Canadian Rugby Foundation Newsletter – January 2023

In this issue of the Canadian Rugby Foundation Newsletter, “News & Views”, we have updates since the June 2022 Newsletter. Click here to read the complete Newsletter.

The headlines are as follow:

  • Foundation News and Announcements

 

  •  Funds News

 

  • Unrestricted Fund News

 

  • 2022 Awards News

 

  • Donation Appeal and Contact

 

 

 

As always, we look forward to hearing from you – whether rugby club executives or members, donors, representatives of our 69 Funds, rugby players of all ages and levels, and dedicated or casual rugby union fans – with your questions, suggestions, or other feedback.

And watch for the 2022 Annual Report in March, 2023.

Cheers,

Jeff Chan

2022 CANADIAN UNIVERSITY MEN’S RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP

 

December 4 saw the finale of the 2022 Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship (CUMRC) brought to you by Raymond James and Lougheed Wealth Management. Once again, the UBC Thunderbirds were victorious, winning their fourth championship in five years, and defeating the McGill Redbirds convincingly in the Gold medal match 48-5.

This year’s tournament was hosted by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC from November 30-December 4.  34 teams competed this year to qualify for the CUMRC through their conference or regional leagues, an increase of 17 per cent from the inaugural 2017 tournament. Eight teams from all regions of Canada won the right to compete at the CUMRC. Returning from 2021 were UBC, UVic, Calgary and Guelph with Trinity Western, Laurier, McGill and Memorial joining them this year.

RESULTS

The results from the twelve matches played over three days follow.  All matches were streamed on The Rugby Network (Links shown):

Quarter-finals

  • TWU 23, Uvic 22 – https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/2022-canadian-universities-mens-rugby-championship-quarterfinal-uvic-vs-twu-replay
  • Guelph 28, Memorial 22 – https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/2022-canadian-universities-mens-rugby-championship-quarterfinal-guelph-vs-memorial-replay
  • UBC 53, Calgary 0 – https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/2022-canadian-universities-mens-rugby-championship-quarterfinal-ubc-vs-calgary-replay-1
  • Laurier 23, McGill 22 – https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/2022-canadian-universities-mens-rugby-championship-quarterfinal-laurier-vs-mcgill-replay-1

 Consolation Semi-finals

  • UVic 36, Laurier 12 -https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/uvic-vs-laurier-2022-canadian-university-mens-rugby-consolation-semifinal-replay
  • Memorial 29, Calgary 14 – https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/guelph-vs-ubc-2022-canadian-university-mens-rugby-championship-semifinal-replay

 Championship Semi-finals

  • UBC 37, Guelph 17 – https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/guelph-vs-ubc-2022-canadian-university-mens-rugby-championship-semifinal-replay
  • McGill 17, Trinity Western 11 -https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/mcgill-vs-twu-2022-canadian-university-mens-rugby-championship-semifinal-replay

 Final Day

  • 7 vs. 8:Calgary 20, Laurier 12 -https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/2022-canadian-university-mens-rugby-consolation-final-7v8-live-replay
  • 5 vs. 6: UVic 52 , Memorial 15 – https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/2022-canadian-university-mens-rugby-consolation-final-5v6-live-replay
  • Bronze medal:Guelph 32, TWU 31 – https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/2022-canadian-university-mens-rugby-championship-bronze-medal-match-replay
  • Gold medal:UBC 48, McGill 5 – https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/2022-canadian-university-mens-rugby-championship-final-replay

Finishing Results

  • 8th: Laurier Golden Hawks
  • 7th: Calgary Dinos
  • 6 th: Memorial Seahawks
  • 5th: UVic Vikes
  • 4th: Trinity Western Spartans
  • Bronze medal: Guelph Gryphons
  • Silver medal: McGill Redbirds
  • Gold medal: UBC Thunderbirds


Bob Frid/UBC

Bob Frid/UBC Athletics)

(Bob Frid/UBC Athletics)

Photos from the tournament can be seen here

At the 2022 CUMRC Awards banquet on December 3,  eight players – one from each team – were presented with the Lt. Col. W.D.C. Holmes Award recognizing their contributions to the game of rugby off-the-field. Full story.

Also at the banquet, the inaugural Liam Geddes Memorial Award was presented to Relmu Wilson-Valdes of UBC as the outstanding back-row player in the tournament. Full story

And finally, the McGill University Redbirds were named as the second winners of the Jeff Chan Spirit of Rugby Team Award. The Redbirds were selected by the Toronto Arrows selection panel, the tournament officials, and the CUMRC Board, based on their demonstration of the spirit, values, and culture of the game of rugby including respect for their opponents and the officials, competitiveness, good sportsmanship, and community building over the course of the CUMRC tournament.

 
Gabi Saini/UBC

Following the tournament, the First and Second Team All Stars were announced.

