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The first West Point Girls Rugby camp proved a success with 27-campers coming for the July 5 to 8, three-day experience. The girls came from as far away as Utah, Wisconsin, and Florida to the north of New York City, Hudson River site.
Some had never played rugby before so the staff had to adjust to different skill levels.
The visitors were housed in cadet barracks and ate at the mess hall. They also toured the historic complex, and fired rifles on the range.
But rugby was the main reason for their stay. Drills and valuable instructions occurred each day under the vigilant eyes of the three coaches, Bill LeClerc, Steve Lewis, and Lara Vivolo.
Vivolo, a former Woman’s Eagle out of SUNY Cortland and the New York RFC, said, "We were delighted with the enthusiasm and interest, especially, from the newcomers. Additionally, a few of the experienced juniors were so impressed with the facilities, they are going to apply for appointments in their senior year."
Next year, the camp hopes to attract more girls to the program.