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Shahzoda Nasimjonova

Age: 20

Hails From: Buffalo, New York

Job that Pays the Bills: Student

Rugby Life:

  • Began playing rugby in 8th grade

  • Captain, City Honors High School Women’s Rugby Team (2020-2021)

  • Undefeated New York State Champions (2021)

  • Member, All State Team (2019 and 2021)

  • Member, Western New York Lighting All Stars (2019)

  • Member, Allegheny Rugby Union U18 Select Side (2019)

  • Member, Queen City 7s (2021-present)

  • EGU Champions (2021, 2022)

  • Member, University of Rochester

  • Team captain (2023-present)

  • Member, UNYCRC All Star 7s Team (2023)

Leading Like a Boss:

  • Coach, University of Rochester Men’s Rugby Team (2023-present)

  • Volunteers at numerous youth rugby clinics 

  • Captain of her high school debate team for 2 years 

Why We Love Shahzoda:

Shahzoda is currently a full-time student who works two jobs on campus and serves as scrum half and captain of the University of Rochester women’s team and coach of the University of Rochester men's team. She not only coaches the men’s team but revived the men’s team after they folded.

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