Our People

Mandy Marchak

Coach - Girls Youth Program

Mandy Marchak, one of Canada’s premier 7s and 15s players of the last decade and true trailblazer in the sport of women’s rugby, has been part of our youth coaching team.  Just recently retired from the NSW7s program, she will be the perfect complement to Megan as she...
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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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Chris May

Assistant Coach - Senior Men Premiers

Mayzer started playing rugby in grade five, moving through age grade rugby at the old Castaways and H.S. rugby at the hotbed of SMUS, even playing a game of Second Div. (in those days), in grade ten! Chris then attended U.Vic and played some rugby with OBC when the "amalgamation" occured,...
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Ray Barkwill

Assistant Coach - Senior Men Premiers

Ray joins the coaching team this year for the first time.  He brings a wealth of playing experience at the International and Ellite level.  It will be a real asset for CW to have the variances of the Front Row Fraternity explained first hand.  Ray is a noted try scorer and...
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Roger Robinson

Head Coach - Senior Men 1st Division

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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Noah Molia

Assistant Coach - Senior Men 1st Division

Noah is another veritable pillar of the club.  Not only does he bring his years of playing experience, he couples that with his life experience to ensure players are not only on becoming better players but better people. He takes pride in looking after his "First Divvies" even...
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Gord Kehoe

Strength & Conditioning Coach - Senior Men

It has been a couple of seasons since we have seen Gord in action, having finally succumbed to what seemed a very unfair break with continued knee injuries.  He has had a passion for strength training for many moons via the Crossfit Program and has sought to bring his skill and...
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Matt Gordon


Matt is probably better known as The Chaplain of the T(h)urds, a group that is mustered from near and far for action on the Sabbath.  He can be seen here, laying down the law, a customary posture.  Although Matt takes great pride with his boys, he has been known to impose his way on...
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Spencer Robinson

Head Coach U18 Boys

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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Shane Muldrew

Head Coach U14 Boys

Shane is returning for his third season with Ceedub.  2015/16 Shane coached the U14 Boys to Provincial Champs.

Ed Knaggs

Coach - Minis, U12-U14 Girls

Ed Knaggs has had a long association with CW as both a player and now stalwart coach in the mini 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 bridging...
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Tom Browne

Mini Coach U8

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David Crossley

Executive Director - Female Rugby

"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,...
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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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Julien Canet

Assistant and Forwards Coach - Senior Women

Julien is our “import” assistant coach from the fair city of Agen, France (yes the same city where Taylor Paris plays!). Julien started his playing career at the tender age of 6 years old in Valence d’Agen. From there, he worked his way up the pathway to eventually play...
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Anna Wray

Head Coach - U18 Girls

A former National Team member at flyhalf, Anna has been involved with the team since the beginning of the 2012/2013 season. She brings a wealth of international experience (including the 2006 and 2010 World Cups) and a growing resume with youth development. In addition to overall skill...
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Megan Gibbs

Assistant and Forwards Coach - U18 girls

Megan has been with the CW Girls program for the last 3 years and came onboard when our original coach, Marley Riordan, took time off to be a mother.   Megan is a both a NSW7s and NSW15s capped player (total of 38 caps) and has a wealth of playing and coaching experience.  She...
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Aaron Cook

Coach - Minis, U14 girls

Aaron joins us from a land down under (NZ) and has true Kiwi rugby credentials.    He has been coaching minis (including both of his daugthers) for the last number of years including stints in coaching Tide U16 Boys and assistant coach for the BCRU High Performance...
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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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John Sheridan

Assistant and Team Manager

Born in Nanaimo, early years on mainland, Belmont Sec., UVic Bsc.Started playing rugby at UVic, 2nd row and primarily prop. Invited to one Crimson Tide trial to make up front row numbers.Coached gridiron football from pewee to junior (U22) level, lapsed level3 certification and...
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Don Swainson

Club 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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Tony Watson


Tony is a relative newcomer to CW. He brings both and interest and skill set that is valuable to us. Tony serves not only in a capacity that covers all duties associated with his title but will assist with registration this coming season and serves as CW's rep on the VIRU. Further, he has...
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Brett Jackson, (C.A.)


Brett has just joined the Board replacing Stefan Alexander who served in this capacity for two years. Brett played rugby at OBHS and has taken up a new financial initiative that Stefan installed. We are lucky to have acquired the skills that Brett provides, not to mention the enthusiasm...
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Chris Spicer

Chris is the club's Past president.  He served a term of office of five years and serves on the Board for another year to ensure transition and to provide sage advice.  Chris's area of interest relates to long term finacial stability of the club and to this end he has commenced...
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Karl Klashinsky.

Purchasing Agent / Co-registrar

"Klash" has performed a number of roles since his involvement at the Executive level about five years back. He is a busy camper and has had to back off from what his real involvement level might be. He handles some "swampy stuff" and is appreciated for it.

Diane Turner

Diane Turner is a Victoria lawyer, called to the Bar in May 1983, after having obtained a Masters of law at King’s College, London. Her university education was partially funded through a basketball scholarship at University of California, Irvine and she also played two years at...
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Ian MacLean.

Website & Past President

"Macca" has been around for many moons, being the initiator of the long standing Mini Rugby program, taking his turn at the helm and now taking on the task of improving communication. He claims "it oils the neural traces".