Coach Harold to be Inducted into the Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame

The Valley Royals Track & Field Club is pleased to announce that Coach Harold Willers, who recently retired from coaching throws for the club, will be inducted into the Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame for 2020 to honour his 30+ years of Coaching Excellence in Track & Field.

The Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame has announced that they hope to induct the classes of 2020 and 2021 on the same evening when it is safe to gather at an event called the Doubleheader Celebration of Sport.

More details about the other inductees for 2020, and a request for nominations for 2021, are available in a news article published today on page A41 of the Abbotsford News.

Congratulations Harold!

Purdy’s Fundraiser a Delicious Success

THANK YOU to Maria Hutchison for coordinating the Purdy’s fundraiser for the club! Many thanks to all of the athletes and families who participated. We hope you love your treats & gifts and got all the volunteer hours you needed. Together, we exceeded the club’s fundraising goal – almost doubling it!

Remember to PICK UP your orders on Saturday, December 5th, at Rotary Stadium from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM unless you’ve made special arrangements with Maria.

If you have any questions you can email Maria Hutchison at [email protected]

Support the KajaksMax Raffle

We have one day (until Nov 26) to help support our sister club in Richmond and get an opportunity to WIN BIG with the KajaksMax 50/50 Raffle!  

Here’s info from the Kajaks Track & Field Club’s Letter to our club…

“It is our hope that this event will help us get back to financial stability, and provide us with the means to upgrade our programs, provide athlete development opportunities and propel our club forward in 2021.

We humbly ask that you send this information to your club members, friends and family to purchase tickets.  Our goal is to raise $20,000 through this raffle and we hope that this will be an annual event for us.”

Here’s the information for the raffle:

• Purchase Tickets at https://kajaksmax50-50.rafflenexus.com

• Tickets available November 3, 2020 – November 26, 2020 (midnight)

• Draw on November 27, 2020 (7:00pm)

“As we look forward to 2021 and the Kajaks Track and Field Club’s 60th Anniversary, we are more determined than ever to emerge from the pandemic in a stronger position.  We thank you for your support during these times, and we look forward to getting back on track with your club athletes one day soon!”

Sincerely,

 The Kajaks Track & Field Club

Earn Volunteer Hours and Get Your Christmas Shopping Done with the Royals Purdy’s Online Fundraiser

Our fundraising campaign is only 1 week long – Orders need to be placed Online by THIS Wednesday, November 25 for delivery on Saturday, December 5 (Pick Up at Rotary Stadium 10:30-12:30 – unless you need to make other arrangements with Maria) 

BONUS: For every 80$ of product ordered, the athlete will earn 1 volunteer hour for 2020

The VALLEY ROYALS TRACK AND FIELD CLUB is fundraising with Purdys Chocolatier, just in time for Christmas! There are so many options and the pricing is the same as in the stores PLUS our club earns 25% on each order. Together, we can help the club to reach its fundraising goal of $1000 in sales!

If you’d like to support us through purchasing some very sweet Christmas Gifts for friends, family or yourself, please click the link below. From no sugar added (NSA), vegan options to the traditionally enjoyed flavours. Treat your teachers, coworkers, babysitters or the hard to find gift getters-grandparents!!!

Use this link to sign in to the club’s PURDY’S fundraising campaign: https://fundraising.purdys.com/1278638-80821

Signing in takes only a minute and then you can buy our amazing chocolates AND invite others to join and SUPPORT YOU in our Fundraising Campaign using the “INVITE” tab on the top menu bar. To place your order go to “Shop Online” and then “Use Marketplace.” 

Thank you so much and happy shopping!

If you have any questions you can email Maria Hutchison at [email protected]

To browse the catalogue check out:  https://fundraising.purdys.com/GnFAssets/Resources/file/2020%20Christmas/2020%20Christmas%20Catalogue%2024pp%20FUND_Digital_Spreads.pdf

(photos of the catalogue pages are also posted below) 

 

JD Winter Conditioning

Parents need to accompany their child to the Valley Royals shed for a brief check in at 4:20 PM

When-November 12 – December 12th

Thursdays 4:30-5:30 PM & Saturdays 10:30-11:30AM

Where-Rotary Stadium

Cost-$100 for 10 sessions

Space is limited to 15 participants

Dress warmly!

Instructors are Parmvir Waring and Cassidy Hutchison

Contact Christa McAuley at [email protected] if you are interested in joining.

