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Eight of the Canadian Women’s Rugby Sevens team came home to Langford today to not only celebrate their Bronze medal win in the Rio Olympics, but to launch tickets sales for the 2017 HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens tournament, which will take place at Westhills Stadium in Langford from May 27-28, 2017.

Stew Young, Mayor of Langford, Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and Bob Cooper, Canada Sevens CEO, led the accolades for the team, whom all agreed had put Canadian rugby firmly on the world map. Bond also announced a $30,000 hosting grant for the tournament next year.

When asked what the Olympics meant for her, Kelly Russell said it was about influencing girls to go into the sport. “We had such great feedback from across Canada, with so many parents saying their daughters want to get into rugby, so hopefully we have helped nurture the next generation of athletes.”

Britt Benn who came up through the university system – CIS – recently renamed U Sport, said it was a challenge to balance the academic life with sport. “CIS played such a big part in our success which is why our goal was to achieve the highest level possible.” Hannah Darling had a similar comment on attending Shawnigan School. “I had a rugby family and a Shawnigan family, both incredible, offering wonderful support.”

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Proudly wearing their Olympic medals the team received the ‘keys’ to the City of Langford from Mayor Young. “We are proud of the Canadian women’s rugby sevens team’s great achievement at the Rio Olympics, and Langford looks forward to hosting the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens tournament in 2017,” said Mayor Young.

With the Worlds tournament next year, Canada will compete against some of the team they faced in the Olympics, notably gold medalists Australia and silver medalists New Zealand. This is the third straight year that Canada has hosted a leg of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens, and it will be the first time they will play on home soil since the Olympics.

Early bird tickets go on sale Tuesday, October 25 at 10 am followed by the general public on-sale beginning Tuesday, November 1 at 10 am.

Fans can register for the early bird tickets until midnight on Monday, October 24 at www.canadasevens.com/womens

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