Barbara Mervin

CEO, Designer & International Rugby Player

My vision for APTOELLA is to build a brand that helps women and girls look and feel incredible while playing the sport that they love. I want this brand to parallel the rugby culture of inclusion, diversity, and excellence, which are of course the components woven into the very fibres of our great game.

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Whatever shape and size you are, you are amazing! APTOELLA’s team goal is to empower and enhances young women to love their bodies for what they can do, love themselves for the person and teammate they are and believe in their ability to reach their true potential. “

Look Great, Feel Great, Play Great.

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Deirdre Ward

Web Designer, Fashion Designer & Graphics Designer

Having worked in the clothing industry for over a decade I can honestly say that I have never come across a company as sincere, driven and passionate as APTOELLA. Having an opportunity to work with strong, professional, like-minded women who in turn strive to impart their experience and expertise on the next generation of women, athletes and professionals is a pleasure.

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It’s been a couple of decades since I myself played rugby and even then, it was only for a high school team. I do remember however, the oversized, heavy, long-sleeved jerseys and thick denim-like cotton shorts with the giant drawstring…clearly women were NOT taken into consideration in these days. My vast experience working in the sports apparel, clothing industry sadly shows this trend still continues today. It is refreshing and inspiring to now work with a company who is 100% fit and comfort focused and caters specifically to the female athletic body. APTOELLA is a visionary!

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Kayla Mack

Social Media Director & International 15s and 7s Player

To be a part of a company that I believe in so whole-heartedly is an opportunity that I cherish. There is so much growth happening in the women’s game right now and APTOELLA is a front runner in empowering women and meeting the needs of these up-and-comers and well as women already established in the game.

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Being able to share productions, messages, images, and information from APTOELLA to this growing community of grassroots athletes up to elite women is very exciting. I purchased my first pair of AttackHERS after playing one year of international rugby and I haven’t played a game without them since! APTOELLA is the perfect brand for all women who want proper protection and fit while still having the freedom to express themselves and look great. I love that I believe in and am able to give first hand knowledge of the products we design and manufacture! APTOELLA is a company dedicated to women’s performance, comfort, fit and style and I am confidant that all women who try our existing products or work with Barbara to design something specific to them will be greatly satisfied!”

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Krystal Calver

Photographer

Being part of the APTOELLA team is so exciting and rewarding. As the photographer for APTOELLA I have the opportunity to work with amazing female athletes and role models. Everyone on the APTOELLA team is truly passionate about getting more women involved in sport and using sport to develop more self-confidence.

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My role is to create imagery that honestly represents the clothing and the brand. We celebrate all types of women and girls by showcasing our products on a variety of athletes – from newbies to pros – and hope to empower women to be their best selves!

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Lydia Toorenburgh

Operations Management & Seamstress

As a young university student, I feel absolutely privileged to be able to do work that I love for a company that I am so passionate about; Most people my age don’t get this kind of an opportunity. I love working for APTOELLA because I know that I am helping to make high quality products for women just like me who, before APTOELLA, felt frustrated and uncomfortable in ill fitting rugby wear.

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Rugby is not just a sport, it’s a community. I am so grateful to be able to give back  through coaching, managing, and working for APTOELLA; I feel that by helping to support and empower my fellow female athletes, I can say “thank you” to my rugby family around the world. To me, our company is much more than just a sports apparel line, it’s a dream, a vision, and a collaborative community of mutual growth and inspiration. Thank you for helping us build towards our dream, a dream inspired by you.”

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Jane Kirby

Eastern Canada Community and Sales Representative, International Rugby Player

When I was first invited to be a part of the APTOELLA company, it wasn’t like any other offer I’d ever received. I was asked if I wanted to be a part of the APTOELLA family. In my years involved with rugby, from my local club to the national team, there has been the continued theme of family.

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I couldn’t wait to get started with such an incredible group of talented women sharing such a focused goal. Having the privilege to work with these individuals who so truly believe in what they do and what they create, is an honour. The sports community is such an important element in my life and having the chance to bring a new aspect to it excites me. With APTOELLA focusing on empowering women and encouraging the involvement of all athletes in sport, I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity. Before my first major selections camp in 2013, I ordered a pair of AttackHERS. Having a brand new pair of shoulder pads gave me this invincible confidence in the front row. I was so excited at the ability to have them custom fit in my favourite colours. I have played every international and domestic game in them since that day I received them. APTOELLA is a company I can truly say I am excited to work for, building a top quality brand and continuing the empowerment of women.

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Latoya Blackwood

Office Management

Being part of the APTOELLA team is a natural fit for me and my lifestyle as a National team rugby player. I love the culture and that we are inspiring young girls and women to get out, be active, and dream big.

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My role is to create imagery that honestly represents the clothing and the brand. We celebrate all types of women and girls by showcasing our products on a variety of athletes – from newbies to pros – and hope to empower women to be their best selves!

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Melissa Burton

Seamstress

As a mother of two APTOELLA is a great place to work as it has flexible hours that work with my busy schedule. I love being a part of this fun environment while creating fabulous products for all body shapes.

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Rugby is not just a sport, it’s a community. I am so grateful to be able to give back  through coaching, managing, and working for APTOELLA; I feel that by helping to support and empower my fellow female athletes, I can say “thank you” to my rugby family around the world. To me, our company is much more than just a sports apparel line, it’s a dream, a vision, and a collaborative community of mutual growth and inspiration. Thank you for helping us build towards our dream, a dream inspired by you.”

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Denise Rees

Style and Merchandizing Consultant

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I couldn’t wait to get started with such an incredible group of talented women sharing such a focused goal. Having the privilege to work with these individuals who so truly believe in what they do and what they create, is an honour. The sports community is such an important element in my life and having the chance to bring a new aspect to it excites me. With APTOELLA focusing on empowering women and encouraging the involvement of all athletes in sport, I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity. Before my first major selections camp in 2013, I ordered a pair of AttackHERS. Having a brand new pair of shoulder pads gave me this invincible confidence in the front row. I was so excited at the ability to have them custom fit in my favourite colours. I have played every international and domestic game in them since that day I received them. APTOELLA is a company I can truly say I am excited to work for, building a top quality brand and continuing the empowerment of women.

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Meaghan Howat

CFO & former International Rugby Player

Being part of the APTOELLA team is an amazing privilege. We are part of an enthusiastic market sector for female athletes playing for fun or competing for the Olympic dream. APTOELLA supports female athletes and empowers them to look and feel confident in training and competition knowing that they can perform at their best.

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Watching Merv take this company to where it is today is truly inspiring.  We here at APTOELLA believe that what you think about you can bring about and our company is a true testament to that. What started as an idea to create proper fitting Rugby protective wear and on-field female-tailored shorts has grown into a multi-product line reaching multiple sports and age-ranges.  As orders continue to flow in from around the world we are excited about the growth of APTOELLA and the impact it will continue to have on all the athletes that become part of the APTOELLA team as well as those that are inspired by our APTOELLA Ambassadors.

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