We are happy to present the APTOELLA Angels

The APTOELLA ANGELS are so much more than a World-class rugby touring side; they are exceptional role models for future generations. These women are actively involved in their communities, creating positive change and more opportunities for young girls to succeed. Whether they are up and comers, current international, or recently retired; giving back to the game they love is much more than just a passion, it’s their life style.

Andrea Burk

Senior International player: 2009-present

Giving Back to Rugby:
-BC Rugby Union Board Director
-Guest Coach: Capilano RFC, UBC, Acadia University
-BC Rugby Development Camp Coach
Position in 15s: Center
Position in 7s: Forward
Words to live by: “Whether you think you can, or you can’t, you are right” - Henry Ford

Susy Bienstock

Senior International player 2004-2008, lifetime club player 1993-present.

Giving Back to Rugby:
- Gave birth to 3 future rugby stars
- Coached Royal West Academy High School, Dawson College and Junior Quebec women
- Established Montreal Winter Touch League
- Established Montreal West Mini Rugby Program
Position in 15s: Fly Half
Position in 7s: 5
Words to live by: “Fake it ‘til you make it.”

Maria Gallo

Senior International player 1999-2010 Four World Cups

Giving back to rugby:
- Head Coach of the University of British Columbia Women's Rugby Program
- Head Coach of the U16 BC Women's team
- Advisor of Graduate High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership Program at UBC
Positions in 15s: Centers / Wing
Positions in 7s: Hooker / 6
Words to live by: “Bring on the trash talk. I might be small but I’m freaking crazy!”

Jess Gaudry-Dovanne

Senior International player 2008, 2011-2014

Giving Back to Rugby:
- Head Coach at Castaway Wanderers Rugby Club
- Assistant Coach of the U16 BC Women’s team
- APTOELLA Kids Camp coach
Position in 15s: Winger
Position in 7s: Forward
Words to live by: “Always trust people who like big butts, they cannot lie.” - Sir Mix-A-Lot

Meaghan Howat

Senior International player 2007

Giving Back to Rugby:
- Manager of Women’s National Team Program
- CIS Rugby Sub-Committee member
Position in 15s: Fly Half
Position in 7s: Forward
Words to live by: “You can never have too much happy.”

Selina McGinnis

Senior Provincial player 2013-present

Giving Back to Rugby:
- Head Coach of Westshore RFC/Velox Junior Girls 2013-present
- U16 Women’s Crimson Tide Assistant Coach
- BC Summer Games Vancouver Island Crimson Tide coach
Positions in 15s: Wing / Fullback
Positions in 7s: 6 / 7
Words to live by: “Vitanda est improba siren inertia.” (Avoid the temptation to be unchanging)

Barbara Mervin

Senior International player 2005-present

Giving Back to Rugby:
- Assistant Forwards Coach at the University of Victoria
- Assistant Coach at Shawnigan Lake Summer Camp
- NORTH STAR Camp and Tournament Coach
- Referee
Positions in 15s: Flanker / 8 man
Position in 7s: Forward
Words to live by: ``Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.`` - George Carlin

Amanda Thornborough

Senior International player 2012-present

Giving back to Rugby:
- Assistant Coach at the Esquimalt Rugby Academy
- Strength and Conditioning Coach for U16 Women’s Crimson Tide
Position in 15s: Centre
Positions in 7s: Forward / 6
Words to live by: “Don’t tell people your dreams. Show them.”

Brittany Waters

Senior International 7s player 2007-2014, international 15s player 2008-present.

Giving Back to Rugby:
- Head Coach of the University of Victoria Women's Rugby Program.
- Right to Play Speaker Series Athlete Ambassador.
- Referee.
Positions in 15s: Wing / Fullback
Positions in 7s: Hooker / 6
Words to live by: ``Keep it Weird.``

Emily Young

Senior Provincial player 2010-present

Giving back to rugby:
- Referee
-Guest Coach Kamloops High School and PRC
-Assist at Coach Development Clinics
Positions in 15’s: Fly Half / Fullback.
Positions in 7’s: 5 / 7.
Words to live by: “Prove them wrong.”

Julianne Zussman

Senior International player 2007-present

Giving Back to Rugby:
- Assistant Coach at the University of Victoria
- Referee
Positions in 15s: Fullback / Fly Half
Position in 7s: Back
Words to live by: ``A pass is a gift. Who wants a gift in the face?``

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