Article by Nida Butt - November 12, 2017
Seventeen year old Tiarra Reimer plays lock (15s) for the PHS girls’ rugby team. This season, I had the opportunity to talk to Tiarra about her experiences.
Nida: What made you want to play rugby?
Tiarra: I initially wanted to play rugby when I came to PHS in grade 7 for girl’s day.
Nida: What teams have you played for outside of school?
Tiarra: I’ve played for the Ontario Jr. Blues , Toronto Elite Reds and Ajax Wanderers.
Nida: What is your favourite position and why?
Tiarra: See, so the problem is I equally love playing lock and flank, lock because I love using my leg strength in a scrum. I love playing flank because breaking off and hitting the first person who gets the ball is my passion!
Nida: What is your favourite thing about playing on a team?
Tiarra: My favourite thing about playing on a team is the sisterhood/family you build with your teammates/coaches.
Nida: How long have you been playing rugby?
Tiarra: I’ve been playing rugby for 3 years, although it would’ve been 4 if the grade 9 strike never happened.
Nida: Do you want to pursue rugby after high school?
Tiarra: I’m not seeking a professional career in rugby but after high school I plan to get my referee and coaching certification, then I want to play in college.
Nida: How do you manage playing rugby and your schoolwork?
Tiarra: Thankfully, I have sick friends, coaches and teachers that keep me on the right track.
Nida: What is your favourite memory in rugby?
Tiarra: Favourite rugby memory ever is when I went to Calgary with Team O. When I say I love the girls on that team I really mean it!
Nida: What has rugby taught you?
Tiarra: Overall, rugby has taught me self-control, physical health and perseverance all while preparing me with the ability to balance responsibility.
Nida: What are the benefits of playing rugby?
Tiarra: Rugby benefits players in the way that it teaches sportsmanship, teamwork, healthy living ... and compassion for the girls you just destroyed.