Biography:

Britt Benn spent five years at the University of Guelph where she obtained five OUA gold medals, three CIS bronze, two CIS silvers and one national championship title. Benn has received countless personal awards; in 2012 alone she was named OUA All-Star, OUA MVP, CIS Player of the Year, CIS All-Canadian, BLG nominee for CIS Athlete of the Year and received the Pioneer OUA Female Athlete of the Year award. She received her first National Senior Women’s Cap in France in November 2013 and was part of the 2014 CAN-AM Series where Canada’s women defeated the United States at Shawnigan Lake School and at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC. Benn helped Canada to their best-ever second place finish at the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Paris, France in August 2014. Benn then made her debut with Canada’s Women’s Sevens team on the World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series in Atlanta in March 2015. She is most proud of the team winning the Amsterdam Sevens in the dying seconds of the final in May 2015 as Canada qualified for Rio 2016. Benn was a member of Canada’s gold medal winning team at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto where she recorded three tries in the tournament. Benn had a breakout season in 2015-16 and was named to the tournament Dream Team at the Clermont-Ferrand Sevens in May, the final stop of the season. Benn finished the 2015-16 WSWS ranked fourth on the team with nine tries.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Paul and Donna Benn… Three brothers: Michael, Jason, Evan… Getting into the Sport: Started playing rugby at age 15… Had her Olympic dream sparked by watching the Canadian women’s hockey team win gold at Salt Lake City 2002… A hockey player at the time, she started playing high school rugby a couple years later and knew she found the sport that would allow her to compete at the highest level… Outside Interests: Enjoys hiking, dog walk adventures, snowboarding, snowmobiling, camping… Graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Sociology… Odds and Ends: Always travels with her pillow, Raggedy Anne… Favourite quote: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt…