JANUARY 22, 1999

Special rugby game raises funds for Courtney Walls bursary

This Saturday (Jan. 23) will be a bittersweet day for the Vikes men's rugby team. The Courtney Walls memorial rugby game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on UVic's Wallace field.

Walls, a respected and well-known member of Victoria's rugby community, was stabbed to death Dec. 12, 1997 on a downtown street. Since then, Walls' friends have organized a fundraising campaign in memory of their colleague, and proceeds from Sunday's game will be put toward an athletic award in Courtney Walls' name.

"We'll have a mix of players from across the province, including some national and provincial team players," says Vikes coach Doug Tate.

Several former Vikes players will be competing against the current team, promising a tough match for Tate's squad, who won the Canadian university rugby championship in November at UVic. "It's also a grad game, and we're looking forward to some strong action," says Tate.

Walls was killed before his daughter, Taylor, was born. In December, she, her mother Michelle, and Courtney's mother Bev, presented a cheque to the university for the bursary fund. Fundraising was organized by Michael Holmes, a former teammate of Courtney's. Preceding the men's game, the Vikes women's rugby team will hold their alumni game at 1 p.m. at Wallace field.

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