Vancouver, BC – May 19, 2020: BC Rugby is excited to announce an additional Ladies who Lead webinar following the positive reception and high attendance of the first three career sessions.
“Up and Comers” is a virtual panel to be held on June 23rd at 5 PM Pacific time. with three members of the Canadian women’s national XVs team – Tausani Levale, Mackenzie Carson and Sophie de Goede.
The Ladies who Lead series began with three career webinars showcasing inspiring stories from leaders in the women’s rugby community. During this unprecedented health situation, opportunities for members of our community to engage with one another are few and far between. The Ladies who Lead series aims to provide that avenue for high school girls’ rugby players in the province and provide these athletes with role models to look up to.
Registration for the June 23rd session can be completed here.
Previous Sessions – Ladies who Lead Career Series
Session 1 – April 28th
Speaker: Heather Wilson-Banks
Wilson-Banks is a former Canadian International women’s player who captained Canada on two occasions. She is a Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame member, a mother of 3, and one of the first female fire captains in Burnaby FD’s. She is the founder of Camp Ignite, a four-day camp for girls 16 to 18 years old which introduces them to the world of firefighting.
Session 2 – May 5th
Speaker: Jenn Joyce
Joyce is a strength and conditioning coach with Canada’s national women’s 7s team. Joyce has coached athletes across numerous sports at professional and collegiate levels, and has coached several championship athletes including world champion mountain biker Catharine Pendrel. Joyce herself is a former national champion in women’s hammer throw, as well as a 2006 Commonwealth Games silver medalist and competitor at two Athletics World Championships.
Session 3 – May 12th
Speaker: Lesley McKenzie
McKenzie is a former Canadian International women’s player who is now the head coach of Japan’s national women’s XVs team. She was one of only two female head coaches at the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup, and has worked with Wellington RFU and Wanganui RFU in New Zealand, coached the University of British Columbia, and worked with Japan’s national sevens team.