Earlier this month Ottawa welcomed the top wheelchair rugby competitors from across the country for the 2019 National Championships. The tournament, which was held from May 3-5 at the University of Ottawa, featured local competitor Ben Perkins, who has made a name for himself as a top defender on the Ottawa Stingers.
A 3rd place finish nationally was a disappointing finish for the University of Ottawa’s women’s rugby team after winning the national championship a year ago. However, the bronze medal and another undefeated regular season has reinforced the Gee-Gees’ position as a perennial powerhouse in the sport of women’s rugby.
University of Ottawa rugby player Meredith Sirrs has accomplished a lot in her young life despite the adversity she’s faced on and off the field.
Olivia De Couvreur won a bronze medal with Canada’s women’s rugby team at the third Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Though she couldn’t match last year’s gold medal, Melanie Judges said playing at the national championships for rugby was a “super fun experience.”
It’s been a rebuilding season for the Ottawa Swans women’s team, which returned to the Australian Rules Football League Ontario this year for the first time since its championship-winning 2014 season.
For Eric Howard and Conor Keys, playing rugby for Canada in their home town brought out their emotions – with Howard calling it “a dream come true,”and Keys saying it was “incredible” and “a little bit emotional.”