Written by: Chris Perrotte       I remember when I went to a Hall of Fame for the first time. I was amazed by the many names that were engraved forever in the plaques and trophies on public display. The names of those individuals will be remembered always for their contributions and passion for what they loved.  As I stood and studied the names, I wondered what it would be like to have my name etched in some Halls of History somewhere.  I’m sure the 30 people inducted at the first ever Oshawa Vikings Hall of Fame ceremony back...
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Written by: Brock Smith    Every rugby club has at least one. Ask around the bleachers at your local club on any given Saturday, and dozens will be able to point him or her out. You know, the one who pumps balls, cuts grass, paints lines, and makes sure the pitches are playable. Or the one who coaches four junior teams, manages a couple of senior teams, and even finds time to play the odd match if too many regulars aren’t able to suit up. Maybe it’s the one who keeps the clubhouse in tip-top shape, fills out all the club...
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Written by: Chris Perrotte     “Thunder…Thunder…ThunderCats…Hooooo!!!” If you’re a fan of 80’s cartoons, then you know to what animated series I’m referring to. And yeah, I probably just aged myself.  Said series was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the name Thunder. But I’m not talking about the ThunderCats, rather I’m referring to a First Nations Rugby Club known fondly to the community as Thunder. Thunder is the name used to represent this team both on and off the pitch. The name has very significant meaning. Thunder is short for Thunderbirds.  The Thunderbird among the...
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Photographer: Paul Greenwood Written by: Mark Janzen       Sean Duke is Canada’s all-time leading try scorer on the sevens circuit. He has a Master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Victoria. This fall, he will enter his second year of medical school at UBC. During his eight years in Victoria with Canada’s men’s sevens program, from 2008 to 2016, he regularly volunteered with a variety of organizations, including Big Brother, Right to Play and Recreation Integration Victoria. Understandably, Duke doesn’t have a lot of down time. However,  on days that he does have some spare time, he finds himself...
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Written By: Mark Janzen   Sitting in the cavernous dining hall of Shawnigan Lake School, site of Canada’s World Cup campaign-launching training camp this past March, Kayla Mack is talking curling. With house banners hung in the wooden rafters and long tables perfectly parsed within Marion Hall, the independent boarding school that resides just off the southern coast of British Columbia on Vancouver Island feels like Hogwarts. To newcomers, it seems only prudent to take at least one passing glance around the facility in search of the lion of Gryffindor or the snake of Slytherin. Mack does not. As the...
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