SPONSORS

The 2022 CUMRC Tournament had the generous support of the following sponsors:

  • Title sponsor: Raymond James
  • Presenting sponsor: Lougheed Wealth Management – Raymond James
  • Sustaining sponsors: The Canadian Rugby Foundation, Langara Fishing Adventures, Pemberton-Holmes, Toronto Arrows, and Michael Holmes.
  • All Stars sponsor: Toronto Arrows
  • Game Sponsors: “For the Love of the Game”
  • Player of the Game Sponsors: University of British Columbia
  • Official Tournament Balls provided by: Gilbert Canada
  • Continuing supporter: Rugby Canada
  • Host university: University of British Columbia
  • Host university sponsors: Sport Tourism Vancouver, VIA Sport, and the Province of British Columbia, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel

2023 CUMRC

 

 

The 2023 CUMRC returns to British Columbia November 15-19 hosted by Trinity Western University in Langley, BC. See you next year!

 

INAUGURAL LIAM GEDDES MEMORIAL AWARD GOES TO UBC’S RELMU WILSON-VALDES

The inaugural Liam Geddes Memorial Award was presented to UBC Thunderbird Relmu Wilson-Valdes at the 2022 Canadian University Rugby Championship awards banquet on December 3, 2022.

The Award is named after the late Liam David Geddes, a Queen’s varsity rugby player who passed away earlier in 2022. Liam played in the back row for the Gaels at the 2018, 2019 and 2021 CUMRC tournaments and the Award will now be presented annually to the outstanding back row player at the tournament.

Liam’s parents, Dr. Alison Longhorn-Geddes and Colin Geddes attended the entire tournament at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium, and while on their extended trip from Lindsay, ON even had time to take in a concert from their hometown favourite band, the Barenaked Ladies. Wearing their trademark orange Queen’s Rugby toques, Colin and Alison were recognizable anywhere in the crowd, and made many new friends in the university rugby community from across Canada.

The 2022 winner of the Liam Geddes Memorial Award is UBC’s No. 8, Relmu Wilson-Valdes, who was also named to the tournament First XV All Star team. He scored 2 tries in UBC’s opener against Calagry and was named the Thunderbird’s player of the game. In the second game versus Guelph, Wilson-Valdes scored one try and in their Gold Medal winning game versus the McGill Redbirds, he scored UBC’s opening try after just 4 minutes. Relmu was also a finisher for UBC in their game against Queen’s in the 2021 CUMRC, the last competitive game played by Liam.

 

Shown below, Wilson-Valdes receives his trophy, a keeper plaque, and a symbolic cheque for $1,000 which will go to his Athletic Financial Award or towards tuition.

 

For more information on the Liam Geddes Memorial Award and to donate to the Fund, go here: https://canadianrugbyfoundation.ca/index.php/support-a-fund/scholarship/liam-geddes-memorial-award-fund/

LANGARA FISHING TRIP – SALE EXTENDED!

The 2022 Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship (CUMRC) has now concluded with UBC winning its 4th title in five years. Hosted by UBC at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver, this year’s tournament featured host UBC, UVic, Trinity Western, Calgary, Guelph, Laurier, McGill and Memorial meeting November 30 to December 4, 2022 at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver.

To help defray the travel and accommodation costs for the six visiting teams, the CUMRC provides a subsidy based on the region from which the team is travelling. We now have FOR SALE a 4 or 5-day fishing trip for two, donated by CUMRC sponsor Langara Fishing Adventures, the proceeds of which will help fund those travel subsidies.

NOTE: This sale has now been extended to December 31, with the minimum bid reduced to $8,000.

2022 Lt. Col. W.D.C. Holmes Awards

The second annual Lt. Colonel W.D.C. Holmes Awards were recently presented at the awards banquets at the U SPORTS Women’s Rugby Championship in Victoria, BC and the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship in Vancouver, BC.

The Lt. Col. W.D.C. Holmes Awards are presented by Foundation Chair Michael Holmes in memory of his late father Lt. Col. W.D.C. Holmes, who won the sword of honour at RMC in 1942 before embarking on a distinguished career in the British Army during and after World War II.

A total of 16 rugby student-athletes from the qualifying women’s and men’s teams were recognized for their off-field contributions to the game of rugby at their university and community in the past year, while their university team’s Athletic Financial Awards (AFAs) were enhanced with $500 cheques from the Canadian Rugby Foundation’s W.D.C. Holmes Award Fund. Examples of factors to be considered could include organizing community events involving the team, mentoring younger players, volunteering with their home rugby club or at the community in which the university is located, volunteering as a club executive or an official at any level, and providing off-the-field leadership on the university team.

