RCTFC competitors lead in Langley meet

groupshotCompetition at the Langley Mustang’s Invitational Meet went well for Royal City Track and Field Club athletes June 19-21.

The club was represented by more than 25 athletes who as a team accomplished 13 medals and 56 top 8 finishes in a wide range of events from shot put and javelin to high jump, hurdles and steeplechase!

In the 9 year old age-group, top eight performances included: Noah Brolin with a bronze medal in 100m and 5th in 60m dash and Markus Savela’s 4th in 600m, 6th in 60m, 5th in long jump and 6th in shot put!

For 10 year olds, Nicole Blatherwick took silver for javelin and 7th for 60m hurdles, Katherine Martin took bronze for javelin and 6th for high jump, Kenan Burrows won 6th for shot put and Andrew Murray won 8th place for 60m hurdles and long jump.

Monika Arcadi, 11, accomplished wins in a range of events, including bronze in 1000m, 4th in long jump and javelin and 5th in high jump and 600m. Cameron Dewith won 5th place in the 11 year old boys’ 600m.

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For 12 year olds, Shankara Rajkumar won silver in 300m and 5th in 200m and Riley Storms won 6th in 800m and 8th in 80m hurdles. The 12 year old girls relay team also won the gold medal in the 4 x 100m-way to go!

In the 13 year old category:

  • Lauryn Savela won  a pair of silver medals in pole vault and javelin and 5th in discus
  • Lauren Sidhu took 5th in 300m, 7th in 200m and 800m and 8th in 100m
  • Sabine Girt won 4th in 800m, 6th in 1200m, 7th in 80m hurdles and 9th in 200m
  • Emma Dolman took 8th for 200m hurdles and 9th for 800m and 1200m
  • Emma Celle won 8th in discus.

In the Midget category (ages 14-15):

Throws

  • Jenevieve Patry-Smith won silver in shot put, javelin and discus
  • Devin Strome won 4th in shot put
  • Brianna Bates won bronze in javelin
  • Joelle Pinvidic won 4th in hammer throw

Jumps

  • Devin Strome won bronze in high jump
  • Finnley Cookson won bronze in pole vault
  • Max Jones won gold in pole vault
  • Ryan Jensen won 7th in shot put

Track

  • Grace Fetherstonhaugh won gold in 1500m steeplechase
  • Emily Chilton won 5th in 400m
  • Ashlynne Stairs won 8th in 1200m
  • Finnley Cookson won 5th in 1200m
  • Max Jones won 6th in 100m hurdles
  • Ryan Jensen won 7th in 100m hurdles

Congratulations to all the athletes!

RCTFC athletes celebrate 20 years with 22 medals, 74 top 8s & meet record at Jesse Bent

Paige Deedman competes in long jump

Paige Deedman competes in long jump

Royal City Track and Field Club athletes took home 22 medals, 74 top 8 performances and a meet record as well at the June 13-14 Jesse Bent Memorial Meet at the Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam. Celebrating its 20 Year Anniversary as a club in New Westminster, Royal City Track and Field Club turned out 46 competitive athletes at the meet.

Top 8 Performance highlights at the meet included:

On the Track:

  • Emily Chilton’s 5th place finish in the 16/17 year old 800m with a huge pb time of 2:21:24
  • Lauren Vanee’s 7th in 400m hurdles for 16/17 girls
  • Grace Fetherstonhaugh’s new meet record and gold medal in the 1200m with a time of 3:40:08 in the 14/15 year old girls’ category
  • 15 year old Taylor Morrison’s silver medal, pb in the 1500m racewalk
  • Devin Strome’s 8th place in 80m hurdles
  • 15 year old Finnley Cookson’s 5th place finish in 800m with a time of 2:18:07
  • Gavin Fan’s 8th place finish in the 14/15 boys’ 1200m (first meet)
  • Max Jones’ 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th place in 200m hurdles, 100m hurdles, 100m dash and 200m dash
  • 14 year old Jeremy Belcher’s bronze in 200m hurdles and 5th in 100m
  • 14 year old Shea Janke’s 6th place in 1200m
  • 14 year old Ryan Jensen’s 5th and 6th place in 200m hurdles and 100m hurdles
  • 12 year old Shankara Rajkumar’s  bronze medal in 300m and 7th in 200m
  • 13 year old Emma Celle’s 7th place in 300m
  • 13 year old Emma Dolman’s 6th place finish in the 1200m run with a notable 40 seconds off her previous pb which is definitely worth a mention!
  • 13 year old Lauren Sidhu’s 7th place finishes in 100m dash, 800m and 8th in 300m (first meet)
  • 12 year old Katelyn Stewart-Barnett’s silver medals in 800m and 1200m
  • 12 year old Riley Storms’ 5th place in 800m and 8th place in 80m hurdles
  • 11 year old Monika Arcadi’s 7th and 8th place in the 600m and 1000m
  • Annika Yong’s 6th in 100m and 8th in 60m for 10 year old girls
  • 10 year old Noah Duke’s 4th place finish in 1000m 6th place in 600m and 7th place in 60m hurdles
  • 9 year old Livia Russo’s 4th place in 60m
  • 9 year old Noah Brolin’s bronze medals in 60m and 100m and 6th in 600m
  • 9 year old Markus Savela’s 8th place in 100m finals

