1975 Sexist OSU Newsletter
The Old Man, the newsletter of the Ohio State University Men’s Rugby club announced the formation of the Ohio State women’s team. Note the graphic illustration of a female player.
1977 The Pitch
The Tube and the Pitch, two different Ohio State Women’s team newsletters from 1977 show the grassroots organizing, bawdy nature of women’s rugby at the time.
Hails From: Niagara Falls, Canada; currently lives in San Francisco, California
Job That Pays the Bills: Operations Lead for a technology start-up
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