For Blair, the social aspect of Rugby is as important as the sport itself. Spending time with like-minded people both on and off the field is a cornerstone of Rugby, and is the reason he loves being part of the Rogues.
Blair, who is Social Director for United RFC, found out about the Rogues from a friend at Burnaby Lake RFC. He headed to Touch Rugby training one summer evening and, from that moment on, was hooked.
“I fell in love with everyone and the cause,” Blair told BC Rugby. “Playing with people who just wanted to play Rugby – people who might not have had that chance before or felt comfortable to do so.”
The Rogues, says Blair, never profess to be the best team in the league; but they always promise to be the most sociable. They promote a positive culture: Blair has never seen another team losing celebrate scoring a try so hard.
“Some people might not like the idea of having a gay and inclusive Rugby team, or ask do we even really need that? But we are seeing why the Rogues are such an important team and Club to have in BC.”
The encouragement shown towards each player is something that Blair doesn’t take for granted. The team plays hard, but there is no negativity if people make mistakes.
“The Rogues stand for the sport of Rugby. It’s fun, safe and you can be who you want to be and be welcomed,” Blair said. “We are warriors on the field, but we need to be compassionate and look after the people around us, as well as the people we are facing. We need to go out there and play hard, but remember what the foundations of Rugby are truly about. The camaraderie of all people coming together for the love of a sport.”
Rugby is a family sport and the Rogues, said Blair, are setting a great example of championing an environment where everyone is welcome.
“We’re not just building Rugby players, we’re building people,” said Blair. “We don’t want to see people not being involved. It’s all about helping each other out. It’s about being a community. The Rogues have set a wonderful example of what being an inclusive Club is about.
“Some people might not like the idea of having a gay and inclusive Rugby team, or ask do we even really need that? But we are seeing why the Rogues are such an important team and Club to have in BC.
“This is pushing the sport in a great direction – a direction that Rugby and every other sport should be heading. We are building bridges that allow other people to cross, who might not have had the opportunity to cross before.”