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Canada handed huge boost

Canada's women's rugby team have been handed a huge boost with the fundraising of over $150,000 towards their World Cup preparations.Following the recent cancellation of the team's tour to New Zealand, the financial woes of the women's national team were put in the spotlight and a major fundraising drive was launched.The money has come from a variety of sources including Rugby Canada's board of directors, provincial unions and a number of donors.The money means that Canada's players can fully focus on the World Cup this summer in London and is a fantastic boost to the squad who will be confident of doing well at the tournament. Announced at the recent Rugby Canada AGM, the union, had already allocated $120 000 towards the team's budget for the year, but that figure more than doubled as a result of donations by the Board of Directors, pledges by the Provincial Unions totaling $100 000, and an astounding $30,000 contribution from a donor who requested anonymity.

Approximately $155 000 was raised for the team overall.

Rugby Canada CEO Graham Brown, who will attend the 2010 Womens Rugby World Cup in London in August, was impressed by the generosity of the community, though admittedly was not entirely surprised.

Seeing the board of Rugby Canada, previous leaders of Rugby Canada and the provincial unions step up and raise approximately $155,000.00 collectively over the course of the Annual General Meeting weekend to support our National Senior Womens team and their preparation for the 2010 Rugby World Cup further exemplifies why the sport of rugby is so regarded not only in Canada but around the world.

National team player Brooke Hilditch said: It's amazing to see how important people think it is that we need tofocus onthe gameitself and not be stressed financially. I think Canada's success in the Olympics proved that financial supportfor athletes can makethem perform better and achieve their best. We are honored and luckyto have such a great rugby community in our country.

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