Throws:

  • Lauren Vanee’s silver medal in javelin for 16/17 girls
  • Brianna Bates’ silver medal  in the 14/15 year old girls’ javelin
  • Devin Strome’s 5th in shot put
  • 14 year old Jenevieve Patry-Smith came away with 4 medals: gold in javelin and bronze in hammer, discus and shot put
  • 14 year old Joelle Pinvidic’s 4th in hammer throw
  • 14 year old Jack Foster’s 5th place finish in shot put with a throw of over 10 (first meet)
  • 13 year old Lauryn Savela’s silver medal in javelin with a pb throw of 27.18 and 6th place in discus (pbs all around)
  • 13 year old Emma Celle’s 5th place in discus
  • 11 year old Shivan Rajkumar’s top 10 finish in shot put
  • Levi Tuura’s 8th in shot put
  • 9 year old Amy Perera’s 4th place in shot put
  • 9 year old Noah Brolin’s gold medal in shot put
  • 9 year old Markus Savela’s 8th place in shot put

Jumps:

  • Devin Strome’s 5th in high jump for 14/15 girls
  • 15 year old Finnley Cookson’s 4th place finish in pole vault (first meet)
  • Jeremy Belcher’s 4th and 6th place in 14/15 year old boys’ triple jump and long jump
  • Jack Foster’s bronze medal in triple jump for 14/15 year old boys (first meet)
  • Ryan Jensen’s 5th place in 14/15 triple jump
  • Max Jones’ silver medal in pole vault and 8th in long jump
  • 13 year old Lauryn Savela’s silver medal in pole vault (first meet for event)
  • 12 year old Kate Stewart-Barnett’s bronze in high jump
  • 11 year old Paige Deedman’s 7th place in high jump (at her first meet)
  • 11 year old Cameron Dewith’s gold medal in high jump
  • 10 year old Andrew Murray’s 6th in long jump (first meet)
  • Levi Tuura’s 7th in high jump (first jump at meet)
  • Livia Russo’s silver medal in high jump for 9 year old girls
  • 9 year old Amy Perera’s 6th place in long jump
  • 9 year old Markus Savela’s 5th place finish in long jump (first meet jump)
  • Coach Alex Bouzane’s silver medal in pole vault with a jump of 3.90 in the masters’ category

Also congratulations to all the athletes who competed at the meet in their first ever competitions and to all athletes who accomplished personal best (pb) performances whether you made top 8 or not!

Full meet results can be viewed at:

Jesse Bent results 2015

 

Royal City Track and Field Club celebrates 20 years!

IMG_0010Royal City Track and Field Club athletes celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the club on Monday, June 15th at the annual club bbq/mini pentathlon which celebrates the successes of the athletes who completed the Intro to Track and Track Rascal programs. More than 150 people (athletes and their families) from the competitive program, the intro program and the track rascal program came out to show their support of these athletes in the fun evening which took place on the track, in the field and at the bbq after.

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Congratulations to all the athletes who completed the 8 week training programs and thank you to all the volunteers who made the event possible for volunteering with the teams, at the bbq or during set up or clean-up!

The club looks forward to seeing you again next year!

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RCTFC athletes show strength and speed at BC High School Championships

Royal City track athletes who competed at the BC High School Championships

From top row and left to right: Lauren Vanee, Emily Chilton, Jenviève Patry-Smith, Devin Strome, Jack Foster, Gavin Fan, Shea Janke, Ryan Jensen, Grace Fetherstonhaugh, Brianna Bates and Jeremy Belcher

Congratulations to Royal City Track and Field Club athletes who qualified to compete against tough competitors from all over the province at the BC High School Championships: Lauren Vanee (300m hurdles, javelin), Emily Chilton (400m, 800m and 4x400m senior relay), Jenevieve Patry-Smith (javelin, hammer throw and discus), Devin Strome (80m hurdles and high jump), Jack Foster ( long jump, triple jump and high jump), Gavin Fan (400m), Shea Janke (3000m), Ryan Jensen (triple jump and100m hurdles), Grace Fetherstonhaugh (1500m, 3000m and 4x400m senior relay) and Jeremy Belcher (triple jump, 4x400m Gr 8 relay team).

