John Cannon Memorial Fund
We are pleased to announce the John Cannon Memorial Fund in memory of John Cannon. The fund will assist Abbotsford rugby players, either male or female, to pursue their representative ambitions.
About John Cannon
John Cannon, who was described as one of the best rugby players to ever come out of Abbotsford, passed away at the age of 35. He was named to the Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 for his many achievements in the sport.
John attended Abbotsford Senior Secondary school graduating in 1998. His first Canada match was a U-17 tour to England in 1996 at age 15. The following is a summary of his rugby career:
1996 – Canada Under-17 Tour to England
1997 – Canada Under-17 Tour to Germany
1998 – Canada Under-19 FIRA World Under-19 Tournament in France
1999 – Canada Under-19 FIRA/IRB World Under -19 Tournament in Wales
1999-2001 Canada Under 23 Pacific Pride Program
2000-2001 Canada Senior Men’s Seven’s Team Member
2001-2005 Canada Senior Men’s Team Member – Earned 31 caps for Canada and participated in the IRB World Cup of Rugby in 2003
2001-2007 Played professional rugby for Rotherham, Coventry, and Doncaster England
2004/2005 and 2005/2006 – Voted by league coaches as Best Centre in England National Division One (now called Championship League)
Rugby career ended in August 2007 as a result of injury resulting from unprovoked attack by a soccer hooligan. Doctors advised he not play rugby again.
2011 – Inducted into the Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame.
2014/2015 and 2015/2016 coached the Abbotsford Rugby Club Men’s Teams with Harry Toews.
2016- died March 19, 2016
He was admired and respected by friends, fans and former teammates alike. A memorial fund has been set up in his honour with the Canadian Rugby Foundation.
Cheques can be made to the Canadian Rugby Foundation and addressed to:
Canadian Rugby Foundation
709 Yates St.
PO Box 8003
Or you can use the online form below.