Over 300 youth gathered on Sunday, October 1st in Dauphin, to participate in a rugby jamboree. The jamboree featured 6 High School girls teams, and multiple youth teams (ages 5-18) from Souris, Brandon and Dauphin.
What made this event unique was the fact that it was played on a field that was designated for rugby by the city of Dauphin but never had proper goalposts to actually facilitate the game. That all changed in early September when the Dauphin Kinsmen Club donated $5,500 and a further $2,000 was donated the Dauphin Kinettes. Their donations ensured that proper goalposts were installed and a storage shed was built to store all the equipment.
“Rugby has grown so much over the 5 years here in Dauphin and we have seen players playing for provincial and rep teams, so a facility to call their own is a huge step forward for the sport,” says Longtime Dauphin Kinette Becky McGregor. “The storage facility will make it easier on our coaches to run better and more organized practices, and obviously the goalposts make the fields our own.”
“Seeing 300 plus kids playing a non-traditional sport in small town Manitoba was an incredible sight,” says Kin Canada District 2 Social Media Director David Harmon. “Having played rugby growing up in Edmonton, I was honored Becky asked me to come down and take part in the event, it just shows once again how committed Kin clubs are to serving the community’s greatest needs.”
In 2016/17, the 44 clubs that make up District 2 (Manitoba and NW Ontario) raised a combined $1,027,143 and volunteered 30,293 hours for their communities. All the clubs in District 2 strive to serve their community’s greatest needs