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BC U18 Women's provincial sevens trials set for Duncan and Vancouver
Trials scheduled for December 7th in Duncan, December 8th in Vancouver
 
Published Tuesday, November 12, 2013 4:00 pm
by Andrew Smith, BC Rugby Communications

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VANCOUVER - Head Coach of the Under-18 women's provincial sevens team Brad Skene has announced the program's trial dates ahead of their tour to Las Vegas in January, 2014.

The coaching staff will be holding an open trial on December 7th in Duncan for Vancouver Island-based players. The Island session will be followed by a December 8th open session for Lower Mainland and Interior players at UBC's campus in Vancouver.

Please note that players are required to pre-register with BC Rugby Girls Development Officer Marlene Donaldson (mdonaldson@bcrugby.com). The cost for the trial will be $20.00 per player with cheques payable to 'BC Rugby.'

The trials will be for high school girls ages U16-U18 (1996, '97 and '98 birth years). Sevens-rugby specific experience is not required and trials will be open to all athletes.

BC U18 Women's Sevens
With the excitement of rugby’s involvement in the 2016 Rio Olympics, BC Rugby recognizes the need to ensure our youth rugby players have a pathway to the Canadian national team.  BC Rugby is embarking in a development structure that will ensure BC athletes will represent our country and grace the Olympic podium. 

This is the second year the BC U18 women's program will be representing the province at the Las Vegas High School Invitational Sevens. The 2014 edition is set for January 23rd-25th, 2014 and will be played alongside the senior USA Sevens international rugby tournament.

Returning head coach Brad Skene will be leading the program as they look to improve on their third place finish at the 2013 tournament. Joining Skene this year is assistant coach Jodie 'Buffy' Cornell who recently helped guide BC's under-16 program to a national title.

BC U18 Women's Sevens Trial - DUNCAN
Date: December 7th, 2013
Times & Locations:
10:00am-11:30am Fitness Testing & Skills at Cowichan Sportsplex Track
11:30am-12:1515 Lunch
12:15pm-2:00pm Field Work at Cowichan Secondary School
Registration Contact: Marlene Donaldson (mdonaldson@bcrugby.com)
Registration Fee: $20 payable to BC Rugby

BC U18 Women's Sevens Trial - VANCOUVER
Date: December 8th, 2013
Times & Locations:
10:00am-11:30am Fitness Testing & Skills at UBC Track
11:30am-12:15pm Lunch
12:15pm-2:00pm Field Work at UBC Wolfson Fields
Registration Contact: Marlene Donaldson (mdonaldson@bcrugby.com)
Registration Fee: $20 payable to BC Rugby

Participants are required to bring mouth guards (mandatory), shoulder pads and scrum caps (optional), water bottles and weather appropriate rugby and training gear.

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Brad Skene to lead BC U18 women's sevens coaching staff
Published Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Andrew Smith, BC Rugby Communications

VANCOUVER, BC - Returning head coach Brad Skene will lead the BC under-18 women's provincial seven-a-side program in their second annual trip to Las Vegas in January, 2014. New additions to the coaching staff include assistant Jodie Cornell as well as mentor coach Julia Sugawara.

The U18 program will be looking to improve on their tournament debut in 2013 where the squad placed third overall at the Las Vegas High School Invitational. The 2014 edition of the Vegas Invitational is set for January 23rd-25th and will be played alongside the USA Sevens international rugby tournament.

"We had some very good candidates and chose to go with individuals who have a strong background working in the context with young female athletes," said BC Provincial Coach and Development Manager Dave Brown.  "Brad Skene has a proven record at the school, club, regional and provincial level and was involved in the Las Vegas event last year," Brown added.

Skene has been the head coach of Cowichan Secondary's girls rugby team since 2003 and this past Spring led the program to a pair of provincial titles in sevens and 15s. Currently Cowichan's U18 women's club coach, Skene also recently held the role of Vancouver Island's senior Crimson Tide coach during the 2013 Ruth Hellerud-Brown Cup.

Skene also has experience at the national level having served as the Canadian U19 women's coach in 2004 and '05, as well as assistant coach in '05 and '06 with the senior women's national team.

"Jodie Cornell has worked at both club and school level as well as being involved with the last two BC Summer Games with the successful Fraser Valley U17 women's teams," Brown added. "We will also have Julia Sugawara working in a mentor coach capacity as she is still involved with the senior women's national team and currently looking to transition into coaching."

Langley-based coach Jodie 'Buffy' Cornell was recently assistant coach of the BC under-16 women's provincial team that took Gold at the 2013 national championships. Cornell has also been heavily involved with Fraser Valley's rep programs that have captured three gold medals at the Provincial Regional Championships (15s) as well as two straight Gold medals at the BC Summer Games.

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