Canadian Olympic Medal Count
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.
In May 2015, the Canadian team won the Amsterdam Sevens in the dying seconds of the final, qualifying Canada for Rio 2016. That summer, 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. She then helped Canada win the first ever Olympic bronze medal in women’s rugby.
In 2018, Benn was part of Canada’s fourth-place finish at the Commonwealth Games and also competed at the World Cup Sevens in San Francisco. She contributed to Canada’s third-place overall finish in the 2018-19 World Rugby Sevens Series to secure the team’s spot at Tokyo 2020.
Through the end of the 2019-20 World Rugby Sevens Series, Benn has played in 150 career matches of the circuit, scoring 67 tries and 335 points. She won the Impact Player Award during the May 2019 Sevens Series stop in Langford, B.C.
A Little More About Britt
Getting into the Sport: Started playing rugby at age 15… In her tryout for the soccer team the coach told her that she was really physical and soccer wasn’t really a contact sport so to jog over to the rugby practice instead… 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 woodworking, adventuring, sipping on west coast coffee … Graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Sociology in 2012… Trained and works as a firefighter… Odds and Ends: … Favourite quote: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt… Has been open about her lifelong struggles with anxiety and how she refuses to let it define her…
Notable International Results
Olympic Games: 2016 – BRONZE
Pan American Games: 2015 – GOLD
Commonwealth Games: 2018 – 4th
World Rugby World Cup Sevens: 2018 – 7th
World Rugby World Cup Union: 2014 – SILVER