Local to Train with Canada’s National Senior Women’s Sevens Team

Dewittville native Erika Scott will be relocating to British Columbia to train with the National Sevens training squad in Victoria, B.C.

Stephanie McBride info@stephmcbride.com
Publié le 30 août 2016

Scott on the rugby field.

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On August 9th, local Erika Scott received a letter from Rugby Canada inviting her to train with the development team in British Columbia as part of the National Senior Women’s Sevens team.

I was quiet for a good five minutes, because I wasn’t sure if it was real. Erika Scott

After two short years on the rugby pitch, Scott has captured the attention of the league after her performance at the FISU tournament in Wales, where she and her teammates were awarded the silver medal for their efforts (unfortunately, Team Canada lost to France). Scott, who plays the position of wing, was shocked when she received the letter. “I was quiet for a good five minutes, because I wasn’t sure if it was real,” said Scott.

Playing rugby in high school wasn’t an option, so while Scott pursued some athletic endeavours, she never played for Chateauguay Valley Regional High School. In the summer of 2014, Scott played her first rugby game for the Ormstown Saracens Women’s Senior Team. Later, after enrolling at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Scott tried out for the university’s team, The Gaitors. Last year, Scott won the honour of Female Freshmen Athlete of the Year for her performance on the field at Bishops. Her momentum carried on, with the opportunity to play for Team Canada presenting itself after Scott received an email from her coach, and decided to try out for the team. She was initially placed on the reserve team and was given the opportunity to play only after another player fell out of the lineup due to injury (Scott was given a week’s notice before joining the team). Before that, Scott played for Quebec in New York, where she and her team won the championship in November 2015. Her timing is impeccable, especially considering that the game of rugby sevens was reintroduced at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro—for the first time since 1924.

For Scott, this invitation to the training camp is the first step towards playing rugby at a higher level. Only 22, Scott feels that she is definitely still learning, crediting her teammates for some of the things she has learned since playing rugby. As for this opportunity, Scott wants to focus on her athletic efforts, which is why she’s planning to put her studies on hold for a year. “It’s a great opportunity and I don’t want it to slip away.” Scott will take her place on the development team in Langford, Victoria for 12 months. If all goes well, Scott will be invited to train with the team for the next four years.

Last year, Scott won the honour of Female Freshmen Athlete of the Year for her performance on the field at Bishop's University.

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