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Summer Sevens Rugby Tournament Comes to Kelowna

Date: July 28, 2010

Kelowna, British Columbia, July 28, 2010 – Nine men’s and three women’s 7-a-side rugby teams will compete this weekend in the Liftspan Summer Sevens. The tournament has been a 15-a-side fixture for years on the August long weekend. However, with the addition of Rugby 7’s to the 2016 Olympics, organizers have decided to bring the exciting new sport to the Central Okanagan.

“The addition of 7’s rugby to the Olympics has changed the way every country is approaching the game,” said Mark Hetherington, spokesperson for the Liftspan tournament. “7’s features a fast-paced open style that spectators love. We expect some good crowds this weekend at the Parkinson fields.”

7’s rugby is different from the traditional game. Played on the same sized field as 15’s rugby, with half as many players, there is a lot more room for athletes to run. Games are only 14 minutes in length. However, many tries are scored during that period, making it a lot of fun for fit and fast players.

“We’ll see some exciting matches this weekend,” said Hetherington. “The winner of the men’s tournament will take home a $1,000 cash prize, so the competition is expected to be of high quality. Admission is free, we encourage all interested fans to come and enjoy this new Olympic sport.”

The tournament starts at 11:00 AM on both days at the Parkinson Recreation Center. Round robin games will be played on Saturday, with semi-finals and finals played on Sunday, August 1.

For membership information or queries about the Liftspan Summer 7’s Tournament, contact Mark Hetherington. Mr. Hetherington is available for telephone or text interviews.

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