Molly Werder, biological engineering major and 8-man for the University of Colorado women’s rugby team, just picked up the sport over a year ago and has been making an immediate impact.
Werder got her start with the game when she was thirsty to learn a new sport and wanted to be apart of the college’s athletic program. “I started playing without knowing anything about the sport as a way to learn a new game and become involved in a college athletics,” explained Werder.
While playing with Colorado, Werder has had nothing but great experiences. She loves the positive environment her coaches and teammates create everyday. “Playing with CU I have been able to develop as a rugby player in an environment where the coaches, the captains and every member wants you to succeed and grow as a player. Playing with and getting to know the ladies on the CU team on and off the field has given me a whole other family that holds a special place in my heart,” explained Werder.
With her love for the positive environment, it is no surprise that her favorite moment comes from a game where her teammates welcomed her to the team. She explained, “One of my favorite rugby moment was my very first game that I got to play in the A-side match against BYU. We had driven over 8 hours in 16 passenger vans packed to the edges to Utah to play in the downpour of rain and hail and I was having the greatest time playing the game I had just learned with 14 of my new closest friends next to me. As we were running in for halftime, one of the seniors grabbed me and said,”You’re one of us now”. Hearing that I knew I had found the sport I wanted to play for the rest of my life.
Gift-Time Rugby wishes the best to Molly and the rest of the Colorado women’s team!