Biography:

Magali Harvey’s rise to one of the world’s best women’s fifteens players began in high school, where she graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in Quebec City, Quebec. Having received her first cap with Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team in 2011, Harvey was later on the Canadian side that won a silver medal at the 2013 Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens. She has also represented her country with the fifteens and was a big reason why Canada also finished second at the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup. After her strong performance, in which she finished second in tournament scoring with 61 points and had a highlight reel 87-metre run for a try against France, Harvey was named the 2014 IRB Women’s Player of the Year. With speed being her best intangible, Harvey’s transition back to the sevens game was easy. She was Canada’s leading scorer at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, scoring 48 points on eight tries and four conversions, helping the team win the first ever Pan Am Games gold in women’s rugby. After competing in the first tournament of the 2015-16 World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series, Harvey suffered an injury that kept her out of action until the final stop of the season in May. Despite playing in only two events, Harvey finished the 2015-16 WSWS season with nine tries, tied for fourth on the team.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Luc Harvey and Catherine Louisy… Older sister Marie-Pierre Harvey… Younger sisters Anne-Laurence Harvey and Elizabeth Harvey (part of Rugby Canada young athlete’s development program)… Younger brothers Maniche Harvey and Jaden Harvey… Getting into the sport: Started playing rugby at age 16… It was a new sport at her school so she tried it because her high school didn’t offer any other sports for female athletes… Outside Interests: Affiliated with Lifetime Networks charity… Graduated from St. Francis Xavier University… Enjoys reading and writing… Odds and Ends: Straightens her hair the night before game days… Wears the same underwear and bra on game days… Nickname is “Mags”… Favourite motto: They didn’t know it was impossible so they did it…