November 3, 2022 – Women’s Rugby

The following rugby student-athletes were honoured at the U SPORTS women’s rugby championships:

LAVAL – Annabelle Parent 

Year: 5, Program: Sports Intervention

Annabelle is a driving force in rugby development in the Quebec City region. As a rookie rugby ambassador, she has introduced over 3000 kids to the game in the past year. Last summer, she completed an internship with Rugby Quebec and organized a provincial 7’s tournament. She also coached academies aimed at 14 to 19 years old athletes in the winter and summer. This fall, she keeps transmitting her passion to the next generation of players by coaching at a CEGEP, while performing at a high level as a player in the university league.

OTTAWA – Ngozi Mosindi 

Year: 3, Program: Criminology

Ngozi is a third year criminology student. Ngozi’s main off-field role is in player recruitment. For the past two years, Ngozi has been in constant contact with recruits by attending various tournaments across Ontario, hosting zoom meetings, supporting trial days, and maintaining connections.

Whilst her on field role continues to grow, where Ngozi has shaped this program is her involvement with the Ottawa community. She has been an active member of Gee-Gees Women’s Rugby Task Force for Equity and Diversity, hosting various workshops and working with community members in ensuring safer spaces for teammates, particularly young women and girls of colour. Ngozi was instrumental in getting our Jump Start grant funded LEAD program off the ground. LEAD – Leadership Equity Athletes Diversity –  is a program intended to keep young girls in sport. Her efforts have proven invaluable as a local area high school now has a sustainable rugby program.

UBC – Rory Wood

Year: 5, Program: Kinesiology

Rory has well as working hard on her game, and in the classroom Rori has been a coach in the Vancouver Thunderbirds mini-rugby program that runs for 20 weeks during the school year.  Has well as being a coach Rori put her time in to help with practice planning.  Rori has also been a big help with the UBC rugby academy, as well as supporting the younger student athletes within the program.

VICTORIA – Soleil Brooks

Year: 2, Program: Indigenous Studies

Soleil joined our program in 2021 and has been an integral part of building and living our team values, as well as driving our team culture in a positive way. Soleil is a leader on and off the field and is passionate about uplifting BIPOC voices in the community and at the university.  In her first year on the team, Soleil helped organize Black History Month education and led a teamwork shop and discussion. Soleil is a member of the Varsity Leadership Council as the women’s rugby representative and embodies all the values of our team – dedication, passion, respect, connection and trust.  As part of this council, Soleil is dedicated to being a voice for the BIPOC student-athletes.

Soleil is currently pursuing an undergrad in Indigenous Studies and is interested in going onto the post-degree professional program (PDPP) in the Faculty of Education.  She wishes to make a positive impact on the lives of BIPOC youth.

Outside of the Vikes rugby program, Soleil coaches with The British Columbia Grassroots Rugby Foundation, a rugby-centred community development non-profit organization that uses rugby as a tool for social good.  The community rugby program ensures that youth in priority neighbourhoods have opportunities to participate in rugby opportunities.  Rugby has been a huge part of Soleil’s life and providing positive opportunities to others is important to her.  She is dedicated to growing the game in our community, especially for BIPOC youth. I have no doubt Soleil will continue to be a leader on and off the field and achieve her goals.

QUEEN’S – Amelia Stapley

Year: 5, Program: Graduate Studies

Amelia is an incredible ambassador of our program, providing mentoring and guidance to our 1st and 2nd year team members, working actively to create a more inclusive Queen’s Athletics community, and balancing the demands of post-graduate studies and teaching duties. Amelia has also volunteered her time at her local rugby club, coaching mini-rugby and helping pass on her love for the sport.

GUELPH – Brianna Martey

Year: 4, Program: Psychology/Molecular Biology and Genetics

Brianna coaches Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute girls rugby team and

Coached the Guelph Rugby Club U18 team this summer.

She is on the “She’s Got Game” committee which builds the scholarship fund for female athletes at the University of Guelph, and is also on the EDI Committee at the Dept of Athletics to improve the experience of BIPOC athletes at Guelph

UPEI – Brinten Comeau

Year: 5, Program: Sociology

Brinten has been a co-captain for the Panthers the past three seasons.  She has been my top performer since she arrived as a rookie.

She gives countless hours back to the program each year, but especially this off season.  I can count on Brinten to take on any task I need and it’s always completed efficiently.  Whether it’s answering questions around strength and conditioning, volunteering in the community, team kit orders or setting up team/captains meetings.  She is someone I count on, on a daily basis.

Also, she was involved with the Nova Scotia Keltics U19 program this summer. She was the team manager/assistant coach.  She helped organize and plan a trip to the Atlantic championships in NL, where her team won a gold medal.

She’s had an incredible season!  She is my top defensive player, leads the team in dominant tackles, line breaks and rucks hit.  Brinten had a team high with eight try’s, was an AUS all star at back row, AUS MVP and will be recognized at the awards banquet tonight as a 1st All Canadian. Only the second time that’s happened in our program and not since 2006.  Also, she was an academic All Canadian.

