Karen Paquin grew up in Quebec City, Quebec and graduated from Les Sentiers High School. She played her club rugby for Club de Rugby Quebec and also captained Team Quebec at the National Women’s League Championship. After playing with the Canadian Maple Leafs development team, Karen received her first cap with Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team in 2012 during the NACRA Festival in Ottawa, Ontario. In 2013, Karen won a silver medal at the Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens and followed that up with a second place finish with Canada’s Women’s Fifteens Team at the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup. Karen’s 11 tries during the 2013-14 Women’s Sevens World Series season were the third most by a North American woman. Her 35 tries are the ninth most in World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series history and she was most recently named to the 2014-15 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Dream Team.
Family: Parents René Paquin and Suzanne Maltais… Older brother Steven Paquin… Getting into the sport: Started playing rugby at the age of 14… Outside Interests: Earned a Chemical Engineering degree from the Laval University in 2011… Odds and Ends: Enjoys reading, hiking, knitting and going on walks with her dog… Nickname is “Pako”…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
WSWS: 2012-13 – 3rd place; 2013-14 – 3rd place; 2014-15 – 2nd place
WCup 7s: 2013 – SILVER