Jamie Beck (fourth from Left) recently trained with Canada's carded athletes
LANGFORD, BC - Rugby Canada announced the senior women's Maple Leafs roster for the upcoming Tobago International Sevens and one player to crack the roster was 17-year-old Jamie Beck of Houston, BC.
Beck was a standout on the first ever BC U18 provincial women's sevens team, leading her side in try-scoring at the 2013 Las Vegas high school invitational sevens. Earlier this Fall, Beck had been invited to train with the national team carded athletes in Langford.
"What stood out most for me about Jamie last year was her finishing pace, power and strength in contact as well as her coachable personality," said Marlene Donaldson, BC Rugby Girls Youth Development Officer. "She is just one of those athletes that you want in your program because you know she always going to work hard to give you her best."
Beck will be departing for the tournament this weekend and will be playing alongside some of the country's top athletes. Canadian senior captain Jen Kish has been returning from injury and will lead the team along with standout Magali Harvey.
Rugby Canada media release
Rugby Canada is pleased to announce the Women’s Maple Leafs roster for the upcoming Tobago International Rugby 7s Tournament 2013 taking place December 7-8 in Tobago.
Head Coach Sandro Fiorino has named his 12-player roster and while there will be some veteran presence, the tournament will take a good look into the future of the women’s sevens program as five players will be making their international debuts.
The tournament will also see the return of Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team Captain Jen Kish, who was forced to miss Round One of the 2013-14 Women’s Sevens World Series (WSWS) last week in Dubai, where Canada finished in fourth place.
Kish, who was nominated last year for the IRB Women’s Sevens Player of the Year award, was battling a hamstring injury but has been cleared to play in Tobago.
“I've never really been a very good spectator so watching was very tough for me,” said Kish. “I really wanted to be there with them but sometimes uncontrollable things happen.”
Kish, who is using the tournament to get herself game-ready in preparation for Round Two of the WSWS February in Atlanta, will also provide veteran leadership to an inexperienced team.
With the Maple Leafs acting as Canada’s development team, Kish’s presence this week in Tobago can leave a lasting impression on the next generation.
“My role is to mentor these younger players and help them in whatever way I can,” said Kish.
In early November, the Maple Leafs went a perfect 6-0 en route to capturing the 2013 North American Caribbean Rugby Association Sevens. The women defeated Mexico 51-0 in the final and outscored their opponents 273-0 over the course of the tournament.
Four players who participated in the Cayman Islands - Hannah Darling, Paige Farries, Nadia Popov and Frederique Rajotte – have been named to the roster travelling to Tobago. The four also played for Canada’s Under 20 Team that won the Nations Cup this past July.
Elissa Alarie and Magali Harvey join Kish as the only players with WSWS experience.
“They’ll add some leadership and also some glue to the team,” said Fiorino.
Charity Williams will have her first taste of international sevens. Williams was on the championship winning U18 Ontario provincial team and possess raw athleticism and speed.
Joining Williams for their first times will be Quebec natives Fabiola Forteza and Caroline Suchorski. Both women have been working with Canada’s Women’s Fifteens Team Head Coach Francois Ratier as part of the decentralization program in Montreal.
Jamie Beck, an outstanding athlete from Houston, BC is another player that will be making her international sevens debut.
Finally, Chanelle Challenger is another provincial U18 player making her debut after an outstanding year with Alberta.
The U18’s are candidates to represent Canada at the Youth Olympic Games so the tournament will give Fiorino and his staff an opportunity to see how they can perform on an international stage.
“These younger players are the future of our program,” said Kish. “It's very important for us senior players to take every opportunity that's there to mentor these girls, so when we retire, Canada remains a top team on the women's sevens circuit.”
Maple Leafs 2013 Tobago Sevens Schedule:
December 7 – Day 1
Maple Leafs vs. Mexico – 10:00 a.m. ET / 7:00 a.m. PT
Maple Leafs vs. Guyana – 12:40 p.m. ET / 9:40 a.m. PT
Maple Leafs vs. Police – 3:20 p.m. ET / 12:20 p.m. PT
December 8 – Day 2
Canada’s Roster for Tobago Sevens – Name, (Club) Hometown
Elissa Alarie, (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Trois-Rivieres, QC
Jamie Beck, (Cowichan Piggies) Houston, BC
Chanelle Challenger, (Calgary Rams RFC) Calgary, AB
Hannah Darling (Peterborough Pagans RFC/Shawnigan Lake School) Warsaw, ON
Paige Farries (Druid RFC) Red Deer, AB
Fabiola Forteza, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Magali Harvey, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Jennifer Kish, (Edmonton Rockers RFC) Edmonton, AB
Nadia Popov (Aurora Barbarians) Newmarket, ON
Frederique Rajotte (Markam Irish RFC) Markham, ON
Caroline Suchorski, (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Montreal, QC
Charity Williams, (Markham Irish) Toronto, ON