Valley Royals Perfect at Nationals!

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Valley Royals Perfect at Nationals!

The Valley Royals Track and Field Club sent five athletes to the Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships and all five returned with medals.  Each athlete achieved the lofty midget and youth standard required to qualify for the event August 11-13 in Brandon, Manitoba, but their outstanding results exceeded all expectations at the premier nationwide competition. 

Leading the way was Rowan Hamilton, 17, who continued his remarkable season bringing home two medals, including gold in the hammer throw.  In July, Hamilton competed up an age level at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Ottawa, where he shared the spotlight with fellow Valley Royal Vikramjit Gondara and returned with a silver medal.  In Brandon Hamilton, who along with Gondara is trained by Royals Coach Harold Willers, would go one better–beating his own Canadian record with a throw of 69.54 m to bring home gold! He also added a bronze medal in discus with an impressive throw of 44.63m.

Elliott Payne, 15, who also trains with Willers, earned a gold medal in javelin in the midget age category.  Payne broke his previous record of 55.18m set at the BC Athletics Championship Jamboree in Coquitlam with a throw of 55.79m in Brandon. 

“My experience of competing, travelling and living with team BC was absolutely amazing and I will never forget it. I met so many people on my team and from other provinces that I became really good friends with and that I’m keeping in contact with. The coaches were all great too. They helped you with anything you needed and were there at all times. They loved to have a little fun too. I hope to come back next year to experience this all over again!” ~Elliott Payne

The Valley Royal gold medal run continued with high jumper Alexa Porpaczy, who is trained by acclaimed Royal coach Ziggy Szelagowicz.  Porpaczy won gold at Legion Nationals with leap of 1.75m to capture her third straight national title.  She added to her gold medal at the U-20 Championships in Ottawa in July.  The result rounded out a season, which included an impressive appearance at the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas, a gold medal at the prestigious Mount Sac Meet in California and a personal best of 1.80m, while earning a fourth straight Provincial High School Championship.

Another Szelagowicz trained athlete, Liam Espedido, earned a bronze at the meet in Brandon.  Espedido, who placed 4th at the BC High School Championships and won gold in the 14-15 age category at the BC Championships brought home bronze in the Midget age category with a Jump of 1.81m.

Rounding out the medal haul, Harrison Trustham, who also trains with Szelagowicz in the Power/Speed group nabbed multiple medals.  Trustham opened his season winning gold in the 300m and silver in 100m dash at the Valley Royal’s Vaisakhi Meet. He went on to win silver medals in the 100m & 300m hurdles at the BC Athletics Championship Jamboree in Coquitlam and now he has returned from Brandon a multiple medalist.

Not originally selected for Team BC, Trustham made the qualifying standard in multiple events and decided to go to Legion Youth Nationals in Brandon, Manitoba to represent the Valley Royals Track & Field Club. His decision was reinforced, as he medaled three times at the national event achieving bronze in Midget 100m hurdles and two silver medals one in 4x100m Relay and another in 200m Hurdles.

Valley Royals President, Ivon Singh Gill commented on the excellent results, saying “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate our athletes for achieving success at the national level once again. Athletes, coaches, and families–when we work together as a team, such great results are achieved. I am sure we have more to see from them.” 

Co-written by James Porpaczy and Monica Carsience

Valley Royals Coach Wins Gold in Canada Games

Congratulations to Valley Royals Coach David Boyd on his gold medal performance in pole vault at the Canada Games in Winnipeg Manitoba on August 4th. Boyd represented Team BC, achieving his gold medal standing with a vault of 4.80m. Boyd is a student at Trinity Western University where he competes for the Spartan Track & Field Team. This season, in addition to his own training and competing, Boyd took on the role of Assistant Coach for the Power & Speed Group of the Valley Royals.

Opportunity for Sponsors to Support Hundreds of Athletes in our Grand Prix Racing Series and BC Cross Country Championships

For Fall 2017 we have Sponsorship Packages available to give sponsoring companies acknowledgement at 5 Races. Each race will be attended by hundreds of athletes and their supporters:

  • Valley Royals Grand Prix Racing Series (4 races in September and October) For over 30 years our Grand Prix has attracted hundreds of students (over 750 last year) who attend school in the Fraser Valley from grades 4-8. Students run a 1-mile course in Clearbrook Park, cheered on by parents and friends, for 4 Wednesday afternoons in a row to see how much they can improve their time from week to week. This year the race dates are September 20th & 27th and October 4th & 11th 2017
  • BC Cross Country Championships in Clearbrook Park on October 28th, 2017. Attracts athletes from across B.C. for multiple races in a range of age categories

As a Non-Profit Society, we rely on the generosity of Sponsors and the volunteer work of our athletes and families. Sponsorship will provide equipment and coaching for the athletes in the Fraser Valley.

Check out our new CLUB SPONSORS section on the Valley Royals Website which contains Thank You Walls for all of our 2017 Sponsors, Sponsorship Packages, a downloadable PDF Sponsorship Letter 2017 Fall Sponsorship Letter & Sponsorship Packages for Valley Royals Track & Field Club with Chart  with a handy Chart of the benefits of each package at a glance! 


This week, the Valley Royals Board of Directors voted to remove the dollar values of the fundraising requirements from athlete memberships so that the athletes can fundraise as much or as little as they would like. Fundraisers will be offered throughout the year to provide athletes the opportunity support the club while earning Fundraising Credits to help cover the cost of their Entry Fees. If you’d like to get your volunteer hours fulfilled by running a fundraiser for the club contact Christa at



Abresia Foote gets first Sponsorship of the Fall 2017 Season!


