Five Life Chiropractic College West student-athletes have traveled to an exclusive Team USA women’s rugby camp in Colorado. The quintet of Gladiatrix was among just 51 players from around the country that were invited to the camp.
“It’s been a grueling physical and mental marathon so far,” Life West’s Nicole Strasko (pictured at right) said when reached during the camp. “We’ve pretty much had two field sessions, a weight room session and meetings almost every day.”
In addition to Strasko, fellow student-athletes Katie Benson, Bitsy Cairns, Amy Naber-Bonte, and Kelsi Stockert also made the trip. Strasko, Benson, and Naber-Bonte were selected to play Team USA’s first-ever game against the Barbarians, a select group from the United Kingdom that doubles as one of the most talented squads in the world. Founded in 1890, the Barbarians men’s and women’s teams have combined to defeat 21 other national sides.
The camp provides an intense team-building environment for the group, one that could prove beneficial given that squad’s ultimate goal.
“We have been trying to implement our team aims and our different strategic objectives,” Strasko said. “However, we’ve also keeping it as simple as possible so as to set ourselves up for success and create a solid foundation for the rest of the time leading up to World Cup 2021 in New Zealand.”
Friday’s game against the Barbarians will begin at 5 p.m. Mountain time. Click here to access live video of the contest.