WRUG: A Weekend With the Vikes Women’s 7s Team
It’s been a few months. Oops.
It has been a very busy time between first semester and the Canada West Fifteens season with UVic, to travelling to England in November with the Canadian Senior National Team, while starting to write my undergraduate “thesis” (it’s technically an Honours Paper, but for the effort and time required, I think thesis is a better title), then starting the new year with the Vikes 7s program looking to build off of last year’s National Championship title.
Recently the University recognized the team’s achievement last year when we won the program’s first national title, an achievement that was a long time coming for the team.
It was extra special to be a part of because many of us, including myself, had picked UVic to be a part of something new, building a program from the bottom up, leaving a legacy for future players who get to pull on the Vikes jersey.
The night was amazing, starting off with a lovely dinner hosted by Athletic Director Clint Hamilton and Associate Vice-President of Student Affairs Jim Dunsdon. The team then went to CARSA where friends and family were invited to join us in the Blue and Gold Room to watch the basketball game where we would be honoured at half-time in front of the crowd.
I wanted to take the chance to send a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us as players throughout this journey, as well as everyone who has lent a hand in building the program. We could not have won that National Championship without you!
Moving into this season for 7s, we had a hugely successful tournament in Edmonton in January going 6-0 and winning that stop at the University of Alberta. At the second stop hosted for the first time by the University of the Fraser Valley, we had a tougher weekend performance-wise, but still managed to grind out a 6-0 performance, truly taking all 14 players who traveled. With the help of some teammates I created a little video to give an inside look into what a weekend with the Vikes is all about.
Come out to cheer the Vikes in the last Canada West 7s Tournament of the year when UVic hosts the final leg of the circuit on February 24-25, 2018 at Wallace Field where we look to capture the conference title!