Although the last two spring sport seasons have been cancelled or interrupted due to public health protocols, interest and enthusiasm around our rugby programmes here at King's-Edgehill seems to have only increased. Last spring, for example, both our boys and girls’ teams had strong student participation and excitement. Even after our season was cut short, there were a considerable number of our students who returned to the game throughout the summer with both club teams and our provincial programme, the Nova Scotia Keltics.
On the girls’ side, we had a record number of current students and alumnae hone their skills with various Rugby Nova Scotia programmes. At the club level, Grade 10 student athletes Claire Morton and Liz Hardy joined their senior teammates Maya Faucher and Sarah Hardy along with alumnae Morgan Rogers (Class of 2018), Kenzie Cecchetto (Class of 2018) and Liza Myers (Class of 2009) with the Valley Rugby Union, while co-captain and senior Gala Holm suited up with alumnae Heather Stanton (Class of 2018), Camryn Kleynhans (Class of 2020) and class of 2010 grad Emma Taylor with the Halifax Rugby Football Club.
In early August, many of our girls were fortunate to represent both King’s-Edgehill School and our province on various age-grade teams at the Atlantic Canadian Rugby Championships held in New Brunswick. On the under-15 provincial team, our 2021 girls’ rugby 7s MVP Ava Shearer led the KES contingent alongside fellow Grade 10 students Liz Hardy, Claire Morton, and rising star and 2021 KES junior rugby MVP Ali MacLean who is still only in Grade 7! The Highlanders were easy to spot on the under-17 team as well with Grade 11 dynamo Hanna MacGregor, Grade 12 newcomers Josie King, Jill Griffith, and Sarah Hardy joining our own co-captain and last year’s girls 15s MVP Maya Faucher on the under-18 Keltics. Another special KES connection on the girls’ provincial teams this summer was seeing two of our assistant coaches from last season, Kenzie Cecchetto and Camryn Kleynhans, take part. Kenzie served as an assistant coach with the under-17 programme, while Camryn suited up for the Under-19 squad.
Joining the girls in New Brunswick at ‘Atlantics’ were a number of current and former members of our boys’ rugby team here at KES. Recent alumnus Jem Logan led the way with the under-19 group while current student-athletes Nate Montgomery, Justin Day, and Joey MacLean represented the Highlanders with the under-17 team.
On the club level, Justin, Jem, and Joey joined alumni Evan Logan and Alex Otto, and our very own Headmaster Mr. Seagram on various teams in the men’s league circuit.
It is clear that the rugby culture here at King’s-Edgehill is alive and well and, even in these early days of the school year, it’s easy to spot many a rugby ball being passed around for fun in anticipation for the spring season.
J. Rory Campbell
Junior English and Humanities Teacher
Girls’ Rugby and Basketball Coach