In the their very first year of playing Sevens and competing in the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens, Capilano’s U16 and U17 squads really made their mark.
The two U16 teams took home both the Cup and third place in their division and the U17’s – playing in the largely U18 Open High School division – reached the Plate semi-final and finished 7th overall out of twenty teams.
The club travelled with 36 players that included 32 athletes from the club and 4 from St Georges School and their involvement and performance. Along with Handsworth School who also fielded three teams this year under the watchful eye of Caps youth coaching chief, Danny Weidner, the Capilano success really puts Vancouver’s North Shore on the Sevens’ map.
Capilano tour manager, Karl Harrison, said:
“We put this tour together for the boys in just a few weeks and it’s been a huge success for the club. The boys all got to play in the competition and then they were able to watch the international games at the Sam Boyd Stadium as well.
We adopted a truly inclusive approach in our squads and every player comes home with great memories and added confidence in their ability. The tour helps to grow rugby on the North Shore and in BC. The success our boys had in Vegas is a tribute to our coaching staff and the gritty determination of the boys themselves. We hope it will encourage more Canadian clubs to take part directly in these events.
This international tour is a first for Capilano and its success means that we will repeat it in 2015 when we hope to take 4 teams. We had great sponsors for this tour and fantastic support from parents and the club. In addition to the players travelling under our own banner we also had four of our regular U17 squad playing in the Vegas tournament with Shane Thompson’s BC Elite 7’s teams.
Capilano’s youth program is one of the biggest in North America and in 2014 we are further growing our numbers with the addition of a program for girls in the Spring. We’ll now certainly be looking to take part in more international events as well.”
For Further Information Contact Karl Harrison on 604 805 2600 or Barry Allen on 604 807 6388 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org