South Fraser Track & Field Club was formed in January, 1966 when three families – the Priors, the Gledhills and the McNays – attended an organizational meeting at Dave Prior’s home. Dave Prior became the first Club President by acclamation and the club was on its way to becoming a reality! With no equipment or financial resources and a cinder track without lights, the initial winter months brought athletes, parents and coach closely together with a strong resolve to build a successful community-based track club.
The Cloverdale Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion became the club’s financial angel when it provided support for travel, equipment and officials at competitions. Build it and they will come was their moto – and indeed they came. Local high school coaches sent athletes, officiated at track and cross country meets, and attended club sponsored coaches’ clinics.
By the end of their first season, South Fraser Track and Field Club had fifteen athletes, twelve distance runners and three very good sprinters. Over the next few seasons, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers joined the club and Graeme Cooper was added to the coaching group.
As a club, South Fraser plans to develop its roots within Surrey’s community by creating a healthy lifestyle and competitive athletic opportunities for the community.