Abbotsford’s Jen Ross was recognized as the 2012 Canadian female coach of the year at the inaugural Rugby Canada awards dinner earlier this month.
A former national team player, Ross has volunteered hundreds of hours to help develop girls rugby in the Fraser Valley.
At the club level, she has been instrumental in running Abbotsford’s U18 women’s program. Abby won the 2011 provincial club title and successfully defended their championship this past fall against Bayside.
At the representative rugby level, Ross helped field two teams in both the B.C. Summer Games and U18 Provincial Regional Championships in 2012. Under Ross’s guidance, both Fraser Valley women’s seven-a-side teams qualified for the B.C. Summer Games final and finished with the silver and gold medals.
Ross was equally successful with her 15-a-side program as her U18 women repeated as B2Gold Provincial Regional Championship winners in July. During the high school season, Ross coaches the Robert Bateman Timberwolves girls.