ACADIA – Kenzie Cecchetto

Year: 1 (Graduate), Program: B.Ed

Kenzie is one of our Acadia team captains and assists in the organization of our team-led community events and provides mentorship for young rugby players  within our squad.

For her home club of Valley Rugby Union, she has been involved in coaching both rookie and junior levels- taking a grassroots approach to introducing the sport and fostering a love of rugby at a young age. She also assists in coaching at the high school level for her former school, Kings Edgehill, where she encourages her athletes to continue playing for their local club and at the provincial level. Provincially, she is an assistant coach for the U16 Keltics team, and she has captained the U23 NS Keltics provincial team as well as playing with the Sr. Women’s Keltics.

 

December 3, 2022 – Men’s Rugby

 The following rugby student-athletes were honoured at the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship (Canadian Rugby Foundation Board member Rick Bourne shown making the presentations):

CALGARY – Peter Wright

Year: 4, Program: Kinesiology

Peter is a phenomanal Human being with commitment and dedication that is unrivaled. He is a member of the exec and our equipment manager. He is the first to training and last to leave. He also organised the run for the cure this year and Gained another award for the University of Calgary as a top performer.

GUELPH – Collin Smibert

Year: 5, Program: Engineering

Collin is a vocal leader while also leading by example through his tireless work rate on and off the field.  He holds his peers accountable to their actions and sets academic and athletic standards.

McGILL – Owen Cumming

Year: 4, Program: Political Science

Owen has been the MURFC club president for 2 years and in that role organizes and oversees the leadership of our group. He is an outstanding leader both on the off the field. He is the chair of the MURFC Movember campaign and the leader of our academic mentorship program. He led the committee that hosted the 2019 Covo Cup weekend with Harvard University and leads our annual m24 fundraising campaigns. Owen volunteers with grass roots rugby in local schools and with local clubs and is a recipient of the Jean Beliveau athletic leadership scholarship at McGill.

VICTORIA – Jonas Robinson

Year: 5th, Program: Anthropology

Jonas is captaining the team for his second consecutive year as he finishes up his degree in anthropology. Jonas leads first through his actions, ensuring that he is demonstrating the traits necessary to success at a team level. When it comes to being a vocal leader, Jonas incredibly thoughtful in how he addresses the team. Simply put, when Jonas speaks, people listen, and there is an effect. Jonas is a champion for pushing conversations in our group beyond rugby. His willingness to address difficult, nuanced, and current evolving topics will leave a lasting impact on the culture of our program.

LAURIER – Dylan Di Girolamo

Year: 4, Program: Communication Studies

“He is just as determined to make a difference of the pitch as a leader on campus and in the community.

He created inventive ways to help out people in the community and had the drive to make it happen. Most notably, McNee and Di Girolamo organized a food and clothing drive for Optimism Place, a shelter for women and children, and delivered two pick-up trucks full of clothing and food for their efforts.  He was the co-recipient of the 2022 OUA Men’s Rugby Community Service Award along with his Teammate Adam McNee.”

MEMORIAL – Lucas Shortall

Year: 2, Program: Business

Lucas has been involved with Newfoundland rugby since U14 and is heavily involved at all levels of play over the last few years. He now volunteers coaching our mini rugby program, where he started. He provides our team excellent on and off-field leadership

TWU – Erik Nieburh

Year: 4, Program: Psychology with a Human Services certificate

On the field Erik is a powering leader, leading the way in tackles, strong carries and lineout precision. Off the field, Erik along with fellow teammate Fynn Murphy coached the D.W. Poppy Secondary Junior Boys rugby team. Along with coaching Erik is also heavily involved in his practicum at Wagner Hills Rehabilition Center. Finally, Erik is one of the leaders for the Men’s Rugby mandatory study hall.

UBC – James Bliss

Year: 1, Program: Arts

Having previously played for Durham University, the Pacific Pride, and representing Canada at the U20 level, in his first year with UBC, James has established himself as a first team player thanks to his on-field performance, leadership, and commitment to growth.

UBC coaching staff are excited about James’ potential and look forward to supporting his continued growth in a leadership role within the team in the coming years.

Globe and Mail Covers the Fletcher’s Fields Donation to the Foundation

Sale of Fletcher’s Fields provides historic boost to Canadian Rugby Foundation

December 23, 2021

Canadian rugby has received a historic boost in the form of an $11.65-million donation.

The money, which is going to the non-profit Canadian Rugby Foundation, comes from the $21.5-million sale of the eight-hectare Fletcher’s Fields rugby facility in Markham, Ont.

