Vancouver Island Tide Sweep U16 and U18 Brackets at Regional Championships – Fraser Valley East Win U14
Vancouver, BC: BC Rugbys 2023 Provincial Regional Championships (PRCs) concluded on Sunday following three days of action-packed youth Rugby at UBCs Gerald McGavin Centre, with the Vancouver Island Junior Tide taking four gold medals back to the Island.
Taking place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam First Nation, the tournament made its return to the BC Rugby calendar and featured 42 teams and over 1000 players vying for glory across six divisions.
Teams from Vancouver Rugby Union (VRU), Vancouver Island Rugby Union (VIRU Tide), North Vancouver Island Rugby Union (NVIRU Tsunami), Fraser Valley Rugby Union (FVRU) and the Thompson-Okanagan Rugby Alliance (TORA) competed in front of over 2500 spectators and enjoyed the festival atmosphere throughout July 7-9.
The weather stayed perfect all weekend, allowing for excellent playing conditions – if a little hot – as the Tide claimed gold in the U16 Boys, U16 Girls, U18 Boys and U18 Girls Divisions. Fraser Valley East picked up two gold medals in the U14 Boys and U14 Girls Divisions.
All medals were presented by former BC Bears and current Rugby Canada Senior Men’s Sevens athletes Jake Thiel and Elias Ergas, as well as BC Rugby CEO David Newson and BC Rugby Directors of the Board Connie McGinley and Brennan Bastyovanszky.
For emerging Rugby players, the 2023 PRCs presented a perfect opportunity to impress the watching BC Rugby Age-Grade Team Coaches and make a late bid for selection to the BC Bears Provincial U16 and U18 Representative teams in action this summer at the 2023 Western Canadian Championships in Calgary, Alberta.
BC Rugby will be releasing a full 2023 PRCs photo gallery this week, and live stream/video feeds from the weekend will be made available on our YouTube channel.
2023 PRCs – U18 Boys Champions: Vancouver Island Tide
2023 PRCs – U18 Girls Champions: Vancouver Island Tide
2023 PRCs – U16 Boys Champions: Vancouver Island Tide
2023 PRCs – U16 Girls Champions: Vancouver Island Tide
2023 PRCs – U14 Boys Champions: Fraser Valley East
2023 PRCs – U14 Girls Champions: Fraser Valley East
BC Rugby would like to thank all groups and individuals who made this event possible: to our Match Officials, Coaching Staff, Therapists and Medics, Players, parents, volunteers and vendors thank you for your hard work and commitment in helping grow the game throughout the province.
To Rugby Canada Senior Men’s Sevens team players Jake Thiel and Elias Ergas for presenting medals to the teams.
To official event photographer Shelly Fey and PA announcer Ryan Chilton for their contributions over the weekend.
To our Official Merchandise Partners, The Rugby Shop, and our official sports nutrition partners, Blonyx, for providing their services throughout the weekend.
To our sponsors and partners for their commitment in helping grow our sport: Onni Group, The Rugby Shop, X-Treme Rugby Wear, Langara Fishing Adventures, belairdirect home Insurance, Gilbert Rugby Canada, and Blonyx.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the Province of British Columbia.
*BCRU Looking for Volunteers for Provincial Regional Championships July 7th to 9th at UBC*
BC Rugby needs your help! We are seeking numerous volunteers to help support the 2023 Provincial Regional Championships taking place on July 7-9, 2023 at UBCs Gerald McGavin Rugby Centre in Vancouver.
The famous BC Rugby weekend returns this July with the best youth Rugby players in BC suiting up for their respective regional XVs teams for a bumper weekend of action across U18, U16 and U14 age groups.
With over 1000 players and spectators expected to be involved in boys and girls divisions throughout the weekend, its important that athletes get the best tournament experience possible. To do this, BC Rugby is calling for volunteers to help with set-up, tear-down and game-day activities.
HOW TO APPLY
We are looking for volunteers to fill several rolls throughout the weekend, across a variety of shifts. Volunteers must be 19+. These roles include:
– Camera Staff Assistant helping manage and maintain the operations of the A.I. cameras that are livestreaming the event
– Field Control Ensuring spectators stay off field and officials have room to complete their roles
– Field Setup/Teardown Helping to setup and teardown the field with flags, tents, post pads, and uprights
– Score Runners Collecting results from the referee at the end of each game and bringing the results to the tournament control
– Scoreboard Manager Updating the score of the games as they take place
– Site Assistant Collecting trash, checking and cleaning facilities as needed
– Team Directional Directing teams at warm up fields, and to other warmup fields
– Each day of the event will be split into four shifts. Volunteers can apply for multiple shifts throughout the weekend. Shift times are as follows:
Friday July 7th: 7:30am-11:30am, 8:30am-12:30pm, 12:15pm-4:15pm, 3:30pm-7:30 pm
Saturday July 8th: 7:30am 11:30am, 8:30am 12:30pm, 12:15pm 4:15pm, 3:30pm 7:30 pm
Sunday July 9th: 7:30am 11:30am, 8:30am 12:30pm, 12:15pm 4:15pm, 3:30pm 7:30 pm
Volunteers will be provided details on their role prior to the event, and be given an orientation on site before beginning their shifts. Each shift will be four hours and volunteers will be provided with snacks and drinks.
BC Rugby requests all volunteers must complete the World Rugby Concussion Management for the General Public Certification and will be required to show certification ahead of their shifts. Note all certifications are only valid for two years, and all certifications must have a date of July 9, 2021 or later.
If you are interested in volunteering at the 2023 PRCs, please fill out the below form no later than Sunday, July 2.
If you have any questions, please reach out to email@example.com.