Rose Baker, long time member of the Seattle Rugby Club, will be playing her last game for the club this Saturday, November 18th in the last British Columbia Women’s Premiership match of the fall.
Rose, originally from Wisconsin, got her degree in Exercise & Sport Science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and also found the game of rugby. She made her way to Seattle, Washington and began working as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Washington’s Women’s Soccer and Rowing programs. Her passion for sport didn’t stop with her career field as she continued her rugby career with a team just down Montlake, the Seattle Breakers.
Baker quickly became a pivotal player for Seattle with her consistency in contact and calm demeanor at the top of the line out. Her versatility and athleticism opened up chances for her to perform in a variety of positions over the years, from flanker to center to lock. She heavily contributed to both of the USA Rugby Club DI National Championships that the Seattle Saracens won in 2015 and 2016. Being one of those players that can turn-something-into-nothing, Rose’s teammates are going to miss her presence on the field but are extremely thankful they have gotten the chance to dawn the club’s colors for 14 years with her, and for one last time on Saturday.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything,” said Baker to the team earlier this week. “For being awesome teammates, for filling my life with love and rugby, for making me a better player and person, and for allowing me to become a national champion.”
Thank you, Rose, for your commitment to this team, this club, and this game.
Photo Credit: Caean Couto