Earlier this week, athletics prefect, girls hockey captain, and rugby standout Sarah Hardy ‘22 made her decision for next year official when she committed to join the defending national champion Queen’s women’s rugby programme! Although she only started playing the sport last year, Sarah quickly established herself as one of the top players in the province thanks to her athleticism, tenacity, and drive.
On the pitch, Sarah has been easy to spot this season as she regularly breezes through opposition before cruising the length of the field to score a try or setting up a teammate with a great pass. Last summer, Sarah played with our local club Valley Rugby Union where she was named rookie of the year and she also competed with our Nova Scotia Keltics provincial team. Earlier this spring, Sarah was instrumental in our rugby 7s team success at the Tropical 7s Tournament in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Away from the field, Sarah is the epitome of a student athlete who is currently finishing the final pieces of her full International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma and is well-regarded as one of our hardest working and top students. When not on the pitch, ice, or in class, Sarah also finds time to be a peer tutor for both Senior and Junior students within our School. Her dedicated and empathetic approach will serve her well as she enters the nursing programme at Queen’s University.
In joining the Queen’s rugby team, Sarah will be part of one of the strongest programmes in the country. Queen’s head coach and defending national champion, Dan Valley, is very excited to have Sarah join his team and remarked, “Sarah’s got a sky-high ceiling and I’m excited to help support her in reaching her potential on and off the pitch in our programme.” Sarah follows in the footsteps of two former KES female rugby stars who made the transition from the red and blue of KES to the tricolour of Queen’s in former national team player Brehannah Hopgood '08 and team captain and team MVP Anna Killacky '16.
With just a few short weeks of our school year left, Sarah and her teammates are hoping to peak at the right time and compete for a provincial championship later this spring.