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.

Since 1995 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 JD Athletes compete at BC JD Pentathlon Championships!

Congratulations to the 22 RCTFC JD athletes who competed at the 2019 BC JD Pentathlon Championships in Surrey on July 13.

Esha Basi, Emily Forsyth, Nova Peters, Mahea Terepocki Grant, Elizabeth Blatherwick, Amara Chiang, Mia Gracia, Maiysa Montakhab, Olivia Robinson, Abby Brolin, Maresa Loconte, Ellie Yong, Zehra Ali, Indira Chiang, Nathalie Flood, Lishan Melles-Hewitt, Lorenzo Loconte, Benjamin Mackinnon, Ethen Morrow, Nathan Sedore, Marek Laga and Matthew Terepocki Grant are all to be congratulated on a job well done!

Highlights on the podium include:

  • Ellie Yong’s Silver for 12 year old girls
  • Mia Gracia’s Bronze for 10 year old girls

Notable mention goes out to Amara Chiang. At the start of the 600m race she and another runner fell at the start, Amara got up, dusted herself off and restarted in her heat again! Gutsy performance!

Full results can be found at the below link:

https://files.trackie.com/uploads/results/OverallBCJDCommitteePoints-2019BCJDPent.pdf

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