Kristin Paddle

Kristin Paddle typifies the learning curve associated with starting in the Cowichan Secondary School girls’ rugby program and the eventual payoff at the end.

Paddle, 17, a Grade 12 student, has been in the program three years and remembers all too well about her humble beginnings.

“I had no idea what I was doing,’’ she said. “I was running around and probably it didn’t really click for me till Grade 11 year.’’

Paddle quickly became a key member of the team at scrum half that’s carried over to her final year of high school.

“I think she’s thrown the most scrum half passes out of everybody I’ve ever coached on Cow High — just thousands and thousands of passes,’’ said coach Brad Skene.

“She’s kind of one of those unsung heroes that does her job very, very well and doesn’t look for any glory. She just wants the team to be successful.’’

Last year’s B.C. AAA title was rewarding but the team isn’t looking too far ahead yet toward a possible repeat.

“We’re focusing on what game’s coming up — not too much about it later, but that’s still in our mindset and we want to do the best we can,’’ Paddle said.

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