Team Canada's Elissa Alarie is all concentration as a Fijian player drags her to the ground at the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series at the Westhills stadium in Langford. April 19

Rugby Sevens team qualifies for Rio

Women's Rugby Sevens team wins three games to secure an Olympic berth in 2016.

Canada’s Women’s Sevens Rugby team have punched their ticket to Rio.

The team became the first Canadian team in any sport to qualify for the Summer games, secured the first step to a podium finish at the 2016 Summer Olympics by clinching a spot in the Cup Quarterfinals at the Amsterdam Sevens May 22. The team that trains out of Langford, went 3-0 on day one of the tournament to secure the berth.

“It’s the fruition of a big plan that we put together almost five years ago to get to this point, as well as the goal we set at the beginning of the year as a program to get one of those (four) qualifying spots,” said head coach John Tait. “Our goal was to have it wrapped up as soon as we could to alleviate pressure and I think we came pretty close to that.”

Canada finished Spain 29-0, the Netherlands 34-10 and France 26-5 to secure their spots in Brazil in 2016. The team finished in second in London at the London Sevens a week before and 6th in Langford in April.

“It is all about the athletes, making a plan is one thing and the plan we made was an aggressive one and it was always going to make a resilient group to achieve it,” he said. “Full credit to the athletes we have and the leadership we have as a group. We’ve been through a lot of tough times, the growing pains of centralizing and becoming technicians in our professional approach has been a long one. It was made achievable through the great characters we have on this team and we’ve gotten stronger every year.”

Just Posted

Vancouver Island overdue for the big one, can also expect mega-thrust tsunami

The last big earthquake was 70 years ago in Courtenay

Volunteer needed to empty dog poop can in Saanich Park

Local volunteers do the work of irresponsible dog owners at Mount Doug

Sexual assault charge dropped against from CFB Esquimalt member

Navy Lt. Ronald Clancy was charged with two counts of sexual assault in August 2018

BC Ferries considers passenger only ferry between West Shore and Victoria

Royal Bay, Esquimalt and Ship Point considered as part of study into new route

Proposed terms for forum exploring amalgamation between Victoria and Saanich under fire

Amalgamation Yes questions size of assembly, while Saanich stands accused of changing mandate

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

No injuries, pollution in Vancouver Harbour ship collision: Transport Canada

Transportation Safety Board says it has deployed a team of investigators look into the incident

Budget 2019: Five things to watch for in the Liberals’ final fiscal blueprint

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will release the Trudeau government’s final budget on Tuesday

New concussion guidelines launched for Canada’s Olympians, Paralympians

The guidelines will be in effect at this summer’s Pan American, Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru

Alphonso Davies doubtful for Canada game against French Guiana in Vancouver

Canada will be without injured captain Scott Arfield and veteran Will Johnson

Watchdog called after man who yelled racial slurs at B.C. vigil hurt during arrest

BC RCMP say man was ‘acting suspiciously’ at prayer vigil for victims of New Zealand mosque shootings

NDP’s Jagmeet Singh steps into the House of Commons, making history

Burnaby South MP becomes first visible minority to lead a federal party in the House of Commons

Reeling Port Alice about to lose its only bank

Scotiabank branch closure follows latest mill setback, bad for business and the elderly

Most Read