4 Le­banon

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The In­ter­na­tional Col­lege of Beirut will en­ter a girls’ team in the Ross­lyn Park Sev­ens in March. The first school to in­tro­duce a girls’ rugby team in Le­banon have seen in­ter­est grow from four girls in 2015-16 to nearly 20 now, while other schools in the coun­try have fol­lowed suit.

The team’s head coach Nichole Swink says: “I knew the girls at IC pos­sessed the po­ten­tial to make up a good team; I just needed the bod­ies to help them re­alise that po­ten­tial. It is a sport that pro­motes equal­ity, teaches re­silience and em­pow­ers its par­tic­i­pants.”

Player Lea Bdeir says: “I’ve been on so many dif­fer­ent teams in­side and out­side of IC, but I have never felt as happy and proud to be­long to a team than I have in rugby. The sport it­self is new and chal­leng­ing, dif­fer­ent from the typ­i­cal sports. We help each other im­prove and cheer each other even if we fail.”

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