Velox Rugby News ……Lodging Needed

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Lodging Needed

Two players from Barbados are coming to the club for the season, both with the Barbados National Sevens team, that need a bit of help with accommodations. If you can put either of them up from Sept 8th to approximately Oct 11th, let Mike Holmes know at $800 available for room and board.

Training Underway

Practices have started for the men, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30pm. Head to the West Shore Rec Center (1767 Island Hwy, Colwood) and look for the brand new turf field inside the old the old velodrome. A preliminary schedule is out for the men: it has our first starting on September 12th with an exhibition match against JBAA, and firsts and seconds hosting CW on the 19th  in regular season games. The BCRU has rejigged the Premier division, with teams qualifying in the fall within their sub-divisions for a province-wide Premier division in the spring.

That means that Velox will be competing against the top squads from UVic, CW, and JBAA for the three Island berths in the province-wide competition.

Tragedy for a Velox Family

I am profoundly saddened to report that Sara O’Brien, wife of Trevor O’Brien (OT), recently passed away in Calgary. Her obituary is below….

Trevor played for Velox for many years, and met his wife-to-be Sara, a trainer at the club, while playing for us. He is left to raise their two children, Evan and Emma, and friends have started a fund raising campaign for him. If you can help out, follow the link to:


Sara Catherine O’Brien (nee Brookes) left us too soon on June 19, 2015.  She was 36 years old.


Sara is survived by her mother, Beverley Brookes (nee Hilton); her sister, Alana Brookes and her husband Terry Price; her husband, Trevor O’Brien; their children, Evan and Emma; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.  She is predeceased by her father, Donald Brookes. “She was a loving mother to our beautiful children, Evan and Emma.  She was my best friend, my partner, and the love of my life” – Trevor O’Brien


Sara grew up in Kingfisher Valley and Enderby, British Columbia, instilling in her a love of the water, hiking in the mountains and spending time with her extended family at their cabin.  Much like the outdoors she often sought, Sara had a natural ability to leave those she interacted with feeling refreshed and invigorated. Sara holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University and worked as a Financial Analyst for the University of Calgary.


A memorial will be held for Sara at the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre at 2550 Mabel Lake Road, Enderby, B.C. at 2pm on Sunday June 28th.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association at


Swilers RFC (NFLD) Bid to Win the TSN Kraft Contest

Kraft has teamed up with TSN to bring Project Play to deserving sport communities across Canada. Swilers Rugby Club in St. John’s, Newfoundland submitted their bid to the initiative and is now one of four final bids that could win $250,000 towards their club.

This is a tremendous opportunity not just for the Swilers Rugby Club but for the entire Rugby community across Canada to bring awareness of our sport and the impact the sport has on communities like St. John’s.

Voting begins on Monday, August 17th at 12:00pm EST/ 9:00am PST and is open for a 36 hour window.

Please go into link and see details and look to vote and support a rugby club in their quest to be awarded $250,000 for their special building project in the works.

They are in the top 4 in the country vying for the win.

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