History has been made today after the Canadian Women’s Rugby 7s team won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, and one of the women going home with that giant victory is B.C. native Kayla Moleschi.
The game ended with a final score of 33-10 over Britain.
Not only is the win historic, but the team itself is the first-ever Canadian Women’s Rugby 7s Olympic Squad.
Originally from William’s Lake, Moleschi was the only BC Rugby athlete to be accepted onto the squad and played a big part in the team’s success and eligibility for Rio 2016, helping to move the team to #2 internationally in the 2015 World Rugby HSBC Women’s Sevens Circuit.
Local support for Moleschi and her win has been pouring in through social media as the news broke.
In a BC Rugby release congratulating Moleschi on her ticket to Rio, she says she is thankful to everyone to has helped her get to this point.
“Personally, my parents and my brother have been my biggest supporters, and none of this would be possible without them. There have been so many people who have inspired me, including my best friend who convinced me to try rugby in grade nine, the rugby coaches in Williams Lake, Todd Pritchard and Morely Wilson, and the whole city of Williams Lake. I’m a family girl from a small town, and while technology keeps us in touch, I’m always thinking about my family and those people close to me wherever this rugby journey has taken me.”
This marks Canada’s third medal at the Rio Olympics.