As the hours countdown to the end of what has been a very tough year it goes without saying that as much as we would prefer not to remember this past year, the truth of the matter is that 2020 is one we won’t soon forget.
The world as we know it has been flipped upside down and as we look ahead it will likely remain that way for some time yet. Looking back at the year that was there are in fact, believe it or not, many things to be thankful for and many people to thank.
From a rugby perspective, we managed to get our Re-Start Program approved by BC Rugby and offered as much as we possibly could in terms of on field activities. I would like to personally thank all the COVID-19 safety coordinators, volunteers, coaches, and everyone else who helped, for all of their time and effort over the past 6 months. From the Snowcaps right on down to the Minis. Without you guys we wouldn’t have been able to offer a degree of normalcy to our membership, and for that, we should all be thankful.
On a somber note, we lost a number of members of the Capilano Rugby Club family this year: Peter Da Silva, Joe Paynter, Dennis “Super Fan” Lacey, and of course, one of our original Capilano Rugby Club greats, Tony Scott. Although they will not be with us in the physical form, rest assured their spirits will forever be present at Klahanie Park.
For those members that we did lose this year, and years previous, let us all take a moment today to be thankful for having the opportunity to share the moments that we had with them and raise a glass.
Year after year, the Capilano Rugby Club and all our members, past and present, have continued to be a positive and contributing member of the North Shore community. This year despite all the noise around us we still managed to pull off our Annual Christmas Toy Drive. This year’s “Drive Thru” Toy Drive, again, generated an enormous number of gifts of all sorts for families in need in a year where this couldn’t be more important. A big thank you goes to Chris Robinson for spearheading this great event.
I believe I speak for everyone when I say that January 1st, 2021 can’t get here soon enough, however, we are not in the clear just yet. There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we still have a ways to go. As we work through the details of what the spring rugby program will look like we can only hope that 2021 brings promise and the opportunity to get back on the field.
We are all looking forward to when we can enjoy a Saturday full of rugby surrounded by our friends and family. That will be here before we know it.
Thank you everyone!
Please stay safe, be well, and we will see everyone down at Klahanie Park soon enough.
Capilano Rugby Club, President