By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
More good news in the world of Rugby and Chiropractic, as Life Chiropractic College West women’s rugby team (The Life West Gladiatrix) has recently won the USA Rugby Women’s Club D1 National Championship. The following comes from the Life West Press Dept.
Life Chiropractic College West Gladiatrix Repeat as D1 National Champions
Hayward, CA – Life Chiropractic College West acknowledges the women’s rugby team, The Life West Gladiatrix for competing at the highest level and winning the recent Emirates Airline USA Rugby Women’s Club D1 National Championship held in Glendale, CO. Not only has the team dominated in the sport of rugby, they have also spread awareness of the power of vitalistic chiropractic.
Catie Benson earned Most Valuable Player honors, scoring four tries and providing the spark the Gladiatrix needed to cruise to their victory.
Dominance is a word that denotes the Gladiatrix rise to the top. Their undefeated streak spans over three seasons — and in those seasons they have captured two D1 National Championships and a D2 National Championship back in 2016.
The players and coaching staff continue to rise up to the challenge, “We have a group of committed players who work extremely hard on and off the field. We want players to drive their own development and challenge themselves to work hard on the areas of their game they need to improve,” says Life West Athletic Director, Adriaan Ferris.
The team is built with veterans, Catie Benson, Amy Naber, Elizabeth Cairns, Hali Deters and Jenn Severs. The Gladiatrix have more depth this year with the additions of USA Eagle player Nicole Strasko, and first-year player, Madison Porter.
The dominance of the Life West Gladiatrix for the past three seasons has caught the eye of the Women’s Premier League. The WPL, which celebrates its 10th season this fall, had suspended its promotion/relegation process when the National Championships moved to the spring season. The league grew to 10 teams starting in 2017, and now the WPL will reinstate the challenge matches. WPL commissioner, Milla Sanes, has invited the Gladiatrix to challenge the bottom two teams of the WPL 2018 season for inclusion in the 2019 season.
This could be a new benchmark on the horizon for the Gladiatrix, and one they are surely capable of taking on.
The College would like to thank rugby sponsors, California Capital & Investment Group, Standard Process, Erchonia, RockTape, and Canterbury Clothing Company for their continued support. They also acknowledge Drs. Scott Lessard and Robert Logan from the Life Chiropractic College West Sports Performance Institute for providing chiropractic performance care to all athletes.
About Life Chiropractic College West – Life Chiropractic College West traces its founding to 1976, when the institution was known as Pacific States Chiropractic College. In April 1978, the first group of students at Pacific States Chiropractic College began attending classes.
In March 1981, through the efforts of Dr. George Anderson, Dr. George Wentland, and Dr. Sid E. Williams, president and founder of Life Chiropractic College (now Life University), an agreement was reached between Life Chiropractic College and Pacific States Chiropractic College. As a result, the College was renamed Life Chiropractic College West.
Life Chiropractic College West, which offers a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, is internationally recognized for leadership and innovation in chiropractic education. Life Chiropractic College West is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education, an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.