By: Karen Gasbarino-Knutt with Robin MacDowell  Robin MacDowell never rests. We have profiled this amazing servant to rugby in the past: Have Whistle Will Travel. Robin is among THE very most battletested. He played for many years, has played both 7s and 15s, and moved on to coaching at the end of his playing days. His goal is to give back to the game, and to make kids feel the same passion he does for the oval ball.  He’s got his own Rugby Academy, MacDowell Rugby. This is the catalyst to Robin’s coaching many teams, not the least of which...
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Aedelhard - Battle Tested from Aedelhard on Vimeo. You are battle tested. You are an individual who works hard and plays just as hard. You are 100% for and about your team. You want to look good and you want to feel good. You want to dress in performance tailoring because you know that you deserve it. Technical innovation meets classic tailoring to bring you your modern day blazer to give you maximum mobility and comfortable fit. Tailored with the urban athlete in mind, our slim-fit traditional blazer offers the stretch and performance of a technical garment. Designed with raw...
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Written By: Karen Gasbarino-Knutt Anyone who has been following professional or Canadian rugby for awhile will know the name Tyler Hotson. Hailing from Vancouver, Hotson is a product of what you might call an Academy system in Canada, which a select few players are fortunate enough to be part of. He attended St. George’s High School, which has a rich rugby history and often sees graduates move on to Rugby at UBC, as Hotson did. UBC enjoys one of the best rugby programs in Canada and feeds into BC Rugby regionally. From there, if a player is good enough, driven...
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By: Mark Janzen Tiana A’au had to set the record straight about something her twin sister, Tiara, had just said.  She took a hushed voice of sincerity.                                “Okay. Tiara is being a little dramatic. It was like, 4 a.m.” A few minutes before, Tiana, who is the younger of the 19-year-old twin props, had suggested the early-morning workouts their father had put them through as youngsters started at 3 a.m. Tiara corrected the error. “It wasn’t that crazy.” Well, perhaps that final line is still up for debate, but the facts remain startlingly impressive. By the time Tiana and...
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At Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where the education is renowned and the athletic history dates back to 1873, Sophie de Goede has a reputation. “I don’t know if (other students) know what I’m doing, but they definitely know I’m the girl that runs into class sweating all the time with 30 seconds to spare.” Admittedly, she's also a little underdressed for the occasion – at least in comparison to her classmates. As a commerce student at Queen’s, the classroom attire is equitable to a business work place. So when the rugby and basketball-playing star, who hails from Victoria, B.C.,...
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