Comox Valley rugby talent helps B.C. sweep Western Championships

Seven local athletes on provincial rep squads that defeated Prairie Wolfpack

Seven Courtenay players helped B.C. women’s rep rugby teams sweep division titles from the Prairie Wolfpack at the Western Championships in Kelowna on the weekend.

Adel Arndt, Chloe Baird, Dawson German, Lauren Sargent, Neila Schaad and Taya Gagnon represented the G.P. Vanier Towhees on the U18 women’s squad while Selina McGinnis was with the senior women’s squad.

The two-game Western Championship series pitted four B.C. squads against regional representative teams selected from players across the Prairie provinces.

The U18 women lost 27-20 on July 31 but won 25-17 on Aug. 2 to take the series on points difference. The senior women won 24-20 on Friday and 34-27 on Sunday to sweep their series.

B.C.’s U16 men won 27-14 and 44-0 while the U18 men won 31-3 and 34-17.

“The Prairie Wolfpack gave the B.C. rep teams all they could handle, but B.C. persevered to capture the Western Championship at all four divisions of the competition,” a BC Rugby spokesperson said.

“Congratulations to our athletes on your tremendous performances and a fantastic weekend of rugby in Kelowna.” For a link to full game video replays from the tournament, visit bcrugby.com.

The Western Championship replaces the National Championship format of previous seasons, with the emphasis now placed on regional competition. The players identified at the Western Championship will be invited to participate in future national team selection camps and West vs. East competitions.