Chloe Headland, a Grade 12 top academic student at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) has been accepted to play on the Harvard University women’s rugby team in September 2021.
Chloe moved to Canada from the United Kingdom in 2016 and started her high school career at SFDCI. She joined the school’s rugby team and under the guidance of coach Jacob Swarbrick, has developed into a skilled fly half. In her first year, the team took home an OFSAA bronze medal and during her Grade 10 year, the team won gold at a New Brunswick tournament.
In 2018, Chloe was invited to attend the Harvard University rugby camp, where she impressed the Harvard coaching staff with her rugby skills. It was because of this camp that she was offered the opportunity.
Chloe explains that the application process was long, and she needed to pass the SAT entrance exam. With Harvard receiving over 60,000 applicants this year and accepting approximately 12,000, Chloe was thrilled when she received recent confirmation that her hard work had paid off. Chloe plans to study finance and mathematics, with a career goal to become an actuary.
“It is very impressive that Chloe was accepted, given the number of applications,” says coach Swarbrick. “Her determination both academically and on the field has paid off and we can’t wait to hear what she will accomplish next year.”
Although school rugby has been put on pause due to the current public health restrictions, Chloe continues to train at least 4 times a week on her own time to be in top physical shape for the start of her post-secondary rugby career.
In September, the Harvard rugby team will have three SFDCI alumni, including Kim Hartung and Heidi Lucas who are currently in their second year.