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)

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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 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,

Throws Training Starting

Throws Training available in: Hammer, Discus, Javelin & Shot Put 

Ages 14 and up


  • Tuesday 4:30pm @  Rotary Stadium  
  • Thursday 4:30pm @ Rotary Stadium
  • Sunday 11am @ Clearbrook Par

Practices will consist of conditioning & technical work

Throws Coach Harold Willers: Coach Harold is four-time Canadian Champion in Hammer from 1981 to 1984. He has coached a number of athletes who have represented Canada internationally.