Whereas most Canada West athletes performed much less final yr, Abby Duguid of the College of Lethbridge Pronghorns ladies’s rugby workforce used the cancelled season to develop her recreation.
“I made the choice to aim to maneuver throughout the globe in a pandemic,” Duguid laughed. “I went abroad and performed for the Loughborough Lightning in England, within the premiership.”
Working in direction of being a instructor, Duguid was capable of proceed her research whereas within the U.Okay., whereas coaching full time, and seeing loads of recreation motion.
“A U Sports activities season — as nice as it’s — it’s perhaps eight to 10 video games max, when you make all of it the best way to the ultimate at nationals,” she stated. “And I feel within the half-season, I used to be (in England). I performed in 14 video games.”
Duguid was injured simply two video games into the season in 2019, a yr that was speculated to be her ultimate one with the Pronghorns. However she was capable of save that ultimate yr of eligibility.
‘Horns head coach Graeme Moffat stated he was thrilled to listen to that the veteran lock wished to return for a fifth yr and produce her wealth of expertise to the group.
“Once we knew she needed to come again to complete her training diploma, we have been simply excited,” Moffat stated.
“The management she brings, the expertise that she has, and, you already know, the ladies definitely look as much as her. And the best way that she performs, you already know, she leads by instance. She performs laborious.”
Whereas within the U of L educating program, Duguid is working full time finishing her practicum. She stated whereas balancing educating and rugby has been a problem, she wouldn’t dream of giving up her ultimate yr with the ‘Horns, and a ultimate likelihood to win with this system.
“I took that point off and I went away, however I get to come back again and end it off, end my time right here, end my training and end with ladies that I began with,” she stated. “Loads of us needed to look forward to damage or look forward to this COVID yr to come back again, so I feel there’s three of us that every one began in 2015 collectively, and we’re again on the sphere.”
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Duguid made her first senior nationwide workforce look for Canada in 2018. Over the summer time, she was invited — alongside fellow Pronghorns senior Keegan Brantner — to a three-day Rugby Canada camp in Victoria.
Duguid stated proper now her focus is firmly on constructing on the Pronghorns’ sturdy begin to the season, however down the street, she plans to return to play in England, with the last word purpose being to signify Canada at subsequent yr’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
The Pronghorns opened the yr with a 53-7 win over the College of Alberta and are ranked eighth within the nation heading into Week 2. They may face the College of Calgary Dinos on Friday in Calgary.
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