From the Editor's Desk - January 2019

January 08 2019

Phil Mack - Seattle Seawolves

CHEK TV Interview with Kingsley Jones; Phil Mack Nominee for Seattle Sports Star of the Year; CBC Article on Women's 7s Team

Kingsley Jones Focuses on Italy

Here is the interview with Kingsley Jones by CHEK TV in Victoria. He comments on the focus for the team at the World Cup.

Phil Mack Seattle Sports Star of the Year?

Phil Mack is one of the nominees for Seattle Sports Star of the Year, an event run by the Seattle Sports Commission. He's up against 3 football players, 1 baseball player and the soccer coach. The Seawolves themselves are up for the Sports Story of the Year as well, going up against NHL franchise announcement for Seattle, Seattle Storm claiming WNBA title, Shaquem Griffin becoming a Seahawk, and Seattle hosting Special Olympics USA games.

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CBC Article on Women's 7s Program

Canadian rugby's most successful team needed a bounce-back season. So far, the women's sevens squad has delivered.

"Considering last year's outcome, we've really stepped it up at the beginning of our tour schedule and we have some big momentum going forward," said Britt Benn, an indispensable part of Canada's core and a member of the bronze-winning Olympic squad from Rio in 2016.

The team sits in second place overall on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series after earning bronze and silver in the first two tournaments of the season and playing with the type of composure and consistency that was absent at times last year when they finished outside of the top three for the first time ever.

Canada's timing couldn't be better; the top four teams at the conclusion of this World Series season will earn automatic berths for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. There are still four tournaments to go, not to mention a tightly contested field of teams each with the same goal — something Benn is acutely aware of.

"Time off isn't really time off," Benn said. You go home and see your family for Christmas break, let's say, and you're still responsible for getting your workouts in, getting your conditioning workouts in because honestly there's going to be some other player or some other team out there training when you're not.

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