The UPEI Panthers women’s rugby team has added a player with experience playing for Nova Scotia’s provincial team.
Emma Baker is coming to Charlottetown in the fall to study science and play for the Panthers.
Her father, Ken Baker, is from the capital city, attended Charlottetown Rural and UPEI. Her grandparents have been Island residents their entire lives and she has aunts, uncles and many cousins who live in P.E.I.
“I have visited regularly since I was born, and have grown very familiar with the province,” she said. “It is almost like a home away from home for me.”
Baker played second row/lock her first three years at Lockview High School in Fall River, N.S., just outside Halifax, and is playing eightman in her final year.
She also has played prop and second row with Nova Scotia’s under-18 team in 2013 and 2014.
“Emma is a talented rugby player who brings leadership, character and athleticism to the program,” said Panthers coach Shannon Atkins. “Adding Emma to a young team will give us more depth as we develop the program to compete in the tough AUS conference.”
Baker is also a tier one volleyball player at the club level, and attended four national and eastern championships winning four provincial medals.