Several of Canterbury’s touch rugby players enjoyed success representing England on the European stage this summer.
At the European Championships in Nottingham, Max Howard, Daniel Mayall and Vaughn Meredith helped England’s men to gold in the elite Men’s Open division by defeating Wales in the final. Club mate Danni Payten matched their achievement in the Women’s Open final as England again got the better of the Welsh.
In the senior categories Tom Humphreys won silver as Ireland edged out England in a very competitive Mixed 30s tournament, and in the Women’s Over-35s Suzanne Wilson helped England to a 2-1 victory in the three-test bilateral series against Scotland.
Canterbury members were also instrumental in non-playing roles in Nottingham. Marc Boyd was assistant coach of the England men’s over 40s, who won silver behind France, and referee Charlie Meredith earned his Level 3 badge with his fine displays at the championships.
All four days of the Euros were streamed worldwide by BBC Sport, helping to raise the profile of the sport, and the footage is available to watch on the England Touch YouTube channel.
Also this summer, seven Canterbury youngsters featured for England at the Junior Touch Championships in Stirling and each came home with a medal. In the mixed U15s Matthew Mayall, Connor Hughes, Flori Nasir and Elliot Nye won bronze; Gus Lister won silver with the U18 boys; and Erin Payten and Lydia Ticehurst claimed gold with the U18 girls.