Note: JD Winter Conditioning is not normally offered because JDs are encouraged to try other sports in the winter. This is best for their growth and development (see Long Term Athlete Development page). However, due to Covid causing many other sport programs to be cancelled, the club has created the JD Winter Conditioning in an effort to fill the gap.

Covid 19 Update from Head Coach Trevor Wight

Dear Royals Family, 

I wanted to provide a quick update as to how the Royals are addressing the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic.   You have undoubtably heard of the new restrictions for the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions in place until November 23rd. Fortunately for us, because our training is outside, our groups remain largely unaffected at this point.   

This said, safety remains a shared responsibility.  We must all continue to be vigilant with how we conduct ourselves both at and away from practice.   Please review the club’s COVID-19 safety protocols listed below.   

-All training, for all groups, will remain outdoors until further notice, likely throughout the entire winter  

-Wash / sanitize hands before and after practice.   

-Wash /sanitize any equipment 

-No sharing of water bottles. 

-Maintain a physical distance of 2 meters (otherwise wear a mask) 

-Health checks are and will continue to be done at every practice.  The coach will take attendance and ask how athletes are feeling.   By showing up and saying “I’m fine” athletes are confirming that: 

-they have none of the following symptoms:   fever, chills, cough (new or worsening chronic  

 cough), shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell or taste, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting. 

-they haven’t been outside the country in the past 14 days  

-they, nor anyone in their household has a confirmed case of COVID-19, nor are they awaiting COVID-19 test result.                                                                                                                      

Thank you all very much for your understanding and patience with this evolving situation.   We will continue to keep you posted as to any changes and/or new developments

Yours in Sport, 

Trevor Wight, 

Head Coach, Valley Royals Track and Field Club 

 

Royals Athletes Receive Lower Mainland Series Award Plaques

As the 2020 Cross Country Season draws to a close, the Valley Royals would like to acknowledge some amazing athetic performances from the 2019 Lower Mainland Series:

  • Alexia Smith placed 2nd for Girls age 10
  • Riley Simmonds placed 3rd for Boys age 11
  • Teagan Scholander placed 3rd for Girls age 13  

The Lower Mainland Cross Country Series has been an annual event in BC for many years and highlighted some of the top athletes in the province. Unfortunately, this racing series was disrupted in 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The club’s annual awards banquet was also disrupted so award plaques from the 2019 Lower Mainland Series were presented outdoors at Clearbrook Park during Cross Country practice this fall.

These awards are based on scores from the athlete’s 4 best race performances in various meets that qualified for the Lower Mainland Cross Country Series. The points for each race were assigned as follows: 1st = 30 points, 2nd = 27, 3rd = 25, 4th = 23, 5th = 21, 6th to 25th each place drops 1 point. Any ties were decided by position in the BC Provincial Championship event. Plaques were awarded to the top 3 boys and girls in each age group.

Congratulations to Alexia, Riley and Teagan for acheiving such great racing results last season and for continuing to train with the Royals in the 2020 Cross Country season as well.

Update from Coach Scott

Congratulations on a great fall session. We had a large, enthusiastic, and hard working group of first rate athletes who were dedicated to their running. We competed in two meets and represented our club proudly and we will know shortly if we will have the opportunity to compete at BC Championships.

We have been training at Clearbrook to date and as we move into our winter session we will be changing venues starting next week:

• Starting Tuesday, November 10th, we will be moving to the Delair Park Rugby Pitch

• Thursdays, starting  November 12th, we’ll be at Jane and Gerry Swan Track, Rotary Stadium.

• Saturday mornings we will remain at Clearbrook Park.

Practice times will remain the same.

JD Winter Conditioning Session

When-November 12 – December 12th

Thursdays 4:30-5:30 PM & Saturdays 10:30-11:30AM

Where-Rotary Stadium

Cost-$100 for 10 sessions

Space is limited to 15 participants

Instructors are Parmvir Waring and Cassidy Hutchison

On Thursday November 12th, parents need to accompany their child to the Valley Royals shed for a brief check in at 4:20

Dress warmly!

Contact Christa McAuley at [email protected] if you are interested in joining.

Note: JD Winter Conditioning is not normally offered because JDs are encouraged to try other sports in the winter. This is best for their growth and development (see Long Term Athlete Development page). However, due to Covid causing many other sport programs to be cancelled, the club has created the JD Winter Conditioning in an effort to fill the gap.