Chatham-Kent To Host First Ever International Womens Rugby Games
Friday June 24, 2011 – Chatham-Kent Civic Centre – The Municipality of Chatham-Kent, TekSavvy Solutions Inc.and the Kent Havoc Rugby Football Club have announced details of an upcoming womens double header
international rugby match between four national senior wormens teams. Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope,
TekSavvy Solutions Inc. CEO Marc Gaudrault, April Rietdyk of the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit and Laverne Hanley of the Kent Havoc Rugby Football Club made the announcement this morning.
The games will take place on Friday August 5th, at the Chatham-Kent Community Athletic Complex located at CKSS. The South Africa v England game will be kicked off at 5pm and will be the curtain raiser to the USA versus Canada game at 7pm who will be playing for the coveted TekSavvy Kent Cup.
Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope said the community has much to celebrate: “For the fourth year in a row Chatham-Kent is hosting a major event around the sport of rugby. We have once again elevated our local, regional, national
and international profile thanks to Rugby Canada, the Kent Havoc Rugby Club and the Chatham-Kent citizens who
are so dedicated to this sport. On behalf of the entire community, I extend a warm welcome to our visitors from South
Africa, England, USA and Canada, including all team members and their families, organizers and fans.”
Graham Brown, the CEO of Rugby Canada was not able to attend the announcement but provided a letter of support
that was read during the press conference. Brown recognizes “having [elite level rugby] played in a variety of locations around the country is critical to its exposure. The subsequent upsurge this brings through new players to the game is one of the critical elements in the overall development of rugby across Canada.”
The four teams are coming to Chatham-Kent to play one of their scheduled round robin games in the Nations Cup
tournament. This international test match tournament is held annually in North America between the national senior
womens teams of the USA and Canada plus two other invited countries. The 2011 tournament is staged out of
Oakville at Appleby College. The Chatham-Kent fixture is the only game outside of Oakville during the tournament
that extends from August 2-13. The games in Chatham-Kent are fully capped international matches that contribute to
overall international rankings of the national senior womens teams.
“TekSavvy is once again proud to be a part rugby in Chatham-Kent and this first ever womens international game in
our region” says Marc Gaudrault of TekSavvy Solutions Inc. He goes on to state that “Events like these are necessary
builders to growing a more healthy and vibrant community and as such we are pleased that these four teams have
chosen Chatham-Kent as their only stop outside of Oakville for one of their Nations Cup games. Rugby Canada and
the Kent Havoc Rugby club have worked hard to once again bring high calibre sporting events for the Chatham-Kent
community to enjoy.”
The Director of the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit, April Rietdyk adds “There is a strong relationship between how
communities support the health of their citizens and improving healthy behaviours. Chatham-Kent children, youth, and adults pay attention to their health when they are surrounded with positive influences; in effect, when making the
healthy choice is the easy choice. Being part of the Nations Cup is an excellent opportunity for Chatham-Kent
residents to experience the excitement of an international sporting event. As elite athletes and positive role models,
these women inspire us to be active. The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit is honoured to support the athletes, their
teams, and the countries they represent, as they share with us their passion, energy, and dedication to making rugby,
and physical activity, a part of their daily lives.”
Joy Sim, Manager of Tourism in Chatham-Kent adds her perspective on the event “Chatham-Kent Tourism is excited
to support the efforts of the Kent Havoc Rugby Football Club to bring the Women’s International Rugby Games to
Chatham-Kent. This high profile event will bring spectators from all over Ontario and the United States, and that in
turn will provide an economic stimulus for our accommodation and food and beverage businesses.”
Laverne Hanley, President of the Kent Havoc Rugby Club and project manager for this event closed with “This is a
great way to celebrate the Havocs’ tenth anniversary and helps us recognize our high school girls and womens club
rugby programs by hosting a womens rugby international. Since 2008, the TekSavvy Kent Cup has been played in our
community recognizing high performance in the sport of rugby, and the Havoc with the assistance of the municipality,
are privileged and grateful for again being provided the rare opportunity to demonstrate our ability to stage a world
class sporting event for elite international athletes”.
The four international rugby teams arrive in Chatham-Kent on Thursday August 4th. Later that night, they will be
guests at a municipal civic reception.
Tickets – Tickets for the rugby games and municipal civic reception go on sale June 30th at Chatham Cultural Centre
box office and through www.cktickets.com
- Ticket prices: All tickets are general admission.
- Adults: $10 (19 and older)
- Teenagers: $5 (13 to 18)
- Child: FREE (12 and under). All children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Municipal Civic Reception (The Thames Art Gallery, located in the Chatham Culture Centre)
- All attendees: $15.
- Reception starts at 7:00pm with a light buffet meal. This is a rare opportunity for members of the
public to meet, greet and interact with these elite international female athletes.