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Brittany Orr chosen to play for Canada

Brittany Orr has been selected to play for the Canada Senior Sevens rugby team in a tournament in Amsterdam.

Brittany Orr is going to Amsterdam for a rugby style 100-metre dash.
That’s how Orr describes her selection to the Canada Senior Sevens rugby team.
“I like to compare it to a track event,” said Orr, who has played 15s for four years with the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.
“Fifteens rugby is like a 3,000-metre race where there’s a lot of time to let the race or game develop. Then sevens is like a 100-metre dash. There’s not a whole lot of room for error, and it’s a much faster paced game.”
Orr and the Senior Sevens head to Amsterdam May 21-22 for the 40th annual Amsterdam Sevens. Sixty men’s and 16 women’s sevens teams will compete in the third largest sevens conference in the world.
Orr’s invitation to the Senior Sevens took her to the Las Vegas Sevens in February, where the Canadian team beat the Netherlands to take the title.
Canada Senior Sevens coach John Tait was impressed with Orr in Vegas on the Maple Leaf (Canada B) squad. He’s quoted as saying of her performance there that, “For such a young athlete (Orr just turned 22 this month) she was very composed, and plays with vision and skill beyond her years.”
The Canada Senior Sevens also won the championship in Hong Kong in March, but Orr was not with them at that time.
“I was a non-travelling reserve,” Orr said.
But she is definitely going to Amsterdam.
“I’m excited to have the chance to represent my country,” said Orr, who plays fullback and fly half.
Orr explained being selected to Canada’s top women’s rugby squad is not necessarily a permanent position.
“Selections in Canada are based on tour to tour,” Orr explained. “Just because you get selected to one doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed a spot on the next one.”
Which means that after Amsterdam Orr will continue playing with the Lethbridge Rugby Club as well as the Senior Women’s Alberta team, which the Canada squad uses for selections.
“And then I’ll just play the best that I can and continue to train hard,” Orr said. “I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me to keep getting better and better.”
Orr hasn’t quite decided what route she will take next year. She’s just completed her nursing degree from the U of L, but is considering the possibility of taking a couple more courses and playing with the Pronghorns again.
“I am actually a nurse now,” Orr smiled. “Crazy to think that those four years have zipped right by. So I can begin working right now as a nurse, and then in June I write my big Canadian Nursing exam.”
“But as for the Pronghorns next year, I do have one more year of eligibility left, but I’m still undecided as to what I’m going to do. They are both amazing programs. I guess how the Canada team differs is in the amount of experience, and playing with older girls who are at the top of their game. I guess this is where most players want to end up.”
Orr said that when she’s in Amsterdam she’s going to be thinking of Fort Macleod and the many people who have helped her all through her rugby career.
“I just want people to know how proud I am to be from Fort Macleod . . . and for all the support that I have received over the years. There isn’t a tour or big game that goes by that I know I would not have gotten to it without that support. And to all the kids — athlete or not — just to never settle: you’ll never know what you’re capable of until you push yourself out of your comfort zone.”