San Diego Girls Rugby will be expanding their offering in the 2017 season to include both a southern (San Diego based) and northern (Del Mar based) league. The northern league which kicked off in the fall of 2016 in the Encinitas and Del Mar area started with 35 little girls giving rugby a try for the first time. Looking into 2017 the league looks to break new ground in Southern California in an effort to grow the game and provide more opportunity to young girls in San Diego County.
San Diego Girls Rugby is excited to announce the hire of USA Rugby Olympian, Alev Kelter who will lead the southern league activation efforts. Alev Kelter found rugby in 2014, two short years before being chosen as one of the original 12 female rugby athletes to represent Team USA for the first time on the Olympic stage in Rio De Janeiro.
Kelter brought to the table years of national and international experience and has been involved with Olympic Development Programs since she was 14. She was a dual Division I athlete in ice hockey and soccer for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Kelter was chosen again to represent Team USA alongside 27 talented athletes for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup this past summer in Ireland. She continues to train at the Elite Athlete training Center in Chula Vista, CA with the Sevens national team, as they prepare for the World Rugby Sevens Series, and the Sevens World Cup taking place next summer in San Francisco.
With the addition of Alev Kelter to the activation efforts, San Diego Girls Rugby is hopeful to reach more young girls who are eager to pick up the ball and run with it.
“I’m so excited to be working with IOR (Institute of Rugby) and San Diego Girls Rugby. I can’t wait to share my passion for rugby, collaborate with the local community to empower young girls, and have their enthusiasm inspire our next generation of leaders!” – Alev Kelter