BC Summer Games – Distance Group Excels

Our Valley Royals U16 members of the distance group had the time of their lives this past week at the British Columbia Summer Games, in Prince George.  Representing the East Fraser Valley, our crew rose to the occasion yet again and represented themselves and their hometowns with pride. From a fantastic opening ceremony with eight thousand people in the arena, to multiple scheduled events and community activities planned for the approximately 4000 athletes and team staff, the city of Prince George outdid themselves and were wonderful hosts to our young athletes – giving them a time they will never forget. Running against the best competition our province had to offer, our Valley Royals distance group had the best showing of any club in British Columbia.

So very, very, well done to you all and I am so proud of each and every one of you.  – Coach Scott

Sam May
  • Games Champion 1500m Steeplechase
  • Gold Medalist 4x400m Relay
  • Games Silver Medalist 1200m
Will Van Schagen
  • Games Champion 300m Hurdles
  • Gold Medalist 4x400m Relay
  • Games Bronze Medalist 300m
Maggie Epp
  • Games Champion 2000m Event
  • Games Silver medalist 1200m Event
  • Silver Medalist 4x400m Relay
Arata Nakanishi
  • Games Champion 1500m racewalk
Adrianna Buitelaar
  • Games Silver medalist 800m Event
  • Silver medalist 4x400m relay
  • Games bronze medalist 1200m Event
Zoe Unger
  • Games Silver Medalist 16-17 Duathlon
  • Bronze Medalist Triathlon
  • Bronze Medalist Mixed Relay
Riley Simmonds
  • 11th 2000m Event
  • 14th 800m Event

BC Summer Games – Power and Speed Group Shines

Excellent work by members of the Valley Royals power/speed group on July 21-24 at the BC Summer Games, in Prince George.

Gurpartap Sandhu posted a huge personal best score in the gruelling pentathlon thanks to personal best performances in the 80 meter hurdles, long jump, shot put and 800. Gurpartap also helped her 4 x 100 relay team to a very respectable 5th place finish.   

Evan Booth excelled in the jumps posting a season best performance in the high jump to place 16th, a personal best in the triple jump of 10.65 to finish 9th and strong showing in the pole vault to capture the bronze medal.    Evan also helped his Zone 3 team to a 5th in the 4 x 100 relay.

Charlie Franson ran a personal best time in the 200 to place 18th. He was stronger in the field placing 12th in the discus and, with a massive throw of 38.96meters, Charlie claimed the silver medal.   

Despite a punishing schedule of four races in a few short hours, Luke Wight made the final in both the 300 meter hurdles placing 5th and the flat 300 placing 8th.    The next day, on a set of very tired legs, Luke pulled out a personal best in the triple jump of 10.96 to finish 8th.

After this, Luke could barely walk, so a big special thanks to Sam May of the middle distance crew for stepping in to take Luke’s spot on the 4 x 400 relay team which went on to capture the gold for Zone 3.

Special thanks also to Kathy Andrews and Sheri Hall for coaching the Zone 3 team.   

  A shout out to all of the games organizers, volunteers, officials and to the beautiful city of Prince George for putting on such an amazing summer games.   – Coach Trevor

Gurpartap Sandhu

  • 4th in the Pentathlon 
  • 5th in 4 x 100 Relay 

Evan Booth

  • Bronze in Pole Vault 
  • 5th in 4 x 100 Relay 
  • 9th in Triple Jump 

Charlie Franson

  • Silver in Javelin 
  • 12th in Discus 
  • 18th in the 200m 

Luke Wight

  • 5th in 300 Hurdles 
  • 8th in Triple Jump 
  • 8th in 300 meters 

Sam May Selected for Team BC Going to Canadian National Championships

Congratulations to Sam May for being selected by BC athletics to compete for Team BC at the Canadian U16 and U18 National Championships in Sherbrook, Quebec. On August 5 – 7th, Sam will compete in the 1500m steeplechase event, for which he is currently ranked in the top three in the country, and the 2000m event in the U16 category.

Well done Sam and best of luck in Quebec!! – Coach Scott

Excellent Showing at Langley Pacific Invitational Meet

Valley Royals athletes had an excellent showing both on the track and on the field this past Saturday at the Langley Pacific Invitational.   There were numerous personal bests and gold-medal winning performances.   Here are the Royals’ gold-medal winners: 

  • Haveer Nigah – 2009 Boys High Jump (1.55m) and 200 hurdles (29.85s) 
  • Gurpartap Sandhu – 2008 Girls 300 Hurdles – 54.12 
  • Alexia Smith 2009 Girls 800- 2:34.98 
  • Adrianna Buitelaar U16 Girls 800  – 2:27.29 
  • Eloise McKerrow 2013 Girls High Jump – 1.10m 
  • Dhea Kondolay – 2009 Girls Javelin – 24.97m 
  • Thomas Wight – 2013 Boys Shot Put – 6.26m 
  • Chloe McKerrow – 2011 Girls Shot Put  – 5.90m 
  • Gurman Sandhu – 2013 Girls Shot Put – 4.93m 

There were many other great performances.  Most importantly, Royals athletes came together as team, worked together and had fun in the process.   From here, Royals athletes now turn their training towards the final push of the season as they prepare for the provincial championships and/or BC Summer Games in July.   

Well done everyone.   – Coach Trevor

2022 Pacific Langley Meet

Valley Royals’ Stellar Provincial Championship

Distance Group
This past weekend was a moment in life when I was reminded of just how fortunate I am as a coach to have the privilege of working daily with the finest of young people in pursuit of their dreams. These young athletes come to practice day in day out, in sun, flood, rain or snow and display the kind of work ethic that leaves me completely in awe.  Without complaint and most often with a smile on their face, they take on the most rigorous and demanding of training in almost any sport.
This past weekend at our BC High School Provincial Championship, it became clear just what kind of dedication and commitment to their sport our athletes have. I think every Royals athlete rose to the occasion with not only a personal best but a massive personal best. Against the toughest competition in the Province of British Columbia, our athletes completely and totally stepped up. For this, I am truly honoured and proud.
I truly believe that every one of our athletes who competed this weekend is a champion.  -Coach Scott
Valley Royals’ Distance Group Results for BC High School Provincial Championships 2022                                                                                            
  • Mark Molina: Provincial Champion – 800m Event
  • Maggie Epp: Provincial Champion 800m and 1500m Events
  • Sam May: Provincial Silver Medalist 1500m S/C – National Funding Standard
  • Riley Simmonds: Provincial Silver Medalist 1500m Event
  • Adrianna Buitelaar: Provincial Bronze Medalist 800m Event
  • Zoe Unger: 4th 1500m Event; 7th 800m Event.
  • Will Van Schagen: 5th 1500m S/C 
  • Halle May: 8th 1500m Event; 8th 3000m Event
  • Luke Gibbons: 9th 1500m R/W
  • Arata Nakanishi: strong 1500m Event
Power and Speed Group

Valley Royals power/speed athletes brought their A-game to the BC High School Track and Field Championships this past weekend, in Langley.   In all, six Royals athletes competed in the sprints, hurdles, jumps and relays.  I am very proud of the hard work they’ve put in this past year.  Ry Trustham placed 25th in the senior boys 400.   

In the grade 8 division, Emily Tinsley place 17th in the long jump and 8th in the high jump.   Emily also ran two strong legs in both relays with her 4 x 100 team placing 13th and her 4x 400 team capturing 5th.   Also in the grade 8 division, Gurpartap Sandhu placed 16th in the 400 and 7th in the long jump.  Gurpartap’s 4 x 400 team captured provincial bronze medal in the girls 4 x 400 relay.   Luke Wight had massive personal best of 45.16 in the junior boys 300meter hurdles claiming 9th.    Luke and teammate Arie Wassenaar placed 24th in the junior boys 4 x 100 relay.  Though both only in grade 9, Luke and Arie moved up to the senior boys division in the 4 x 400 relay and claimed 13th with their team.   

Sanaa Musonge was the performer of the meet with two huge personal bests.   She joined the 26-point club in the 200 to capture 6th in the junior girls division with a time of 26.97. In the junior girls 100, Sanaa joined the 12 second club running 12.82 in the finals to claim the provincial bronze medal.  As far as we know, Sanaa’s bronze is the first medal by a female athlete from her school (Robert Bateman Secondary) in at least 10 years (if not in her school’s history) as well as the first medal by a Royals athlete in the sprints in quite some time.   

Well done team. – Coach Trevor