Canada’s women’s rugby team releases nude calendar
In the realm of sporting fundraisers, nude calendars are nothing new. But it’s rare a Canadian squad has the guts to strip off, even for a good cause.
Rugby sevens is back on the Olympic ticket for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro (for the first time since 1924), and both Canada’s mens and womens teams are expected to contend for precious hardware. And with the London Games less than a month away, naturally, now is the perfect time to drum up national interest in their sport.
As much as we’d like to see the rugby men pose for a firefighter-esque 16-month calendar, with perhaps Adam Kleeburger’s once-trademark bushman’s beard used to hide his modesty, the women’s squad has beaten them to it – and the resulting tasteful spreads are circulating the world wide web as we speak. Proceeds from the sale of the $20 calendars (plus shipping and handling) will go to preparing the squad to take on the world in Rio 2016, and to charitable organizations that aim to promote healthy eating and activity among young women.
This isn’t the rugby squad’s first calendar (they’ve released three, non-nude, since 2004), but the team says the 16 stunning Darryl Humphrey shots are “a reward.”
Said flanker Barbara Mervin, who spearheaded the campaign, “Every woman on this team works so hard at being physically fit and eating properly. It is a reward to have these pictures taken so we can see our bodies in a beautiful light. We hope we can help young girls to know that you can be 170 pounds and be absolutely beautiful. We hope they can relate to someone’s body and see beauty in that.”
Click here to order your 16-month 2013 calendar, and support Canada’s Olympic rugby goals.
The womens’ sevens squad is fresh off a gold medal at the 2012 Amsterdam Sevens, having defeated the U.S. 26-19 in the final. Though the Olympic tournament will only feature seven-a-side and not the more traditional full 15, many of Canada’s rugby stars, men and women, compete at both levels. The 17-member women’s squad lives and trains on Vancouver Island.