2017 CORE Legacy
New Olympic Sport Introduced to Central Okanagan
Date: April 15, 2010
Kelowna, British Columbia, April 15, 2010 – In October of 2009, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced two new sports for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Both Rugby Sevens and Golf were confirmed as new additions to the Olympic program. A new sports society is being launched this week in Kelowna in support of rugby sevens. Its goal is simple – to place Central Okanagan players on both the men’s and women’s Olympic rugby sevens teams in 2016.
The Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts (CORE) will launch its society on Monday, April 19th. The most capped Canadian sevens player, Shane Thompson, will speak to those interested in supporting the development of rugby sevens in the region. The presentation will be held at the Best Western Hotel at 7:00 PM on April 19th and is open to the public.
“We recognize there are hundreds of rugby supporters in our community who would like to reconnect with the game they love,” said Doug Manning, spokesperson for the CORE society. “These rugby enthusiasts will be keen to support local development of this exciting brand of rugby. The game has always tended to attract enterprising individuals with a real loyalty to their sport.”
“We expect to start with a few projects in 2010,” said Manning. “We plan to initiate a local touch sevens league for 10 and 11 year old boys and girls in the Fall. We also have a group working on a Summer Sevens tournament for adults. Most importantly, we will be providing development camps for players, coaches, and referees, beginning the development of a strong infrastructure for the sport.”
CORE memberships will support the costs of rugby sevens start-up in 2010. They will also support the first CORE Annual General Meeting, to be held in November of this year. The CORE organizers also expect to establish an endowment fund to support rugby in the region.
“The players we plan to place on the 2016 Olympic team are likely in schools today,” said Manning. “Our goal is to create a sustainable infrastructure to develop our local players to elite levels in this new Olympic sport. We expect that framework for excellence to be in place for all ages and both genders by the summer of 2014. This means we’ve got a lot of work to do in these first few years.”
For membership information or queries about the Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts society, contact Doug Manning. Mr. Manning is available for telephone or text interviews.
About the Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts
CORE is a new local society, formed to promote the growth and development of rugby in the Central Okanagan, with a special near-term focus on rugby sevens. Its primary goal is to place at least one local athlete on each of the 2016 Canadian Olympic Rugby Sevens men’s and women’s teams. CORE also seeks to double the number of active rugby players in the region, create a sustainable infrastructure for excellence in the sport, and re-connect former players and other local rugby fans with the game they love.