Hannah Darling was introduced to the sport of rugby at the age of 14 by her hockey coach and neighbours. She excelled rather quickly, going from the club level to provincial to national in three years. She now has the potential to wear the red and white for the next decade. Darlingreceived her first cap with Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team at the 2014 Hong Kong Invitational Sevens. She made her Women’s Sevens World Series debut the following week at the Guangzhou Sevens. Her international experience at such a young age was a big reason she was named captain of Canada’s Youth Olympic Games team that finished second at Nanjing 2014. She went on to be part of the Canadian team that won the first ever women’s rugby gold medal at the Pan Am Games at Toronto 2015. After missing the opening tournament of the 2015-16 season, Darling appeared in the final four WSWS events. She has five career series tries.
Getting to know…
Family: Parents David Darling and Leah Darling… Older brother Wesley Darling… Getting into the sport: Started playing rugby at the age of 14… Outside Interests: Graduated from Shawnigan Lake High School in 2014… Enjoys crocheting and watching hockey during the competitive season… Loves to spend her off-season outside hunting, trapping and ATVing… Odds and Ends: Her good luck charm is a buckskin braid with four charms that say ‘dream’ ‘commitment’ ‘strength’ ‘success’ made by her father… Nicknames are “Kin” and “Banana”…
Notable International Results
Olympic Games: 2016 - BRONZE
Pan American Games: 2015 – GOLD
Women’s Sevens World Series: 2015-16 – 3rd place; 2014-15 – 2nd place
Youth Olympic Games: 2014 – SILVER