Thompson announces long list for BC Elite Youth 7s Vegas trial camp
Final selection camp scheduled for January 4-6, 2013 at UBC
Published Friday, December 7, 2012
by Andrew Smith with files from Shane Thompson
VANCOUVER - Head coach of the BC Elite Youth Sevens program Shane Thompson has announced the men's U18 and U17 rosters for the final selection camp ahead of the program's 2013 trip to Las Vegas. After holding ID sessions in Vancouver, Surrey, Victoria, Shawnigan and Nanaimo this past Fall, Thompson has narrowed his player pools down to lists of 30 athletes per age grade.
The 60 players will assemble in Vancouver in January (4th-6th) for a final selection camp at UBC's Wolfson Fields. The Friday and Saturday sessions will be skill and position-oriented with Sunday set aside for a series of tournament style matches.
"There was more depth at this age grade than I had anticipated," Thompson said after wrapping up the sessions. "There are a lot of strong players and the January camp will give them a final opportunity to put their hands up for selection."
The plan is to send approximately four teams to Vegas, requiring at least 40 athletes for the trip. Thompson will enter two U18 teams into the Las Vegas Invitational's High School Elite division and two U17 squads into the High School Boy's division. Last year's tournament saw the BC squads capture both titles against representative sides from across the US and Canada.
"Every year the Vegas Invitational is getting bigger and it's really become the marquee event of the year," Thompson added. "It's a great opportunity to develop some of these younger players for further down the road."
A graduate of the BCEY7's program is currently competing for the Canadian Senior Men's National Team, an accomplishment Thompson hopes to see for several more of his athletes coming through the pathway.
All players listed below are required to contact Shane Thompson at Sthompson@bcrugby.com and confirm attendance ASAP.
U18 (1995's) Camp Roster Ben Bethune (Capilano RFC) Joey Campbell (Abbotsford RFC) Evan Cambridge (Castaway Wanderers RFC) Shane Dagg (Bayside AA) Toby Digney (Brentwood College) Giuseppe Du Toit (Cowichan Rugby Club) Marshall Fuller (Capilano RFC) Harjun Gill (Richmond RFC) Reid Gordon (Bayside AA) Cameron Hall (Cowichan Rugby Club) Kristopher Kalhs (Kelowna Crows) Alex Klassen (Bayside AA) Karsten Leitner (UBCOB Ravens) Spencer Loughlin (Abbotsford RFC) Connor McRae (Capilano RFC) Chris Miles (Velox RFC) Spencer Miller (Abbotsford RFC) Mike Needham (Cowichan Rugby Club) Jonathan Norris (Cowichan Rugby Club) Ollie Nott (Shawnigan Lake School) James Oswald (Capilano RFC) Rupert Peers (Surrey Beavers AA) Oliver Smith (Capilano RFC) Spencer Soltan (Capilano RFC) Peter Stockton (Kats RFC) Tobin Sydneysmith (Capilano RFC) Morgan Tate (Castaway Wanderers) Jenner Teufel (Cowichan Rugby Club) Tomasi Vataiki (Bayside AA) Luke Zandbergen (Surrey Beavers AA)
U17 (1996's) Camp Roster Nicky Allen (Capilano RFC) Graeme Battigelli (Castaway Wanderers RFC) Alexi Bonnis (Vancouver Rowing Club) Trevor Caton (GP Vanier) Nick Collett (Bayside AA) Antonio Corbin (Cowichan Rugby Club) Nico Docolas (Bayside AA) Michael Henderson (Cowichan Rugby Club) Jason Hignell (Abbotsford RFC) Nolan Howell (Richmond RFC) Carter Illing (Vancouver Rowing Club) Noah Jensen (Abbotsford RFC) Zachary Kahn (Castaway Wanderers RFC) Cole Keffer (Capilano RFC) Jake Knapton (Capilano RFC) Marc Levin (Vancouver Rowing Club) Jagger Loeber (Capilano RFC) Kaden MacLeod (Abbotsford RFC) Jonathan Manderson (Capilano RFC) Cali Martinez (Bayside AA) Tyler McDiarmid (Castaway Wanderers RFC) Mitchell Mehlenbacher (Capilano RFC) John Mitchell (Shawnigan Lake School) Jack Nyren (Castaway Wanderers RFC) Reegan O'Gorman (Vancouver Rowing Club) Gavin Rowell (Bayside AA) Theo Sauder (Vancouver Rowing Club) Carlos Sheppard (Capilano RFC) Tim Stephens (Bayside AA) Wesley Wong (Cowichan Rugby Club)
About the BCEY7s program As a result of rugby sevens being included into the Olympic games for 2016 and 2020, the British Columbia Rugby Union has developed the Elite Youth Sevens program. The sevens academy program is designed to help develop young athletes into the rugby players who will be best qualified to represent Canada with distinction at future Olympic Games and Rugby World Cup tournaments. The program is geared towards identifying, training and developing athletes who can go on to represent their Regions, their Province and Canada at Age Grade Level and beyond.