About Us

The Coquitlam Cheetahs Track and Field Club is a member organization of the Canadian Track and Field Association and BC Athletics Association.

The club is located in Coquitlam, British Columbia, 30 kilometers east of Vancouver. Our first class training facility is located at the Percy Perry Stadium at Town Centre (1290 Pipeline Road). It includes a Mondo track surface with areas for long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault suitable for all levels of track competition. The facility also includes separate areas for discus, hammer, shot put and a polyflex synthetic rubberized track surface for javelin.

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Coquitlam Cheetahs Track and Field Club is to provide the youth of the community with the opportunity to:
  • Participate in a program of training
  • Compete locally, provincially, nationally and internationally
  • Work in conjunction with local government to develop first class track and field facilities
  • Foster an atmosphere in which athletes can achieve their full potential
Our History

The Coquitlam Cheetahs Track and Field Club has it origins dating back to 1962. In the early 1970s, Doreen and Barry Petrie officially formalized the club to allow its athletes to compete in the Junior Development, Juvenile and Junior Divisions. There were approximately 40 athletes competing for the club at that time and by the end of the decade this number had doubled to 80 athletes.

Participation ebbed and flowed during the 1980s. In 1989, Percy Perry became Head Coach of the club, at which time the club also moved to its new location at The Coquitlam Town Centre Track. It was during this time that club membership began to thrive again, allowing the club to provide its athletes with the latest in training equipment including its own indoor weight training facility and year round training schedules for its older athletes in the Juvenile, Junior, and Senior Divisions. Tara Self, daughter of Percy Perry and two-time Olympian, assumed head coaching duties for the club in 2005. During the past few years the club has experienced significant success in attracting new athletes, and in 2016 the club membership exceeded 170 athletes.

In addition to track and field training and development, the club is involved in and continues to support Cross Country Running.

Throughout the club's history it has always provided, and will continue to provide, a positive atmosphere in which athletes can achieve their full potential.

Our Organization

All monies received by the club are spent on supporting the member athletes in track and field related activities, as well as purchasing the latest equipment to enhance athlete's skills.

The coaching of the Coquitlam Cheetahs Track and Field Club is a voluntary service with the exception of the head coach who receives an honorarium. Obtaining the required number of trained coaches is one of the most challenging tasks experienced by the club and to alleviate this problem, the club sponsors training clinics for interested volunteer persons that will provide them the necessary skills to assist in practices.