Trevor Wight Named Head Coach of the Valley Royals

Dear Royals Family,

After taking a sabbatical from coaching for most of 2019, I have recently taken on the role of head coach of the Valley Royals.   Put simply, my job is to get the many moving parts of club working together to ensure that every athlete, regardless of age or ability, receives the best possible instruction and has the best possible experience while training and competing.  More than this, my goal, and our goal as a coaching staff is to instill in our athletes what we hope will be a life-long love of the sport, of the process of training, and of physical activity.  

As a long-time member of the Royals, I am acutely aware of our club’s long, rich and successful history within our city.   I am both honoured and humbled to be asked to lead.  I look forward to connecting and working with all of you in the coming months to ensure that we can continue to build on our successes and overcome our challenges.

Yours in Sport,

Trevor Wight,

Head Coach and Power/Speed Coach,

Valley Royals Track and Field Club

Pole Vault Team Needs Trailers for Winter Training

The Pole Vault Team is looking to borrow two 20ft enclosed cargo trailers for January, February and March this winter. They are also looking for someone with a vehicle that has a trailer hitch to tow cargo trailers about 100 m in and out of the AgRec Building for evening pole vault practices in the winter months. 

If you can help with any of these needs or know someone who can, please email Christa at [email protected]

Help Provide Home-Town Hospitality at Canadian XC Championships Nov. 30th

Calling all Volunteers for an Exciting Opportunity! The Valley Royals have been invited to serve at the Canadian Cross-Country Championships in Clearbrook Park on November 30, 2019. The club will provide food services for the Volunteers and Officials working at this national-level meet happening right here in Abbotsford! This is a great opportunity to see the top cross country athletes in the nation compete and show our home-town hospitality to the people putting on this event.

We have been asked to make and deliver Chili and Buns to the Officials & Volunteers for lunch as well as some snacks and beverages throughout the day. Including feeding our own club volunteers, we are preparing for approximately 100 people. How can you help? We need a Food Service Team to work together to cover these simple but important tasks:

  • Shoppers to find the best deals on chili ingredients, buns, snacks, tea bags & instant cider packages disposable utensils & single-serving containers for hot chili (Submit receipts for reimbursement)
  • Drivers/Vehicles to transport Royals Gear: tents, tables, blue table cloths, wagons, plastic Save-On Bags for food delivery, Valley Royals Banners/Signage, Valley Royals water bottles & any food/snacks being stored in the Valley Royals shed loft to the club’s hospitality tent in Clearbrook Park. Help with set-up (The same is needed in reverse afterward—even if you can only help for one of these trips you & your vehicle are needed)
  • Hot Beverages Driver/Vehicle to deliver 300 cups/lids and 3-types of hot beverages: 100 servings each of Hot Chocolate, Coffee & Hot Water (for tea and cider options) in big “Cambro” insulated serving containers and return them afterward (Debbie will place the order and pay for it ahead of time—only pick up & return needed)
  • Samosa Delivery Driver/Vehicle (Debbie will place the order and pay for it ahead of time—only pick up & return needed)
  • “Warming House” a home in Abbotsford where hot chili in crock pots can be delivered and plugged in on morning of November 30th and where the Lunch Prep Team can meet to prep the buns and package hot chili in single-serving containers & deliver hot in club’s insulated coolers/”warmers” to Clearbrook Park
  • Cooks to make the chili ahead of time at their homes (including one vegan/vegetarian version and one mildly seasoned version) and deliver it hot in crock pots to the “warming house” on the morning of November 30th
  • Lunch Prep & Serve Team to meet at the Warming House to cut & butter buns and package the chili into single-serving containers (labeling vegetarian and mild versions) and deliver the containers hot in Valley Royals insulated coolers being used as “warmers” to Clearbrook Park for lunch time distribution. Also, to help with lunch distribution to officials & volunteers
  • Hospitality Team at Clearbrook Park to deliver snacks/beverages to the volunteers and officials as they are working throughout the day and to help lunch prep team deliver the hot lunch

To get on the Valley Royals Food Service Team for the Canadian National Cross Country Championships contact Debbie Foote at [email protected]

For a printable PDF of this list of volunteer options click: Calling all Volunteers for November 30th Canadian Championships Food Service Team

