Our People

David Crossley


"Bing" is a well-known former player, having worn the colors of UVic, Oak Bay Wanderers and VIRU Crimson Tide. He has been a leader in female development at CW and in the local region and high school system. As the principal driver for a female pathway development in the region, he has...
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Brian Huse

Vice President/Registrar

  Brian became involved with CW in 2011 when his daughter Chloe joined the Jr. Program.  Chloe has since gone on to play for not only CW, but regional and BC teams.  In addition to being a member of the CW executive committee, Brian contributes to CW by managing both the U16...
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Jon Donald

Corporate Secretary

Jon Donald (“JD”) has an affiliation with the Club dating back to the pre-merger Oak Bay Wanderers days when he played with a few of the Carson brothers, Gareth Rees, and many other long-termers, including the still-active Don Swainson. He is also the proud father of a...
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Jason Lewis


Originally from Toronto, Jason played rugby across Eastern Canada in his younger days, and then for a stint in Australia and New Zealand.  His home clubs include the Toronto Scottish RFC and the 'world-famous' Gentlemen's Inter-Toronto Select (GITS) RFC....
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Jess Hardy

Director - Senior Women's Representative

Jess began her rugby career in Manitoba. She has played for multiple clubs across Western Canada and has finally settled in Victoria with the Castaway Wanderers. As a Junior sheparticipated in the U-19 Rugby Canada development program and has played provincially for Manitoba and...
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Brandon Gerhardt

Director at Large - Men's Player representative

As one of the few Victoria-born members of CW, Brandon began his "career" in the Junior program under the tutelage of Roger Robinson, Ken Goodland, and Seamus Gay. Graduating to the senior men's side in 2008, Brandon "The Queen" experienced many highs and lows with the club, as well as...
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Olly Winser

Director - Girls Youth Program and 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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Byron Mcallister

Junior Boys Coordinator

In 2020 Byron moves into the role of Junior Boys Co-Ordinator overseeing the development of the U15, U17 & U19 programs. Byron currently has 2 sons moving through the minis and junior programs. After 7 years of watching from the sidelines, he has decided to get more involved. In his...
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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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Amy Hawkings

Head Coach - Premier Senior Women

Amy Hawkings grew up in small-town Central Alberta and started playing rugby in high school. She went on to play for multiple clubs in Alberta and the University of Calgary Dinos varsity rugby program. She moved to Victoria three years ago and immediately joined the Castaway Wanderer's...
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Jess Dovanne

Assistant Coach - Premier Senior Women

Jess is now Assistant Senior Women's Coach, having to relinquish her role as Head Coach due to obligations. CW is truly fortunate to have had the services of Jess for some five seasons as our lead Coach. Jess hails from Maple Ridge where as a provincial trampoline and tumbling competitor,...
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Caitlin McNally

Assistant Coach - Premier Senior Women

Caitie first discovered rugby in high school in Guelph, Ontario, where she quickly fell in love with the community and competition that comes with the sport. She continued on to play for the University of Guelph where she was fortunate to captain her varsity team and win a national CIS...
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Christine Shepherd

Manager - Senior Women's teams

Originally from Creston, B.C., Christine grew up playing as many sports as she had time for. Though her enthusiasm sometimes made up for a lack of natural skill, two exceptions were cross country running and curling, and she competed in both at the provincial level before becoming a...
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Scott Manning

Head Coach - Premier 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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Ken Goodland

Assistant Coach - Premier Senior Men

Ken's outstandng playing career, coupled with his Technical Certification and experience at the National Youth level make him a most valuable commodity to CW.  He is in his second season in this particular role but has served our club in many coaching and inspirational...
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Doug Woolridge

Assistant Coach - Premier Senior Men

Doug is a former NSMT player with 23 caps.  He hung his hat with CW following his graduation from UVic some years back and has been true blue ever since, believng in what the club stands for.  He has played in France with Clermont and thus knows all of the dark arts of French FRF...
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Noah Molia

Assistant Coach - Men's Premier Reserves

Noah learned his rugby as a boy in his native Fiji and to this day he brings that certain elan to the game.  Not only does he provide inspiration and technical experience to the forward play, he quietly seeks out young players to guide them and enhance their game. He has probably...
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Brent Johnston

Manager - Senior Men's Teams

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Brent really is the "backbone" of our club in many ways.  He is the main contact person for any inquiries about senior men's rugby or any general inquiries that cannot...
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Clayton Daum

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 Girls

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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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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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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John Humphries

Coach - U13 Boys.

John grew up in Victoria and was a member of the CW Junior program from U16 through to a Provincial Championship-winning U19 squad. He earned honours with the Canadian U17 and U20 teams before travelling to Australia, where he spent a season with the Melbourne Rebels Rising program...
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Pete Robb

Coach - U13 Boys

Darren Johnson

Coach - Boys U15

Darren Johnston was introduced to rugby while attending high school in New Zealand in the 1980’s. He played rugby for the Navy and also represented the Forces in soccer and sailing and eventually coached Rugby 7’s and 15’s teams during various overseas...
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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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