Club Executive 2018

President-
Rory McKeown

Rory McKeown has been Club President since 2011 and part of the executive committee since 2009. He was born and raised in Lethbridge, first picking up the game at Catholic Central High School in 1998/99 under the coaching expertise of Jerry Hill, Mark Mundell, Ike Edwards, and Scott Chadsey. After completing high school, Rory played for the Lethbridge Rugby Club U-18 team in the summer of 99, going on to the CRU Finals. Rory followed this up by playing for the Devils Rugby program of Lethbridge Community College. Rory subsequently took a short break from rugby before returning to the Lethbridge Rugby Club in 2004 to play for the newly promoted Men’s Division I team and compete in the Alberta Cup (building on the success of 2003, where the Division II team took gold at provincials. 

Overall, Rory has enjoyed 15 seasons of rugby (including a winter played in England) and is looking forward to the years to come and the transition from active player to “deck crew” – cheering on future players with a cold beer in hand and continuing to help build rugby in Southern Alberta.

Email: president@bridgerugby.ca

Vice President Facilities-
Tyrell Graham

Tyrell began playing rugby in Grade 9 at Medicine Hat High School, winning a provincial championship with that team in 2011. Following high school, he played briefly for the rebuilding Medicine Hat Ogres before moving to Lethbridge and joining both the Lethbridge Rugby Club and the University of Lethbridge Trolls, the latter of which he is currently the president of. Tyrell is in his third year playing for the club and his second year as the VP of Facilities.

Email: vpfacilities@bridgerugby.ca

 

Treasurer-
Shawna Koots

Shawna is in her second year with the rugby club and her first year as the club treasurer. She keeps the lights on. She also didn’t provide the webmaster with a blurb about herself. So here she is.

Email: treasurer@bridgerugby.ca

Secretary-
Jennifer Izyk

Jen was first introduced to the sport of rugby while in high school, and initially wasn’t a fan. In grade 12, however, she decided to give the sport another shot after seeing her brothers play and enjoy the game. Jen followed this high school experience by joining the University of Lethbridge Trolls while taking her nursing degree, and upon settling in Lethbridge after her graduation became part of the Lethbridge Rugby Club. She has now been playing for 7 consecutive seasons with the club and has held the position of secretary for the last four. She loves the thrill of the game and the sense of belonging that comes with being part of a rugby family and has no intentions of hanging up the boots anytime soon.

Email: secretary@bridgerugby.ca

Vice President Men’s Rugby-
Alan Nielsen

Alan is in his second year with the club, and his first year as the VP of Men’s Rugby. Alan grew up in Calgary and picked up rugby at Strathcona Tweedsmuir School. After high school, he played one season with the Calgary Rams and part of a season with the Dinos. Then came a long hiatus while Alan pursued his studies – obtaining a BSc and a Master’s at the University of Lethbridge before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland for his PhD. While in Scotland, Alan decided to escape partially from brainy things and began playing for the third XV of Heriot’s Rugby Club – one of the oldest teams in Scotland – and fell in love with the game all over again. After returning from Scotland, Alan got involved with the Lethbridge Rugby Club and has found rugby a great diversion from his job as a researcher, and a great way to build friendships.

Email: vpmens@bridgerugby.ca

Vice President Women’s Rugby-
Kirsten Burdett

Kirsten started playing rugby at the age of 12 and had a successful juniors career, winning three provincial titles with F.P. Walshe High School and being selected to represent Alberta twice, taking home a bronze medal from the nationals in 2007. These early experiences gave Kirsten a tremendous love for the sport which she has carried on into her senior rugby career. She is in her sixth year playing for the Lethbridge Rugby Club and her second year as the VP of Women’s Rugby. Kirsten put her name forward for the position of VP to help build the rugby community and hopes to maintain her involvement with rugby in southern Alberta indefinitely.

Email: vpwomens@bridgerugby.ca

Vice President Junior Rugby-
Brandon Lee Gerhardt

Brandon, father of three, has been involved with coaching juniors for several years, leading youth teams from the ages of 6 to 19. he has coached in both central Alberta and on the west coast, and is committed to expanding the Juniors and Minis programs at the Lethbridge Rugby Club. Brandon’s own playing experience started in middle school and progressed through to the premier level in British Columbia. Brandon is in his second year of playing with the Lethbridge Rugby Club, and his first year on the Executive.

Email: vpjuniors@bridgerugby.ca