Coach Ziggy Retires from the Valley Royals

The Valley Royals wish to thank Coach Ziggy, Zbigniew Szegalowicz, for providing decades of excellent coaching to Valley Royals athletes as well as high-level athletes from all over the Lower Mainland.

Well-loved by all who have trained with him, Coach Ziggy is known for his fun-yet-challenging exercises which he incorporates into his training programs. 

There is no question that Coach Ziggy will be missed by the Valley Royals after such a long and stellar history with this club. Ziggy has coached a remarkable number of athletes to excellence in all of the Power & Speed and Jump events but he is best known for his athletes with national and international achievements in High Jump.

Some of the outstanding high jumpers that Ziggy has coached in recent years include: Mike Mason, Django Lovett, Joel Della Siega, Alexa Porpaczy and Eric Chatten.

Coach Ziggy has won many honours and awards over the years and this year he has been named 2018 High Performance Coach of the Year by BC Athletics. The award will be presented to Ziggy at the BC Athletics Banquet on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019. The Valley Royals are very proud of Coach Ziggy and his many accomplishments. Congratulations Ziggy!

In his resignation letter to the Board of Directors this past week Ziggy said, “For me it was a long journey and privilege to be coaching in one of the best clubs in Canada. But time is flying, I will be not returning as a resident to Abbotsford, and traveling for and back to Vancouver is very difficult. Thank you for the opportunity to be Valley Royals Power-Speed coach for many years! Warmest Regards, Coach Ziggy”. 

Ziggy’s retirement from the Royals will be effective on January 1st, 2019 and his last day coaching for the club will be this Friday, December 21st. 

Although Coach Ziggy leaves some big shoes to fill, and indeed it may take more than one coach to do the work that Ziggy has provided to this club, the Royals are now actively seeking coaches to continue the Power/Speed and Jumps programs that Ziggy has so expertly built over the years.

Applicants may submit their resume to the Valley Royals Club Administrator, Christa McAuley at [email protected] 

Scott Svelander to Succeed Trevor Wight as JD Track & Field Coordinator

The Valley Royals Board of Directors is pleased to announce that in 2019 Coach Scott Svelander will become the new Track & Field Coordinator for the Junior Development Program which was built by Coach Trevor Wight over the past four years. Coach Scott will continue coaching the Endurance Running Group next year too. Scheduling information will be published in the new year.  

Many thanks to Coach Trevor for all of his excellent work in training and developing young athletes and well as providing mentoring to the JD Assistant Coaches. Coach Trevor has written an open letter to the club:

Dear Royals Family,

This coming season, I am taking a step back from my role as coordinator of the JD program.   I am doing this so that I can spend more time supporting my own children (there’s four of them) with their various activities.   My older two boys who’ve been a part of the JD program for the past couple of seasons are also taking a break this year to pursue other sports and interests.

I would like to extend a hearty congratulations Mr. Scott Svelander for stepping up to take over my former role.  Scott has a wealth of experience in track and field.  I have no doubt that our JD program will see continued success under his leadership. 

I would also like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all the members of the club – board members, parents, assistant coaches and athletes for your support in growing the JD program over the past four years.   It’s been challenging, rewarding and above all, a lot of fun.   I wish all members of the club nothing but the best moving forward.   I hope to work with all of you again at some point in near the future.  

Warmest regards,

Coach Trevor

SweetLegs Online Leggings Sale to Benefit the Valley Royals

Online FUNDRAISER in time for Christmas and shopping! Sweet legs is hosting a 2 week online sale SALE. 10% of every pretax sale will
Go towards the club. See the event to participate! Thank you

Sizes available for children and ladies including petite and plus sizes

Many thanks to Debbie Foote for coordinating this online event to benefit the Valley Royals!

Decorative Fundraising Opportunity Just In Time for the Holidays

Give your family and friends an opportunity to support the Valley Royals while decorating for the holidays with fresh poinsettias and greenery! Online ordering and payment by e-transfer available. Or pay at time of pick up with cash or cheque (made payable to the Valley Royals). Athletes get credit for each order placed that has their name in the “Referred By” box in the online order form.

Use this link to invite people to place an order:

Many thanks to Naomi Booth for coordinating this fundraiser. Unfortunately we didn’t get enough orders by the deadline so the fundraiser has been cancelled. Naomi may try this fundraiser again next year with a bit more lead time so keep it in mind for next Christmas. 

Note: Any parent who runs a fundraiser for the club gets all of their family’s volunteer hours for the year completed. This is true even if the fundraiser does not succeed. The effort that was made to give our athletes a chance to fund raise and the lessons learned in the process of setting up the fundraiser is valuable and much appreciated by the club.

Endurance Running Moves to Rotary Tues. and Delair Park Thurs.

Coach Scott’s Endurance Running Group will be Winter-Training in 3 different locations: 
  • Tuesdays 4:15 – 5:45 PM at Jane & Gerry Swan Track at Rotary Stadium: Meet at the Club Shed

  • Thursdays 4:15 – 5:45 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)

  • Saturdays 10:00 – 11:30 AM at Clearbrook Park: Meet at main parking lot beside sign for Ron Wiebe Playing Fields 

 Bring bottle of water, hat, wear layers

Power & Speed Practices Go Indoors at Abbotsford Recreation Centre

Power & Speed Group’s Practices move indoors at the ARC – Abbotsford Recreation Centre 2499 McMillan Rd. – starting Wednesday, November 14th:
Mondays,  at ARC  4:00 – 5:45 PM
Next 2 Wednesdays, at ARC  4:00 – 5:45 PM
Fridays, at ARC 4:00-5:45 PM 
AT THE ARC: Power & Speed athletes should wait by the couch area at the back parking lot entrance to the Abbotsford Recreations Centre. Coach Ziggy will meet you there. All athletes are responsible for their entrance fee to ARC- Load up a pass card for multiple visits to save money 

Monday & Wednesday Throws Practices Move to Rotary Stadium

Now that our clocks are back on standard time, Coach Sean is moving the  Monday and Wednesday 4:15 PM Throws Practices to Rotary Stadium. The stadium lights will provide safer throws as the sun sets and the Valley Royals Shed can provide some opportunities for strength & conditioning training. Sunday 2:00 PM Throws Practice will remain at Clearbrook Park.