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Michaela Gleason

Age: 18

Hails From: Appleton, Wisconsin

Job that Pays the Bills: Student

Rugby Life:

  • First member of the Appleton area Dragons Youth Flag Rugby (2014)

  • Began refereeing flag rugby while playing at age 11

  • Played scrum half for her middle school girls' tackle rugby team at age 12

  • Played with The Mad-Town Furies (2019)

  • Captain, 15’s and 7’s with The Panther Rugby Club (also known as the Stevens Point Area High School team or S.P.A.S.H) (2020-2023)

  • Played for Badger Selects Rugby Academy (2021, 2022)

  • Played for Wisconsin Girls All-star team (2021, 2022)

  • Multiple Player of the Match awards

  • Level 1 certified referee

  • Nominated for the 2023 Wisconsin Rugby Summit, Referee of the Year

Leading Like a Boss:

  • Began wrestling at age 5 with Terror Wrestling. Wrestled until age 12, finishing 12th in the state

  • Member of 4-H (Awarded Best Goose and Reserve Grand Champion!)

  • Chapter President FFA her senior year of high school

  • Awarded the FFA, Academic Achievement Award, Green Hand degree, Discovery Degree, and Chapter Degree, along with a Four-Year Senior Award

Why We Love Michaela:

She started refereeing flag rugby at eleven years old and refereeing adult tackle games at age seventeen.  She aspires to be a star referee and says ‘Someday I would love to be at center field of an MLR or PR7’s game.’

All photos provided by the award recipient

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