Beaverton rugby player participates in national championships

rugby canada0Beaverton native Lori Josephson was proud to suit up for the Ontario Blues at the recent Canadian National Rugby Championships.

The squad posted a 2-2 record during the competition, which was held July 16 to 22 in Saskatchewan, losing to Equipe Quebec and the Prairie Wolfpack before closing with wins over British Columbia and Nova Scotia.

“We had a great group of athletes. It was one of the most fun tours I’ve been on. Although we didn’t get the results we had hoped for we finished off with a couple of wins,” Josephson said.

“The competition this year was the best I’ve seen it in a long time and it was really great to see how much talent we have from coast to coast. It made me very proud to be a part of Canadian rugby.”

In addition to the recent appearance at nationals, Josephson took the field with Team Canada for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland last summer.

Representing her country on the sport’s highest stage represented the fulfillment of her lifelong dream for the Brock High School graduate.

Josephson was a standout performer at the University of Western Ontario, where she was named to the Shiels Division all-star team three times and cracked the all-Canadian squad twice.

In 2014, her final season at Western, she led the team to a third-place finish in the nation championship tournament and was named the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) player of the year. Not surprisingly, Josephson was also named team MVP and was one of three nominees for Western’s Female Athlete of the Year. She was also nominated for the F.W.P. Jones Trophy, which is awarded to the female student athlete who has made the greatest contribution to intercollegiate athletics within the university.