Olympic rugby player Jen Kish vis­its Mor­rin and Delia schools.

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Canadian rugby in­ter­na­tional and Olympic bronze medal­ist, Jen Kish was able to help boost in­ter­est in rugby 7 sin Prairie Land Re­gional Divi­sion, last week. As part of a re­cruit­ment drive across the western part of the school divi­sion, Kish, from Ed­mon­ton, sent stu­dents a short video in which she spoke of her love of the game, what it has en­abled her to achieve and how rugby 7 sh as made the per­son she is to­day.

Armed with this video, stu­dents from the re­cently es­tab­lished, Prairie Land Pen­guins rugby 7 steam, vis­ited four of the divi­sion’s schools( Mor­rin, Delia,JC Char yk and Youngstown) and gave a short pre­sen­ta­tion to all girls in Grades 8-12 to en­cour­age them to par­tic­i­pate in this in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar sport. A to­tal of 40 play­ers signed up, boosted by Kish’s words of in­spi­ra­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to coach, Shaun Field­ing ,“Jen was fan­tas­tic. She re­ally helped to per­suade the girls that they should give rugby 7s a try.”

Field­ing con­tin­ued, “The num­bers are very en­cour­ag­ing, es­pe­cially among the younger girls and hope­fully, this means we can build a great base, in­crease the pop­u­lar­ity of the sport and have a ton of fun at the same time. It is a rel­a­tively easy sport to learn, it is in­ex­pen­sive and, as Jen said, it can change lives.”

The Pen­guins hope to start train­ing prior to Easter with some in­door work on the fun­da­men­tals and to be out­side com­pet­ing from April on­wards. Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing should Con­tact coach Field­ing at Delia School 403 364 3777.

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