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UPEI women's rugby team adds British Columbia player

Katlyn Berkelaar, who won a silver medal this year at the B.C. Provincial Regional Championships, has committed to the UPEI Panthers women’s rugby team for the 2018-19 season.
Katlyn Berkelaar, who won a silver medal this year at the B.C. Provincial Regional Championships, has committed to the UPEI Panthers women’s rugby team for the 2018-19 season. - Contributed

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — John LaBoyne, coach of the UPEI’s women’s rugby team, has announced Katlyn Berkelaar has committed to the Panthers for the 2018–19 season.

Berkelaar is a lock player from Williams Lake, B.C., where she played for the Lake City Secondary School Falcons in both 7s and 15s rugby.

Berkelaar won a silver medal this year at the B.C. Provincial Regional Championships, playing for the Thompson Okanagan Rugby Alliance.

“Katlyn has a solid background foundation and is spending the summer developing her strength and fitness in preparation for her debut with the Panthers,” said LaBoyne.

“I’m really looking forward to attending UPEI and playing rugby for the Panthers,” said Berkelaar. “It will be a change for me, coming from a small town in British Columbia. This is a big step towards achieving more goals and making new friends.”

Berkelaar has been admitted to the faculty of arts.

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