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Kirby Gordon

Age: 30

Hails From: Reading, PA

Job that Pays the Bills: Public Defender

Rugby Life:

  • Player, Philadelphia Rugby Club (March 2023-present)

  • Player, Reading Tulips (2021-2023)

  • Player, Lehigh Valley (2021-2022)

  • Player, Blackyardigans Rugby Club (March 2022- present)

  • Recruitment Chair (January, 2023-present)

  • Player, Phoenixville White Horse (2018-2020)

  • Recruitment Chair (2019-2020)

  • Referee, Eastern Penn Rugby Referee Society (February 2019-present)

  • Referee, RugbyPA Professional Match Official (February 2023-present)

Leading Like a Boss:

  • President of Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union

  • Division 3 Women's Competition Coordinator for the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union

  • Serves on the Board of Directors for the EPRU

  • Disciplinary Chair, EPRU Executive Committee (2022-2023)

  • Played a crucial role in the creation and ongoing management of the Lentz Cup, a spring tournament for non-playoff teams named in honor of recently deceased former EPRU President, Frank Lentz

  • Servs as a key figure in the development of the Club All-Star Program

  • Created EPRU Red and White Day, which is an intra-union All-Star day featuring men's and women's matches

  • Created and manages the EPRU 7s series

  • Manages and supports the Dana Bateman Memorial Program, which serves to fund the ongoing education, training, and development of our membership

  • Part of the Dungeons and Dragons Club loosely affiliated with Reading Women's Rugby

Why We Love Kirby:

Because she’s a B-O-S-S! Nobody has been more essential to the growth, development, and success of the EPRU than Kirby. She is actively involved on a day-to-day basis with Men's Division 1-4 and Women's Division 1-3. She handles the day-to-day work of EPRU Women's D3 while building the All-Star pipeline. Despite existing since the 1970s, the EPRU has had only 2 women serve as Union President. This year, Kirby has become the first Black President in EPRU history and just the 3rd female President.

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