Endurance Group Winter Training Locations

Each week Coach Scott’s Endurance Running Group will be Winter-Training in 3 different locations: 
  • Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:00 PM Delair Park Rugby Pitch & Gravel Trail: Meet at Picnic Shelter near the playground in Delair Park (East Parking Lot off Old Yale Rd. Picnic shelter is indicated with a star on the map below)

  • Thursdays 4:30 – 6:00 PM at Jane & Gerry Swan Track at Rotary Stadium: Meet at the Club Shed

  • Saturdays 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at Clearbrook Park: Meet at main parking lot beside sign for Ron Wiebe Playing Fields 

 Bring bottle of water, hat, wear layers

Royals Race With Heart at Provincials

JOur Royals athletes had a great showing at the BC Athletics Provincial Cross Country Championships this past weekend in Victoria. Proving themselves resourceful, almost all the families and athletes involved managed to overcome severely disrupted ferry service to get to the meet. Once there, our athletes represented the Valley Royals proudly. Each age group raced with boys and girls running together and were separated statistically in the results.  

Riley Simmonds, ran an outstanding race in the 11 year old division to finish 4th, Mark Molina had some cramping problems and still managed an outstanding 5th place finish in the 13 year old division. Aryka Bennet managed a seventh place finish also in the 13 year old division. William Steiger 10th, Tristian Steiger 24th, Hanna Booth 23, Jessie Booth 25th, Noah Molina 26th, Arie Wassenaar 27th, Andrena Johnson 22nd, Andrew Thompson 37th, Teigen Scholander 52nd Sarah Theil 57th.  

All ran with heart and determination against the best runners in the province and should be very proud of their efforts. – Well done Royals and Congratulations to all our families who participated. 

~ Coach Scott Svelander 

Register Now for the BC Athletics Provincial Cross Country Championships

The BC Cross Country Championships are fast approaching. For more information please visit https://www.bcathletics.org/Content/bc-x-country-champs/42/

This will be the last meet for the cross country season and it would be great for the club have a big showing in Saanich on Vancouver Island.  To encourage participation, the club will pay the race entry fee for each Royals athlete that registers via Christa by 10:00 PM on Monday, October 21. If you have any questions, email Christa at [email protected] or chat with your child’s coach. 

Valley Royals Grand Prix Week #4 Results Available

Results for Week #4 of the Valley Royals Grand Prix are posted on the Grand Prix Page at:  https://valleyroyals.ca/valley-royals-grand-prix-cross-country-series/

The Valley Royals Congratulate the Award Winners!

See the GRAND PRIX page (at link above) for RACE RESULTS FOR WEEKS 1, 2 ,3 & 4 and INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS based on points. School/Team points are being calculated and winners will be posted soon.

Congratulations to our new ALL TIME TOP TEN RECORD HOLDERS from the 2019 Grand Prix Racing Series:

Grade 4 Girls – #8 Shyla Maiden (Auguston Traditional)  7:06.58, #9 Zoe Hartman (McMillan Elementary) 7:07.89 

Grade 5 Girls – #5 Alexia Smith (Unattached) 6:48.13

Grade 6 Girls – NEW ALL TIME TOP 10 CHAMPION #1 Sorell Lenz (Abbotsford Virtual School) 6:22.12

Grade 7 Girls – #2 Chanine Klaus (Abbotsford Christian Middle) 6:14.93

Grade 5 boys – #10 Kaiden Gleeson (Auguston Tradional) 6:27.61

Grade 6 Boys – #7 Riley Simmonds (Vedder Middle) 6:06.29

Grade 7 Boys -#5 Sam May (Chief Dan George) 5:47.02, #10 Arata Nakanishi (Clayburn Middle) 5:54.33 16

Grade 8 Boys –NEW ALL TIME TOP 10 CHAMPION #1 Brendan O’Brien (Unattached) 5:15.28, #5 Mark Molina (Clayburn Middle) 5:34.39, #10 Saihajpal Takhar (Eugene Reimer) 5:44.55

See the All Time Top 10 Record Holders for the Grand Prix Racing Series here: https://valleyroyals.ca/grand-prix-top-10-of-all-time-updated-with-results-from-2019-season/

Frank Reynolds Memorial Meet Saturday Oct 19th

Dear Parents/Athletes;
The next cross country meet will be the Frank Reynolds. Below is an image file of the schedule. If you would like Christa to register your child, please email her at    [email protected] no later than October 16th, 10pm
 
Athletes in Coach Scott’s group should chat with him first to see if he wants you running at this meet.
 
Any questions, let Christa McAuley know (email link above)