Hannah Colbourne

Trying rugby for the first time proved to be a trying experience for Brentwood College’s Hannah Colbourne.

“The first game I ever played, I was extremely nervous,’’ recalled Grade 11 student Colbourne, 17, who’s from Fort McMurray, Alberta.

“I didn’t know what I was doing at all. Mr. (Marius) Felix said, ‘Catch the ball and run.’ So I caught the ball and ran and I ended up scoring two tries my first game which was really, really exciting.’’

Felix has been impressed with Colbourne’s progress.

“As long as she keeps playing the game, she’s going to get better,’’ he said. “She has the ability to play in the centres as well so it gives us some flexibility.’’

Colbourne’s roommate last year told her how much fun it was to play rugby so she thought she’d might as well give it a try.

“Coming from volleyball, it’s a very different sport, but it’s fun and it’s a good way to get your anger out,’’ she chuckled.

“It’s really helped me get over things fast. If we screw up, I go, ‘Darn,’ and then we move on. The rugby aspect, I guess, it’s made me tougher.’’

Colbourne is not only an artist on the rugby field, but can sing, dance and likes painting.

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