VANCOUVER, BC - For the second straight year, BC Rugby will be partnering with the BC Girls High School Rugby Association (BCHSGRA) and the BC Secondary Schools Rugby Union (BCSSRU) to host the annual BC Rugby High School Provincial Sevens Championships. Featuring Sevens rugby, a sport set to make its debut at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the High School Championships have recently signed on two major sponsors in Avison Young and Thorsteinssons LLP Tax Lawyers.
The championships will see more than 380 athletes competing at UBC's Wolfson Fields over the course of a three-day tournament (April 25-27). St. George's will look to defend the boys' high school title while Cowichan Secondary will look to retain the girls' provincial title.
"We are very pleased to be partnering with Avison Young and Thorsteinssons - two companies that reflect the values of BC Rugby," said BC Rugby CEO Jim Dixon."The High School Sevens program in British Columbia has truly flourished in recent years and the opportunity to compete in the Olympics motivates many young athletes. It’s fantastic that this opportunity now exists for aspiring national rugby players."
The championships will be used as a selection tool for BC provincial coaches and the venue is now seen as a major step in the player pathway. A number of Canadian national team representatives have featured in the tournament, including St. George's School graduate Conor Trainor who is now a regular in the IRB Sevens World Series.
"Sevens, at the moment is such a growing sport – a sport which players seem to enjoy playing," said Canada men's Sevens National Team head coach Geraint John. "The BC High School Sevens tournament is one that I hope the players enjoy; and, also, for some players it is the start of a journey that could take them to the Olympics. There will be many people watching and observing, and I am looking forward to getting reports back from teachers, coaches and experts giving me names of players who have the skills, attitude and character to play for the National Team."
The three-year partnership with Avison Young and Thorsteinssons will enable BC Rugby and its partner High School rugby associations to expand and develop more opportunities for Sevens competitions in BC.
"The aim is to grow the BC High School Sevens and to offer competition in various locations with the potential of a championship series in years to come," Dixon added. "In addition to the High School programs, there will be new opportunities to represent British Columbia through the implementation of BC Under-20 Men’s and Women’s Sevens teams, another crucial long-term player development pathway step for our aspiring Olympians. Again, I would like to publicly thank Avison Young and Thorsteinssons for their generous contributions to player development in BC, and we welcome them to the BC Rugby family."
“Avison Young is very excited and proud to be associated with British Columbia male and female high school athletes who will be pursuing excellence over the next three years at the BC Rugby High School Provincial Sevens Championships,” said Michael Keenan, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director of the Vancouver office. “The opportunity to align and invest in a sport, which is renowned for promoting fair play, teamwork and foundational attributes in the development of high-caliber people, was compelling. We also believe this annual Championship will serve to identify potential Olympic athletes who will represent Canada in sevens rugby in the future.”
"Thorsteinssons is very excited to have the opportunity to partner with BC Rugby and the local governing bodies BCSSRU and BCHSGRA,” said Thorsteinssons' Steve Cook. "We are proud to support the development of youth rugby within British Columbia and believe that rugby’s unique culture provides a wonderful foundation for the development of quality athletes with strong team and leadership skills."
About Avison Young
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About Thorsteinssons LLP Tax Lawyers
Thorsteinssons is Canada’s largest law firm practicing exclusively in tax. The firm's lawyers are consistently recognized among Canada’s leading tax practitioners. Tax is an area of great complexity and, by restricting their practice to tax, Thorteinssons attorneys are better able to deliver the level of skill and attention demanded by clients. Thorsteinnsons' practice encompasses all aspects of taxation, including tax planning, compliance and representation at all levels.
Thorsteinssons provides tax advice of the highest quality to clients around the world, and the firm is known for its skillful work in highly complex matters. The firm's close client relationships afford it the in-depth understanding of their clients’ businesses that is necessary to deliver the quality of service and advice that they demand. The firm's goal throughout is to provide clients with valuable solutions in a timely and efficient manner. (www.thor.ca)
Check back to www.bcrugby.com for previews, recaps and highlights from the BC Rugby High School Provincial Sevens Championships.