RCDA & OBJAA Academy Selections

November 10, 2021

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Rugby Ontario Announces RCDA & OBJAA Academy Selections

November 10th, 2021

(WHITBY, ON) - Rugby Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative, are excited to announce the athlete selections for our High-Performance Academies. Working with Technical partners Rugby Canada and the Toronto Arrows, The Rugby Canada Development Academy (Female) and the Ontario Blues Junior Arrows Academy (Male) will both run this offseason from November - April. Both programs consist of athletes ages 15 to 18 and will operate regionally with designated centres in Guelph, Whitby/Toronto, and Ottawa. In total, the programs will engage over 100 athletes from 31 different clubs across the province. 

“Through the support and investment at our partners at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSI), and the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiate (OHPSI), the 2021-22 Academy is poised to be the best program to date” said Sean Medeiros, Rugby Ontario’s High-Performance Coordinator. “In development with our technical partners at Rugby Canada and the Toronto Arrows, we are excited to work with these players for the next six months and to provide them support in all areas of athlete development.”

This year, the announcement of the athlete selection list is made solemnly as we recognize the selection of Brock Marshall, who tragically passed on October 24th. Although the program will be without Brock it will continue to honour his memory and achievements. 

"Brock Marshall was one of our top performers at the Rugby Ontario Junior Arrows Academy (OBJAA) Trials. As a 15-year-old, excellent results in Combine Testing, combined with his outstanding game play, resulted in Brock being selected to join the OJBAA Central Academy" said Paul Connelly, Rugby Ontario's High-Performance Manager. "We have no doubt that Brock would have had a very bright future representing Ontario and the Arrows. Our thoughts are with the family and the entire Brock Rugby Community.” 

The Rugby Canada Development Academy, and Ontario Blues: Jr Arrows Academy are entering years six and two of operation, respectively. Both Programs are led by Rugby Ontario in partnership with The Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, Rugby Canada, and the Toronto Arrows    

Both programs will operate regionally with designated centres in Guelph, Whitby/Toronto, and Ottawa. Each centre will provide technical/tactical training for all players as well as strength and conditioning programming. Access to key resources such as: athletic therapy, nutritional support, mental performance coaching, and video review/analysis will also be provided to ensure the holistic development of all players. In addition, centralized training sessions and competitions will be scheduled throughout the seven month program.

Congratulations to all of the players selected to both the RCDA and OBJAA. Below are the selected athletes sorted by region.

RCDA Central

Kiera Alferez (Oshawa Vikings) 

Maya Austin (Oshawa Vikings)

Robyn Baker (Oshawa Vikings)

Ella Blyth (Oshawa Vikings)

Kalah Brereton (Oshawa Vikings)

Claire Bryan (Toronto City)

Avery Carruthers (Aurora Barbarians)

Lauren Cheng (Toronto City)

Debra Chong (Aurora Barbarians)

Maddy Donnelly (Brock RFC)

Ryan Fitzgerald (Belleville Bulldogs)

Kiki Idowu (Toronto City)

Brynn Jenkins (Peterborough Pagens)

Grace Jenkins (Oshawa Vikings)

Kennedy Johnstone (Toronto City)

Guinevere O'Hara (Toronto City)

Julia Peck (Belleville Bulldogs)

Sierra Persaud (Oshawa Vikings)

Aleisha Rose (Belleville Bulldogs)

Jenna Rutherford (Peterborough Pagens)

Victoria Stanley (Aurora Barbarians)

Maia Swemmer (Oshawa Vikings)

Olivia Taylor (Oshawa Vikings)

Sierra Wood (Belleville Bulldogs)

Halle Woodcock (Belleville Bulldogs)

Syd Woodcock (Belleville Bulldogs)

RCDA East

Paige Bean (Ottawa Ospreys)

Rachel Cullum (Bytown Blues)

Zoe Dingwall (Barrhaven Scottish)

Sydney Heighington (Bytown Blues)

Jessica Hynes (Kingston Panthers)

Annika Junek (Barrhaven Scottish)

Macy McDonell (Ottawa Irish)

Olivia Mudde (Kingston Panthers)

Kylie Rieger (Ottawa Ospreys)

Sarah Schonfeld (Bytown Blues)

RCDA West

Jane Armatage (Waterloo County)

Mira Brittain (Brantford Harlequins)

Emily Cooper (Guelph Rugby)

Behka Cyr (Waterloo County)

Grace Dale (North Halton)

Sarah Fielding (Brantford Harequins)

Adelaide Holmes (Waterloo County)

Grace Jacklyn (Brantford Harequins)

Allie Macculloch (Guelph Rugby)

Mikela Mendoza (Burlington Centaurs)

Taylor Pate (Norfolk Harvesters)

Vanessa Skypas (North Halton)

Jordan Smith (Guelph Rugby)

Kiah Thomas (Mississauga Blues)

Sierra Thompson (Brantford Harequins)

Kyla Twinem (Norfolk Harvesters)

Jillian Vickery (Kent Havoc)

Analese Wey (Brantford Harequins)


OBJAA Central

Briar Barron (Aurora Barbarians)

Charlie Chilcott (Aurora Barbarians)

Rowan Closs (Brock RFC)

Evan Davies (Balmy Beach)

Ryan Dier (Ajax Wanderers)

Morgan Dinardo (Toronto City)

Adam Doane (Aurora Barbarians)

Tyler Janes (Ajax Wanderers)

Andrex Kellar (Cobourg Saxons)

Sam    LeVasseur (Peterborough Pagens)

Logan Loveys (Lindsay RFC)

Brock Marshall (Brock RFC)

Ben McNee (Oshawa Vikings)

Grant Meadows (Aurora Barbarians)

Mac Reimer (Oshawa Vikings)

Owen Schuster (Ajax Wanderers)

Graeme Tremain (Toronto Nomads)

Stephen Webb (Toronto City)

Owen Williams (Ajax Wanderers)

OBJAA East

Eden Bertoia (Barrhaven Scottish)

Declan Crew-Gee (Barrhaven Scottish)

Oliver Davis (Bytown Blues)

Hunter Doucette (Barrhaven Scottish)

Nicolas Garcia-Guiterrez (Barrhaven Scottish)

Russell Greenwood (Kingston Panthers)

Justin Lee (Barrhaven Scottish)

Vincent Martin (Barrhaven Scottish)

Owen McDonell (Barrhaven Scottish)

Michael McGuinness (Bytown Blues)

Lukas Orange (Bytown Blues)

Luuk Ordeman  (Barrhaven Scottish)

Evan Shibata (Barrhaven Scottish)

Kyle Shibata (Barrhaven Scottish)

Liam Walsh (Kingston Panthers)

Jay Yetman (Bytown Blues)


OBJAA West

Ethan Agren (Crusaders RFC)

Oliver Alpe (Crusaders RFC)

Brenden Black (Crusaders RFC)

Odin Elliott (London St.George's)

Tyge Harvey (Burlington Centaurs)

Callum Hayes (Crusaders RFC)

Sanad Ibrahim (Crusaders RFC)

Jesse Kilgour (Barrie RFC)

Daniel Lucic (Crusaders RFC)

Elijah McQueen (Fergus Highlanders)

Koen Schroeder (Burlington Centaurs)

Garin Schroeder (Burlington Centaurs)

Matthew Teaff (Crusaders RFC)

Reece Thompson (Barrie RFC)

Nicolas Tissier (Crusaders RFC)

Mickael Tissier (Crusaders RFC)

Charles Trollip (Fergus Highlanders)

Maxim Zhurba  (Crusaders RFC)

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