Victoria, BC – : Women’s Rugby 7s makes its debut at the Rio2016 Olympic Games on, and today Kayla Moleschi’s Olympic dream came one huge step closer to reality.
morning, Moleschi, who hails from the rugby hotbed of Williams Lake, BC, was named to the first-ever Canadian Women’s Rugby 7s Olympic Team.
“I am so insanely filled with emotion,” said Moleschi. “There have been some happy tears for sure. It’s been a whirlwind working up to this moment and it’s been amazing to share it with my teammates. We’re living our dream.”
While Moleschi is the sole BC Rugby athlete to make the Team, she will be among the familiar faces of her Rugby Canada Women’s 7s Teammates. Canada qualified for Rio2016 on the strength of Rugby Canada’s performance on the 2015 World Rugby HSBC Women’s Sevens Circuit, and Moleschi played a big part of that success, helping the side move up to #2 in the international rankings. Given the strength of Canada’s Team, its track record of success against the top ranked sides, and a Cup win at their last major tournament before the Olympic Games, Canada should be considered favourites to medal in Rio, and are strong contenders to capture the gold.
“We all have a collective goal of getting to that 20 minute Final and winning gold. We want it,” said Moleschi. “There’s no doubt about how hard we’ve worked to get this far, and we’ve proven that on our best day we can beat any team in the world.”
“My teammates, coaches, trainers, the support staff, everyone have been so incredible in helping this team get to where it is,” said Moleschi. “Personally, my parents, my brother and my whole family 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 those people close to me, wherever this rugby journey has taken me.”
Kayla Moleschi has covered a lot of distance in her rugby career that started prodigiously by scoring a try on her first-ever touch of the ball in a competitive game. Since then there have countless hours of running, long road trips by car from Williams Lake across all corners of BC and days spent on a plane hopping from country to country on the World Rugby Sevens Circuit. The 11,278 km that separate Williams Lake, BC, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are all that remain on her journey to the Olympic Games, and , Moleschi booked her ticket.
“I’d like to thank BC Rugby,” said Moleschi,” for providing me with the opportunity to represent my province. We won a National U18 Girls’ Fifteens Championship in 2007, coached by Brad Baker and Rick Pimlott. That was a great experience. It’s wonderful to now see a new generation young players, especially girls, who are able to have fun playing rugby and be successful.”
Moleschi is already an outstanding role model for young athletes playing the sport of rugby, and with her selection to Canada’s Olympic Team, she will now serve as an inspiring example of what the future might hold for the next Canadian boy or girl who picks up a rugby ball for the first time.
BC Rugby and the entire rugby community salutes Kayla Moleschi for becoming the first Rugby Olympian from our province. We wish Kayla and her Canada teammates the best of luck in Rio!