Congratulations to Valley Royals thrower and race-walker, Abresia Foote, on being the first athlete to get a Sponsor for the club’s Fall 2017 Cross Country Season! Abresia’s sponsor is “Call Brown Real Estate Team” which has purchased a $100 “Friend of the Club” Sponsorship. This will give their company name and logo exposure on our website and on the “Wall of Fame” which will be on display at all 4 Valley Royals Grand Prix Races in Sept/Oct & at the BC Cross Country Championships which our club will be hosting in Clearbrook Park on October 28th. 

Check out our new CLUB SPONSORS section on the Valley Royals Website which contains Thank You Walls for all of our 2017 Sponsors, Sponsorship Packages, a downloadable PDF Sponsorship Letter 2017 Fall Sponsorship Letter & Sponsorship Packages for Valley Royals Track & Field Club with Chart to give to potential sponsors and a new handy Chart of the benefits of each package at a glance! 

Royals Own the Podium at the B.C. Junior Development Championships

This past weekend in White Rock, the Valley Royals JD squad finished off a banner season at the Provincial Junior Development Championships for nine to thirteen year-olds.    In all, the team stepped up to produce sixteen podium finishes, further adding another sixteen top eight performances.   

The Royals were led by the trio of rookies Mark Molina and Benjamin Wright (both age 11) and Luke Wight (age 10).   Mark Molina took the silver in both the 60meter and 200 meter sprints, further adding a 4th in the 100.   Benjamin Wright was the definition of consistency, producing bronze medal performances in the 60meter, 100 meter and 200 meter sprints, with a further bronze in the long jump.   Iron man Luke Wight, competing in six individual events, took the bronze in the high jump and 1000 meter run, silver in the long jump, further adding fourth place finishes in the 100 meters and 600 meters and a sixth in javelin.  

The trio of Molina, Wright and Wight dominated the eleven-year old relays.   Joined by veteran Arie Wassenaar in the 4 x 100 relay, the squad easily took the gold.  The same trio were joined by rookie Aryan Sidhu to take another gold in the distance medley relay.  

Our top female performers were the Royal’s young nine year olds.   Emily Tinsley captured silver in high jump, Gurpartap Sandhu took bronze in the long jump, and Bhavneet Grewal placed fourth in long jump and fifth in high jump.   Sandhu and Grewal joined eleven-year olds Sierra Greene and Sarah Thiel to take silver in the 4 x 100 relay. 

There were numerous other gutsy, clutch performances by the rest of the squad, too many to mention.    

Coaches Trevor Wight and Alexis Krieg were thrilled with the team’s performance.   “All year we’ve stressed having fun, teamwork, and participating in variety of events.   We believe that the team’s success at the JD championships is a direct result of this approach.” 

If you have photos from the BC JD Championships to share, email them to Monica at

Results of the 2017 BC JD Championships (July 21-13) are available at this link:

Congratulations to Athletes Selected to the BC/Yukon Midget & Youth Teams!

Congratulations to all of the athletes and their coaches on qualifying for the BC/Yukon Midget and Youth Teams to go to the Legion National Championships!  Your hard work and determination has paid off and we know you will represent the Valley Royals Track & Field club with pride in Brandon, Manitoba. The Royal Canadian Legion National Youth Track & Field Championships will take place from August 11th to 13th.
Athlete Lists for Midget and Youth Teams can be found at this link: 

Valley Royals Throwers Gondara and Hamilton in the News

On Wednesday July 19th the Abbotsford News published an article about the amazing season that Valley Royals throwers Vikramjit Gondara and Rowan Hamilton are having. Both athletes are trained by Coach Harold Willers.  

You can read the article on page A18 of Wednesday’s paper or the Online version is available here:

Smith, Butterworth and Crofts give their Best Performances in Belgium

Congratulations to Valley Royals athlete Jessica Smith and former Valley Royals athletes Lindsay Butterworth and Helen Crofts on their excellent performances in the 800m race at the International Athletics Meet in Belgium this week!

Lindsey Butterworth 202.13 Personal Best
Helen Crofts 2:03.67 Season’s Best
Jessica Smith 2:04.65 Season’s Best

(Photos from Canadian Track & Field Championships in Ottawa July 2017)

Congratulations to our Athletes who competed at the BC Athletics Championship Jamboree!

The results of the 2017 Jamboree are available at this link:

The Gerry Swan Report on the Valley Royals Middle Distance athletes at the Jamboree is available here: Lucas Smith Completes His Season with Two Personal Bests

Medal winners, be sure to send us your photos, videos and PBs from the meet to add to this post & our Facebook Post. Send these to Monica at

Gold Medalists: Rowan Hamilton Men 16-17 Hammer Throw (66.04m), Vikramjit Gondara Men 18-19 Hammer Throw (63.41m), Gregory Poirier Men 18-19 Shot Put (14.44m), Elliott Payne Men 14-15 Javelin Throw (55.64m) PB, Django Lovett Men 20&Up High Jump (2.24m–see video of this jump on our Valley Royals Facebook Page), Michael Lambert Men 18-19 High Jump (1.95m), Liam Espedido Men 14-15 High Jump (1.83m) PB, Alexa Porpaczy Women 16-17 High Jump (1.75m), Hannah Rolfe Women 18-19 High Jump (1.60m), David Boyd Men 20&Up Pole Vault (4.60m), Joshua Carsience Men 14-15 Pole Vault (3.05m)

Silver Medalists: Jayden Driver Men 18-19 Discus (40.48m) & Hammer Throw (54.30m), Harrison Trustham Men 14-15 100 Meter Hurdles (14.74 sec) & 300 Meter Hurdles (41.40 sec) PB

No Bronze Medalists but in 4th place: Hannah Lambert Women 16-17 Discus (29.33m), Dan Ko Men 16-17 Triple Jump (11.98m)