Nicholas Aiming For The Olympic Games

Breanne Nicholas rugby

Breanne Nicholas carries the ball for Team Canada

At the end of this season, Blenheim’s Breanne Nicholas and her Canadian Rugby 7s Team could be bound for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games if everything goes as planned.

Nicholas and Team Canada are currently embroiled in the HSBC Women’s World Rugby Sevens Series, a six event series featuring twelve countries, with an automatic spot in the 2020 Olympics on the line for the top four teams.

“We are continually working on bettering ourselves as individuals and as a whole,” said Nicholas of the importance of this season for the Canadian women’s rugby 7s program.

“The top four teams at the end of this season’s six tournament World Series automatically qualify for the Olympics,” Nicholas explained. “To qualify for the Olympics as a top team is one of our goals. We have put a lot of work, effort, and passion into what we do in order to be a top team in the World, so to qualify for the Olympics would mean so much. Qualifying for the Olympics will not only impact each of our lives, but also make an impact on our program for the future and rugby in Canada in general.”

The Blenheim product, and Kent Havoc and Western Mustangs alumni isn’t new to Team Canada. Nicholas has been competing as part of Canada for years, including at the Rugby World Cup this past spring.

The experience of competing for Team Canada is incomparable according to Nicholas.

“Playing for Canada 7s has been an experience like no other. This is my fourth season with our team, and each year the competition gets better, the friendships get stronger, and the game grows more popular,” says Nicholas. “It is definitely very humbling traveling the World training and playing rugby on a world class team.”

With Canada finishing no lower than fourth since 2012 at the Women’s World Rugby Sevens Series, it would make sense that Canada would earn one of the automatic Olympic entries. However, with three stops remaining after this week’s competition in Sydney, Australia, Nicholas is looking to achieve her goals one step at a time.

“Being a positive impact for our team this season and seasons to come, expanding and improving my knowledge and skills of rugby, and helping our team qualify for the Olympics are some of my goals for the immediate future,” she said.

With goals like that, the Olympic Games may quickly become a reality for Blenheim’s Breanne Nicholas.

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