The Owen Sound Rugby Club executive is a passionate group of community members including parents, teachers, health care providers, former rugby players and avid rugby fans who want to see youth rugby as a vibrant part of our community.
Darcy was introduced to rugby while doing a practicum course as part of his training at McMaster University. While doing his teacher training in the UK, rugby was part of the curriculum. Darcy came to Owen Sound and his first teaching job at St. Mary's in 2000. He has coached soccer, basketball, volleyball and rugby. In 2003, he started the girls' rugby team at St. Mary's and continues to coach. His team attracts a lot of girls, who may not have been included in other sports. He thinks it's great when he sees their self-confidence and self-worth increase!
Erika is a Vice Principal at Notre Dame Catholic School. To stay active she enjoys running, volleyball, and softball. She has been involved in coaching/organizing minor soccer, baseball, gymnastics, and skating. As a high school student, Erika was a member of the girls rugby team at Sacred Heart High School in Walkerton!
VP Senior Program
Member at large
Vice President of Minor Rugby
Sam started playing rugby in 2004 at St. Mary’s, coached by our very own Darcy Werger. She fell in love with the sport and was determined to continue playing at a higher level. After high school she went on to play at Wilfrid Laurier University, receiving both Rookie of the Year in her first year, and MVP in her last. Throughout her summers during university she played for the Waterloo County women’s teams, competing in the Ontario Women’s League. She also got the opportunity to play for u23 Team Ontario in 2010 and 2011. In 2013, she attended the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and had the opportunity to suit up for a season with the UC Vipers. Once back in Canada she came full circle and started coaching St. Mary’s girls rugby with Darcy in 2014 and hasn’t left. Sam says "Rugby has provided me with many opportunities; friends that became family, personal growth, and life long passion for sports and teamwork.
Passing on those experiences to younger players is why I coach, it is why I think rugby is one of the best sports to play."