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BC Rugby – Vancouver, BC – January 24, 2017: BC Rugby is honoured to announce the two winners of the 2017 Gerald McGavin Coaching Award. Pamela Hadikin of Qualicum Beach and Mike Jamieson of Surrey have been selected from many strong applicants and will now join the U18 Girls’ and Boys’ XV Teams respectively, as Assistant Coaches. In addition to supporting the Teams’ Tour to Ireland, Ms Hadikin and Mr Jamieson will attend a four-day mentorship at an international high-performance rugby environment.  

The Gerald McGavin Coaching Award, administered in partnership with BC Rugby and the Canadian Rugby Foundation, will cover all the travel and accommodation costs of the Assistant Coaches making the U18 Teams’ Tour this August and attending the mentorship.  

“On behalf of all the applicants and the U18 Teams, I would like to thank Gerald and the Canadian Rugby Foundation for making this Award possible,” said Annabel Kehoe, CEO of BC Rugby. “We received so many applications from passionate and dedicated coaches that we were faced with a tough choice though it’s encouraging to see so many coaches wanting to invest time in their development to better serve players throughout BC.”

Ms Hadikin is currently Head Coach at Dover Bay Secondary School as well as Head Coach of Nanaimo Hornets RFC Women’s Team.

Ms Hadikin said: “Like Gerald, who attributes his success on and off the field to the wonderful rugby coaches he had, I knew after my first two years of playing that I would love to coach and help others find their true greatness at whatever level that might be. I’m excited to work with such talented young people since sport has given me so much because of the great coaches in my life. This is my opportunity to pay it forward.”

Mr Jamieson is currently the Head Coach of Elgin Park Secondary School where he oversees the Senior and Junior Boys Rugby program, and has also coached teams at BC Rugby’s Provincial Regional Championships (PRCs) which act as a critical selection tool for all BC Rugby age-grade representative teams.

Mr Jamieson said: “It’s a tremendous honour to receive this award. I have the utmost respect for the past recipients, so many of them have played a key role in my growth and development as a coach. So much credit goes to my beautiful wife Leanne who supports my coaching and therefore spending endless hours away from our family, and my mom and grandpa for instilling in me a love for the power of sport and its ability to bring people together. And lastly, I feel this award is a recognition of all the rugby coaches at Elgin and the hard work they put in to make our program successful, I would be lost without their support.”

Details of the U18 Boys’ and Girls’ XVs Tour are to be finalised and publicised shortly, along with the 2017 Age-Grade Representative Teams Selection Policy.

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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.