Provincial Rugby Stars set to shine at Celebration of Youth Sport on Vancouver Island

Top Rugby Sevens players from across BC will gather at Shawnigan Lake for three days of Rugby Sevens action as part of the 2018 BC Summer Games in Cowichan.

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: Medalists from 2016 BC Summer Games in Abbotsford: (L-R) Fraser River, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island (Courtesy of BC Summer Games)

Action at the 2018 BC Summer Games gets underway tomorrow, July 20th, in Cowichan.  The biannual celebration of youth sport will start with an opening ceremony this evening before the thousands of athletes gear up to participate in 18 different disciplines over the three-day event.  Rugby Sevens is a growing part of the BC Summer Games, with a U17 Girls tournament being held on the fields at Shawnigan Lake School.

After successfully fielding teams from all eight zones in 2016, this year’s tournament will aim to solidify the sports place as an opportunity for elite rugby talent to showcase their skills and compete for glory.  The growth of Rugby Sevens as a popular variation of the sport, combined with the growth of female rugby in the Province, gives the BC Summer Games the ideal platform to highlight some of the best aspects of Age-Grade rugby.  According to BC Rugby Development Officer, Darcy Patterson, it is a unique opportunity to see so much rugby talent from right across the Province. The BC Summer Games are also a pathway to BC’s Elite Youth Sevens program, which sees players given the opportunity to represent their Province in domestic and international tournaments. If you want to see Canada’s next generation of women Sevens superstars, then come and watch the BC Summer Games. Some of the quickest runners and deftest steppers will try to leave their competition in the dust.

The BC Summer Games offers a wide variety of other sports, creating an aura similar to the Olympics. There are 18 different sports showcased at the Games and over 3,000 athletes competing over the three days. Additionally, 543 coaches and 373 officials will contribute their time to make the tournament a success.

Also taking place at Shawnigan Lake School this weekend, BC Rugby will host a U14 Girls’ XV training camp.  While there is no Provincial level competition for this age group, it is an opportunity for around 20 young athletes to learn from top level players including Abbotsford’s Jake Thiel.  The camp will also have the opportunity to watch the Rugby Sevens action play out, gaining inspiration from their peers.

BC Summer Games Teams
Zone  Area Pool      Athlete Profile
1 Kootenays B Summer Blackmore (Cranbrook)
2 Thompson-Okanagan A Esita Qiodravu (Salmon Arm)
3 Fraser Valley B Emily Meier (Abbotsford)
4 Fraser River A Nicolett Duchesne (Surrey)
5 Vancouver-Coastal A Emily Anderson (North Vancouver)
6 Vancouver Island-Central Coast B Maggie Mackinnon (Victoria)
7 North West B Mackenzie Emberley (Houston)
8 Cariboo-North East A Alicia Sorken (Dawson Creek)

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