa (July 3-9). Both Gondara and Hamilton achieved identical top throws of 62.37m with their second best throws determining who won. This achievement is particularly amazing for Hamilton, a U18 athlete who stepped up to U20 for this event, and is the Canadian record holder for U18 Hammer.

Both throwers are trained by Coach Harold Willers and have had an impressive season this year placing together in the top positions for Hammer Throw and Discus in meet after meet.

 At the Langley Mustang’s High Performance Throws Meet on April 30th, Gondara won gold in Junior Men’s Hammer with a throw of 61.49m and Hamilton won silver throwing 55.94m

 At the BC High School Track & Field Championships (June 1-3) in Langley, Gondara won gold in Senior Boys Hammer Throw and set the B.C. High School Record for Hammer with a throw of 62.43m (beating his 2016 record of 60.90m). Hamilton took silver in Senior Boys Hammer with a throw of 59.85m. Gondara also won gold in Senior Boys Discus with a throw of 47.64m with Hamilton winning Silver at 46.49m

 At the Langley Pacific Invitational Meet (June 16-18), Gondara won gold in Men’s U20 Hammer with a throw of 63.00m and Hamilton took silver with a throw of 56.68m but Hamilton won gold in Men’s U20 Discus with a throw of 43.88m while Gondara took silver at 43.71m

 At the Universal Athletics Meet in Surrey (July 1-2), Hamilton set the new Canadian Youth Record for U18 Hammer Throw on Canada’s 150th Birthday with a throw of 67.72m and Gondara won Gold in U20 Hammer with a throw of 62.65m

 Both Gondara and Hamilton have been selected to represent Canada in Hammer Throw at the 2017 Pan-American U20 Championships in Trujillo, Peru this month (July 21-23)

Valley Royals Athletes Dominate Hammer Throw at Nationals

Congratulations to Vik, Rowan and Jayden on their performance at Nationals this past weekend!

Vikramjit Gondara won gold and Rowan Hamilton (U18 athlete stepping up to U20 for this event and current U18 Canadian record holder) won silver in U20 Hammer Throw at the Canadian Track & Field Championships in Ottawa. Both Vik and Rowan achieved identical top throws of 62.37m with their second best throws determining who won. Jayden Driver achieved 8th place in U20 Hammer Throw with a throw of 47.04m

Photo: Rowan Hamilton, Vikramjit Gondara and Jayden Driver. All three athletes are trained by Valley Royals Coach Harold Willers.