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Sapna's living a rugby dream

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Rugby standout, Sapna DeoRugby standout, Sapna Deo

SAPNA Deo is a passionate rugby player and she is living out her dream playing the game she loves.


Sapna (Hindi translation dream), has also set her sights on becoming the first Canadian Fijian female player to represent Canada in both the codes.

The 18-year old Fraser Valley East/West Provincial Rugby team standout is working hard to fulfill her dream.

Not bad for a girl who only 10 years ago (2008) met her idol and sevens exponent Waisale Serevi, in Vancouver, got an autograph and that drew the interest of playing the game.

She says she is forever grateful to him for inspiring then an 8- year old to take up the sport.

“It’s got to be Serevi”, she said.

“He's my inspiration. It's what set in motion to take up the men dominated sport.

“One needs to follow their dream and turn it into a realty. I’m working hard to achieve my dreams and I’m determined to represent Canada”.

The Yale Secondary School Grade 12, student has won numerous awards over the last few years and just recently she was named as the BC High School Girls Rugby Provincials MVP and Senior Female Athlete of the Year.

“Growing up I had always been influenced by the game, being Fijian, it seemed right to play the national sport and represent out here, in Canada”, she said.

The towering lass said her brother, Akash Deo’s guidance also makes her the player she is today.

“I had always looked up to my brother when it had come to sports, he was the motivator.

“Without his guidance, I would not be where I am today”.

She says her brother spends countless hours with her constantly introducing new moves and tactics.

“He is always pushing me to strive to do better.

“Sky is the limit”, she added.

Sapna is a versatile player, she plays scrum-half, flyhalf, wing and is a kicker on her team.



 

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