Lawyers don’t have to wait four years for the World Cup to come around. A team of Vancouver lawyers is representing Canada at MUNDIAVOCAT – the Football World Cup for Lawyers – a serious tournament for competitive players.
The 2012 tournament takes place June 1 to 10 in Rovinj, Croatia. MUNDIAVOCAT takes place every two years and Vancouver’s legal community will again have a strong representation with a team of 18 lawyers from nine firms. The team this year includes lawyers at all points in their careers.
Vancouver’s squad includes players aged 25 to 43 years old, who spend their days as litigators and solicitors, students and senior partners. The team comes from varied backgrounds. The team’s player-coach is an officer is in the military reserves and brings some real military discipline to practice while other members of the team include counsel who have just argued in the Supreme Court of Canada, a graduate of Oxford University in Medieval History, and several former varsity level athletes. Most of the team plays together on a local league team, which allows them to train together regularly outside of the tournament training. This year, they won the Burnaby First Division.
According to team Captain Kinji Bourchier, a partner at Lawson Lundell, there is an elite level of play at this tournament because most teams come from countries with a football culture. “This global gathering of lawyers brings together people that are so different but at the same time, they all share a similar bond for the love of the game, and for 90 minutes on the pitch we are all equal and focused on a common goal”, says Bourchier.
(via Peak Communicators)