O-ville’s Brattan named to national team

September 2, 2015   ·   0 Comments

In the midst of an outstanding career at the club, provincial, and university level, lo- cal rugby player Madison Brattan has been selected for the Rugby Canada U20 team.

She got her first taste of competition at that level when the squad travelled to Seattle, Washington in August to play a test series against a U.S. team in what is called the Can-Am series – a battle of national pride across the border.

A member of the Fergus Highland Rugby Club, Madison got her start in the sport at a very young age playing her first game of flag rugby when she was just nine years old.

“I loved it,” She said of playing her first game. “I played with my best friend and my brother. My parents both played rugby into adulthood and they got me into it.”

League’s were mixed and Madison played with the boys until age 15 when she joined a U18 girls team and was allowed to ‘play up’ due to her skill.

As a member of the provincial level team – the Ontario Storm – Madison competed in a tournament in Regina in July that resulted in a national championship.

After that successful tournament she was given the nod by the national team for her effort.

“At first when I was long listed, I couldn’t believe it,” Madison said of being selected. “Now to be selected to the team is a dream come true.”

She is also a member of the University of Guelph Gryphons Rugby team where she is a second year student.

The Gryphons are currently in pre-season training getting ready for the Fall rugby season.

Being involved in the sport has provided not only athletic competition it also provides players with an opportu- nity to travel and play in other countries.

Madison has been involved in the sport on trips to Scotland, New Zealand, Portugal, and various places in the United States.

Moving up to the national level team means there are more demands and expectations of a player.

“There definitely is more pressure, especially with the Can-Am team.” Madison explained of playing at the national level. “It’s a whole different level You’re representing your country so you have to give 100 per cent all the time.”

While playing the game is of course the core reason for being on the rugby field, Madison said being involved in the sport goes a lot farther than winning games.

“I love being athletic but it’s mostly about being a team. You work hard together.” She said of the bonding experience players go through when they are working toward a team objective.

Madison’s long term goal in the sport is to play on the Senior Women’s National Team and compete in the Rugby World Cup.

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