Although tragedy has plagued his life, a local rugby player forges ahead.

For Rylen Waugh, rugby has been a part of his life since he was six years old. When Waugh's family moved to Cochrane many years ago, both Rylen and his dad (Roddy) joined the Saracens Rugby Club in Calgary.

In 2010, tragedy struck the Waugh family when Roddy, along with Rylen's aunt and uncle were killed in a car accident.

Despite adversity, Waugh continues to play the game. Now playing for the Bow Valley Rugby Club, Waugh continues to pay tribute to those he lost.

"Before each game I do a memory for my uncle, aunt, and dad. I go up to the halfway line, touch it and point to the sky to let them know I am thinking about them."

Waugh is excelling in the sport; this back player has been a pivotal player for both Bow Valley High School and the Bow Valley Grizzlies. After securing a spot on Team Alberta U18 7s tournament, Waugh had Team Canada recruiters taking notice, inviting him to try out for Team Canada this week in Vancouver.  He is very excited at donning the red and white jersey for the first time and knows it would be a huge honour to play for his country.

Waugh will be competing at Nationals in March for Team Alberta, and if all goes well Waugh will be on a plane for France in April.

Next year after graduation he is looking to head to New Zealand for a training year, before going to school in Victoria and hoping to continue to play for Canada. 



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