Grace McKenzie

Age: 26


Hails From: Niagara Falls, Canada; currently lives in San Francisco, California


Job That Pays the Bills: Operations Lead for a technology start-up


Rugby Life:

  • San Francisco Women's Rugby Football Club (Player - Flanker)


Leading Like a Boss:

  • When World Rugby announced its plan to ban trans women from the sport earlier this year, Grace organized a global movement in opposition to the ban.

  • Rookie and Recruitment Coordinator for the San Francisco Women's Rugby Football Club

  • Serves on USA Transgender Policy Task Force

  • During college she was the President of Canada’s largest student union


Why We Love Grace:

  • She started a petition that has accumulated over 18,000 signatures, engaging hundreds of clubs and dozens of international athletes around the world in a movement to keep rugby open to all

  • Attended the University of British Columbia and studied Organic Chemistry and played Ultimate Frisbee

  • Enjoys riding her motorcycle along the California coastal highway and playing guitar


Learn More on The Rugby Breakdown (TRB): McKenzie Fortifies U.S. Response to World Rugby Trans Ban (2020)

All photos provided by the award recipient

Credit to Jackie Finlan