Established in 1966, Fletcher’s Fields features six rugby fields and has hosted Canada test matches against Argentina, England, Ireland, Japan, the U.S. and Wales, as well as numerous Ontario championships. It is named after the late Denis Fletcher, a rugby enthusiast who helped grow the game in Ontario.

Fletcher’s Fields Limited, which owned the facility, is comprised of six equal shareholders: Aurora Barbarians Rugby Football Club, Markham Irish Canadian Rugby Club, Rugby Ontario, Nomads Rugby Football Club of Toronto, Toronto Saracens Rugby Football Club and Toronto Scottish Rugby Football Club.

The $11.65-million donation will translate into six endowment funds, representing each of those shareholders. The remainder of the sale proceeds is being held back as the clubs determine their future venue and capital plans.

The Foundation will administer the endowment funds, retaining some of the proceeds with the bulk of that revenue going back to the original shareholders.

Foundation chair Mike Holmes called it a “historic donation.”

“It will enable us to invest significantly more funds in development of grassroots rugby in Canada,” Holmes said in an interview.

“That’s the mission of the foundation – to grow our capital so that we have more and more income arising from that capital,” he added. “And in time we have more and more money to spend on growth of grassroots rugby in Canada.”

Established in 2003, the Foundation offers scholarships and manages several funds, including the Captain’s Fund, which helps the under-20 and other national age-group programs and the Monty Heald National Women’s Fund, which assists women’s national team programs.

The Foundation’s assets now exceed $18-million. Rugby Canada’s annual revenue totalled $9.2-million in pandemic-affected 2020 and $14.9-million in 2019.

Fletcher’s Fields will continue hosting rugby and other sport competitions until October, 2024, with shareholder clubs hoping to have new localized facilities ready for the 2025 season.

In recent years, the Fletcher’s board opted for a long-term review with the facility’s increasing need for capital improvements and out of a desire for greater access to rugby across the city. That led to the board accepting a purchase offer.

In addition to the six new endowment funds, the Foundation has contributed $120,000 and committed to an annual contribution towards a new Fletcher’s Patrons Fund that honours those who helped finance major renovations and build grandstands at the property. The returns from the fund will go toward initiatives to help develop rugby in Ontario.

 

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/article-sale-of-fletchers-fields-provides-historic-boost-to-canadian-rugby/

Fletcher’s Patrons Fund

Fletcher’s Fields Limited (FFL) is a share capital corporation incorporated under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario). FFL is a not-for-profit organization within the meaning of paragraph 149(1)(l) of the Income Tax Act (Canada). On its initial incorporation as a letters patent corporation under the Corporations Act (Ontario) in 1970, the objects of FFL were stated in part as follows:

a) To establish, maintain and operate athletic facilities and to promote an interest in athletic games, recreation and sports;

b) To construct and operate grandstands, arenas, playing field, booths, refreshment rooms, food services and other buildings and conveniences whether of a permanent or temporary nature;

c) To arrange or hold matches and competitions of every nature and to offer or grant and contribute towards prizes, awards and distinctions;

d) To buy, sell and deal in all kinds of equipment, apparatus and provisions required by or conveniences for the persons frequenting the Company’s facilities; and

e) To use such facilities and to permit the same or any part thereof to be sued on such terms as the company shall think fit for any purposes, public or private, and in particular for public and other gatherings and meetings, exhibitions, picnics, tournaments and other performances.

On November 23, 2021, the Canadian Rugby Foundation (the Foundation) was pleased to accept a historic donation in the amount of $11.65 million from Fletcher’s Field Limited (FFL), this following the sale of its Fletcher’s Fields rugby facility in Markham Ontario to the City of Markham. The Foundation and FFL have entered into a donation agreement (the “FFL Master Agreement”) effective June 1st, 2021. In addition, the Foundation established from its own Unrestricted Fund a restricted fund to be named the “Fletcher’s Patrons Fund” in the amount of $120,000.

The Fletcher’s Patrons Fund is named for the generous supporters or “Patrons” who in 1995 enabled Fletcher’s Fields to undertake major renovations to the clubhouse and install an electronic scoreboard and a grandstand to accommodate three thousand spectators. Funds for the improvements came by way of an Ontario grant and a major fundraising drive in the rugby community. The fundraising drive involved donors contributing one thousand dollars to Fletcher’s in return for being named a patron and receiving free entry to games. Almost $150,000 was raised from members of the FFL shareholder clubs and other Ontario rugby clubs.

The Fletcher’s Patrons Fund is intended to provide funding from its endowment, and from capital disbursements that continue the objects of FFL. These include:

(a) To encourage and further the game of rugby in Ontario and Canada in accordance with the laws of World Rugby (“WR”);

(b) To actively support rugby players and participants in the Province of Ontario by furnishing equipment, kit, and facilities for the game of rugby; and

(c) To promote all forms of rugby recognized by WR and to arrange matches and rugby competitions and to offer or grant and contribute towards prizes, awards, scholarships and honorariums related to playing rugby in the Province of Ontario.

