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Glenn Ennis to Keynote Rugby Enthusiast's AGM

Date: September 10, 2010


Kelowna, British Columbia, September 10, 2010 – The first Annual General Meeting of the Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts will feature one of the Okanagan’s most accomplished international players. Glenn Ennis, Team Canada player at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, and Vice Captain of the 1991 and 1995 World Cup teams, will be the feature speaker. Glenn also played sevens for Canada six times at the Hong Kong Sevens, captaining the team in 1991. Glenn will speak about, ‘Rugby in Canada – Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going.’

Glenn’s rugby career began at Rutland Junior and developed at Kelowna Secondary, playing for coach Bill Lang. After graduating in 1982, Glenn played one year with Okanagan College before playing with UBC and the Kats in Vancouver. Glenn was first selected to represent Canada in 1986, in a game against Japan. It remains one of his greatest rugby memories.

"We lost to Japan 26-22, I think,” said Ennis. “After the game, I went into the stands, took off my jersey and handed it to my dad and said, 'The first one's for you.' All those years in Kelowna hoping I would play for Canada one day, I always knew that was what I was going to do. I think he wore it until it was threadbare."

Glenn played 32 games for Canada between 1986 and 1995. After the 1991 World Cup, he was one of the first five foreign players to sign a contract in Japan. He spent eight seasons playing professionally for Suntory, becoming the beverage company's most experienced player, appearing in about 90 games, and winning a Japanese championship in '95.

Since retiring from rugby in 2000, Glenn is enjoying work in the movie industry as a stuntman and actor. He has performed in over 33 movies, including such well-known films as X2, Freddy vs Jason, I Robot, Fantastic Four, and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

“Rugby was a good training ground for stunt work, I guess,” said Ennis. “As a rugby player or a stuntman, it is important to be fit and know how to handle your body in contact.”

Glenn is honored to have been selected as the first guest speaker for the Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts. “The Okanagan has the same quality athletes as there are in the rest of Canada, yet we don’t get the same share of provincial and national players. CORE is exactly what the Central Okanagan needs – a dedicated group of enthusiasts interested in re-establishing a solid infrastructure for rugby excellence and development in the region. CORE will enable our best players to get the opportunities and recognition they deserve.”

The CORE AGM brings the local rugby community together annually to celebrate the sport. It will be held at the Mission Creek Golf Club on November 20th, beginning at 7:00 PM. AGM admission is included as part of the society’s $75 annual membership fee. Those funds are used to promote youth rugby development in the region.

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 near-term focus on the introduction of rugby sevens and touch rugby sevens to the region. Its primary goal is to develop a strong infrastructure for rugby in the Central Okanagan, with the long-range goal of placing 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.

 
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