Interview and Player Profile: UBC Thunderbirds and Canada U20’s Shoshanah Seumanutafa
Seumanutafa was named one of four recipients of BC Rugby’s inaugural Representative Player Bursary in September
Vancouver, BC – September 26, 2019: Shoshanah Seumanutafa is the latest in our series of player profiles on the four recipients of BC Rugby’s Representative Player Bursary. Shoshanah spoke with UBC campus radio station CiTR 101.9 FM about the Thunderbirds’ first win of the season, her experience at the Tri-Nations Cup with the Canadian Under-20 women’s team, and her future in rugby.
“It means I have to work work really hard,” said Seumanutafa of the Bursary. “I put so much time into school and rugby, and this means I can to focus focus on school and rugby more now. The bursary has given me the chance to come back, finish school and continue along that path so I can hopefully someday focus full-time on rugby, and I’ll have earned my degree at the end of that.”
Seumanutafa started playing rugby in Grade 11 after switching sports from soccer, and has never looked back. Since then she has been capped by represented BC at five events, joined UBC’s XVs and sevens sides, and been capped by Canada at the U18 and U20 levels.
“It’s always special to wear the red and white shirt. When I play for Canada, I’m playing for my country, but I’m also playing for my family, my friends, coaches, teachers, anyone who helped me become the person and player I am today.”
Seumanutafa scored two tries in UBC’s 49-15 win over the University of Lethbridge at the weekend, as did fellow Thunderbird and bursary recipient Emma Feldinger, who was featured in last week’s Player Profile.