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)

JDs Shine at Harry Jerome Meet

Coach Trevor felt that the JDs did a great job at the Harry Jerome International Meet. The Boys Relay Team placed 3rd in the 2006 or younger category.  The Girls Relay Team place 8th in the 2006 or younger category. The Kids has a great time and performed very well. Coach Trevor was very pleased with their baton exchanges. Check out the photos – yes, that’s Damien Warner!  

Vik Gondara and Rowan Hamilton to Represent Canada at Pan Am Games

Congratulations to our 12 BC Athletes for making the 2017 Pan American U20 Championship Team! 🇨🇦👏🏽 They will be competing in Trujillo, Peru July 21-23! #gobc #tracknation #teamcanada

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Treasure and Lovett Dominate High Jump at Jerome Meet

Olympian Alyx Treasure and World Class Valley Royal Django Lovett dominated their respective fields at the prestigious Harry Jerome meet in Coquitlam last night, but perhaps the star of the night was Royals coach Ziggy Szelagowicz who had an astounding 7 athletes in the two events .
In the women’s category, Treasure was  clean at 1.81 and 1.86, but came up shy of her World qualifying standard goal of a staggering 1.94 m to make the field in London, England this August.  Valley Royal Alexa Porpaczy, the current two time  National youth champion and recently crowned BC High School champion finished second, edging out Wanetta Kirby of the US Virgin Islands.  Rounding out the top five were Valley Royal and Washington Husky Freshman jumper Gabriella Aquillini and new Royal and rising star, Eniko Sara from Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary.  
In the men’s event, Lovett saved the best for last with a dramatic clearance of 2.20 on his third attempt to take top honors.  Longtime “Ziggy’s Air Force” member and current UBC Thunderbird Joel Della Siega finished second with one fewer jump over current Royal Bryce McKenzie with both topping the two meter mark on the night.  Again, Royal members rounded out the top five with Michael Lambert clearing 1.96 and Zach Kuzyk.
Written by James Porpazcy