Young Langford rugby star getting a chance to travel

Belmont student takes the sport he loves to Colombia

Julian Foggitt was encouraged to give rugby a chance by a friend, Jordy Makela, with the idea that Foggitt’s build and athleticism would translate well to the sport.

Good advice.

Foggitt was primarily into soccer until that point, and while he was a good player, there was one small problem.

“In soccer I’d always get called for knocking people over and stuff, so (Makela) said ‘you know, you can play rugby and you’re allowed to do that,’” Foggitt said, laughing.

“It wasn’t even so much that he was knocking the kids over. They’d run into him, they’d fall down, and he’d get the penalty,” added Steve Foggitt, his father.

After returning from a provincial tournament – having made the team despite being far less experienced than the rest of the players – Foggitt knew he wouldn’t be going back to soccer.

“He was just flying high. It was pretty cool,” said Terri-Lynn, Julian’s mother.

Foggitt was hooked and his skills developed quickly. “I got better and better and now it’s just the sport I love,” he said.

A few short years later, the Belmont secondary student’s rugby talents have – quite literally – taken him places.

In addition to earning spots on the U17 national team and the Westshore Rugby Div. 1 men’s squad, both 15s teams, Foggitt has played for the BC Elite sevens and is a star on the Belmont rugby team.

Earlier this month, Foggitt got a chance to travel to Colombia as a member of the Dog River Howlers, a touring invitational squad that visits interesting parts of the world in an effort to grow the game, share unique cultural experiences and give back to the less fortunate.

The experience was understandably an eye-opening one for Foggitt.

The wing/fullback got a chance to play soccer with some local kids – his side got “killed” – visit some historical sites and immerse himself in a different way of life.

He also brought down jerseys donated by Belmont secondary and the Westshore Rugby Club, as well as 50 kits, which included water bottles, a frisbee and a notepad and pen, for donation to a charitable organization for kids.

Before every game, the Howlers had to do a sweep of the field and pick up rocks, razor blades and teeth. The stray teeth revealed a need for mouth guards for Colombian players, so Foggitt is hoping he can bring a bunch of those down if he accompanies the Howlers again next year, as he hopes to do.

On the trip, Foggitt was joined by his grandfather, Gord Gustafson, a Campbell River resident. “It’s very rare that he can watch a game with me and it was just great having him down there in Colombia,” Foggitt said.

Going forward Foggitt, who splits his days between Belmont and the Canadian Sports School at PISE in Saanich, wants to pursue a career in sports therapy. He’s hoping to make the U18 B.C., South Island Tide and the U18 national team.

If he’s successful in making the national squad, he could find himself travelling to France, Ireland and Las Vegas for various tournaments.

This past summer, the Olympics included rugby in their lineup of sports for the first time with men’s and women’s rugby sevens events.

Foggitt drew inspiration from watching those tournaments and says it might just influence him to focus on sevens in the future.

“That was great, watching the Olympics and rugby being in the Olympics. It was just a big step for the whole sport,” he said.

Rugby has already taken Foggitt to South America and the young athlete might be travelling around Europe and the U.S. next summer.

And perhaps, down the road, he’ll have a chance to add to that growing list while playing on the grandest stage in sport.


Just Posted

Brentwood Bay fruit stand plundered on first day of season

Leeanne and Jack Guthrie dismayed to find money and fruit stolen from roadside stand

Victoria woman accesses healing Burn Fund resources 45 years after injury

Stasi Manser was burned when she was five years old and now works as an adult burn survivor advocate

Fate of accused in Saanich couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

National HIV Testing Day comes to the West Shore

17.1 per cent increase in new HIV infections in Canada between 2014 and 2017

Local grocery store steps up to help resident after Saanich jams her stand

Pepper’s Foods will start selling jams previously sold through roadside stand

VIDEO: Killer whale steals fisherman’s catch off North Coast

Fishing duel results in eager orca snagging salmon in Prince Rupert

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you think the penalty should be increased for tossing a burning cigarette from a vehicle?

With grasslands and forests around Vancouver Island and across B.C. reaching tinder… Continue reading

PHOTOS: North Island home gutted in fire deemed ‘suspicious’

No injuries reported; firefighters prevented blaze from spreading

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

Vancouver Island woman assaulted after confronting thief

RCMP warn residents to call for police assistance

40 cats surrendered in apparent hoarding at B.C. home

Officers found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces, suffering from fleas

Most Read