A mainstay on the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns rugby for half a decade, Genna Wright’s time with ‘Horns is coming to an end on the national stage.
The Taber, Alta. product’s last U Sports action will be at the Canadian University 7s National Championship before she graduates this spring.
“I’m very proud to be a Pronghorn and I’ve had a good five years,” Wright said.
One of the most experienced athletes on a young team, assistant coach Neil Langevin believes simply Wright’s presence is one of her greatest assets.
“She’s been there from day one, she’s identified herself just by play and her hard work in practice as one of our stalwarts and one of the girls other players really look to,” Langevin said. “She’s really grown in her leadership role and she does it quietly and she does it with a lot of grace.”
“I’ve been fortunate enough to have a lot of women come through the program that I’ve learned so much from, and for me to be a fifth year … I just feel fortunate the players I’ve had before me have taught me and prepared me for this role,” Wright said.
Wright has even shared those lessons with some of her own family.
She spent her third season playing with sister Dani, while her other sister, Darci, joined the squad this season, marking the first time Wright shared the same pitch with her siblings.
“It’s so fun seeing them everyday, practicing with them,” Wright said. “Seeing how strong they are in the workout rooms and on the field — it’s been awesome.”
The ‘Horns will travel to Concordia University in Montreal for the rugby 7s championship on Mar. 26 and 27, where Wright will soak up the chance to join her teammates one last time.
“I’m excited to see what the other teams have to offer and what we’re going to do as a team,” Wright said.