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BC Rugby – Vancouver, BC – March 14, 2017: On Saturday March 11th, the BC Rugby Elite 7s Girls faced the Ontario Junior Blues 7s in the final match in BC Place. With amazing efforts from both teams, BC Rugby won the Gold Medal with a final score of 12-5. 

During the first 2 days of competition at Connaught Park and Burnaby Lake, BC Elite 7s Girls went 4-0, proving to be unstoppable. In BC Place, BC’s Girls’ team were able to demonstrate their skill and talent in front of 30,000 spectators during Day 1 of the HSBC Canada Sevens tournament. In front of roaring crowds and proud members of the BC Rugby community, the BC team proved victorious and claimed their second National U18 Sevens Championship win. They finished the multi-day championship with 191 points for and 5 against.

Captain of the Elite 7s Girls’ team, Tausani Levale, shares her experience playing in the finals, “Playing in the stadium was one of the most surreal moments I have ever experienced in my rugby career. The hour leading up to the game is the biggest test of one’s mental toughness and focus.  I am so glad I had an amazing team with girls that I’ve played alongside for years to rely on. Though I was consumed with nerves prior to the game, I felt nothing as soon as the whistle blew.  Fueled by the crowd, we came out with a win!  The atmosphere was unreal and it was the most rewarding and relieving feeling ever. I am so honoured that I was able to experience this two years in a row with some of my best friends. It means so much to my family and I – it puts purpose to all our hard work over the years.  I hope this tradition continues for years to come and I hope it will inspire other young athletes as it has me.” 

Coach Darcy Patterson also reflects on her team’s performance, “It is amazing to have these opportunities for young female athletes. Having Canada 7s and Rugby Canada working in partnership to have the final showcased in the stadium is incredible.  These athletes showed a lot of heart, great rugby skills and overall did so well under the pressure of playing in front of over 30,000 people. Ontario fought until the end and really pushed the girls to earn the championship.The future is bright for rugby in Canada.” 

Special recognition goes to Morgan Sangster, the team’s athletic therapist. BC Rugby would also like to thank all the High School coaches that have invested time into their programs and have encouraged these players to represent BC at this level. 

This week, players from last year’s Elite Girls’ 7s program will be competing in the National University 7s Rugby Championships, thus demonstrating that this program is an integral component of the pathway to representing Canada.  

On the men’s side, the BC Elite Boys’ 7s finished fourth place giving them a lot to build upon for next year’s competition. BC Rugby would also like to recognize Shane Thompson, Head Coach of the Elite Boys’ 7s, who has ran a successful program over the past several years and has put incredible time and effort into growing the program and strengthening its players.

BC Rugby Elite Girls’ 7s Roster 

Tanika Bonneville 
Shaye Tudor  
Margaret Banks 
Denise Roy  
Tausani Levale  
Shalaya Valenzuela  
Viviana Johnson  
Emma Feldinger  
Hunter Czeppel  
Shoshanna Seumanutafa  
Berlyn Seselja  
Kally King 
Valerie Wideski  

About the BC Rugby Elite Youth 7s Program 

The BC Rugby Elite Girls’ 7s and Elite Boys’ 7s Programs are designed to help develop young athletes into the rugby players who will be best qualified to represent Canada with distinction at future Olympic Games and on the World Rugby 7s circuit. 
The BC Rugby Elite Girls’ 7s Program is proudly supported by the Onni Group
The BC Rugby Elite Boys’ 7s Program is proudly supported by Adera

About the National U18 Sevens Championship 

As part of the exciting Canada Sevens tournament in Vancouver, Rugby Canada hosts an annual age grade competition, the U18 National Championships. The event takes place over 2 days and allows the participating athletes to take in the exciting action of the HSBC Sevens Series event at BC Place. The Men’s and Women’s U18 Cup Finals take place on the pitch of BC Place on the Saturday of the Canada Sevens tournament.

More information about BC Rugby

The British Columbia Rugby Union, commonly known as BC Rugby, is the governing body for Rugby in British Columbia and is a Provincial Union of Rugby Canada, the national governing body. Representing over 7,500 individuals registered through around 60 Member Clubs and Associations across the Province, BC Rugby leads and manages the sport with the aim to grow participation and develop excellence in all games of Rugby and in all facets of the sport.

Web: bcrugby.com

Twitter: twitter.com/bcrugbyunion

Facebook: facebook.com/bcrugbyunion


For further information, please contact:

BC Rugby

Cassie Xiong

Marketing & Communications Manager

Tel: +1- 604-737-3070