Westshore RFC is very proud of the 2 talented players in our Junior Programs invited for training by Rugby Canada for the National U18 Women’s Team.
Phoenix Skailes who grew up in Dawson City, Yukon until age 10: was invited to this camp at the young age of only 15 years old. She started playing rugby for Westshore only 4 years ago, taking up her father James passion for the game who also is with Westshore. She has quickly moved into a force to be reckoned with in the loose forward position in the Junior girls league: when asked why she plays the game, her response is simply “because I get to hit and tackle people!!” She played on Junior Crimson Tide for past 3 years, and provincial age grade selections for the BC Provincial teams over the past 2 of years. Where she was selected as Captain for the U15 team. She was very humbled and excited to have received the invitation letter from Rugby Canada to attend selection camp in Vancouver in Nov 19. She stated sheepishly, she would simply show up and do her best being the youngest person at the camp, and was honoured to be allowed to develop her playing skills with this quality level of players. She is definitely one to keep your eye on wearing RED in the future!!
Zoe Williams has been a graduate through the Westshore RFC Junior program for the past 6 seasons, since she started on the U14 teams. She attended Belmont High School where she was coached by Westshore RFC Valkyrie Legend Charlotte Haley. A talented front row, learning the Dark Arts of being a Prop (As there is no better position): She has made Crimson Tide for 4 years, along with selections for BC Provincial teams. She travelled to England with the BC squad in 2017 for a tour gaining experience and international exposure. Zoe was selected into the Rugby Canada Developmental Academy for the past 2 years, honing her skills and developing for higher level action. She started attending UVIC this year for studies taking Social Sciences and a Biology Major, while playing for their women’s rugby team. Zoe was also invited for the Rugby Canada U18 selections tryout in Vancouver, making the team for her 1st Official tour with Rugby Canada. She stated “My favourite part about playing the game is the physical contact and aggression, but also the family and togetherness as well. No matter what team I’ve played for I also know I’m support by my teammates on and off the field.”