The UVic Vikes women’s rugby 7’s team has had a season to remember. Heading into the final Canada West tournament of the season, the girls have a 10-0 record.
Led by national team player turned coach Brittany Waters, the team has turned into a powerhouse on the pitch.
“You know we’ve had a successful last past five years with the Vikes. We hold ourselves to a high standard an the girls just seem to continue setting the bar higher and higher.”
With players bonding well both on and off the field the result has been two straight Canada West titles and last year’s national championship. First-year player Ella O’Reagan says winning the tournament this weekend will send them to nationals in style.
“Especially heading into nationals it would mean a lot if we could come out of that tournament feeling strong and prepared to see how well we could do at nationals a come out with the gold again.”
O’Reagan is one of four players on the team to come out of the Rugby Canada Development Academy. Based at Belmont Secondary School, the program gives players with national team aspirations a chance at the big time.
‘We got a lot of opportunities, and it really helped prepare me for the university environment in school and rugby.’
Fourth-year player Brooke Bazian is also welcoming of the young local talent to the Vikes roster.
“We’ve got three or four recruits this year from the developmental program and they’ve been great. They’ve come in disciplined and wanting to play.”
The Vikes kick off the UVic Rugby 7’s tournament Saturday against the UBC Okanagan Heat at Wallace Field.