Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ghislaine Landry and Sean Duke are Canada´s Sevens Players of the year

Conor Trainor and Sean Duke
The home of Canadian rugby, Rugby Canada, has proudly announced Ghislaine Landry and Sean Duke as Canada´s Sevens players of the year for 2011. Landry picking up the award for bing Canada´s best female player and Duke for being Canada´s best male. The annoncement took place at a civic reception in Langford, British Colombia on Friday and was attended by all of the centralized athletes as well as the staff and board of Rugby Canada and members of the Langford community, including members of council.

Presenting the award to Ghislaine Landry was head coach John Tait with board member and ex international Stephanie White. Coach Tait said, "Ghislaine, was selected to her first senior national team, last February at the 2011 Vegas 7s. She has since started in every international both 7s and 15s and been one of the most consistent performers. Her skills, speed and agility combined with being a student of the game has seen her become not just one of Canada's best but a world class competitor. She is a self-less player and embodies the ethos of dedication and hard work."

The men's player of the year was presented to Sean Duke by head coach Geraint John and Chairman of the Canadian Rugby Foundation - Mike Holmes. In his opening comments coach John said, "Sean has played a major role within the team and squad in 2011. He was selected and played in all the tournaments and consistently was a threat, scoring tries for all areas of the field. Sean was also a member of the Pan Am squad where he played a vital role both on and off the field which culminated in the team winning the first ever Pan Am rugby gold medal for Canada."

In addition to the hardware, each player was awarded a cash bursary of $250.00 which was made possible by the Olympic 7s Fund managed by the Foundation.

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  1. Wanted to let you know that the photo you have up is not Sean Duke that is Phil Mack.

    1. Thank you for pointing out the error.

      The photo has been changed.