Sara Kaljuvee graduated from Pickering High School in Ajax, Ontario and went on to win the 2012 CIS women’s rugby championship with the St. Francis Xavier X-Women. Kaljuvee caught the eye of Canadian sevens coaches with her strong play in fifteens, where she captained Canada to the 2013 U-20 Nations Cup title. After moving out west to join Canada’s centralized program in 2013, Kaljuvee was named to the roster for Canada’s opening leg of the 2013-14 World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series in Dubai. After suffering an injury, she did not join the team again until the fourth and fifth rounds in Guangzhou and Amsterdam. Kaljuvee was on Canada’s gold medal winning team at the 2014 FISU Women’s Sevens Championship. She was also a member of the gold medal winning team at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto where she scored three tries in the tournament. Kaljuvee played in two of the five tournaments during the 2015-16 season.
Getting to know…
Family: Parents Gary Kaljuvee and Lynne Rohland… Inspired by her mother’s 10-year battle with cancer, which keeps her fighting because she knows her mother is fighting tougher battles… Younger sister Emily Kaljuvee and younger brother Conner Kaljuvee… Getting into the sport: Started playing rugby at the age of 14… Outside Interests: Third-year part-time student at St. Francis Xavier University where she’s looking to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Human Kinetics… Likes to eat clean, watch IMAX movies… In the off-season enjoys travelling, camping, hockey… Odds and Ends: Really enjoys her dubstep playlist on game days… Nickname is “Juvee”… Grew up watching the Olympics with her parents and knew she wanted to represent Canada one day… Always travels with her stuffed mini unicorn… She and her sister always get postcards for each other when travelling… Favourite motto: “What got you here won’t get you there”…
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
FISU World Championship: 2014 – GOLD