Royal City Midget Girls Win BC Athletics Athlete Awards

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At the 2015 BC Athletic Awards banquet, two Royal City athletes won awards. Brianna Bates won a Midget 15 Track & Field Athlete Award for her performance of 38.38m in javelin throw. Jeneviève Patry-Smith won a Midget 14 Track & Field Athlete Award for her performances of 40.27m in javelin, 33.60m in discus, and 11.19m in shot put. Both girls competed on the national stage at the Legion Nationals in Quebec.

Midget Throwers Take Medals At Hershey Youth Regional Series

Royal City Midget girls, Brianna Bates and Jeneviève Patry-Smith, competed in the Athletics Canada Hershey Youth Regional Series on July 25th and 26th as part of their road to the Legion Youth Championships being held in Quebec in August. The girls finished 3rd and 2nd respectively in the Javelin competition on Saturday afternoon. Earlier in the day, Jeneviève also took home a silver medal in the shot put with a throw of 11.19m.


Track Technical Day A Success

20140426-183705.jpgOn April 26th, Royal City Track & Field Club held their first all-day track technical clinics for the athletes in the club. Athletes from ages 8 and up received individual coaching attention in all the technical events: hurdles, shot put, discus, javelin, long, triple and high jump, and pole vault.

To celebrate the success of the day, we have an online contest:

Guess which shoe belongs to which coach.

Royal City Track’s Head Coach, Sean Dixon, wins Coaching Excellence award from BC Athletics

Royal City Track & Field Club’s Head Coach, Sean Dixon, won the Junior Development Coaching Excellence Award of the Year which was presented to him by BC Athletics Saturday, December 7 at the AGM and Awards Banquet. The prestigious award recognized Dixon’s major contributions to the club as a coach.

Dixon is a long time avid runner and has been volunteering his time and expertise as a coach with Royal City Track & Field Club since 2005. Dixon is a common fixture at all practices and specializes in coaching middle and long distance, as well as cross-country running with the athletes at the club. Dixon has Level 1 Coaching Certification for Track & Field.

Royal City Track & Field Club’s JD highlights from this year under Dixon’s direction included a total of 50 awards at the Provincial Junior Development Track and Field Championships, which consisted of 18 medals and 32 top eight finishes. A record setting turnout of RCTFC JD athletes also trained for and competed in the 2013 JD Lower Mainland Cross-Country Series; three of those athletes received medals for their overall placement in the series.

Royal City Track & Field Club is one of the few clubs with event specific coaching, specializing in sprints, hurdles, middle, long distance and cross-country running, as well as field events, such as javelin, discus, hammer throw, shot put, long jump, high jump and pole vault.

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Strong Cross Country JD Series Performances by Royal City Athletes

A record 20 Royal City JD athletes participated in the Cross Country training season this fall, coached by Head Coach Sean Dixon, Coach Nick Parnell and Parent/Coach Charlie Hunter. The athletes trained two nights a week through pretty balmy conditions for cross country this season, with the occasional wet and muddy night at Cariboo Park. Four very keen Track Rascal athletes (Simone Keller, Markus Savela, Adelaide Oldfield and Kinyi Goma) also participated once a week with Coach Margaret Stewart and Assistant Coach Colin Donahoe.

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The cross country program not only provides athletes with some winter conditioning to support their spring season but also sets them up to compete in the Lower Mainland JD Cross Country Series. Comprised of 5 Lower Mainland Cross Country meets, the series helps athletes prepare for the BC Cross Country Championship race. Runners are scored on their 4 best performances.

Fifteen Royal City JD athletes participated regularly in the Lower Mainland JD Cross Country Series meets with very successful results for the Royal City Track and Field Club.

Emily Chilton and Grace Fetherstonhaugh were awarded 2nd place plaques by BC Athletics in the 14 and 13-year old age categories for their top 4 performances in the series which included 5th and 3rd place in their respective age groups at the BC Cross Country Championships. Sarah Forgie took 6th place in the overall series, after competing in just 3 of the series races, following strong 4th place finishes at the Bear Creek and Frank Reynolds meets.  For 13-year old boys, Ian Hunter and Emmanuel Dadson placed 4th and 8th in the series, respectively.

In the 12-year old boys’ category, Shea Janke was awarded the 3rd place plaque by BC Athletics. Jeremy Belcher took 9th place in the series after participating in only 3 runs, with a strong 5th place finish at the Frank Reynolds meet. Newcomer Kelvin Cao placed 10th overall for his participation in the series.

In the 11-year old girls’ category Elizabeth Bowles placed 9th overall in the series, with 3 strong top ten finishes. For points from just 3 races, Lauryn Savela placed 31st out of almost 50 girls competing in this age category.

Milena Kalisch placed 4th overall in the series for 10-year old girls, including a strong 2nd place finish and top ten for all races she competed in for the series.

In the 9-year old girls’ category, Emily Bowles, Kate Bowles and Grace Hodges placed 4th, 10th and 11th in the series overall and for 9-year old boys Richard Cao placed 7th. Emily Bowles’ performances included winning the bronze medal at the BC Cross Country Championships.

Congratulations also to Track Rascal athlete Markus Savela for completing his very first cross country race at the Festival of Cross Country at Crescent Park!