Canada’s women’s rugby sevens team will host final send-off

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With Rio 2016 a little over two weeks away, Canada’s women’s rugby sevens team will host final send-off celebration Tuesday

Tuesday’s celebration will give fans one last opportunity to meet all 12 of Canada’s Rio bound athletes, and coaching staff, before they depart to Brazil ahead of the debut of rugby sevens at the Olympics.

The celebration will begin at 12pm ET at Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto.

After the team introduction, fans will have the opportunity to get autographs and take photos with their favourite athletes while the team will run a rugby demonstration with young athletes.

Rugby makes its Olympic return nearly 100 years since it was last featured (1924) in exciting fashion as sevens will take center stage in Rio.

Attendance to Tuesday’s event is free to attend.

Canada’s Roster for the 2016 Rio Olympics (Name, club, hometown):

Britt Benn – (Guelph Redcoats) Napanee, ON

Hannah Darling – (Peterborough Pagans) Warsaw, ON

Bianca Farella – (Town of Mont Royal RFC) Montreal, QC

Jen Kish – (Edmonton Rockers) Edmonton, AB

Ghislaine Landry – (Toronto Scottish) Toronto, ON

Megan Lukan – (Unattached) Barrie, ON

Kayla Moleschi – (Williams Lake Rustlers) Williams Lake, BC

Karen Paquin – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC

Kelly Russell – (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON

Ashley Steacy – (Lethbridge Rugby Club), Lethbridge, AB

Natasha Watcham-Roy – (Hull Volant) Gatineau, QC

Charity Williams – (Markham Irish) Toronto, ON

Canada’s Coaching Staff:

Meaghan Howat – Manager

John Tait – Head Coach

Sandro Fiorino – Assistant Coach

Sandeep Nandhra – Athletic Therapist

Matt Tyler – Athletic Therapist

Tyler Goodale – Strength & Conditioning

Callum Morris – Analyst

Mental Performance Coach – Kirsten Barnes

Canada’s 2016 Rio Olympics Schedule:

Day 1 – August 6

Canada vs. Japan – 11:30am  ET/8:30am PT

Canada vs. Brazil – 4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT

Day 2 – August 7

Canada vs. Great Britain – 11:30am ET/8:30am PT