Highlights included: Gr 8 Jenevieve Patry-Smith’s Silver medal in javelin and 8th place in discus (in the Junior category-Gr 9/10), Devin Strome’s 5th place in junior high jump, Jeremy Belcher’s 7th place in Gr 8 triple jump, newcomer to the club Jack Foster’s 4th place in Gr 8 triple jump, 4th place in long jump and 7th place in high jump, Emily Chilton’s 9th place in Junior 400m and 1st on senior 4x400m relay team, Grace Fetherstonhaugh’s 4th place in Junior 3000m, 8th place in junior 1500m and 1st on senior 4x400m relay team, and Brianna Bates’ 4th place in Junior pole vault and 5th place in javelin.

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Congratulations to RCTFC athletes qualified for BC High School Track & Field Champs

Congratulations to the Royal City Track and Field Club athletes who have qualified to compete for their respective highschools at the BC High School Track and Field Championships June 4-6. Good luck to RCTFC athletes Emily Chilton, Brianna Bates, Jenevieve Patry-Smith, Devin Strome, Grace Fetherstonhaugh, Lauren Vanee, Shea Janke, Ryan Jensen, Gavin Fan, Jeremy Belcher and Jack Foster!

Royal City JDs win big at South Fraser Junior Olympics Meet!

 

RCTFC's 11 year old relay team wins gold (l-r: Charlotte Taylor, Kate Bowles, Sydney Christiansen and Kaitlyn Biedka)

RCTFC’s 11 year old relay team wins gold (l-r: Charlotte Taylor, Kate Bowles, Sydney Christiansen and Kaitlyn Biedka)

An outstanding 24 JD athletes represented Royal City Track and Field Club at the May 16-17 South Fraser Junior Olympics Trackmeet at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Performances by all of the athletes contributed to Royal City Track and Field Club placing 5th overall out of the 22 competing track and field clubs at the meet. Congratulations to all of the athletes who participated in the meet for accomplishing their own PBs and wins!

Special recognition to Kenan Burrows, Annika Yong, Kaitlyn Biedka, Nicole Blatherwick, Katherine Martin, Noah Duke and Levi Tuura for competing in their first trackmeet as a Royal City Track and Field Club athlete and accomplishing personal best performances in their events!

Highlights included excellent performances against competitors by the following RCTFC relay teams:

  • Bronze Medal win by the 11-year old 4 x 100m relay team (Kate Bowles, Charlotte Taylor, Grace Hodges and Kaitlyn Biedka) and Gold for the 11-year old 4 x 200m relay team (Kate Bowles, Charlotte Taylor, Sydney Christiansen and Kaitlyn Biedka)
  • Silver Medal win by the 13-year old 4 x 200m relay team (Elizabeth Bowles, Emma Celle, Emma Dolman and Lauryn Savela) and also Bronze for the same team in the 4 x 100m
  • Bronze Medal win by the 11-year old 4 x 100m relay team (Nicole Blatherwick, Katherine Martin, Livia Russo and Annika Yong)

Other Top 8 performances for individual competition included:

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  • (9 year old girls)-in an impressive array of events, Livia Russo took gold in 60m dash and 100m, as well as silver in 600m, 4th in high jump and shot put and 6th in long jump
  • (9 year old boys)-4th place in shot put for Marcus Savela
  • (10 year old girls)-8th in high jump for Katherine Martin and 6th place in shot put for Nicole Blatherwick
  • (10 year old boys)-6th place for Noah Duke in 1000m, 8th place for Levi Tuura in 1000m and a strong 4th place for Levi in 600m
  • (11 year old girls)-Monika Arcadi won well this weekend with three bronze medals for 600m, long jump and high jump as well as 4th in 1000m and 6th in shot put, 8th place for Grace Hodges in the finals for 60m dash, a pair of silver medals for Emily Bowles for performances in 600m and 1000m, 4th place for Kate Bowles in the 600m and an impressive 5th place in long jump against of field of almost 30 competitors
  • (11 year old boys)-Cameron Dewith won well with a silver medal in 1000m, 6th place in long jump and 7th place in shot put, while teammate Shivan Rajkumar took the 6th place ribbon for shot put
  • (12 year old girls)-Katelyn Stewart-Barnett took home a pair of silver medals for the 800m and the 1200m and also took 4th for high jump and 7th for long jump and teammate Shankara Rajkumar took the silver medal for her strong 300m performance
  • (13 year old girls)-Emma Dolman won 6th place in 300m and also in the 800m while teammate Emma Celle took 5th place in high jump, 6th in discus, 7th in 800m run and 11th place in long jump (against a field of 22 competitors), Elizabeth Bowles won well with 4th place in 800m and 5th in 1200m and Lauryn Savela took 4th in discus throw and 10th in high jump

Congratulations to all of the athletes for their hard work at practices paid off!

