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Rugby trio off to provincials

Three local rugby youth have been chosen to represent North Vancouver Island in the provincial championships

Three local youth rugby athletes have been chosen to play for the Tsunami Rugby Academy and represent North Vancouver Island in the Provincial Regional Championships at the University of British Columbia, today through Sunday.

The championships are the first step for elite youth rugby players who wish to play for Team BC and Canada’s National Team.

Georgia Bellamy, 15, will play a key role at prop in the U18 Girls division.

Bellamy has played the last two school seasons with G.P. Vanier in Courtenay, and helped that team to a silver medal at the recent AAA BC Girls High School Provincials.

Cracking Tsunami’s U16 Boys lineup is 8-man Jackson Locker, 15.

Locker also played that position for the Carihi Boys team this past season.

He too has picked up the game in a relatively short time, first playing rugby as a 13-year old at Phoenix Middle School.

Rounding out the trio is Anthony Hollinger, 17, who will play flanker for Tsunami’s U18 Boys team.

A natural leader, he was the elected captain of this season’s Carihi Boys team.

“He is your typical ideal flanker – always first to the breakdown,” says Carihi head coach Darren Munro.

“His dedication to the team and sport through extra fitness and ball-handling sessions on his own time also sets him apart.”

For info on Intro to Rugby sessions, contact Young at (250) 202-7642 or e-mail, eayoung@me.com