JDs Gearing Up for the BC Championships in Clearbrook Park

The Junior Development Group is gearing up for the BC Cross Country Championships which will be hosted by our Club and BC Athletics right here in Clearbrook Park on Saturday October 27th. This Provincial-Level meet is an amazing opportunity to see hundreds of runners of all ages and levels of development including some world-class Canadian runners. The high-school age Endurance Running Group athletes are competing at this meet as well. For more information about the BC Championships click:  http://www.bcathletics.org/Content/bc-x-country-champs/42/

Register to compete by emailing Christa at [email protected] (The Club covers Entry Fees for all Royals Athletes who race at this Provincial-Level Meet)

The Royals have a great reputation for excellent volunteer participation in meets that we host. Join the BC Championships Volunteer Team and complete your Volunteer Hours for the year (0r better yet, if you already have been a volunteer–join in and be amazing again!). Volunteers can be athletes, athletes’ parents or other family members and friends. We need at least 20 more volunteer positions filled to help in: The Concession, Finish Line Food Tent, Parking/Greeting, Registration, Course Marshals (pointing the way to runners on the course), Hospitality, First-Aid. To Register as a Volunteer email Dawn at [email protected]

Ziggy’s Power & Speed Practices Resume Oct 15th


Fall Practices from October 15 to November 5 are:

  • Mondays 4:00 pm –  Rotary Stadium ( practice outside )
  • Wednesdays 4:00 pm – Rotary Stadium ( practice outside )
  • Fridays 4:00 pm – Rotary Stadium ( practice outside )
Meet the group at the Valley Royals shed ( Rotary Stadium )  
Practices are rain or shine  (Coach Ziggy will not be cancelling any practices so expect to attend) Warm clothes mandatory !!!
Focus of practice –  endurance, strength endurance, General conditioning 
Practices are approx 1.5 hours in length but finishing time depends on the time it takes athletes to complete their individual exercise program. While finishing times are flexible, the Valley Royals Club asks that athletes respect Coach Ziggy’s time by making it a priority to arrive on time for the start of practice.
All athletes must have paid registration to the Valley Royals (includes insurance from BC Athletics) in order to participate in a Royals training group. To get to the Registration Page click the green “Join or Renew” button on the sidebar or click this link:   https://valleyroyals.ca/membership/

After More than 30 Years with the Royals, Coach Harold Willers Announces His Retirement

Congratulations to Coach Harold Willers on your retirement after more than 30 years of coaching for the Valley Royals.  Many thanks to you and Mary for all that you have given to make this legacy possible. Thank you for building into the lives of athletes and teaching them how to Throw Far!

A big Welcome to Coach Sean LaForest who is continuing the Valley Royals Throws Program. Sean, a champion thrower for the Royals & UBC, was trained by Harold for 8 years. He is Vice-Principal at MEI Middle School where he coaches throws for the Middle & Secondary schools.

In addition to a great turnout of current athletes, former Royals athlete and Canadian Champion in Hammer for ‘91, ‘92, ‘93, and ‘94–Wes Boudreau–came to the first throws practice of the winter-training season to celebrate Harold’s retirement and to welcome Coach Sean. 

Photos from Throws Practice on Sunday October 14th, 2018 at the throws cage in Clearbrook Park.

Valley Royals Grand Prix Winners & New Top 10 Record Holders

2018 Individual Winners Based on Points from all 4 Races
2018 Team Awards Based on 4-Person Team Points from all 4 Races
The Jane Swan Fitness Award goes to Fraser Middle School 
Congratulations to our new ALL TIME TOP TEN RECORD HOLDERS from the 2018 Grand Prix Racing Series:

Grade 4 Girls – #2 Alexia Smith (unattached)  6:52 95

Grade 5 Girls – #9 Payton Finnie (unattached) 6:51 48

Grade 6 Girls – #3 Amy Trent (ACS Middle) 6:28 10, #4 Chanin Klaus (ACS Middle) 6:30 05

Grade 7 Girls – #10 Kristin Kampman (ACS Middle) 6:31 53

Grade 8 Girls – #7 Malia Lenz (Abby Middle School) 6:17 68

Grade 4 boys -#8 Kaiden Gleeson (Auguston) 6:43 04

Grade 5 boys – #9 Oliver Teer (ACS Elem) 6:26 82

Grade 6 Boys – #10 Arata Nakanishi (Clayburn Middle) 6:11 16

Grade 7 Boys – #1 Brendan o’Brien (Unattached) 5:36 92, #3 Mark Molina (Clayburn Middle) 5:42 57

Grade 8 Boys – #3 Nathaniel Leroux (Vedder Middle Schoool) 5:35 63

Volunteer at the BC Championships: Saturday, October 27th

This is the club’s last event for 2018 where athletes & their families can earn their required volunteer hours. At least 20 more volunteers are needed. Sign up today!