Fletcher's Fields

 

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Recap: 2021 Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship

November 28 saw the finale of the 2021 Toronto Arrows Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship presented by Lougheed Wealth Management – Raymond James (CUMRC). Once again, the UBC Thunderbirds were victorious, winning their third championship in four years, and defeating the defending champions and arch-provincial rivals the University of Victoria Vikes in the Gold medal match 39-7.

This year’s tournament was hosted by Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario from November 24-28.  34 teams competed this year to qualify for the CUMRC through their conference or regional leagues, an increase of 17 percent from the inaugural 2017 tournament. Eight teams from all regions of Canada  won the right to compete at the CUMRC: UBC and UVic from BC, Calgary from the Prairies, Guelph, Queen’s and RMC from Ontario, Concordia from Quebec, and Dalhousie from the Atlantic. Three brand new qualifiers made it to Kingston – RMC, Calgary and Dalhousie.

The results from the twelve matches played over three days aligned closely with the way the teams were initially seeded. All matches were streamed on YouTube and on The Rugby Network:

Quarter-finals

UBC 66, RMC 0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYTnR_6aEpg)

Guelph 34, Calgary 5 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q550bCSZ-jw)

UVic 72, Dalhousie 0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPusfiY7Zfw)

Queen’s 38, Concordia 22 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Poa5YsZPag4)

Consolation Semi-finals

Concordia 60, RMC 3 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29ucaHwEwxk)

Calgary 25, Dalhousie 11 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE9A9boxYQ0)

Championship Semi-finals

UBC 41, Queen’s 20 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDuZ8zRey5s)

UVic 29, Guelph 22 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCrwkvUH54c)

Final Day

7 vs. 8: RMC 43, Dalhousie 7 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdPmrDysjBA)

5 vs. 6: Concordia 39, Calgary 17 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCk7y1YKgJM)

Bronze medal: Queen’s 13, Guelph 5 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nevcgmXx-8Q)

Gold medal: UBC 39, UVic 7 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acbNEZ89b1E)

 

Photos from the tournament can be seen here

All game videos on the Queen’s YouTube channel

During the first day of the tournament, 8 players – one from each team – were presented with the Col. W.D.C. Holmes Award recognizing their contributions to the game of rugby off-the-field. Full story.

Following the tournament, the First and Second Team All Stars were announced, with the two finalists, UBC and UVic well represented.

 

And finally, the University of Calgary Dinos were named as the inaugural winners of the Jeff Chan Spirit of Rugby Team Award. The Dinos were selected by the Toronto Arrows selection panel, the tournament officials, and the CUMRC Board, based on their demonstration of the spirit, values, and culture of the game of rugby including respect for their opponents and the officials, competitiveness, and good sportsmanship over the course of the CUMRC tournament.

 

The CUMRC Tournament had the generous support of the following sponsors:

Title sponsor: The Toronto Arrows

Presenting sponsor: Lougheed Wealth Management – Raymond James

Sustaining sponsors: The Canadian Rugby Foundation, Langara Fishing Adventures, Pemberton-Holmes, and Michael Holmes.

Host university: Queen’s University

All Stars and Player of the Game sponsor: Pinnacle Scouting

Continuing support: Rugby Canada.

The 2022 CUMRC returns to British Columbia November 30 – December 4, 2022.

Col. W.D.C. Holmes Awards Presented at the 2021 Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship

From November 24-28, Queen’s University hosted the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship (CUMRC). The 2021 CUMRC featured eight teams from across Canada including the ultimate champion UBC and UVic from BC, Calgary from the Prairies, Guelph, Queen’s and RMC from Ontario, Concordia from Quebec, and Dalhousie from the Atlantic region.

As was the case with the U SPORTS Women’s Rugby Nationals, 8 student-athletes were recognized for their off-field contributions to the game of rugby at their university and community in the past year, while their university team’s Athletic Financial Awards (AFAs) were enhanced with $500 cheques from the Canadian Rugby Foundation’s W.D.C. Holmes Fund. Examples of factors to be considered could include organizing community events involving the team, mentoring younger players, volunteering with their home rugby club or at the community in which the university is located, volunteering as a club executive or an official at any level, and providing off-the-field leadership on the university team.

The Col. W.D.C. Holmes Awards are presented by Michael Holmes in memory of his late father Lt. Col. W.D.C. Holmes, who won the sword of honour at RMC in 1942 before embarking on a distinguished career in the British Army during and after World War II. Fittingly the same Royal Military College  made its inaugural appearance in the 2021 CUMRC.

The following eight men were recognized for their contributions to the game of rugby:

Braden Gray – Royal Military College, 4th Year, Computer Engineering

Brayden is a senior computer engineering student and the team captain.   A native of Ottawa, Ontario his career choice is to serve in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Marine Systems Engineering Officer.  He has held a number of leadership position within RMC including Flight Section Commander and Squadron Sports Officer.

Aria Keshoofy – University of Guelph, 5th Year, MSc. Population Medicine

Aria has been a leader and captain for the past two season, who recently won the OUA Trillium Award this past season. Last Christmas he organized a advent donation drive which resulted in gifts and food for 9 families in need. He also helps mentor younger and incoming players.

Dawson Legere – Dalhousie University, 3rd Year, Arts

Dawson successfully recovered from two shoulder surgeries to become a most essential part of the DURFC pack. Beyond his invaluable contributions to the team, Dawson has committed himself to being an exemplary figure in the Halifax rugby community. This past summer, Dawson rose to head coach for the U-15 Nova Scotia provincial squad. At 21 years of age, he is one of the more respected figures in Nova Scotia for his playing and coaching abilities.

Logan Martin-Feek – University of   Victoria, 4th Year

Logan has been unable to compete with his team on the field this season due to injury but was previously the on-field captain and has continued to foster his leadership skills . Logan is the first guy to make sure that the players new to our program feel welcome, and that they belong. He has worked tirelessly this year to develop himself as a leader, frequently looking for professional development opportunities, and suggesting ways in which we can better our program.

Aidan McMullan – Concordia University, 2nd Year Building Engineering

Only a second year student and already recognized as a team captain, Aidan is a leader in off the field activities, he is a mentor to young aspiring rugby players, and coaches rugby in the community.

Alex Pipchuck – Queen’s University, 5th Year, Arts & Science

Alex is one of the team leaders in organizing the Run for the Cure for the Men’s Rugby Team fundraising for the past 3 years. The Gaels have been the top fund-raising team from a Canadian university and the top team from Kingston. Alex led the team to raise funds in a number of ways, including an email campaign, going door-to-door in non-COVID years, run challenges where money is donated per kilometre, and contributions from the team’s alumni.

Sam Platt – University of Calgary, 3rd Year, Law

Sam engages the community and rugby team to get involved with positive and exuberant passion. This year alone Sam serves on the Exec as the Liaison for all Charity connections. Successfully accomplished raising over $10k for breast cancer and continues to excel at engaging the team in events to better our community presence. Sam is working on an initiative to engage local high schools to share the players’ and coaches’ knowledge at the University of Calgary Dinos with the local community, while having fun and raising awareness for mental health.

Bryce Worden – UBC, 4th Year, Kinesiology

Bryce is applying to Medical School after his degree in Kinesiology. He guides and informs younger players and leads from behind and sometimes out front with the senior players.  He leads a abundant group of mini and junior rugby players at his home club.

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Founded in 2017, the 2021 Toronto Arrows Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship, presented by Lougheed Wealth Management-Raymond James, marked the 4th year for the tournament. With generous  sponsor support from the Canadian Rugby Foundation, Langara Fishing Adventures, Pemberton-Holmes, Pinnacle Scouting and with the support of Rugby Canada, the CUMRC is contributing to the growth of university men’s rugby across Canada with 34 teams now competing to qualify for the tournament and two more slated  to join in 2022, when the Championship will be held at the University of British Columbia. And increasingly, the university ranks are the crucial development path for MLR’s Toronto Arrows, and and the senior national 15s team.

Inaugural Col. W.D.C. Holmes Awards Presented at the 2021 U SPORTS Women’s Rugby Championship

The Nov. 10-14 U SPORTS Women’s Rugby Championship hosted by Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, marked the first Holmes Awards recognizing off-field contributions to the game of rugby by a Canadian University Women’s Rugby student-athlete.

The Col. W.D.C. Holmes Awards are presented by Michael Holmes through the Canadian Rugby Foundation in memory of his late father, Lt. Col. W.D.C. Holmes, who won the sword of honour at RMC in 1942 before heading off to England with a commission in the British Army in the Second World War.  In his 25 year career with the British Army he fought in numerous campaigns  and was awarded both the Military Cross and the Distinguished Service Order for bravery in the Korean War.

Sixteen awards of $500 are presented to the 8 Women’s and 8 Men’s teams in the National University Rugby Championships, to go towards each team’s Athletic Financial Awards (AFAs). The award recognizes the player on each team who has best contributed to the game of rugby at their university and community in the past year. The goal is to encourage the future leaders of the sport of rugby across Canada and recognize off-the-field vs. on-field performance, Examples of factors to be considered could include organizing community events involving the team, mentoring younger players, volunteering with home rugby club, or at the community in which the university is located, volunteering as a club executive or an official at any level, and providing off-the-field leadership on the university team.

