Mayor Barbara Halliday and local dignitaries honored the Life West women’s rugby team with a Certificate of Commendation on Tuesday at the Hayward City Hall.
The Gladiatrix were recognized by the City of Hayward for their recent successes in women’s rugby. The Gladiatrix posted back-to-back undefeated seasons that resulted in a Division II National Championship title in 2016 and a Division I National Championship title in 2017. The Gladiatrix are on track for an unprecedented third title this season.
Mayor Halliday referenced the current NBA champions, Golden State Warriors, and NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Champions, Villanova Wildcats, as a comparison to the Life West Gladiatrix dominance in women’s rugby.
We commend the Life West Gladiatrix for their athleticism, determination, sportsmanship, team spirit, and all around excellence in the sport of rugby.”
Mayor Barbara Halliday
A standing ovation ensued after the Mayor Halliday’s commendation of the team.
Gladiatrix captain, Jenn Sever, summarized the team’s gratitude to the City Council. “Having the support of our community means the world to us. The Hayward community is where we are rooted and we’re just excited that we have you guys in our corner supporting us as we pursue our third undefeated national title,” Sever said. “We’re excited that we can use rugby as a vehicle to connect and educate this community with chiropractic.”
The Gladiatrix presented Mayor Halliday with a Life West Rugby polo.
Life West President, Dr. Ron Oberstein, accompanied the Gladiatrix on their trip to City Hall. Head Coach, Adriaan Ferris, was not in attendance, but acknowledged the honor that was bestowed to his team.
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