Brampton athlete represents Canada in Rugby World Cup

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Team Canada recently had its final round-robin match in the Rugby World Cup in Japan against Namibia on Saturday, October 12, 2019.

Throughout the tournament, Brampton’s Mike Sheppard, a professional rugby player for the Toronto Arrows, represented Canada on the world stage.

The cup, hosted only once every four years, is the 3rd largest sports event worldwide after the summer Olympics and the World Cup of Soccer.

"As an athlete who is now 30-years-old and has played the sport for 17 years, representing my hometown of Brampton felt really good," said Sheppard. 

"My biggest takeaway from the experience in Japan was how much the people were immersed in the sport and how warm and friendly they were," he added.

When it comes to advice for young athletes? Sheppard advises them to work hard and not let anything stand in the way of their aspirations.

"Work hard and don't let anything cloud your dreams," he said.

Photo credits: David Chant

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