The Valley Royals has the privilege of hosting the BC Cross Country Championships this year in Clearbrook Park. This prestigious event attracts hundreds of athletes of all ages from across the province including some pretty amazing elite runners. Our club is hosting the event for BC Athletics and we need lots of volunteers to make it another great success this year!

Register as a volunteer by emailing Dawn Driver at [email protected] 

How can we serve?

We need lots of help to run the Concession, the Finish Line Hospitality Tent, Registration, Parking, First Aid and people to serve as Course Marshals (keeping the runners on the correct path). Email Dawn and let her know where you can help.

Details about the BC Cross Country Championships are available at this link: http://www.bcathletics.org/Content/bc-x-country-champs/42/

Not sure how many volunteer hours you need for the registration package you bought? Check this chart: https://valleyroyals.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Chart-of-Valley-Royals-Fees-Requirements-by-Age-and-Registration-Package-updated-Aug-1st-2017-1.pdf

Not sure how many volunteer hours you have completed in 2018? Email Christa at [email protected]

JD’s To Race in the Frank Reyolds Memorial Meet this Saturday

The Junior Development Group will be going to the:  Frank Reynolds Memorial — Saturday October 13, 2018 JD/Midget/Junior/Youth/Open/Masters Cates Park, North Vancouver

Malcolm Lowery Trail with ocean vistas. Course is grass and gravel trails and wooden bridges. SPIKES NOT RECOMMENDED.

To register for this race email Christa at [email protected] before 6:00 PM Wednesday Oct 10th and let her know. She will complete your registration and apply any fundraising credits you may have toward the entry fee.

Come to All-Candidates Event on Tuesday Oct 9th

On Tuesday October 9th, all are invited to the Legacy Centre Banquet Hall (beside the track at Rotary Stadium) for a free All-Candidates Meeting to hear from and engage in dialogue with candidates for Mayor and City Council. Valley Royals athletes and parents are encouraged to ear your Royals gear. Doors open at 6:30. Meeting runs from 7:00-9:00 PM. Expect lively discussion and a great community atmosphere!

A good turn-out is expected but we need our club represented well in the audience. Let’s join in and show how much we care about the future of Sports and the Arts in Abbotsford.

This event is not just for club members. Anyone is welcome to attend! To Access the Facebook Invitation click:   https://www.facebook.com/events/292586988238072/

Click “interested” or “going” to show your support and get updates as the meeting draws nearer. It would help greatly if you could share this event invitation with your friends & family. I hope you can join us!
– Monica Carsience
For the Valley Royals Board of Directors
P.S. Be sure to thank our very own Coach Trevor Wight for all that he has done to help create and put on this major event to help give a voice to Abbotsford Sports and Arts in our community.

Valley Royals Grand Prix Race #3 Results

Results of Week #3 are in! Go to the Valley Royals Grand Prix Page https://valleyroyals.ca/lafarge-grand-prix-cross-country-series/ scroll down to the 2018 Grand Prix Results section and click on link

REGISTRATION UPDATE: Onine Registration is now closed. However, Late Registration is available via email to Debbie Foote [email protected] OR at the Late Entry Registration Desk Wednesday 3:00PM near the Finish Line in Clearbrook Park. Late Registration Price is $12 (includes all of the remaining races in the series)

Throws Practices Resume Oct 14th: Coach Harold to introduce his successor Coach Sean Laforest

After many years of outstanding coaching for the Valley Royals, Coach Harold Willers is retiring. Harold will be introducing Coach Sean Laforest as the new coach of the Royals Throws Program at the first practice of the Fall season on Sunday October 14th at 2:00PM. Coach Sean was trained by Coach Harold and is an accomplished thrower and coach. He is Vice Principal of MEI Middle School where he serves as throws coach to the MEI Middle and Secondary School track & field teams. 

Fall Throws Practices begin on Sunday October 14th:

  • Mondays – 4:15 PM Clearbrook Park
  • Wednesdays – 4:15 PM Clearbrook Park
  • Sundays – 2:00 PM Clearbrook Park

(There will be no throws practice on Wednesday October 17th as Coach Sean is at a Conference)

All athletes must have paid registration to the Valley Royals (includes insurance from BC Athletics) in order to participate in a Royals training group. To get to the Registration Page click the green “Join or Renew”button on the sidebar or click this link:   https://valleyroyals.ca/membership/