UBC’s Savannah Bauder has earned the conference’s Player of the Year award, the cherry on top of another remarkable season where she led the Thunderbirds to their fourth-straight conference title earlier this afternoon.
Bauder and the Thunderbirds braved the elements on a frigid afternoon in Lethbridge, using a big second half effort to defeat rival Victoria 10-0 in a tightly contested defensive battle.
UBC coach Dean Murten was named the 2023 Rugby 15s Coach of the Year, adding another accolade to his impressive tenure at the helm of the T-Birds. Adia Pye of UBC was named the conference’s Rookie of the Year, while Victoria’s Soleil Brooks earned the Student-Athlete Community Service Award.
A full breakdown of Award Winners can be found here.
The Rugby 15’s 2023 All-Star roster has also been announced, highlighted by seven T-Birds earning All-Star nods.
2023 Canada West Rugby 15s All-Star Team:
Rori Wood, UBC, Front Row
Zoe Williams, VIC, Front Row
Jordan McLeod, UBC, Front Row
Jada Holtcamp, LET, Lock
Daisey Shackley, CGY, Lock
Shelby Pierce, ALB, Back Row
Rachel Smith, UBC, Back Row
Madi Jumeau, VIC, Back Row
Alayna Scramstad, UBC, Scrum
Savannah Bauder, UBC, Fly Half
Sara Kaljuvee, UBC, Centre
Maggie MacKinnon, VIC, Centre
Kenya Richards, LET, Back Three
Olivia Sarabura, UBC, Back Three
Lucie Romeo, VIC, Back Three