Following the success of the recent Boot Camp No. 1 to recruit new women players to rugby, the club on South Sound is running another boot camp as part of its program to create a team good enough to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The second training boot camp is set for 2 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the rugby club, and will serve as another opportunity for ambitious female athletes to learn about rugby and be trained by experienced International Rugby Board-qualified coaches. Renowned strength and conditioning coach Dave Clancy will present video analysis and men’s national squad player demonstrations.
Although qualifying for the 2016 Olympics is the main focus of the women’s sevens squad, rugby will also be a competitive sport at several international tournaments.
They include the annual North American and Caribbean Regional Championships, the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games, the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, the 2015 Pan-American Games, the 2015 Islands Games and the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games.
No rugby experience is necessary. Those interested are asked to bring sports clothing, training shoes, enthusiasm, energy and commitment.
“The first boot camp was a success and we were happy with the numbers,” Clancy said. “We’re excited about getting more new faces as the flag football season comes to an end.
“At the second boot camp, we will move on from the basic skills and concentrate more on rugby specific techniques.”
Clancy is confident Cayman can make the next Olympics because the U.S. and Canada have already qualified and there are only a handful of other countries in the region likely to join them.
“Besides Cayman, only Bermuda, Bahamas and Jamaica have any realistic chance. In fact, the women have a better chance than the men of qualifying,” he said.
“Rugby is still seen as an expat sport, but that is ever-changing. Just look at the success of the Cayman Under-19 men’s team in recent years, that comprises of all Caymanians. The women are only a few years behind.”