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Canada’s 2017 HSBC women’s rugby sevens tournament takes places in Langford on the May 27 and 28 weekend and just in time, Shirley Bond committed $130,000 to Rugby Canada to support the tournament.
Bond is the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour.
The majority of the dollars, $100,000 comes from Bond’s ministry while $30,000 is provided from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development’s Major Events Program.
The larger sum will be directed more towards the tourism aspects of putting on the tournament and showcasing the world’s best rugby talent, while the smaller amount will help cover costs of operating the event at Westhills Stadium.
Buoyed by the success of the men’s tournament at BC Place Stadium last weekend, the politicians stepped in to help. Nearly 80,000 fans watched the tournament in Vancouver.
The Victoria tournament will include the three teams that medalled in the Rio Olympic Games, which are Australia, New Zealand and Canada as well as nine other national teams.
The same three teams occupy first through third place in the HSBC Series standing, with New Zealand leading, Australia second and Canada third of the 12 total teams.
Touted as one of the most exciting spectator sports in the world, Sevens is a knock-em-down, drag-em-out show of speed, agility, power and finesse. The game features seven players instead of the traditional 15. They cover a full-size rugby pitch. Games are 15 minutes and therefore are exciting from the sound of the opening whistle.
The game, stands alone amongst the myriad of spectator sports that are available on the weekend schedule, where the women play as hard as the men, full-out with no gender rules, like other sports invoke.
Tickets are available online at canadasevens.com/womens/tickets.