Vancouver, BC – November 17, 2018: Head Coach Adam Roberts sends through this report on the BC Rugby Elite Youth Sevens Boy’s Camp held at St. George’s School over the weekend. The program is currently in the process of identifying top talent from across the Province before continuing with selection and development of Rugby Sevens teams that will represent BC in tournaments in Spring 2019.
It was an absolutely gorgeous day for the BC Elite Youth Sevens (EY7s) Open Camp on the campus of St. George’s School in Vancouver, BC. Over 100 kids from over 60 schools from around the province came to earn a spot in future camps for the EY7s Boys’ Program. The day began at noon with the players being put through a rotation comprised of 10 stations, focussing on various skills and games.
The next generation of players looks to be in good hands. While there are many talented athletes in the field, there are a few from this weekend that are worth a particular mention. Thomas Kirkwood of St. George’s is smooth, skilful, and has a noticeable positive influence on the players around him. Nathan Holm of Collingwood School was an athletic presence, had speed and ran hard. Talon and Takoda McMullin of Earl Marriott Secondary are impressive with a mix of size and speed, coupled with great game sense. Ciaran Breen of Shawnigan Lake has the poise, athleticism and skill which will make him dangerous.
There was great support from the rugby community on the day, as coaches from all over the lower mainland came together to put on the camp. Huge thank you to the coaching staff and selectors: Greg Byron (Yale Secondary), Moreno Stefanon (Byrne Creek), Mike McMartin (Semiahmoo Secondary), Pose Semielafa (Bayside Sharks), Harjun Gill (BC Youth Alumnus), Andy Evans (TWU), Leanne Marton (Kelowna Secondary), Karsten Leitner (BC Elite Youth Sevens alumnus and Canada Sevens Cap), Mike Stiles (St. George’s), and maybe the biggest thank you needs to go to Neil MacDonald (UBCOB) who oversaw all the data entry, ensuring all players had the correct information. The day would not have gone so well without the tremendous support of the staff.
Later this week, the EY7s Boys’ Program takes the show on the road, heading to play a halftime show at the Men’s National University Championships on Friday, November 23, at the University of Victoria. Two regional teams of top players in this year’s program will be in action during the break of the 4:00pm match at Centennial Stadium. Gregor Dixon and Nanyak Dala will lead the Island All-Stars, while the Mainland All-Stars will be led by Adam Roberts and Bryn Johnson. Not only is this a great development opportunity for the players, and a spectacle for the gathered crows, but it also brings an element of pride into the mix, pitting Island and Mainland stars head-to-head.
For all island players that have not been able to make it to an ID session so far, one will be held on Friday, November 23, from 2:30-3:30pm on Wallace field (preceding the Island vs. Mainland exhibition match). If you have any questions about this session, please contact Adam Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, thank you to Chris Blackman and his staff at St. George’s school for their incredible hospitality.
Lineups for Friday’s Showcase 7’s Game will be announced on Thursday, November 22