OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Friday that the University of Victoria had been selected to host the CIS women’s rugby championship in 2016.
The national tournament, which moved from a six-team format to an eight-team competition this year, has been held in Victoria only once – in 2005 – since women’s rugby made its CIS debut in 1998.
The timing couldn’t be better for UVic to host the event as the Vikes captured the first Canada West banner in program history this season and are currently competing at the CIS tourney in Kingston, Ont.
“UVic is delighted to host this national championship. Victoria is a tremendous rugby community and will enjoy the high quality competition that is sure to take place on our campus during the 2016 CIS tournament,” said Clint Hamilton, director of Vikes Athletics & Recreation. “We appreciate the confidence CIS is showing in us to host women’s national championships in back-to-back years, after hosting field hockey this fall. It is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase high-calibre university athletic competition and demonstrate our strong commitment to these sports.”
In addition to Victoria in 2005, Canada West institutions that have hosted the CIS women’s rugby championship include Alberta (2003), Lethbridge (2008) and UBC (2009).
ALL-TIME CIS WOMEN’S RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP HOSTS (champions)
2016 University of Victoria
2015 Queen’s University
2014 University of Guelph (StFX)
2013 Université Laval (Alberta)
2012 St. Francis Xavier University (StFX)
2011 Trent University (Guelph)
2010 Trent University (StFX)
2009 University of British Columbia (Lethbridge)
2008 University of Lethbridge (Lethbridge)
2007 Western University (Lethbridge)
2006 Western University (StFX)
2005 University of Victoria (Western)
2004 AUS – Halifax (Western)
2003 University of Alberta (Alberta)
2002 University of Toronto (Alberta)
2001 University of Ottawa (Alberta)
2000 Bishop’s University (Alberta)
1999 University of Guelph (Alberta)
1998 McMaster University (Guelph)