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 Team Brave Snow & Cold at BC High School’s

Katie Stewart-Barnett captures Bronze in Junior Race

Congratulations to the Royal City Track & Field Club Cross Country Team who ran in sub zero temperatures as well as falling snow at the BC High School Cross Country Provincial Championships Saturday, November 4th at Jericho Park in Vancouver.

The high school athletes included: Ashlynne Stairs, Monika Arcadi, Isabella Brunoro, Katie Stewart-Barnett, Grace Fetherstonhaugh, Ryan Roberts, Shea Janke, Alex Romero and Ryan Goudron (who is in grade 9 but raced in the Senior Boys race)-all are to be congratulated for their strong performances in their 4.6km and 6.9km races!

Top 50 Performance Highlights (each race included well over 200 racers) included:

  • Senior Boys (233 racers)-Shea Janke for 33rd place finish and Alejandro Romero for 18th place
  • Senior Girls (242 racers)-Grace Fetherstonhaugh for 2nd place and Ashlynne Stairs for 30th place
  • Junior Girls (249 racers)-Katie Stewart-Barnett for 3rd place and Isabella Brunoro for 7th place

Full results can be found here:

https://racedaytiming.ca/results.html

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  1. 2 Royal City Athletes recognized at BC Athletics’ JD Awards Banquet Leave a reply
  2. RCTFC XC Athletes Competitive at BC Athletics Championships Leave a reply
  3. Peak Performances by all RCTFC Cross Athletes at Zones! Leave a reply
  4. RCTFC XC Athletes take 5 Gold at Frank Reynolds Meet & 1 Gold at UVic XC Race this weekend! Leave a reply
  5. RCTFC’s Forsyth sisters lead by example at Crescent Park Race Leave a reply
  6. Royal City XC Athletes off to a Strong Start! Leave a reply
  7. Royal City Track and Field Club Home to U18 National Champions Leave a reply
  8. Fetherstonhaugh Golden at Canada Games Leave a reply
  9. Two Royal City Athletes Named to Team BC for Youth Nationals Leave a reply