Record Medal Haul for Valley Royals JD Athletes at Provincial Championships

This past weekend in Kelowna, under scorching conditions, eighteen Valley Royals athletes gave brilliant performances at the Provincial Junior Development Track and Field Championships for 8-13 year-olds. The Royals squad brought home 11 golds, 9 silvers and 4 bronze medals along with numerous other top-8 performances.   

Mark Molina dominated the 12-year old category in the sprints, capturing gold in the 100 meter, 200 meter and 300 meter events.   Just for good measure, he claimed the silver in long jump, discus and medley relay.   


Rookie Alexia Smith proved she can run any distance winning gold in the 100 meter, 600 meter and 1000 meter races in the nine-year old girls category.   This was a follow-up to another gold in the medley relay and her silvers in the 60 meter dash, and girls 4 by 100 meter relay.   


The top individual performance of the meet goes to Benjamin Wright in the 12 year-old boys long jump.  A head shorter that most of his competitors, and struggling to control his speed under some blustery conditions, Ben faulted on his first two attempts stepping just over the board.   For his third and final attempt, we adjusted the starting point of his run-up and I told him to go-for-broke, because I knew he was already jumping well.  He then cranked off an astonishing leap of 5.33 meters, a distance not normally achieved by boys until they’re 14 or 15. His jump was a personal best of nearly half a meter and easily won him the gold.  In over thirty years in the sport, I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a more clutch performance under pressure. Unfortunately, a nagging injury flared up after the competition that prevented Ben from competing further in the sprints where he was a medal contender.   

Most importantly, all of our Royal athletes were achieving their lifetime and season’s best performances at the meet and were having fun in the process.    The meet wraps up the Royals track season until cross-country in the fall.

Cross Country practices will be on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 4:15 PM and Saturdays at 10:00 AM in Clearbrook Park. To register for the Fall Cross Country Season click on the “Join or Renew” button in the sidebar to access our online registration and payment system. For more info about our cross country running groups see our Practice Schedule Page:

Here’s a full list of all Royals medal winners at the BC JD Championships:

Jesse Booth – silver boys 4 x 100 relay, bronze – 9 year-old 60 meter hurdles, 

Charlie Franson – silver boys 4 x 100 relay, bronze – 9 year-old discus, 

Sierra Greene – silver – girls medley relay, silver – girls 4 x 100 relay

Teeaurah Greene – silver – girls medley relay, silver -girls 4 x 100 relay

Bhavneet Grewal – gold – girls medley relay, bronze 9 year-old girls high jump, 

Dulce Mia Gunning – silver girls 4 x 100 relay

Dhea Kondolay – golds – 9 year-old girls high jump & shot put, silver- 9 year-old girls 60 meter hurdles, silver – girls medley relay

Erik Levings – silver – boys medley relay

Mark Molina – golds -12 year old boys 100 meters, 200 meters & 300 meters, silvers – discus & long jump, silver – boys medley relay

Noah Molina – silver – boys medley relay, bronze – 13 year-old boys pole vault

Gurpartap Sandhu – gold – 10 year-old girls javelin, bronze 10 year-old girls long jump, gold – girls medley relay, silver – girls 4 x 100 relay

Alexia Smith – golds – 9 year-old girls 100 meters, 600 meters and 1000 meters, girls medley relay, silvers – girls 60 meters,  girls 4 x 100 relay

Sarah Thiel – silver – girls medley relay, silver- girls 4 x 100 relay

Emily Tinsley – gold – girls medley relay, silver – girls 4 x 100 relay

Luke Wight – silver – boys medley relay, silver – boys 4 x 100 relay

Benjamin Wight – silver – boys 4 x 100 relay

Benjamin Wright – gold – 12 year old boys long jump

 Written by Coach Trevor Wight

The JD’s were featured in the Abbotsford News, Wednesday August 1st, on page A15. For an online version of this article click:

Congratulations to BC Summer Games Athletes and Officials

The Abbotsford News published an article  on Wednesday July 25th detailing the results of all BC Summer Games athletes from Abbotsford who achieved medal standing. Royals athlete, Alyssa Hutchison, is mentioned in the article taking home a Gold Medal from the games finishing first place with her Fraser Valley teammates in the girls 4 x 100 m race! Alyssa also placed 8th in the girls 800 m race and 11th in girls 1500m Steeple Chase. Vanessa Pirani placed 5th in girls 300 m hurdles and 10th in girls 80 m hurdles. Kailea Fuller placed 7th in Hammer Throw and 9th in Shot Put.  Congratulations to these 3 Valley Royals athletes who represented our region well!

To see the full article from the Abbotsford News click:

For Results of the BC Summer Games click: 


Another special event took place within the BC Summer Games. Valley Royals official and new Provincial Advisor to the BC Summer Games, Debbie Foote created a poster for outgoing Provincial Advisor, Royals Official Dale Loewen. Debbie had athletes and officials sign the poster which she presented to Dale during the Games in Cowichan.

Royals Achieve Great Results at Nationals in Ottawa

Congratulations to Vikramjit Gondara, Alexa Porpaczy, Rowan Hamilton, Django Lovett and Eric Chatten on their stellar performances at the 2018 Canadian Track & Field Championships in Ottawa.

Vikramjit Gondara is double Gold Medalist for Canadian Men (U20) setting a new personal best in Hammer with a throw of 65.71 m and winning Discus with a throw of 48.36 m

Alexa Porpaczy is Gold Medalist for Canadian Women (U20) in High Jump clearing 1.74 m 

Rowan Hamilton is Silver Medalist for Canadian Men (U20) in Hammer with a throw of 64.53 m 

Django Lovett is Silver Medalist for Canadian Men (Senior) in High Jump clearing 2.19 m

Eric Chatten placed 4th for Canadian Men (Senior) in High Jump clearing 2.13 m

Congratulations to Coach Ziggy and Coach Harold on the wonderful achievements of their Valley Royals athletes at this national-level event!

On Wednesday, July 18th, the Abbotsford News published an article about Vikramjit’s double gold wins at Nationals and about the outstanding performances of all the Royals athletes at the Canadian Track & Field Championships.

For an online version of this article and a link to the all of the results of the Canadian Track & Field Champhionships click:


Register Now for BC JD Championships in Kelowna

The Valley Royals Junior Development group is gearing up for their biggest meet of the season: The BC JD Championships in Kelowna July 27th to 29th. The club will pay the entry fees for up to 3 events for each JD athlete that competes at this provincial-level meet.

To register your athlete for events email Christa [email protected] before midnight Saturday July 21st

The Schedule is available here: 2018 JD Championships

For more info check the website of the host club (click link below)

Junior Development Championships 2018

Valley Royals Athletes and Officials Going to 2018 BC Summer Games

Congratulations to Valley Royals athletes Ally Hutchison (800m, 15oom Steeplechase), Vanessa Pirani (80m hurdles, 200 m hurdles) and Kailea Fuller (Hammer Throw, Shot Put) for being selected to compete at the BC Summer Games.
Valley Royals officials will be at the Games too: Dawn Driver will be officiating and Debbie Foote will be serving as Provincial Advisor to the BC Summer Games

For an Abbotsford News article about local athletes representing the Fraser Valley at the BC Summer Games click:

Register Now for Upcoming Meets