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RCTFC athletes compete to win in Kamloops

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Three athletes represented Royal City Track and Field Club very well at the Centennial Meet in Kamloops May 15-17, medaling in throws and competing to finals on the track.

In the 12-year old boys’ category, David Patry-Smith took the gold medal for his shot put throw, while 14-year old sister and teammate Jenevieve Patry-Smith won gold in the midget category for her discus throw of 29.78 (a PB for Patry-Smith) and also won gold in shot put and silver in hammer when she threw to 36.17 (also a PB). Jenevieve also won the javelin event beating both the field of midget girls and the midget boys with a PB throw of 39.70.

Also in the midget category, teammate Brianna Bates took silver for her javelin throw, just shy of 30 while she also competed well on the track, making it to the midget finals in the 100m with a PB of 13.62.

Congratulations to the accomplished trio!

RCTFC trio win well at Victoria Dogwood Meet

 

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RCTFC athletes Emma Dolman, Maxwell Jones and Ryan Jensen started the track season off with strong performances in the field and on the track.

Competing in an impressive array of events, Dolman took bronze in the 1200m for 2002 girls, 4th in high jump, 4th in the 300m, 7th in 80m hurdles and 7th in the 800m. Her performances included 4 personal bests.

Teammate Maxwell Jones’ highlights were a gold medal in pole vault for 2001 boys and bronze in long jump (both pbs). All in all, Jones had 6 top 8 finishes for 6 events which included his gold in pole vault and 3 bronze medals total.

Ryan Jensen’s peak performances included winning bronze in triple jump for 2001 boys, 4th in 200m hurdles and 6th in 100m hurdles.

Congratulations on a strong represent for Royal City Track and Field Club!

RCTFC Youth Coach receives 2015 Community Service Award

 

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As an Athletics Club, our first thought was that we should be nominating Track Rascal Assistant Coach Colin Donahoe for an Athletics and Sportsmanship Award.  However, in reviewing his commitments, it became apparent that Community Service was the appropriate category.

Colin Donahoe approached the Royal City Track and Field Club coaches in 2011 with an interest in giving back to the club that had invested in him over the previous 5 years. He had observed RCTF Track Rascals – an introductory, fun-based movement skills program for 6 – 8 year olds – while he was training and wondered if he could offer any assistance given his considerable technical skills in all track and field events. On the coaches’ suggestion, Colin investigated the Athletics Canada/BC Athletics Run, Jump, Throw National Coaching Certification courses.  He then arranged to take a course at his expense and on his own time so that he could become a sanctioned coach with the Track Rascals program.

Colin has now been a Rascals coach for four of the last five years and has become a fixture with the program. His ability to use his track and field skills to help children learn basic movement and athletic skills in a safe and fun environment is well recognized by other club coaches as well as our young athletes and their parents. He has a unique ability to help shy or uncertain participants “fit in”. Numerous parents have commented on how well he adapts “on the fly” to ensure the activities fit the needs of the children. During the year he was away from the program while on Rotary Youth Exchange in Brazil, our repeat participants commented that they missed him!

Colin has also volunteered for other activities within the club, from assisting on technical days to helping out during the club run SD40 Elementary Cross Country Run.  It was only through research that I was able to confirm the dates he has been active within the club, it just seems he is always there helping, and always has been.

In addition to his commitment to the club, Colin still finds time to pursue downhill skiing and running as a recreational activity (he ran a 1/2 marathon last year and is planning on running 2 more this year) and is very involved in many other activities, all while balancing school, and maintaining marks we would all be proud of.  Some of those activities include:

  • Leader at Rotary Youth Awards Camp, 2015, participant in 2014
  • Interact Club (the high school version of Rotary) – currently he’s on the executive as treasurer
  • Mentors Canadian Rotary exchange students during their year abroad
  • New West Youth Advisory Committee 2014/15 (co-chair)
  • Model United Nations club at NWSS

Through this time he somehow also found time to maintain a part-time job, working at Queen’s Park Meat Market August 2012 – March 2015 until he felt he needed time off to focus on his marks in his final year at NWSS to ensure he is prepared for his post-secondary studies and goals.

We are very proud of Colin’s commitment and achievements, and know the community benefits greatly from his efforts, and will likely continue to do so for many years to come.