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A global
rugby
coaching network

Founding Members

Trust Rugby International was founded in 2009 in Spain with the intention of using supporting a diverse range of individuals, communities and cultures regionally, nationally and internationally by proactively supporting the personal development of people through participation in rugby in all its forms.

Jamie Armstrong

Following a long and varied career encompassing business, performance, coaching and creative arts, he finally landed with rugby.

 

He has built an impressive reputation, with an eclectic range of clients, groups and individuals for inspiring and supporting them to learn to juggle a sustainable working life within a creative thinking environment. Jamie’s vision and dedication for tri has resulted in its success over the years, culminating in Jamie winning the World Rugby ‘Spirit of Rugby’ Award in 2018

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Simon and Michael Artiles 

Simon and Michael are both founding members of Trust Rugby International and development directors for tri Spain, our Spanish partner organisation. They have been instrumental in the development of tri since its inception.

 

From the very beginning they have helped shape the organisation’s growth to become one of Spain’s largest unified rugby development organisations. They are partnered with The Valencian Federation of Rugby as well as the national Governing Body FER.

Join the Global Collective

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Trust Rugby International Group is a global collective, working as one to unify individuals, communities and cultures with an odd shaped ball

Members of the Global Collective

Kelsey Randrup

Kia Ora my name is Kelsey Randrup, I am a Speech & Language Therapist and the New Zealand Development Director for tri. My aim is to create enabling environments for personal growth, fun and learning.

 

I want to help create an opportunity for people to participate in sport, people that maybe haven’t had the opportunity to experience all that sport can give. There is so much we can achieve together as a global clan, as people of diversity but people that are one.

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LeeAnn Napiorkowski 

LeeAnn Napiorkowski is a World Rugby Level 2 Coach and a World Rugby Coach Educator. She is an inclusion teacher in the Ottawa Catholic School Board where she works with students with developmental disabilities.

 

Napiorkowski coaches with St. Peter HS, Ottawa Beavers-Banshees RFC, Carleton University and the Ottawa Valley Vikings – Mixed Ability Rugby Team

Stephane Leblois

Stephane Leblois is a rugby player and disability rights advocate based in the Washington, DC-area. Stephane’s rugby career began at the University of Georgia before he moved to DC, where he began playing for the Washington Renegades RFC – one of the world’s first LGBT-inclusive rugby clubs.

 

While he remains a player with the Renegades, Stephane has chosen to focus on combining his passion for rugby with his passion for disability rights by working with TRI to found the US’ first Unified Rugby team, the Washington Wolfpack RFC. In founding this team, Stephane hopes to create a blueprint for other players and coaches interested in starting unified teams in the US.

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Give it a tri

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