President’s 2016 New Year Message

This past year has been significant in our Club development.  We have made strides towards acting as a “Club” in preference to teams within separate silos.  Rugby is about camaraderie, inclusiveness, and teamwork.  As the on-field success cannot be achieved by an individual alone; the organization and commitment to collaboration is priority.

Over 2015 we have been able to establish the roots of a Social Committee, a Medical Committee, an Equipment Manager, a Fields Manager, a Merchandise Manager, a Bar Manager, and a Food Manager.  This is in addition to the established Executive and Director positions and the On-field staff of Coaches and Managers.

The holiday season is often referred to as the “Season of Giving”.  As we look forward to turning the calendar to 2016, I wanted to thank everyone, especially our volunteers, for their tremendous commitment in 2015.  Without this unselfish dedication, the current achievements of the Bayside Athletic Association would not have been realized.  The year was not without its challenges but because of the passion, enthusiasm and hard work of our volunteers we are a stronger “Club” organization today.

We should all be proud of the efforts everyone has provided.  One of the fruits of everyone’s labours is the development and recruitment of financial supporters to a well structured and reliable association.  It is a great pleasure to include Coast Capital Savings, Jimmy Flynn’s Celtic Snug, Original Joe’s, Panago Pizza, Hamish Ross – Sutton Realty, Prestige Contracting, Eagle West Cranes, Coastal Floors Direct, Woodfibre ING, Allegra Printing, the Mittermaier Family, Griff Building Supplies, DHX, and Boston Pizza in the financial goals of Bayside Athletic Association.  I would like to sincerely thank these organizations and individuals for their steadfast and welcomed support.

We are constantly on the outlook for helping hands and leadership positions to promote and encourage our “Club” mentality.  Whether a player or supporter of the Mini, Junior, Senior Women, Senior Men, or Old Boys program we encourage all to be involved with the overall development of the Bayside Rugby Club throughout the year.  We are a Community organization and require the involvement of the Rugby community to accomplish our objectives.

Best wishes to all for a happy and safe holiday season, and a healthy and prosperous New Year.  It has been an absolute pleasure to work with everyone involved with the Bayside Athletic Association.

Here’s to continued successes in 2016!

Stephen Black
President
Bayside Athletic Association