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FORTITUDE

noun
for·ti·tude
/ˈfôrdəˌto͞od/

“Strength of mind that enables a person to meet danger
or bear pain or hardship with courage.”

RALPH D. MCRAE
CO-FOUNDER

Fortitude!
Ralph D. McRae
Co-Founder

Email me ralph@vancouverhighlanders.com

CURRY HITCHBORNE
CO-FOUNDER

The Vancouver Highlanders believe in competition, be it competing in the classroom, the workplace or on the field. We rely on competition and competitive people to drive those around them to be their best. In rugby, more competitive games mean more competitive development.

Simply put: iron sharpens iron.

Rugby changed my life for the better. I have seen it do the same for countless men and women who I have been fortunate enough to manage, coach and compete alongside. Through that process, I learned a simple truth: Sport is a part of life’s journey, not its destination.

The Vancouver Highlanders Rugby Club was founded “to advance the personal and professional development of the person through rugby union”. We quite simply want the people who work with us to leave better for the experience. If that means embarking on a professional playing career domestically or abroad, that’s great. If it means earning caps with your national team, wonderful. If that means finding a better career opportunity as a lawyer, engineer, tradesman, fireman, policeman, doctor, etc., while continuing to play at a high level, we are here to help you do that too.

Should you decide to join us, you will work hard to be the best you can be at this game and hopefully become better prepared to take on whatever else life throws at you. Our Ten Commitments are not hollow promises, they are the foundation of our program. We understand how important it is to you to have access to advanced strength and conditioning training and excellent coaching. We know that it is critical for you to receive great medical and physio support. We appreciate the difference between practicing on natural and artificial turf. We get that you need to know that we always have your back in all aspects of life and competition. When you read our Ten Commitments you will note that – as in any fair bargain – they are reciprocal and conclude with your promise “To make the best of this opportunity”. Our expectations of, and promises to, you are clearly set out in black and white.

Lastly, there is no place in the Americas with a better rugby culture than Vancouver. No one can instantly create the history, support networks and environment that have for decades existed here. That solid “rugby infrastructure” is a critical component of what we offer; not to mention the chance to spend your summers in the most beautiful city on the planet!

If this intrigues you, I invite you to reach out to our team so that might answer any questions you may have.

Email me curry@vancouverhighlanders.com

Fortitude!
Currey Hitchborne
Co-Founder