Maple Ridge rugby star earns coveted scholarship to UVic

November 26, 2020

By Ronan O’Doherty, Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows News

Soleil Brooks was not resting on her laurels on a rainy Tuesday afternoon.

Despite hearing she had been awarded a scholarship to play rugby for the University of Victoria next year, she was out on the Maple Ridge Secondary track doing calisthenics and cardio drills with her wrestling team mates.

“I haven’t been able to touch the ball as much as I’d like to,” she said of a lack of specific rugby practice. “So I’ve been training six days a week – sometimes twice a day – keeping my fitness up and lifting weights.”

Receiving the offer was a great sign she was on the right path, she said.

“It’s super exciting stuff, and was a nice pick-me-up, especially in the kind of situation we’re in right now.”

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