NORTH VANCOUVER, BC - Brad Baker will return as head coach of the BC Under-18 women’s provincial team this summer. The program is coming off a silver-medal performance at the 2013 National Festival in Vancouver.
Baker has a pair of new additions to his coaching staff with Darcy Patterson and Ashley Robinson joining the program ahead of their trip to Nationals in Calgary (Aug 6-10).
First up, the BC U18 staff will be holding an ID camp this Saturday at North Vancouver’s Mountainside Secondary. The Camp is set to run 12pm-6pm and attending players are asked to bring mouth guards, cleats, runners, their own lunches and a water bottle.
BC U18 Women’s ID Camp
Date: Sat. May 31, 2014
Location: Mountainside Secondary (3365 Mahon Ave, North Van)
Eligible DOB: Players born in 1996, ’97
Contact: Brad Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778.231.5049)
Players looking to make the provincial team will also be required to represent their regions at the B2Gold PRC’s (July 4-6 at UBC).
“I feel privileged to be working with the BC U18 team this year due to the high level of rugby that is being played in the province right now,” said Baker. “This was seen in the U18 Fall league and more recently in the High School season that just ended. The goal for this season is to have our players continue to improve and develop the skills to continue on the pathway to the various national teams.”
Baker is confident his new additions to the coaching team will help realize the goal of a national championship.
“Ultimately, the BC U18 women’s team wants to be successful at the National Tournament and come home with a gold medal,” Baker added. “The main philosophy will be based on the providing the best opportunity for our athletes to complete at the highest level with the best preparation possible.”
Patterson is a product of Carson Graham Secondary who came through the BC provincial pathway, featuring at the U17, U18 and Senior women’s levels. A CIS All-Star during her collegiate career at UBC, Patterson also played her senior club rugby at Capilano RFC. Patterson featured for the Canadian senior women’s national team on tours to Europe and USA before recently hanging up her boots to coach Capilano’s U18 and senior women’s Premiership teams.
Ashley Robinson is also a product of North Shore rugby having played at Balmoral Jr School and Carson Graham. Robinson played rep rugby for the Vancouver U18 women’s team and went on to play for the Calgary Dino’s Varsity squad, Calgary Saints RFC and Massey University Maidens (NZ). Now plying her trade for Capilano in the Women’s Adidas Premiership, Robinson has also been dedicating her time as a coach at Sir Winston Churchill (Alberta), Vancouver Rep Teams and at North Vancouver’s Windsor Secondary.