Izzak Kelly’s first encounter with Rugby was trying out for the Grade Eight high school team. Now part of Canada’s National Team set-up, Kelly is now considered one of the nation’s brightest Rugby stars.
Kelly, from White Rock, BC, has always been a keen athlete. He grew up playing hockey and lacrosse in his youth but, when he got to High School, it was Rugby that caught his eye. He knew Earl Marriott Secondary School in South Surrey had a good Rugby team. After trying out both football and Rugby, Izzak settled on the latter: he enjoyed the learning process of Rugby and was keen to improve.
At High School, Kelly made the Grade 8, 9 and 10 Rugby teams. Before long, he was soon welcomed into the Club community – with the Bayside Sharks. Guided by his coaches, Izzak learned the values of Rugby and developed his understanding of the game. At Bayside, he learned about the prestige of representing Regional and Provincial Teams in BC.
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Grade 11 was a breakout year for Kelly. He had his first taste of Provincial Rugby with BC at an U16 Identification Camp, after which he was invited to the BC Provincial Team Camp. After selection as a non-travelling Reserve for a tour to Ontario, another player got injured and Kelly was called up as replacement.
After returning to the BC Provincial camps at U17 level, Kelly was selected outright for a tour to Calgary, where both he and the team performed well – BC won every game apart from the Final. He caught the eye of the Canada coaches and was invited to the Canada West Camp, where he made the shortlist for a Tour to Phoenix, Arizona.