The last couple of years have seen incredible success for both men and women’s youth rugby athletes from the Thompson Okanagan. Teams from the Thompson Okanagan Rugby Alliance (TORA) have won a variety of medals at the extremely competitive Provincial Regional Championships (PRCs), including a U-16 Men's Silver Medal in 2018, a 2017 U-18 Women's Gold Medal, and a 2017 U-14 Men's Bronze Medal. In addition, 2018 saw 43 players from the TORA contingent invited to Team BC try-outs with 17 players selected to Team BC!
From a provincial point of view, these numbers are record breaking, indicating how competitive interior rugby has become. With these successes, the future is looking bright and gold is in the sights for many of our Thompson Okanagan teams.
Both CORE and TORA are committed to developing rugby in the interior and want to support our athletes and teams as they continue to shine at the provincial level and beyond. As you may know, players do not get reimbursed for cost of travel and must pay for their own gear and try-out fees which doesn't include the great cost associated with playing on Team BC or Team Canada.
If you are interested in supporting our athletes as they compete at the highest levels of rugby and pursue their dreams here are a few ways:
1) Burger and Beer Night - Join us at Doc Willoughby's from 6 - 9 PM on February 21st. Your $25 admission will get you a burger and a beer. You can buy your ticket to this event at this website.
2) TORA Team Donor - Monetary donation to TORA (funds will go directly to Thompson-Okanagan rep rugby teams)
3) TORA Sponsor - Formal sponsorship for our athletes. Your company logo will go on our equipment such as jerseys and shorts and newsletters as they compete in upcoming tournaments, including the Provincial Championships.
4) Winter Wine Draw Contributor - Take part in the Winter Wine Fundraiser by donating a bottle of wine and/or buying raffle tickets by February 21rd
On behalf of CORE and TORA thank you for your support!