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by Andrew Smith, BC Rugby Communications

November 8, 2012, Victoria, BC – BC Rugby today announced the addition of Marlene Donaldson as the new provincial Youth Girls Rugby Development Officer. This 6-month contract position is made possible through a grant from the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada and viaSport.

The role will see Donaldson serve in a leadership capacity in establishing a provincial youth 7s program for girls; including sending a girls provincial 7s team to the Las Vegas International 7s tournament in February. Donaldson will serve as the primary event lead for the 2013 BC High School girls 7s Provincial Championship and also take a leadership role in developing the player pathway.

An accomplished national team player who represented Canada at the 2010 Rugby World Cup and competed at 13 consecutive National Women’s League Finals for BC and Ontario, Donaldson is now looking forward to her new challenge of further developing the game for girls and women in the province.

“My new position not only enables me to give back to this amazing sport, but it will create opportunities for girls across the province to pursue their Olympic dreams and ensure BC maintains a legacy of rugby dominance for years to come,” Donaldson said.

Donaldson began coaching in 2004 as an assistant with the University of Victoria’s women’s rugby program and has been involved with Vancouver Island’s rep programs. In 2009, Donaldson was the first recipient of the Colette McAuley Award, a national distinction for a female rugby player who gives back to the sport in the true spirt of the game.

More recently, Donaldson created, organized, programmed and was the head coach of the inaugural Langford-Velox Rugby Day Camp this past July. Donaldson is currently the interim head coach of the Velox Valkyries senior women’s program.

Please follow www.bcrugby.com  for all information on the new opportunities created for girls and women across the province.