Cross Country Season

Our Cross Country (XC) season is about to begin, with practices starting on Thursday, September 2 and running until Thursday, October 21. Practices this year will be held at Swanguard Stadium in Burnaby (Central Park) on Tuesday and and Thursday evenings, as follows:

JD athletes (ages 9-12): Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm

Senior athletes (U16, U18, U20): Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm

Entrance to Swanguard is through the NE gate, accessed from the Kingway parking lot. PLEASE dress for the weather! Any athlete turning up to practice not wearing full warmup clothing will not be allowed to participate in that practice. Also, please remember to bring water.

As we rely on volunteer coaching, we want to be respectful of our coaches time and to ensure that we have sufficient coaches available to adhere to Provincial Health Orders. As such, we are asking that all athletes participating in XC commit to showing up for the majority of practices over the 8 week season. We also expect athletes to participate in the seasons XC running events, where possible, culminating in the BC XC Championships on October 23 in Victoria.

The schedule of events is as follows:

– Aug 28th, Rotary Run for Rwanda, Bowen Island (senior athletes ONLY)

– Sept 18th  Pinetree Classic, Mundy Park, Coquitlam 

– Sept 26th Vancouver Spirit Run

– Oct 2nd, Bear Mountain Trail Race, Mission (senior athletes ONLY)

– Oct 2nd  Festival of Cross Country, South Surrey

– Oct 16th  Frank Reynolds Memorial XC race, North Vancouver

– Oct 23rd  BC ATHLETICS Provincial XC Championships, Victoria.

– Nov 6th, BC High School XC Championships, Vancouver (senior athletes ONLY)

Note: The XC season is included with your athletes 2021 registration. If your child participated in this past season with RCTFC, they are registered and their COVID waiver (through BC Athletics) is still valid. If not, they will need to ensure registration and payment (for XC only) and completion of a BC Athletics waiver prior to XC attendance. We will continue to maintain COVID safety protocols throughout this season as dictated by local health authorities.

JD Athletes only: Please confirm whether your child will be participating in XC this year by emailing info@royalcitytrack.ca on or before August 30, 2021.

Should you have any questions, please email to info@royalcitytrack.ca.

Thank you,

Trish Robinson, RCTFC Vice President

Celina Wong Cleans Up At BC Masters Championships

Royal City Track and Field’s field event official extraordinaire, track mom, and master’s thrower, Celina Wong, recently cleaned up at the 2021 BC Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in Bear Creek Park in Surrey, Aug 21-22. Celina threw personal bests in all five of her throwing events! Competing in the 55-59 category, she took home a bronze medal in the shot put with a throw of 7.38m, a silver medal in javelin with a throw of 19.41m, another bronze in discus with a toss of 19.43m, a gold medal in the weight throw with a heave of 9.48m, and in her specialty of hammer throw, another gold medal, crushing the entire field of women across all age categories with a huge toss of 32.02m.

Beginner/Intro Vault Sessions for July

  • Thursday July 8th 7:30-9:00 — 13’s and up (take-down help needed)
  • Sunday July 11th 9:30-11:15am — 12’s and up (set up help needed)
  • Tuesday July 13th 7:15-8:45 — 12’s and up (take-down help needed)
  • Sunday July 18th 10:00-11:45am — 12’s and up (set up and take-down help needed)
  • Thursday July 22nd 7:15-8:45 — 12’s and up (take-down help needed)
  • Sunday July 25th 10:00-11:45am — 12’s and up (set up and take-down help needed)

Please contact coach Cristina directly if your child is interested in attending some or all of these practices.

Any potential August or fall practices or camps will be announced at a later date.

High Performance Javelin Competition May 16th, Swangard Stadium

RCTFC will be hosting a high performance javelin competition on May 16th, 2021 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, BC. Due to the COVID health restrictions, the competition is only open to those on the Canadian Sport Institute (CSI), Pacific, Targeted Athlete List. Athletes are nominated to the list on an annual basis by BC Athletics. Any athlete on the list is eligible to compete.

Sunday, May 16th, 2021

Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, BC

Implement weight-in: 2pm

Male/Female U16 to Open

Unless registration numbers dictate otherwise, all categories will throw together.

Trackie Registration

Results

JD Athletes Registration

JD parents and athletes, 

Our apologies for the delay in this communication.  As mentioned in our March 14 email, we are still on track to begin the Junior Development Track and Field season with Tuesday and Thursday practices at Mercer Stadium starting on April 6 at 5:30pm. This is for athletes born in 2009 to 2012.  Athletes born before 2009 should have already been in contact with us.

Planning has been extremely difficult, and it has taken us a lot longer than anticipated to confirm with the City of New Westminster and BC Athletics and keep in line with Provincial Health Orders. 

We have made the difficult decision to limit registration to 15 athletes per age group at the present time. Many of you will soon receive an email from Team Trackie (info @ trackie.com) asking that you officially register your child and complete payment.  You will then receive an email from Athletics Canada Subject: BC Athletics with links to complete the required waivers and consent.  Your registration is not confirmed until you have completed this step.  We are asking that this be completed by end of day Wednesday, March 31.  If not completed by this time, your space will be given to others on our waitlist.  Emails are being sent in order of registrations received.

Please do not reply to either of the emails above, we will not receive them.  If there are questions or you/your child have made the decision to no longer participate in this season, please inform us via email to info@royalcitytrack.ca  ASAP so that we may remove you from our lists and accommodate other athletes sooner. 

Those of you who do not receive an email from Trackie will remain on our waitlist for the time being and we will confirm your participation as soon as possible.  This may be later in the week if some of the first 15 choose not to register.   If we find ourselves able to open up to more athletes, while still adhering to the restrictions, we will do so ASAP.  We are truly sorry that we cannot accommodate everyone this season. 

This is a reminder for those of you were members with Royal City in 2020, in order to get your 25% discount on your BC Athletics fee you will have to manually enter COVID25% as a promo code.  The system will recognize those who were members in 2020; however, if you forget to enter your code at the time of registration we will not be able to go back and issue a refund.

Please note that parents/spectators are not allowed during practices, due to PHO restrictions. We will be asking parents to drop their registered children at specified areas on Tuesday, April 6 at 5:30pm.  Once registration is complete and our numbers are confirmed, we will send the specifics as to where to that will be. 

Again, thank you so much for your patience and continued support of our track and field program.

Best Regards,

Ian Coutts

President, Royal City Track & Field Club