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UPDATED: BC U18 Sevens team trials on December 8th, 14th
Trials scheduled for Duncan and Vancouver ahead of tour to Las Vegas
 
Published Friday, December 6, 2013 2:00 pm
by Andrew Smith, with files from Marlene Donaldson

NOTE: The Vancouver Island U18 trial has been postponed until Saturday, December 14th due to weather conditions. The Lower Mainland trials set for December 8th at UBC are still going ahead. 

clientuploads/-Photos_NewsandEvent_Articles/REP Rugby/U18 Women/2013-14/WEB-Jamie-Beck-RC-Carded-training.jpgJamie Beck (fourth from Left) recently trained with Canada's carded athletes



VANCOUVER, BC - Provincial team trials for the Under-18 women's sevens program are just around the corner. The tryouts are scheduled for December 7th in Duncan for all Vancouver Island players and on December 8th in Vancouver for all Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Interior-based players.
 
Now in its second year, the program will be looking to better its third-place finish at the Las Vegas High School International Sevens. The 2014 edition is set for January 23rd-25th and will run alongside the iRB Sevens World Series event, the USA Sevens.
 
With the excitement of rugby's involvement in the 2016 Rio Olympics, this program was developed by BC Rugby to provide our young female players a pathway to the Canadian national team. BC Rugby is embarking in a development structure that will ensure BC athletes will represent our country at future world championships and grace the Olympic podium.
 
One player already making strides from last year's inaugural U18 side is Houston, BC's Jamie Beck.
 
Beck was BC's leading try scorer at the Vegas tournament in 2013 and recently trained with Rugby Canada's carded athletes.
 
"What stood out most for me about Jamie last year, was her finishing pace, power and strength in contact as well as her coachable personality," said Marlene Donaldson, BC Rugby Girls Youth Development Officer. "She is just one of those athletes that you want in your program because you know she always going to work hard to give you her best."
 
Still in high school, Beck has caught the attention of Canada's national sevens team coaches who have been recognizing the 17-year-old's potential.
 
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 XVs title.

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.' Players are required to bring their own lunch and snacks.

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 Trial - DUNCAN
Date: December 14th, 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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