About

Royal City Track and Field Club (RCTFC) is a non-profit amateur athletics club dedicated to promoting, encouraging and developing a high level of participation, proficiency and enjoyment in athletics in New Westminster, B.C. and surrounding communities.

RCTFC is one of the top Junior Development (JD) clubs in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Our philosophy is that JD athletes should be exposed, train, and compete in all of the areas of runs, jumps, and throws within the sport of track and field and cross country running. Only over years of training and competing and exploring these areas do athletes truly find their passion and particular expertise in individual events.

Club History

Originally coached by Ion White, the Club had its early beginnings in 1995 when some city residents set out to form the Royal City Track and Field Society. The club filed for registration in June of 1995 and was incorporated in the societies act in July of 1995.

The RCTFC’s JD program was started in the fall of 1995 during the cross country running season with track and field training beginning in the spring of the following year. A call went out for experienced track coaches and Mike Lonergan, a professional coach at that time, was asked to join the team with a group of older athletes he was training. Shortly thereafter, Mike took over the “running” of the club. In those days the club ran under the name, City Track, but was registered as Royal City Track and Field Club with BC Athletics. During this period a number of Mike’s City Track athletes rose to competition prominence, most notably, Leah Pells and Tina Connelly.

Leah Pells once ranked first in the world in the 1500 metres. She represented Canada at three consecutive Summer Olympics, from 1992 to 2000. Tina Connelly represented Canada at the 200 Summer Olympics in long distance.

Mike remains one of our clubs executive as an active participant and guide.

The JD program achieved early success but struggled financially until the club settled on a model of volunteer coaching. Since that time the club has grown in numbers and success to be the area’s largest club with a large group of dedicated volunteer coaches.

Over the past 17 years the club has continued to grow in numbers and remains committed to the development of youth in the sport of track in field.

Recent Posts

RCTFC XC Athletes take 5 Gold at Frank Reynolds Meet & 1 Gold at UVic XC Race this weekend!

Congratulations to all the RCTFC athletes who competed at the 2017 Frank Reynolds’ Meet at Cates’ Park on Saturday, November 14th!

Competitors were Ashley Ko, Katie Stewart-Barnett, Max Holmes, Alex Romero, Shea Janke, Ryan Perks, Emily Bowles, Monika Arcadi, Ava Forsyth, Finn Janke, Ryan Goudron and Ryan Roberts.

Highlights included the 5-count of Gold Medals won by Ava Foryth, Alex Romero, Ryan Goudron, Emily Bowles and Max Holmes!

Congratulations also to podium performers Katie Stewart-Barnett (Bronze), Shea Janke (Bronze) and Monika Arcadi (Bronze).

All results can be viewed here:

https://www.trackie.com/track-and-field/Results/frank-reynolds-memorial-cross-country/6422/

Congratulations to Grace Fetherstonhaugh for her performance at the UVIC Invitational Cross Country Race at Beacon Hill Park in Victoria on the same day for her 1st place finish in the 6km distance.

All results for that race can be viewed here:

https://www.trackie.com/track-and-field/Articles/victoria-vikes-xc-invitational-live-saturday/15937/

 

 

  1. RCTFC’s Forsyth sisters lead by example at Crescent Park Race Leave a reply
  2. Royal City XC Athletes off to a Strong Start! Leave a reply
  3. Royal City Track and Field Club Home to U18 National Champions Leave a reply
  4. Fetherstonhaugh Golden at Canada Games Leave a reply
  5. Two Royal City Athletes Named to Team BC for Youth Nationals Leave a reply
  6. RCTFC JD Athletes Run, Jump & Throw to win at Championships! Leave a reply
  7. Jaden Knight – North American Indigenous Champion! Leave a reply
  8. RCTFC athletes push limits at Jamboree Leave a reply
  9. Good luck to RCTFC Senior Athletes Emily and Lauren! Leave a reply