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:

  • 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM 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 to Clearbrook Park for lunch time distribution
  • 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM Hospitality Team at Clearbrook Park to deliver snacks/beverages to the volunteers and officials as they are working throughout the day and deliver the hot lunch. (Let Debbie know if you can serve in the morning, afternoon or all day)

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

Navigating University Recruitment

This Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 6:30-8:00pm
High School Athletes are invited to “Navigating University Recruitment” Seminar by Streamline Athletes at the Fortius Sport & Health Building in Burnaby. Just $10. Register Here:

High school athletes and families are invited to Navigating University Recruitment – an event co-hosted by Streamline Athletes & BC Athletics to arm aspiring collegiate athletes with the info needed to make the best university decisions possible. 

They’ll be discussing university recruitment and the collegiate track and field landscape. They’ll also be joined by a panel of former student-athletes (now elite professionals) who will be chatting about their own journeys from high school, through university, to today! 

The event will feature a demo of the newest version of Streamline Athletes, so that athletes and families know how to best use this online tool to support their recruitment.


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]

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

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:

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 have been calculated and Abbotsford Christian Elementary School is the recipient of the Jane Swan Fitness Award!

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: