PRACTICE GROUP UPDATE as of Friday, March 20th:
Athletes Age 14 and Up, that are currently registered and training with the Royals, will continue to train using electronic communication with their coach. Watch for an email from your coach to learn how your training will proceed. Athletes in this age group, who are not currently registered but are interested in training, may reserve a spot on the 14 & Up Waitlist by Registering Online and selecting the “$20-One Week Trial” option. Cost: $20 (which can be applied to a membership package if the season proceeds or be reimbursed if the the athlete is unable to train this season).
Due to insurance rules, all athletes must have a paid Valley Royals Membership to participate with a Royals training group. A $20 one-week trial membership is available for athletes new to the Royals and wanting to check out a training group before buying the full membership. To select a membership package and register online click https://valleyroyals.ca/membership/
We are an inclusive Club accepting athletes of all abilities
Throws Training available in: Hammer, Discus, Javelin, and Shot Put
Ages 14 and up
Coach Sean LaForest: After many years of outstanding coaching for the Valley Royals, Coach Harold Willers is retiring. Harold introduced Coach Sean LaForest as the new coach of the Royals Throws Program at the first practice of the 2018 Fall season. Coach Sean, a champion thrower for the Royals & UBC, was trained by Harold for 8 years and is an accomplished thrower and coach. He is Vice Principal of MEI Middle School where he serves as throws coach to the MEI Middle and Secondary School track & field teams.
Practice Schedule: https://valleyroyals.ca/practice-schedule/
Track Meet Info & Meet Protocol: https://valleyroyals.ca/meets/
Photos from the first Throws Practice of the Winter-Training Season, Oct 14th 2018, where Coach Harold announced his retirement and introduced Sean LaForest as Coach of the Valley Royals Throws Program. In addition to a great turnout of current athletes, former Royals athlete and four-time Canadian Hammer Champion–Wes Boudreau–came to the practice to congratulate Harold on over 30 years of coaching throws for the Valley Royals and to welcome Coach Sean.
For more about Coach Harold and Coach Sean check out this article: Report on Harold Willers retirement and Sean LaForest succession
Training Stages for Athletes:
The images below illustrate some of the principles underlying the Valley Royals Throws program. See https://valleyroyals.ca/ltad-long-term-athlete-development-and-athlete-pathways/ for details