2019 Clan Player Profile - Kara Haslam
To start off our 2019 player profiles we are happy to introduce Kara Haslam. She is our Womans Club captain for the year and an integral part of our club.
What position do you play?
I usually play 8 man or 2nd Row.
What brought you to the Clan?
I migrated to the Clan in 2014 after travelling and playing with the Clanswomen at Jasper 7s. We clicked right away - on and off the pitch - and at the end of the weekend they convinced me to come play premier with the club for the season. It was a pretty great fit and I’ve been here ever since!
How long have you been playing rugby?
This is my 16th year playing rugby. I started playing in high school in grade 9 and have been playing ever since.
What is your favorite moment in your career?
There are far too many to pick just one - from City and Provincial Championships, to International Tours, to the good ol days of high school and UNB, right up to joining the Clan - rugby has been a huge part of my life and I wouldn’t be where I am or who I am today without it. If I had to pick out just one moment I would have to say the UNB Iron Maidens Whales Tour was one of the most epic experiences I have had to date: 30 best friends, in a foreign country, wearing the same matching tracksuit for 10 days straight, playing rugby and stinking and drinking the night away is a time you’ll never forget!
I’m originally from the East Coast and started my rugby career with my hometown high school, Kensington, and Team PEI. I then spent my university days playing at UNB RFC in Fredericton, NB and the summers with The Fredericton Loyalists and Team New Brunswick. I started my Alberta rugby career in St. Albert before joining the Clanswomen and Team Alberta.
What are you most looking forward to as a Clansman/Clanswoman this year?
The thing i’m most looking forward to as a Clanswoman this year is playing with and getting to know all the new girls we have joining the club this season. I love the atmosphere around the clubhouse when everyone is hanging out on Thursday nights and after games in the summer. And of course defending our City Championship from last season - I already have my heart set on winning another one!
What do you do when you aren't playing rugby?
When i’m not playing rugby I am usually planning something or busy with school activities and events. I spend a lot of my time coaching (rugby and other sports) at my High School. I also play hockey, soccer, and basketball, ski as much as possible, and enjoy hiking; camping; visiting my family on the east coast; trips to the mountains and travelling whenever I can.
Do you have any special talents or a surprising thing someone might not know about you?
A lot of people are surprised to learn that I am a High School teacher. I am also bilingual, which most people don’t know. Really fun fact: I used to be in a Saturday morning bowling league when I was a kid (pre rugby career) and have won more trophies for bowling in my lifetime than I have for rugby!