Incredibly Lucky: Coach Kiya Posthumus

Known for her bubbly personality, gorgeous hair, and colorful nails– Valley Royals former athlete and middle distance Assistant Coach, Kiya Posthumus, is graduating with a degree in Kinesiology this December from the University of the Fraser Valley. She will be leaving the Valley Royals to begin her new career as a Perdorthist making orthotics & lifts to adapt footwear to the needs of her clients. She is also planning on eventually completing a Masters Degree. 

“I have been incredibly lucky to have coached for such an amazing club that has allowed to me to grow as a coach and individual. Thank-you for all of the wonderful support, encouragement, and opportunities you have given me throughout the years. ” ~ Kiya Posthumus
The Valley Royals Track & Field Club has been incredibly lucky to have Coach Kiya too! She is a Level 1 Certified Coach and began working with our Middle Distance athletes in the Winter Season of 2013. Kiya has impacted a remarkable number of runners over the years.  (See photos from Kiya’s Album below featuring many of the athletes that she has coached with the Royals).
Kiya, herself a Valley Royals athlete, began training with the Royals when she was in Grade 10 at Rick Hansen Secondary. She loved going on team trips where there was greater competition and team bonding. She attended Nationals for Cross Country in Guelph, Ontario and Nationals for Track in Abbotsford in 2009.  Kiya was  selected to be a torch carrier for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. 
She also coordinated the Medal Presentations at the 2016 BC Summer Games. 
Regarding her years as a coach, Kiya says that she will miss “watching athletes develop and get better at their discipline, learning about themselves and their sport. As well as, how different each athlete is and all the personalities encountered.”  She advises young athletes, “Do what you love and don’t let pressure take the love out of your sport. Work hard, have fun, and always communicate with your coach.”
Remarkably, we are all incredibly lucky to have Kiya Posthumus with us at all. On January 25th 2010 she was hit by a car in a serious accident that changed the course of her life and led to her long and courageous recovery. The inspiring story of Kiya’s recovery, giving back to the community by coaching athletes and working with children with FASD, and the challenging journey she’s been on to get her education is featured in an online video by the UFV:
Thank You Coach Kiya. We wish you all the best in your new career! 

Kiya’s Photo Album:

Power & Speed Practices at ARC for Mondays & Wednesdays

Power & Speed Group’s Practice Schedule starting November 22nd, 2017:
Mondays,  at ARC  4:00 – 5:45 PM
Wednesdays, at ARC  4:00 – 5:45 PM
Saturdays, at Club’s Shed at Rotary Stadium 10:00 – 11:45 AM
On Mondays & Wednesdays: Athletes should wait for the group by the couch area at the Abbotsford Recreations Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd.
All athletes are responsible for their entrance fee to ARC.

Lovett, Chatten and Porpaczy Identified as Future Olympic Athletes

Three Valley Royals athletes have been identified by Athletics Canada as having potential to achieve Top-8 standing at the International Level and represent Canada at the Olympics. It is a remarkable achievement for Royals Coach Ziggy Szelagowicz to have athletes appointed to all 3 Tiers of Athletics Canada’s “NextGen” High Performance Athlete Pathways.

Django Lovett is appointed to Tier 1 – “Talent Confirmation” with an estimated 5-6 years from the podium. Lovett acheived a personal best in high jump of 2.27m this year on April 15th, 2017 at the Mount Sac Invitational in California.

Eric Chatten is appointed to Tier 2 – “Talent Development” with an estimated 7 years from the podium. On June 10th, 2017, Chatten cleared a personal best 2.18m at the BC Track and Field Championship Jamboree in Coquitlam.

Alexa Porpaczy is appointed to Tier 3 – “Talent Identification” with an estimated 8-years from the podium. Porpaczy achieved a personal best 1.80m at the BC High School Track and Field Championships in Langley on June 3rd, 2017.

The Valley Royals Board of Directors congratulates Django, Eric, Alexa and Coach Ziggy for achieving such a high degree of excellence this year!

Runners in the Snow at BC High School Cross Country Championships

There was snow in the air at the BC High School Cross Country Championships at Jericho Beach on Saturday, November 4th.  A huge turn-out of top BC athletes, a thousand strong, created a festive occasion along the shores of English Bay.  Congratulations to all of our Valley Royals athletes who represented their schools today!

Results Available Here:

Runners Shine at the BC Cross Country Championships!

You couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day if it was the middle of June, as the province’s best runners descended on Clearbrook Park for the BC Cross Country Championships hosted by the Valley Royals Track & Field Club in Abbotsford. Pristine conditions and a wonderfully groomed course led to stellar performances! 
The top runners will have a few weeks to rest up for the National Championships taking place in Kingston, Ontario on November 25th while the high school runners will have just days to recover before the BC High School Championships this coming Saturday, November 4th, at Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver. (See below for link to Canadian Running Magazine’s Online coverage of the day–including videos)

Click here for Photos by Paul Funk:


Click here for Canadian Running Magazine’s Online Coverage of the 2017 BC Cross Country Championships:

Online Registration Deadline for the BC Cross Country Championships

The BC Cross Country Championships are fast approaching on Saturday, October 28, hosted by the Valley Royals Track & Field Club in Clearbrook Park, Abbotsford.

The early deadline for Online Registration is Wednesday (Oct 25). Register online here,

***Valley Royals Athletes: Contact Christa McAuley at [email protected] by Tuesday Oct 24th to be Registered by the Club to race at the BC Cross Country Championships***

There are races for 9 year olds through to 99 year olds. Join Olympians and National Champions, as we relish the mud and select teams to represent BC at the Canadian Cross Country Championships later in November.

Complete Championship details,