The Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation (TIRF) awarded Canadian Rugby Foundation (CRF) bursaries to 8 recipients, CRF provided a grant of $15,900 to support TIRF activity in 2018. TIRF is a rugby-centred community development organization that uses rugby as a tool for social good, it focuses on over 30 of Toronto’s underserved, low-income neighbourhoods.Continue reading
from CORE Rugby
Date: June 25, 2018
At his grad ceremony on Friday night, Storm Fisher was presented with the Courtney Walls Scholarship, a $1,000 contribution to the costs of his post-secondary interests. Only two other local athletes, Sam Overton (OKM) and Joel Henseleit (KSS), have received the award since its introduction to the Okanagan eight years ago. To qualify, the athlete must exemplify three aspects of Courtney’s character – (a) a good student, (b) a leader respected by his teammates and coaches, and (c) a quality rugby player.Continue reading
from Robin MacDowell
Patrick Kay and I ran a session back at our hometown high school at Cowichan Secondary School back in early January. At this practice we had the pleasure of meeting young Will Piche. Through strong ties with Tyler Leggatt he had reached out looking for quality athletes to bolster his Rogues Youth Men’s 7’s team travelling Las Vegas Festival later in March. Cowichan T-Bird Head Coach Ron Glass highly recommended to give young Will an opportunity stating that he is a wonderful talent and even better young man.Continue reading
We are pleased to announce Mark Wyatt as one of our Contributing Members. Mark represented Canada 29 times from 1982 to 1991 including two World Cups. He was inducted into the BC Rugby Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 and the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. Currently owner and C.E.O. of Capital City Fire and Brewis Electric and President of Westshore R.F.C. Mark now runs up and down canyons with Claire for fun and hits a long drive and a short putt.
Tausani is the inaugural award recipient from the John Cannon Memorial Fund, she came through the Abbotsford Rugby Club program. She was accepted to the centralized 7s program in Langford in 2017 and won her first cap for Canada in December 2017. Continue reading
The Bridge the Gap Fund helped to support a number of international youth tours this year. You can find out more about the Bridge the Gap Fund and the tours by selecting the links below.
- British Columbia tour to Ireland
- New Brunswick tour to Ireland
- Newfoundland tour to Ireland
- Saskatchewan tour to USA
Find out more about the Bridge the Gap Fund.
The Bridge the Gap Fund was able to help the New Brunswick Selects women tour to Ireland through a contribution to their tour. As tour managers Troy and Kim Dixon wrote, “The Bridging the Gap program provides a fantastic opportunity for young players to experience international travel, train and play in areas where rugby is a primary sport. In our case, allowed a group of young women to see our National athletes compete at the highest level. It also helped to provide a bigger fan base at the tournament to support our NSWT. On tour the girls were able to hold a training session at Blackrock College with Tony Smeeth, play 3 matches vs Athy, Connacht Development and Ulster Development and attended 2 days of World Cup matches. Thanks to Francois, they were able to meet with the members of our NSWT after the Wales match. It was fantastic tour for many reasons and we are beginning to plan for a 2019 tour.”
There were five scholarships awarded by the Canadian Rugby Foundation in 2017. More information on the scholarships and this year’s recipients can be accessed by clicking on the links below.
There was one grant through the John Cannon Memorial Fund. More information on the John Cannon Fund and the recipient can be accessed by clicking the links below.
Myles came through the Ottawa Indians rugby system and played at Ashbury College. He represented Ontario and Canada at the age-grade level. He’s currently studying and playing rugby at UBC.Continue reading
Mackenzie has been part of the Abbotsford rugby program since mini-rugby, she’s gone on to represent BC at the senior level and Canada at the U20 level. She currently attends UBC where she continues her studies and rugby career. Continue reading