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The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series makes its Canadian debut to a sellout crowd just months before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Mar 13, 2016) - Department of Canadian Heritage
The inaugural HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver wraps up today at BC Place in Vancouver, with the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, in attendance. The Government of Canada, through Sport Canada's Hosting Program, provided up to $245,000 to Rugby Canada to support the hosting of this prestigious Rugby Sevens World Series event.
The event offers Canada's men's rugby sevens team an opportunity to further fine-tune their performance as they look to secure a spot at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games through a final qualification tournament in Fontvieille, Monaco, in June 2016. The Canadian women's rugby sevens team have already secured their place in Rio, where rugby sevens will make its debut on the Olympic sport program.
#GoC-through @SportCanada_EN-supports @RugbyCanada and the inaugural @CanadaSevens on the #RoadtoRio!
• HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver is a two-day indoor rugby sevens tournament (March 12-13) hosted at BC Place Stadium. It features 16 of the world's top men's rugby sevens teams in 45 matches.
• In 2014, Rugby Canada launched a new community rugby program called Rookie Rugby designed to introduce the game to young Canadians and inspire the next generation of rugby athletes, coaches and officials.
• Rugby Canada received over $2.7 million in funding through Sport Canada's Sport Support Program in 2015-16 for sport-related programs and services for athletes.
• The Government of Canada also provided up to $570,000 in funding to Rugby Canada in 2015-16 through Sport Canada's Hosting Program; up to $245,000 of this is supporting the HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver.
• From February 28, 2015, to March 1, 2016, Sport Canada's Athlete Assistance Program allocated more than $917,000 to support 76 carded Rugby Canada athletes. These funds assist athletes with living, education and training expenses to help them focus on their pursuit of excellence.
"Canada's remarkable rugby sevens athletes have a great chance of competing at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and they need to know that Team Canada-35 million people strong-is behind them. Our athletes inspire Canadian youth to make sport and physical activity an integral part of their life, and the Government of Canada is committed to working with Rugby Canada and other national sport organizations to help make this happen."
-The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
"This weekend marks an incredibly important moment for the sport of rugby sevens in our country. Hosting an event of this calibre, and bringing the world to the outstanding BC Place stadium in beautiful downtown Vancouver, is a huge opportunity to grow and strengthen rugby in Canada. With our team looking to book their spot at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games later this year, Canadians from coast to coast have gotten behind our men's sevens team for what will be the largest ever Canadian crowd for rugby."
-Allen Vansen, CEO of Rugby Canada
"Last year we announced Honda Rookie Rugby as Rugby Canada's national mass participation program-a non-contact, fun and safe introduction to the game for kids of all ages. The program is complete with a full rugby curriculum that is easy to implement and focuses on having fun and learning the basics of the game. With the National Under-18 and University Sevens happening alongside the HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver, this is an exciting week for the growth of Canadian rugby from a grassroots level."
-Dustin Hopkins, Manager of National Development, Rugby Canada
"It's very exciting to see anticipation building and BC Place completely sold out for the inaugural HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver. The crowd support we received last summer at home in Toronto during the Pan Am Games was incredible and helped us win gold; I know the fans in Vancouver will do the same."
-John Moonlight, Captain of Canada's Men's Sevens Team
Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities