(ISN) – March 31, 2015 – With only 17 days until the top 12 women’s rugby teams in the world take part in the inaugural Canada Women’s Sevens Tournament at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC, the excitement is building. With our tournament acting as a crucial stop on the road to Rio de Janeiro olympic qualification, we’re hoping to pack the stadium with fans to support Canada.
Here are some exciting bylines about our players to look out for running up to the event.
Canada’s current 2nd place world ranking is a boost with only three qualification rounds left for RIO 2016
-Top 4 teams after the next three events automatically book their ticket to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics
-Canada are currently tied for 2nd place with only three tournaments to go (Canada on April 18-19, London May 15-16 and Amsterdam May 22-23)
-Strong finish at home tournament in Langford will near seal Canada’s qualification.
Ashley Steacy’s Olympic Family
-Ashley Steacy’s brother and sister in law (James & Heather Steacy) are Olympic athletes, having competed in the 2008 & 2012 Olympics in Beijing and London for Team Canada.
-They will not be attending the Canada Sevens due to their own training schedules for RIO.
Kayla Moleschi Williams Lake Fan Frenzy
-Canada’s Kayla Moleschi comes from the small town of Williams Lake, BC, which will have a group of roughly 60 people travelling to Langford to watch the Canada Sevens in April.
-Despite its small population, Williams Lake is a hot bed for rugby talent, having produced Canadian Internationals Kayla Moleschi, Leslie Cripps, Jake Ilnicki and Matt Weingart recently.
Ghislaine Landry Sits 2nd in Series Points Scoring Race
-Canada’s Ghislaine Landry (151 points) only trails New Zealand’s Portia Woodman (165 points) after three events this season.
-Both will likely be competing in the Canada Sevens next month in Langford, BC.
Canada Maple Leafs win 3rd Consecutive Hong Kong Sevens Invitational
-Last weekend Canada’s Women’s Maple Leafs Team won their 3rd consecutive tournament in Hong Kong against Japan in the finals
Literacy Week at Ruth King Elementary School
-Ruth King Elementary School in Langford has invited Canada’s Sevens athletes to be guests during their Literacy Week April 13th – 17th.
-Canada’s Men’s Sevens Team will be reading to the kids on the 15th; Women’s Sevens Team may be on the 16th.
Sara Kaljuvee’s Mom’s Battle with Cancer
-Canadian International Sevens player Sara Kaljuvee’s mom has been battling cancer for a number of years.
-Serves as a major motivational factor for Sara to live and train on Vancouver Island, despite the long distance to her mom in Ontario.
Paige Farries & Arielle Dubicette-Borrice Youth Coaching
-Canadian International Sevens players Paige Farries and Arielle Dubbicette-Borrice have been coaching women’s rugby over the last two years at Central Middle School & Esquimalt Academy.
-Will be running sessions over the next month if interested in attending a session.
Girls Coaching/Community Visits
-Please see a detailed list of events that Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team will be attending to coach young rugby players and promote women’s rugby.
Canada Sevens Team Arrivals and Captain’s Photo-shoot
-All 12 of the World Rugby Women’s Teams will be arriving on Vancouver Island between April 9 – 14.
-12 Teams include: Canada, USA, New Zealand, Australia, England, France, Spain, Russia, South Africa, Fiji, Brazil, China.
-A Captain’s Photo-shoot and Media availability will be in downtown Victoria on Thursday, April 16 in the inner harbour (full details to follow).
There is sure to more exciting news to follow in the next two weeks. Stay Tuned !!