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, Paquin received her first cap with Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team in 2012 during the NACRA Festival in Ottawa, Ontario. In 2013, Paquin 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. Paquin’s 11 tries during the 2013-14 World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series season were the third most by a North American woman. Named to the 2014-15 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Dream Team, Paquin went on to help Canada win gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, recording eight tries which tied her for the team high. Paquin was named Rugby Canada’s Women’s Sevens Player of the Year for 2015. Paquin finished the 2015-16 WSWS season with 14 tries, the second-most by a Canadian player and tied for the ninth in the world. Her 53 career tries also rank her ninth in World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series history.
Getting to know…
Family: Parents René Paquin and Suzanne Maltais… Older brother Steven Paquin… Husband Julien Canet… Getting into the sport: Started playing rugby at the age of 14… Her volleyball coach told her she should try out for the school team because she would love it… Outside Interests: Earned a Chemical Engineering degree from the Laval University in 2011… Was a chemical engineer with Cascades before becoming centralized with the national team… Enjoys reading, hiking, going on walks with her dog Darwin, making puzzles, learning to play violin… Used to compete in ice canoe… Odds and Ends: Nickname is “Pako”… As a child who wanted to be a skier her idol was Jean-Luc Brassard… Favourite motto: We play better when we smile…
Notable International Results
Pan American Games: 2015 – GOLD
Women’s Sevens World Series: 2015-16 – 3rd place; 2014-15 – 2nd place; 2013-14 – 3rd place; 2012-13 – 3rd place
World Cup 7s: 2013 – SILVER