Coaching staff confirmed for Shawnigan Lake School Summer Camp
Published Wednesday, May 11, 2011 5:00 am
by Gary Dukelow, Shawnigan Lake School

An impressive list of coaches has been assembled for the 2nd Annual Residential Summer Rugby Camp to be held at Shawnigan Lake School from July 17th to 22nd, 2011.

Scott Johnson, Director of Coaching from the Osprey Rugby Organization in Wales is the special overseas guest and he will head up the Coachesí Clinic. The clinic is open to club and school rugby coaches or for anyone who wants to develop their coaching skills and techniques.

The program will focus on a number of key components to improve coaches both technically and tactically. Also each of the coaches will focus on their personal coaching techniques and their ability to self-analyze to improve their own performance as a coach.

The following members of the Rugby Canada coaching staff have been confirmed, Kieran Crowley (Canadian Senior Menís Coach), John Tait (National Womenís Head Coach for XVís and 7ís.), Geraint John (National Head Coach of the Menís 7ís) and Dustin Hopkins (RC Coach Development Manager).

Coaching clinics for boys and girls, ages 15 to 17 will be headed by Jim Delaney (Canadian U17 Coach) and Becky Delaney (Currant U20 National Team Captain).  They will focus on skill development and games to ensure that each participant enjoys the experience and recognizes what it takes to play rugby at a national level. 

Members of the current Canadian Senior Menís and Women's teams will be present in various capacities, acting as coaches, dorm parents and organizers of activities during free time. 

Jason Marshall, a Canadian National front row player had this comment from last yearís camp:

"Working at the camp last year was an awesome experience. Sean (White) and I had a lot of fun spending time with the young rugby players in and out of the dorms and sharing our rugby experiences with them. A lot of these young guys are the future of Rugby Canada and I think a camp like this is really important because it allows us senior guys to spend extra time with them and really encourage them to continue to develop their skills, and even give guidance to the ones who want to pursue rugby as a career. Another great aspect of the kid's program was that there are a number of recreational players who also benefited from the technical and fun themes. The way that the different ages and skill types came together really was amazing." 

Spaces are still available at the camp. Boys and girls who live in southern Vancouver Island can attend the camp on a daily basis. Anyone interested in attending can contact either myself (gdukelow@shawnigan.ca) or Barkley Logan (wjblogan@shaw.ca)  

Gary Dukelow

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