Rugby Advocacy - May 2019

May 02 2019

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia School Athletic Association Removes Rugby from High School Calendar: Online Petition and List of Board Members and Sponsors: UPDATED

[.ed the latest is the N.S. education minister calls for reinstatement of high school rugby]

The Canadian rugby community was shocked by the announcement that the Nova Scotia School Athletic Association was banning rugby, effective immediately. Insurance incident numbers seems to be the justification used by the board of the NSAAF. It would be interesting to know who the insurer is and how those numbers compare to other provinces.

There's an online petition at Petition - Bring Rugby back to NS schools which is on its way to 10,000 signatures at the time of writing.

The media is covering the issue well, here are a couple of stories:

‘Let us play’: N.S. students push back as athletic federation cancels high school rugby
Rugby gets kicked in the crotch by NS sports federation

The NSSAF website is here:

Their main sponsors are Eastlink, INNVEST Properties, T.Litzen Sports and Nova Trophy. You can always try expressing your views to the sponsors if you use their services. The government of Nova Scotia also funds the NSSAF.

If you're a business, parent or player in Nova Scotia you can try contacting members of the board to express your view and get more information.

According to their handbook, these are the 2018-19 members of the NSSAF board responsible for the decision.


Stephen MacNeil Vice Principal
Glace Bay High School
201 Reserve St., Glace Bay, NS B1A 4W3

Past Chair
Darrell LeBlanc Coordinator of Human Resources
Strait Regional Centre of Education
304 Pitt Street, Unit 2, Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2T9

Kevin Veinot Principal
Northeast Kings Rural High School
1816 Bains Road RR5, Canning, NS B0P 1H0

Diane Spencer Vice Principal
Bridgewater Junior High School B4V 1R3
100 York Street, Bridgewater, NS

Karen Hudson Principal
Auburn Drive High School
300 Auburn Drive, Cole Harbour, NS B2W 6E9

Joe Morrison Principal
Millwood High School
141 Millwood Drive, Sackville, NS B4E 0A1

Ann Findlay Principal
North Nova Education Centre
343 Park Street, New Glasgow, NS B2H 6B2

Duane Starratt Principal
Oxford Regional Education Centre
249 Lower Main Street, Oxford, NS B0M 1P0

Michelle Coleman Vice Principal
Riverview High School
57 Coxheath Rd., Sydney, NS B1R 1R4

Chris Nicholson Principal
Memorial High School
80 Memorial Drive, Sydney Mines B1V 2Y5


Marc Poirier CSAP Representative
Ecole Secondaire de Clare
80 chemin Placide Comeau, La Butte B0W 2L0


Mike Rosson Assistant Executive Director
Nova Scotia International Student Program
60 Lorne Street, Truro, NS B2N 3K3

Steve Machat Director
Education Innovation Programs and Services
Personal Development and Wellness
Box 578, Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

Ford Rice Regional Executive Director of Education
Strait Regional Centre of Education
304 Pitt Street, Unit 2
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2T9

Executive Director
Stephen Gallant

Assistant Executive Director
Dianne Weston



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Government of Nova Scotia

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