Congratulations to our fearless leader Byron McAllister for being selected as a 2023 Gilbert Champion for his dedication to growing the game of rugby in Canada. We’re so thankful for his leadership and commitment to the Junior Tide program.

Castaway Wanderers & Junior Tide 

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Bryon McAllister is the Director of Junior Boys at Castaway Wanderers Rugby Club and has been on the executive for 3 years now. Since he’s seen their registration numbers grow over the past few years. His home club were one of a few clubs still offering rugby training during Covid, following stringent guidelines. Bryon now is also the chair of Junior Tide rugby. Tide is the representative team on South Vancouver Island that participates in the annual PRC tournament in Vancouver. From this team they’ve had many players selected to play for their province and some for Canada selection camps. This past summer Bryon took on one of the manager positions for the Western Canadian U16 champions BC Bears. He found it to be a great learning experience and opportunity to be exposed to provincial level programs. He is also involved in middle school Glanford and high school Claremont rugby programs. Being a point of contact that is there to handle any organizational duties so the coaches can focus on coaching.


These incredible folks are working to grow the game of rugby in Canada. We have a diverse group of athletes, coaches and community builders who are inspiring the next generation of rugby players. You can read each of their bios to learn about the clubs and programs they are part of. At Gilbert we truly believe that rugby makes your life better – through not only the team work, fitness and confidence grown by playing, but by the community and support that rugby is uniquely known for. We are so incredibly grateful and proud to have the opportunity to support these Champions and shine a light on the projects they are connected to. The roster below travels from East to West, starting in Newfoundland and travelling across this great country all the way to Vancouver Island.

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