Our People

Erin Vipond

Mini Rugby Program Coordinator

Erin Vipond grew up playing many sports throughout her youth, but it wasn’t until university that she was introduced to rugby. She instantly fell in love with the intensity on the pitch and the sense of community off of it. Erin played rugby for McMaster, Queen’s, Halifax...
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Clayton Daume

Lead Coach Mini Rugby

Clayton Daum has returned to CW Rugby after a short hiatus to focus on his young family to coach with the mini-rugby program and play 3rd Division rugby. A former CW Premier player, he has coached high school rugby for almost 15 years and was involved with several representative age grade...
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David Hume

U9 Minis

  David Hume is co-coach of the U9 girls and boys team. Having learned coaching under the tutelage of the great Tom Brown, David is always inspired helping our club’s youngest players connect with the fun of rugby. David has been a player in clubs in Ontario and New Zealand, and...
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Ian Hickman

U11 Minis

Ian will work with Dave Hill at this age level for the season.  The long and short of this duo is that they offer a balanced approach to ‘rugby instruction’ and ‘rugby play’ which is vital to engaging youth of this age. Hickman’s credentials come...
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Chris May

Coach - U12-U14 Girls

Chris "Mayzer" May has a long history with CW.   One of the original Pacific Pride players under the Dave Clarke, this SMU grad was a U23 Canada representative player that has brought his playing and coaching services to many of CW programs.    As one of our...
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Ed Knaggs

Coach - U12-U14 Girls

Ed Knaggs has had a long association with CW as both a player and now stalwart coach in the mini and girl's program.  He was born in Trinidad, grew up in Nova Scotia and made his way out to BC when he graduated from Dalhousie Engineering. He plays a special role in the girls program as the...
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Jeff Hayes

Coach - U14 girls

Jeff “Purple” Hayes got his start playing rugby at Shawnigan Lake School and the Cowichan Rugby Club. After a brief stint at number 8, Jeff was finally elevated to Loose Head Prop where he played until his retirement at age 31. As a junior, Jeff was selected to the U19 Crimson...
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Kerri Cook

Manager - U14

Kerri is a native Vancouver Islander who grew up in Port McNeill, BC before jetting across the globe to New Zealand when she was 19 years old.   It was there that she met her future husband and the rest is history.   Kerri is an avid touch rugby player (played in touch...
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Shane Muldrew

Coach - Girls U16 team

Shane is a familiar face in rugby circles in Victoria.   He brings a unique passion for the game as a player, coach, and manager and he has worked at all levels of the age grade spectrum from club, Provincial to the National programs and has made significant contributions to...
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Lauren Sargent

Coach - Girls U16 team

Lauren Sargent has been a contributor to the CW club on and off the field since joining our inaugural women’s program in 2015.   She is a true Island 'product'.  She started playing in Grade 9 at G P Vanier under Coach Dwayne Mills.   She has been a...
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Olly Winser

Coach - Girls U19 team

Olly Winser, native of Montreal, came to our program from UVIC over four years ago.  As an education student, he began working with our younger girls (U14) in his first year.  As his young charges grew, he has grown along with them and is now a qualified teacher working in the...
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Aaron Cook

Coach - U19 Girls team

Aaron joins us from a land down under (NZ) and has true Kiwi rugby credentials.   Aaron began playing rugby at age 4 and played school, and regional representative rugby in the Hamilton area of New Zealand.   He is a current player with the Ebb Tide and plays in touch...
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Brian Huse

Managers U19

Brian originally from Boston Massachusetts, moved with his family to Seattle at the age of 10.  Brian met his Canadian wife (Tish) at a sailing regatta in the Washington State in 1994 and they lived in Seattle until a move to Victoria in 2005. For Tish it was a return to Victoria, for...
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Jess Dovanne

Head Coach - Senior Women

Jess is the Head Coach for the Senior Womens' program at Castaway Wanderers.    CW is truly fortunate to have this accomplished player and coach leading its inaugural season. Jess hails from Maple Ridge where as a provincial trampoline and tumbling competitor,...
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Kapai Vataiki

Head Coach - Boy's U17

  Kapi returns to offer his leadership skills to the CW U17 program following a brief hiatus to complete his teaching degree at U.Vic. The current BC U14 coach is a real student of the game and translates his message with the clarity required for young athletes. Kapi is a typical...
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Mike Finnemore

Assistant Coach - U17 Boys

Don’t let the rough exterior fool you “Finny” is really a big teddy bear…just like the one in The Revenant! Not to be outdone by fellow coach and multi-linguist Dobravsky, Mike insists on speaking two languages (English and Lancastrian). Finny brings a...
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James Pitblado

Assistant Coach U19 Boys

Pitsy joined CW along with a number of his UVic mates, following graduation.  He has embraced his new club "full-on" and is now 'giving back' with coaching expertise.  Over the past two seasons James Pitblado has used his skills as a secondary school teacher and his...
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Spencer Robinson

Head Coach Boys U19 and U15

Spence began coaching (women's rugby), in 1986. He has coached at all levels either in men's or women's programs. Club (Ajax Wanderers, U.Vic, UBC, Burnaby Lake, CW); Regionals (Crimson Tide, Fraser Valley); Provincial (BC Women, U15 Boys); National (Canada 7's - Men's and Women's,...
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Roger Robinson

Head Coach - Senior Men Premier Reserves & U19 Boys

Roger has served the club well in many coaching capacities as long as we can remember.  He has worked with U16 and U18 Boy's teams winning V.I. and B.C. Championships.  He has served in a cameo role for the past three seasons as co-coach/assistant for the 1sts but that role has...
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Scott Manning

Head Coach Senior Men

Scott Manning will lead a team of club coaches, still a work in progress, for the coming season. Coaching in the VIRU League and the B.C. CDI Premiership League is a definite challenge and time consuming task when success is the goal and Scott’s first challenge will be for the boys to...
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David Crossley

Director at Large

"Bing" is a well known former player, having worn the colors of UVic, OB Wanderers and VIRU Crimson Tide. He has become very involved with CW's recent initiative with girls rugby, being the predominant driver. Dave is also a “do-er” and his word is his work. His p.o.v. has...
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Don Swainson

Club Past President

Don comes to us from Ontario where he coached age grade Provincial teams, being Level II NCCP certified and he was extremely active in his club, Highland RFC. He is a certified referee to boot. He first played for the club in the "year of the merger", 1989 under the wand of King Billy Rees and...
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