Position: Flanker & Inside Center
What does being an Ironside mean to you?
I am so proud to be an Ironside, not just because it’s fun, but because of the intersecting communities within our rugby family. Our team is SO diverse; whether it be race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, physical ability ... the list goes on. So many of my teammates have different backgrounds, and it’s wonderful to see relationships and friendships grow from a sport we all share and love. It’s a great example of how the world could/should be.
What is one thing being on the team has changed for you?
I was a completely different person before joining the Ironsides. I wasn’t "out" to most of my family. I didn’t have gay friends, and most of my straight friends were in serious relationships and moving on with their lives. While I, hoping for some direction, was in the final stages of joining the Navy. I lacked confidence, and I just didn’t have direction. When I showed up for that first practice, everything slowly began to change for me. All of a sudden I had dozens of friends, I tackled someone for the first time and survived, my confidence grew, then I took on a leadership position on the team. I came out to everyone in my family, and I also met my fiancé on the Ironsides! It’s just amazing looking back at all of it. I am so incredibly grateful for my experience. The people I met became lifelong friends, roommates, and my chosen family.
What is the coolest thing you have ever done?
When I snuck past the Swiss guard at the Vatican. Also skydiving.
What are your 5 most used emojis and do you think they accurately describe you?
What can you not go a week without?