Summerside’s Lauren Sheidow will be joining the UPEI Panthers women’s rugby team in September.
“I have a genuine love for the sport of rugby, including the physicality, the competiveness, the strategy involved, the necessary team work required and the long-lasting friendships that are formed as a result of being involved in the sport,” she said.
The seventeen-year-old daughter of Jeff and Marcia recently graduated from Three Oaks Senior High School and was awarded the Heather Moyse award for outstanding achievement in athletics and community involvement, sponsored by the City of Summerside.
“I am thrilled to be attending UPEI this fall,” Sheidow said.
She has enrolled in the faculty of science with interest in studying kinesiology.
Sheidow was a member of the Three Oaks rugby program for three years, was selected a league All-Star this spring and helped the Axewomen win the provincial high school championship. Sheidow was named co-MVP for TOSH. In 2013-14, Sheidow was a member of the provincial under-18 rugby team.
“Lauren is a powerful player that will add strength to the scrum,” said coach Shannon Atkins. “It is really important for UPEI to have the top Island players, like Lauren, playing for us to maintain the competition level necessary for success.”
UPEI athletics and recreation director Bill Schurman added: “I have seen Lauren compete for the green and gold, it will be a pleasure to see her in the green and white.”