READY TO RUN -TWU Spartans Track and Cross-Country running program and Valley Royals Track & Field Club off to the races.

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-TWU Spartans Track and Cross-Country running program and Valley Royals Track & Field Club off to the races

LANGLEY, British Columbia
– The addition of Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) track and cross-country programs to Trinity Western University’s Spartans Athletics has resulted in a partnership opportunity with a local organization. The Spartans are pleased to announce their association with the Valley Royals Track & Field Club, and middle distance coach Sue Northey.

“Partnerships are always exciting, bringing about an unending supply of new synergies. It is a great day for Trinity Western, the Fraser Valley, Spartan Athletics and the Complete Champion Approach™ to be associated with another high performance organization and their head middle distance coach Susan Northey.” Said Murray Hall, Director of Athletics

Trinity Western University already partners with several affiliate institutions for academic offerings. These partnerships create opportunities for both parties to fulfill their mission in ways that might not otherwise be possible. The TWU Athletic Department partners with the Township of Langley in operation of the Langley Events Centre, which now serves as home court for the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams.

“These partnerships create opportunities for both parties to fulfill their mission in ways that might not otherwise be possible,” said Hall. “The cooperative agreement between TWU and Valley Royals benefits students who wish to combine high performance running-training with a university degree.”

The partnership will enable TWU Athletics to offer a competitive CIS cross country and middle distance track programs. The Valley Royals Track & Field Club will provide practice space and times and all technical aspects of high performance running, while Spartans staff will provide the administrative and The Complete Champion Approach™ infrastructure support mechanisms for student athlete runners.

“The principal focus of the partnership is to ensure that TWU competitive runners have a great place to run and train and have access to ‘already-in-place’ infrastructure support systems,” said Hall.

Valley Royals middle distance coach Sue Northey will provide technical leadership to the Spartan athletes. Northey, who holds degrees in Physical Education – McMaster ‘87, and Education – Western ‘88, is also in the process of completing her Level 4 Certification with the aid of a Women In Sport scholarship.

"I have been coaching track & field at the middle school and club level for the past 22 years and I have always aspired to coach at the University level. I am thrilled at the chance to be part of the Trinity Western Track and Cross Country program. The Complete Champion Approach TM is something I very much believe in and I am looking forward to helping Spartan student athletes become champions," commented Northey.

While attending McMaster University Northey captured nine conference medals and four Canadian University Championship medals. In 2001 Sue was inducted into McMaster’s Hall of Fame. Sue has served as a BC Head Coach for the Canadian Legion Championships and the Canadian Cross Country Championships. She has also acted as a Canadian Coach at the World Cross Country Championships in 2001 and a distance coach at the NACA Track & Field Championships in 2006.

The Valley Royals, who began operations in 1980, have been recognized as one of the top clubs in Canada. The success of the club is reflected in the rankings of clubs by Athletics Magazine. During the past 10 years, out of more than 125 clubs ranked, the Royals have always placed amongst the top 10 clubs in Canada.

The Royals have always maintained a strong junior development system which has seen a number of athletes successfully brought through their younger age groups and developed into some of the best juvenile, junior and senior athletes in Canada. Year after year, the Royals have provided the nucleus of athletes and medal winners that represent BC teams at Western Canada and Canada Games competitions.

The announcement sees the return of Track and Cross Country to the pool of TWU’s CIS sports. Earlier in the Spartans CIS tenure, 1999-2003, TWU ran competitive CIS cross country and track programs which featured 2001 CIS All-Canadian gold medal sprinter Laura Wilson and 2000 CIS second team All-Canadian cross-country runner Janine Moffett.  

Track and cross country will join recently announced swimming to bolster the Spartans CIS sports programs to 12. TWU has CIS teams in men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and basketball, which have collectively earned 12 national championship medals including four gold medals.

Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is a provincially chartered, independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university, enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include nursing, counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.


Last Updated: 2013-08-22
Author: Scott Stewart