Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2019. 5:28 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Rugby Belize made history this week by becoming the first Central American member of Rugby Americas North (RAN), the regional oversight body for rugby.
Rugby Americas North unanimously voted to make Belize its 20th member at the 2019 Annual General Meeting this past weekend in Miami. Belize Rugby will join RAN as an Associate Member.
Following the vote, the RAN highlighted Rugby Belize’s achievements in developing the sport from playing at the national stadium to pioneering a first-of-its-kind prison rugby program and engaging with youth from coast-to-coast.
Niall Brooks, Rugby Americas North General Manager, formally welcomed Rugby Belize into the RAN, and congratulated founder Tony Gillings, for the amazing work he has done with the league in just a few years.
“Over the last decade, Tony has worked tirelessly to meet the required self-governance, administration and playing standards to join as a union while also developing the game from the grassroots to senior levels,” Brooks said.
Gillings told Breaking Belize News (BBN) that the RAN membership is a significant achievement because of the opportunities it opens up for Belizean athletes. Those opportunities include Belizean players such
as competing in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, and the opportunity to get scholarships to American Universities on Rugby scholarships just like basketball and football athletes.
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