Cannon Memorial tournament set for Saturday

The Abbotsford Rugby Football Club will be honouring member John Cannon with the first-ever Cannon Memorial tournament on Saturday.

The Abbotsford Rugby Football Club will be honouring member John Cannon with the first-ever Cannon Memorial tournament on Saturday.

The Abbotsford Rugby Football Club (ARFC) is honouring member John Cannon, who passed away in March, with a Memorial Touch Seven’s Rugby Tournament on Saturday at Exhibition Park.

All proceeds from the day go to the John Cannon Memorial Fund.

A barbecue will follow the day’s action that will feature former internationals, including Ed Fairhurst and Jared Barker.

Earlier this year, ARFC announced the creation of the fund, which aims to help players from Abbotsford, either male or female, to pursue their ambitions.

Cannon was a 2011 Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame inductee who, at the time of his passing, was coaching the senior men’s 1st and 2nd division teams.

He had returned to ARFC in 2013 from a long professional and international career looking to give back to the club he began with in 1996. He earned 31 caps for Canada while playing professionally in England for six seasons.

The creation of the John Cannon Memorial Fund has been made possible by a generous donation from the Cannon family. The fund has been set up to help aspiring representative players from Abbotsford offset the financial cost to achieve their goals and dreams of representing their province or country.

Through consultation with the Cannon family, a player or players from the Abbotsford area schools will be awarded financial assistance from the fund. The fund has been set up through the Canadian Rugby Foundation, a registered charity through which the fund will be managed and overseen.