No Power/Speed practice this Monday.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving!
No Endurance Running Practice this Tuesday.
The final Grand Prix Race of 2019 shone brightly with a beautiful sunny day and a special occasion. October 9th, 2019 marked more than the completion of the Grand Prix Season. It was an occasion to celebrate the contributions and volunteer efforts of Mr. Gerry Swan.
At the final Grand Prix Race day for 2019, just before the start of the first race, Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun presented Mr. Swan with “The Valley Royals Lifetime Achievement Award” as hundreds of students, teachers and parents cheered and applauded.
Mayor Braun, himself a former President of the Valley Royals Track & Field Club, spoke about Mr. Swan’s long history of coaching and teaching. The Mayor was coached as an athlete by Mr. Swan as was his son and his grandson too. Mayor Braun spoke to recognize, honour and thank Mr. Swan for creating the Grand Prix Racing Series and for his 35 years of service starting the races.
In addition to founding the Valley Royals Track & Field club and coaching hundreds of athletes over the years, Mr. Swan has made a great investment in the development and health of children in the community. He and his wife Jane established the Grand Prix Racing Series in 1983 with the first races happening in 1984 at Centennial Park.
A 12-page thank you card for Mr. Swan was signed by athletes, their families and teachers at the finish line. The pages are filled with expressions of gratitude and appreciation. The Valley Royals express deepest thanks to Mr. Gerry Swan for all that he has done for the club and for the community as a whole.
On Wednesday October 16th, the Abbotsford News published an article about this special occasion: https://www.abbynews.com/sports/abbotsford-sports-legend-gerry-swan-earns-royals-lifetime-achievement-award/
Results for Week #3 of the Valley Royals Grand Prix are posted on the Grand Prix Page at: https://valleyroyals.ca/valley-royals-grand-prix-cross-country-series/
Parking is available on neighborhood streets south of the park and at Abbotsford Exhibition Park. Athlete Drop off is available at the west parking lot (off Clearbrook Rd) and the South Parking Lot (off Sparwood St.) Please don’t park at Maranatha Baptist Church as they have an after-school care program happening and need parking spaces available for the parents to pick up their children. Caution: Clearbrook Elementary locks their gates before the Grand Prix is over–don’t get locked in for the night. In Clearbrook Park: Jumping the curb to park on the grass or parking against the curb in lane-ways of the parking lots is illegal and could result in being ticketed and/or towed. Thanks for your help in keeping the lane-ways clear for emergency vehicle access should there be a need to call an ambulance.
Congratulations to all of the Royals Athletes who competed at the Sunfair Invitational in Yakima, Washington this past weekend. Here is a race-day report from Coach Scott Svelander…
Our Royals athletes had a first rate experience in Cross Country Running this past weekend in Yakima Washington, and represented us with distinction. The Sunfair Invitational is the largest one day high school event in the Pacific Northwest and sees runners from Washington, Idaho, California, Hawaii, and British Columbia, as well as some of the eastern states. Running against this first rate competition our athletes without fail rose to the occasion. Opening the morning Riley Simmonds ran an outstanding race to finish 3rd in a field of one hundred and seventeen runners in the grade three to six division. Aryka Bennett then powered her way through a field of seventy nine grade seven and eight girls to finish 3rd and was rapidly gaining ground on the leaders at the end of the race. Just because three seemed to be our lucky number Mark Molina left one hundred and three of his competitors in the dust over the last part of the race to grab the 3rd spot once again and was closing on the leaders. Arie Wassenaar really stepped up his game in this race as well, with an outstanding 18th place finish and Kane Bang ran strongly for a beginning runner to place 51st in this field of one hundred and six runners. To finish up our morning Noah Molina recorded a very strong 17th place finish in a field of one hundred and two Freshman boys. These results were outstanding for young runners who are just starting to get serious about regular training in distance running. A good time was had by all and congratulations to our athletes and parents who participated in this event. – Go Royals!!
- In the Grades 3-6 Boys 1-mile Race: Riley Simmonds placed 3rd out of 117 athletes.
- In the Grade 7&8 Girls 1.5-mile Race: Aryka Bennett placed 3rd out of 79 athletes.
- In the Grade 7&8 Boys 1.5-mile Race: Mark Molina placed 3rd, Arie Wassenaar placed 18th, Kane Bang placed 51st out of 106 athletes.
- In the Frosh (Grade 9) Boys 2-mile Race Noah Molina placed 17th out of 102 athletes.
- The Royals thank Coach Scott for his coaching and leadership in coordinating this trip to one of the best cross country competitions in the Northwestern United States.
- For all of the race results from the Sunfair Invitational go to: https://www.runnerspace.com/eprofile.php?event_id=4929&do=news&news_id=586485
Calling all volunteers…. We need you! ESPECIALLY FOR PARKING & COURSE MARSHALLING on Wednesday Afternoons – Oct 2nd & Oct 9th
We are looking for more people to help fill various roles including;
Set-Up (beginning at 2:00 PM each race day)
Race Day Volunteers (beginning as close to 2:45 PM as possible, including Take-Down, ending approx 5:45 PM)
To Register as a Volunteer please contact Debbie Foote at [email protected] or 604-614-4044
Results for Week #2 of the Valley Royals Grand Prix are posted on the Grand Prix Page at: https://valleyroyals.ca/valley-royals-grand-prix-cross-country-series/
Power & Speed practices resume next week under the leadership of Coach Trevor Wight. A long time Valley Royals member, Wight has been involved in track in field for most of his life. He competed throughout school, university, as an adult, and now as a master’s athlete. As an experienced Decathlete, he is able to coach a wide range of Track & Field events. He has coached high school track and field locally for the past sixteen years. For four years he served as head coach of the Royals Junior Development Program. Wight says, “I owe much of the success I’ve had in life to my involvement in this sport. As such, I am passionate about giving back to young athletes.”
POWER & SPEED TRAINING SCHEDULE
Mondays 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Mondays and Thursdays: Meet at the north-east corner of the Yale track.
Wednesdays: Meet at the south parking lot of McMillan Elementary (just off McMillan Road in between the school and Champlain Crescent). We will be running hills on the adjacent pathway and training at the nearby Everett Park. On nice Wednesdays, we will meet at McMillan but head up to Everett by 4:10. The bulk of our workout will happen there. On wet Wednesdays, we will remain at McMillan for the whole practice.
Festival of Cross Country— Saturday September 28, 2019
Crescent Park, South Surrey
Grass fields and hard pack trails
Meet Info & Registration Here: https://www.trackie.com/online-registration/event/2019-festival-of-cross-country/35573/
Contact: Event Organizers
Hosted by Ocean Athletics
Coach Scott will be there and says…
Hello Everyone – looking forward to a great meet this Saturday. I will be there at 9:00am and the Kids races get going at 10:00am and are all finished around noon. Please check the meet schedule for the Ocean Athletics Festival of Cross Country on the Ocean Athletics Website for race start times and get to Crescent Park an hour before your event. It is supposed to be nice weather but make sure you dress appropriately for the weather on the day. For those of you who have not been before the races start at the Soccer Fields off of 132nd st. (Go in on 24th ave and turn right on 132nd st. park is a little way up on the left)
– See you Saturday Morning, Scott
Grand Prix Info and RESULTS FROM WEEK 1 are available here: https://valleyroyals.ca/valley-royals-grand-prix-cross-country-series/
Photos from Week #1: https://valleyroyals.ca/photos-from-2019-valley-royals-grand-prix/