EORU Junior Rep Update

New academy and program announcements:
We have lots of news to share:
– RCDA Selections
– RO-Arrows Selections
– Indoor Winter EORU Jr Rep Training
– Fall Outdoor Fees
– Sprint and Online Workouts
– UO GeeGees Leadership Program Ontario Colleges Recruitment Fair
– Pursuing Post-secondary Rugby
– Photos

But first, we mourn the loss of a member of our rugby family.

SCOTTIE LEGG, 2004 – 2020.

“His love is rugby.”Son. Brother. Friend. Teammate. All sterling characteristics we saw in Scottie Legg from the first time he stepped onto the pitch with EORU Jr Rep. The Kingston Panthers introduced him to us in 2019 and the impression he left on and off the field led us to no other option but encouraging his development and including him on our junior 7s teams competing in the Ontario Fall 7s.Scott Legg, 16, was tragically killed in a car crash involving eight other students in Kingston on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. He leaves behind his loving parents Renee and father Clint, and his two brothers Troy and Ryan. Renee confirmed Scottie’s passion for rugby in an interview with the Kingston Whig-Standard: “His love is rugby.”

A talented athlete with a passion for the outdoors, Scottie dabbled in many sports including football, cycling, off-roading and hiking. He lived rugby’s core values on and off the field. He breathed excellence. Sought opportunity. Demonstrated respect. He led in unity. Scottie’s home club was The Kingston Panthers; he also played with the Canadian Misfits at the WHITU 7s in Ottawa. He applied his spirit, flying fearlessly down the wing. You could always count on him to fire up the pitch and light up the room. 

A live feed of Scottie’s Celebration of Life will be streamed on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at 10:00am.
Go to http://www.livememorialservices.com/Home/Login/7400. The access code is Scottie04.

From our entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to the Legg family and all of Scottie’s friends near and far. We will forever hold Scottie in our thoughts and in our hearts. After all, rugby is his love.More information on the GoFundMe page and live stream of the memorial service can be found here.

RUGBY CANADA DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY AND RO JR BLUES/ARROWS ACADEMY

Congratulations to our 15 athletes selected to join the RCDA and the RO Jr Blues/Arrows Academy! We’ve already held a number of meetings and the so athletes are getting to know their academy peers in the other regions. In-person training gets underway this week. Stay tuned for announcements on staff selections.

EORU JR REP WINTER 2020/2020 INDOOR TRAINING 

Excited about winter training? Wouldn’t it be great to train indoors?
That’s exactly what we’ve got planned for our Jr Rep Academy this winter. We have confirmed two indoor fields in Ottawa on Saturday nights, 7-9 pm. We are working to secure an indoor location as well in Kingston. Ideally, we would move indoors closer to the end of November. 

However, before we announce the full schedule and details, we are waiting for direction from the government of Ontario and public health authorities as to when we can start, and under what restrictions if any. That will impact our budget, so fees are still TBA.

We are working with Rugby Ontario to secure Return to Play Covid-19 sanctioning for our winter program, including all facilities.

FALL OUTDOOR TRAINING FEES

Thanks to all the families who’ve settled up their accounts for the fall outdoor training program. As we draw nearer to the end of our outdoor training, we’d like to remind families to send in their fees of $115 this week to:

finance@eorugby.com
password:   rugby2020
In the notes section, state the player’s name + ACADEMY.

Athletes who are not paid up will not be able to register or participate in indoor winter training. If you require a payment plan, please reach out to leeellenrugby@gmail.com to get set up. Thank you.

LIVE SPRINT AND WORKOUT SESSIONS

A friendly reminder of our live-streamed sprint training sessions — they are still in full force. As the clocks have moved backwards, keep an eye on our IG for any change in date/time.

Our female athletes have been getting together online once a week to tackle a bodyweight workout together. This week looks set for a great workout after school on Friday. We’ll confirm date and time on IG.

Links for all livestreams will continue to be posted in our google classroom.

GEE-GEES LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

The University of Ottawa’s Women’s Rugby leadership group is launching a new Leadership Development and Character Education Program. It’s designed and facilitated by the varsity women’s rugby program. Athletes will participate in a series of four virtual sessions and will offer young student-athletes the opportunity to develop character, leadership skills, form new connections while working with high-achieving female student-athletes.

Curriculum includes:
– Encouragement and Constructive Criticism
– Core values – Personal and Team
– Communication – Conversation and Listening
– Task Force for Equity and Diversity – Social Awareness

The Gee-Gees are inviting all EORU female athletes, grades 7-12 to participate.  Groups will be divided by age. Participants do not need to be registered in our EORU Jr Rep Academy fall program to engage in this Leadership Development Program. This is open to all female rugby playing students in eastern Ontario.

When: Four online sessions. One hour each. Time tbc.
Session 1 – Sunday, November 22
Session 2 – Sunday, December 6th
Session 3 – January 2021 TBC
Session 4 – January/Early Feb 2021 TBC

Ready to sign up? Send your confirmation email to EORU Jr Rep assistant manager Haleigh McKenzie haleigh.m@hotmail.ca . Please confirm your interest by November 15th.  There is no cost to participate.

COLLEGE TOURS

Are you finishing high school and finding it difficult to plan campus tours? Colleges across Ontario have come together and are offering a two-day online Ontario College Fair. Once registered, you can navigate through the virtual tours and meet faculty, students and recruiters. It’s happening this Tuesday afternoon/evening and Wednesday morning/early afternoon. Click here to register now.

BOYS: PURSUING RUGBY AT THE POST-SECONDARY LEVEL?

We’ve already heard from our female athletes interested in playing rugby at the post-secondary level. As we continue to connect with post-secondary schools across the country, we’d love to hear from our male athletes if they’d like to be connected with varsity rugby coaches looking to boost their rosters with incoming players next fall.

CASL prevents us from giving out your contact details. If you’re interested in granting EORU permission to share your contact information, please let leeellenrugby@gmail know.

SMILE! YOU’RE ON CAMERA

From time to time we post photos from our training sessions on our google classroom. Don’t forget to check your rugby form out!

Thank you for reading. If you’ve got any questions about current or upcoming rugby opportunities, please feel free to reach out to leeellenrugby@gmail.com . Stay safe, stay healthy, and hope to see you pitch side soon.