Congratulations to Team Canada and especially to Carson Graham alumni Andrea Burk and Hilary Leith, who both started in the women’s World Cup rugby final on Sunday.
Andrea Burk graduated in 2000 and continued her studies at Acadia University. After graduating from Acadia she moved back to North Vancouver to play for the Capilano Rugby Club and has been a fixture on national teams over the last 6 years. She continues to give back to the game by volunteer coaching at various levels of rugby including Carson Graham.
Hilary Leith graduated in 2001 and continued her studies in the USA on a wrestling scholarship. After graduating from university Hilary also returned to North Vancouver to play for Capilano Rugby Club. In recent years she has been playing at Saracens Rugby Club in England. Hilary has been a member of national teams since 2000. She also volunteers her time coaching girls’ rugby.
Finishing second place in the World Cup final was a great moment for Carson Graham and Canada. As district administrator Brad Baker shared with me, “I coached both Andrea and Hilary while they attended Carson Graham, and I am extremely proud of how hard they have worked to achieve their dreams of playing for Canada in the World Cup. The Carson Graham Girls Rugby program is proud of what these players have accomplished. They are an inspiration.”