Aug 15,2014(ISN) – After a 12 hour flight and a six hour bus ride, Canada’s Women’s Sevens Youth Olympic Team have arrived in Nanjing, China, set to kickoff this weekend’s 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
The team arrived at the Olympic Village Thursday night to begin preparations for their event which begins Sunday.
Head coach John Tait will hold a recovery and mobility session Friday morning to get his team moving after such a long day of travel. In the afternoon, Tait will keep it light, spending a couple of hours walking through his systems while reviewing individual roles for clarity.
While much of the focus centres on rugby, a special moment for the players will come Saturday night when they participate in the opening ceremony.
“Should be a fantastic experience for all of them as well as a proud moment to represent Canada,” said Tait, who will likely miss the spectacle while holding a managers meeting.
That’s because his team begins their tournament the next day with Rugby Sevens one of the first disciplines to get underway.
With six teams in the event, Canada will play five matches over three days, with their record determining where they will be seeded for the medal rounds.
Canada will begin competition with two matches on Day One, facing China in the morning and the United States in the afternoon.
“I am sure USA will be very athletic and fast, we will want to make sure we make the 14 minutes a rugby contest and not a track meet,” said Tait. “That means retaining the ball and winning our kickoffs and set pieces while trying to steal and disrupt theirs. A good start and result against them will give our team some confidence moving onto the other teams.”
Canada will then play Spain and Tunisia on Day Two, before finishing up pool play against Australia on Day Three.
“We will really be turning the focus on playing our game on attack and building some continuity as we go,” said Tait. “Defensively we want to be as aggressive as possible and really put opposition under pressure as soon as they receive the ball.”
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DAY ONE – Sunday, August 17
Canada vs China at 9:30 am local time (9:30 pm ET / 6:30 pm PT Saturday)
Canada vs USA at 4:30 pm local time (4:30 am ET / 1:30 am PT)
DAY TWO – Monday, August 18
Canada vs Spain at 9:30 am local time (9:30 pm ET / 6:30 pm PT Sunday)
Canada vs Tunisia at 4:30 pm local time (4:30 am ET / 1:30 am PT)
DAY THREE – Tuesday, August 19
Canada vs Australia at 10:00 am local time (10:00 pm ET / 7:00 pm ET Monday)
Youth Olympic Games Roster – Name and Hometown
1. Moanda Anglo – Wilcox, SK
2. Catherine Boudreault – Montreal, QC
3. Pamphinette Buisa – Gatineau, QC
4. Hannah Darling – Warsaw, ON
5. Chanelle Edwards-Challenger – Calgary, AB
6. Ashley Gordon – Brampton, ON
7. Lauren Kerr, Abbotsford, BC
8. Jenna Morrison – Okotoks, AB
9. Kaitlyn Richard – Milton, ON
10. Cassidy Schmidt – Wilcox, SK
11. Maddy Seatle – Oakville, ON
12. Charity Williams – Toronto, ON
Canada’s Women’s Sevens Staff
Head Coach: John Tait
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Dana Agar-Newman
Physiotherapist: Brad Curry
Manager: Meaghan Howat