Kally King of NorKam secondary has qualified to compete at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in October.
The speedy 17-year-old winger helped Canada to a 33-5 victory over the U.S. in the under-18 girls’ gold-medal game at the Rugby Americas North Sevens Championship in Las Vegas on Saturday.
“I like to run,” said King, who scored two tries in the final. “My grandpa is also smaller and fast. Rugby is genetic in my family.”
The Las Vegas tournament was a qualifier for the YOG.
Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Barbados played each other in round-robin action.
The Canadians posted a 3-0 record, knocking off Barbados 57-0, Mexico 67-0 and the Americans 14-5. Canada thumped Barbados 51-0 in semifinal play to advance to the title tilt vs. the U.S.
King put an exclamation point on her tournament by scoring the game’s final try in the championship showdown.
“The buzzer went and it was the last play of the game,” King said. “Getting a try in a normal game is great, but getting it in a final is like, wow, and the crowd is cheering. It’s real. You’re playing for Canada.”
Rugby made its debut at the 2014 YOG in Nanjing, China, where Canada won silver in the girls’ division.
King, who has spent time training with the Kamloops Rugby Club, committed to the UBC Thunderbirds and will begin her university career this fall.
Kamloops product Brooke Bazian is also on the T-Birds’ roster.
King will join Team B.C. this week at the rugby sevens nationals in Burnaby.