On the final day of the Community Visit Program, Thursday April 14, three separate events were planned to involve Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, John Henderson Elementary and Moberly Elementary.
The visit to the traditional lands of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation brought Canada’s Senior Men’s Sevens team to the Tsleil-Waututh Cultural and Recreation Centre. The Canadian players organized games and various Rugby activities for almost 30 indigenous children.
“We really wanted to expose the kids to Rugby. Rugby is an up-and-coming sport in our community and we just want the kids to have some fun and learn a new skill that we can implement into our sports programs.” Michael Wilson, Recreation and Program Manger of Tsleil-Waututh First Nation
In the afternoon of April 14, the national teams from the USA and Argentina visited John Henderson Elementary while Australia and Japan were at Moberly Elementary.
“This was a successful event because of the level of engagement. The students are very enthusiastic and to be with high-calibre athletes also motivates them. Rugby Canada has gifted us a bag of Rugby balls. I am sure they will be very popular and the kids will be able to practice what they learned today.” Harjinder Sandhu, Principal of John Henderson Elementary
More community visits planned on Vancouver Island in the week leading up to the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens tournament on April 30th and May 1st. Canada’s Senior Women’s Sevens team will host the 12 best nations in world at Starlight Stadium in Langford, B.C.