Eight women were recognized for their off-the-field contributions to the game of rugby, each representing the eight Universities competing at the Women’s Rugby Nationals as follow:

Sophie-Rose Pickard – Acadia University, 5th Year Kinesiology

Sophie has been a standout team player on and off the field and took the role to new heights this season. Her positive attitude and personality are infectious among the team – even if she’s having a down day. She is a go-to for anyone who need an ear to listen or a helping hand. Soph is always willing to contribute in any way she can; active participation in film sessions, practices, technical questions to provide learning moments for younger players. She is the epitome of what a rugby player is, she spins everything in a positive way and will bring her lessons from rugby her wherever life takes her. Throughout her years as a student-athlete, Soph has shown great resilience in both athletics and academic pursuits. No matter her adversities, Sophie has always remained grounded, true to herself, and have become a role model for younger players. Sophie plans to move back home to Newfoundland upon graduation to help women’s programs develop and succeed on the national stage.

Amelia Stapley – Queen’s University, 4th Year Arts & Science

 

Amelia has been an incredible teammate for 4 years within the Queen’s Women’s Rugby program. She is always going out of her way to support her teammates – especially our 1st years – to ensure they are well looked after.  Amelia also volunteers her time at her local rugby club, coaching mini rugby and helping pass on her love for the sport.

Dani Franada – St. Francis Xavier University, 4th Year Business

Dani is a player every coach wants to have; she makes her teammates better by just being on the field. She is a leader on the field, in the dressing room, and in the StFX leadership academy. She is respected by our younger players and is well liked by all her teammates. She is kind and considerate of others and looks to lead by example.

Annabelle Parent – Université Laval, 4th Year Intervention Sportif

Annabelle has been plenty involved in the rugby community during the covid period. She managed different programs and academies for kids between 6 and 21 years old according to public health authorities. She also volunteers to make known rugby in high school and primary school all over Quebec and his region. Despite recovering from ACL injuries, she never stops helping the growth of our sport during this period.

Rori Woods – University of British Columbia, 3rd Year Kinesiology

Rori has been a huge part as a coach and program leader with the UBC mini rugby program. This is her second year. The program runs for 8 to10 weeks in Term One and again in term two during the school year. The program runs every Sunday morning, with 50 children aged 3 to 9. Rori has also been involved in a UBC recruit camp that took place during the summer break. Rori has also supported the UBC female rugby academy as a coach and mentor to potential new recruits. Rori is also a huge part in the University leadership group.

Hannah Beaumont – University of Guelph, 5th Year Human Kinetics

Hannah is a speedster on the pitch that can score tries and track down any opponent. She’s the top try scorer this season with a whopping 10 tries. She’s courageous in contact at such high speeds and does this with a smile on her face. Hannah is an exceptional player and teammate. She has made her mark on the gryphon program and will be missed immensely following her graduation.

Ngozi Mosindi – University of Ottawa, 2nd Year Criminology

Since Ngozi has become a part of the Gee-Gees, she has been extreemely involved in all aspects of what we do on and off the field. She has been a part of our Task Force for Equity and Diversity, where she hosted a 3-part Black Women in Sport: Speaker Series. Apart from all Ngozi has done with the Task Force, she has been a main support with player recruitment. She has been in contact with recruits all fall, hosting zoom meetings, supporting trial days, and maintaining connections. In the zoom sessions, Ngozi leads recruits through their questions and gives insight to our program. Ngozi has also helped with the development of our younger players by supporting their development games and the growth of other young athletes in Ottawa. She has planned and ran sessions with the rugby team at Heritage College as well as Ashbury Colleges’ football team.

Ada Okonkwo – University of Victoria, 4th Year Masters in Public Health

Ada has been an incredible advocate and leader for the Vikes Women’s Rugby team, the Vikes athletics department, the university and in the community this past year. She is currently completing her master’s in Public Health and has a passion for uplifting the voices of the BIPOC community. Ada also organized our team to all wear orange and consulted with the indigenous community on campus to make sure our game on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was done properly and with respect. For the university, Ada is a member of the Vikes Student-athlete Leadership Council. She provides advice to Vikes Athletics Department for leadership on advancing the culture of excellence associated with varsity athletics and the student-athlete experience, as well as any issues related to BIPOC. In consultation with the Indigenous Academic & Community Engagement Department, In the community, Ada has used her voice to advance the BIPOC community. She was involved in the Black Lives Matter movement and spoke at the peaceful protests in Victoria. She also organized a peaceful protest at Victoria City Hall to bring global awareness and attention to the violation of human rights and injustices against Nigerian youths #ENDSARS.

Presentations were made by Hans de Goede a Director of the Foundation (whose daughter Sophie captained the Gold medal-winning Queen’s Gaels and was named the Tournament MVP) and Jeff Chan, Executive Director of the Foundation.