The Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas this July, of the twelve spots available on the roster, three will be taken by BC players:
Sophie De Goede, Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Tausani Levale, Abbotsford RFC (Abbotsford, BC)
Denise Roy, Castaway Wanderers (Duncan, BC)
All three players are no stranger to performing at a high level, having been part of the team that travelled to the U18 Women’s European Championships in France last year where Canada claimed bronze. Levale and Roy were also key players in the BC Rugby Elite Women’s Sevens gold medal winning squad in March this year, while De Goede was part of the Canadian Maple Leafs squad at the Las Vegas Invitational and Vancouver Rugby Festival this year. Sophie was also awarded Young Female Player of the Year at this year’s Rugby Canada Awards Dinner. The collective experience the girls have will be a real asset going in to this global event. As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics draws ever closer, these young athletes will no doubt be keen to raise their profiles.
n further exciting news, BC Rugby’s Darcy Patterson will be joining the team as Assistant Coach/Manager. Darcy has been at the forefront of women’s sevens development in the province, creating and leading the BC Rugby Elite Girl’s Sevens program as Head Coach (a feat made possible by the support provided by the Onni Group). Her ability to deliver success has been demonstrated most recently by taking the BC Rugby U18 Girls Sevens Team to two consecutive National Championship titles in 2016 and 2017.
The Youth Commonwealth Games, held on 19th-23rd July 2017, will see up to 1300 competitors aged 14-18, representing 70 nations, take part in a unique experience young athletes.