This week, the Student Outreach Staff features The Iowa Women’s Club Rugby! We interviewed Haley Dierks, current President, to learn more about the club and how you can get involved!
1. What is the name of your org? Do you go by any nicknames or abbreviations?
“University of Iowa Women’s club rugby or UIRFC.”
2 .What is the purpose or mission of your organization?
“The goal is to teach all skill levels and play rugby.”
3. What days/ times does your organization typically meet? Do you have any upcoming recruitment events you want to be known?
“Practice times are Tuesday & Thursday 5:20-7:30 at the Hawkeye rugby fields by the hawk lot. Members can expect at least five Saturday games throughout the semester at varying locations and Big Ten schools. The team has open recruitment throughout the semester and new players are welcome at any time.”
4. Why did you personally get involved with this organization? What makes you passionate about it?
“I got involved because I missed playing sports and I had never played rugby before. I remember thinking that seems scary so I signed up. Right away the team was supportive and inclusive to me as a beginner. Rugby gave me the competitive environment I missed and also introduce me to a great group of people.”
5. What social media platforms do your organization use?
Check out the team’s Facebook to stay updated and find more photos like these!
Check out the team’s Instagram: @iowarugby_womens
6. If a student is interested in joining this organization, how should they go about it? Who should they contact?
“Anyone interested can contact the club president Haley Dierks via email, message the team on social media, or come out to a practice.”
7. Any additional information you would like to share?
When I signed up for rugby I did not expect that I would love it as much as I do now or stick with it this long, I thought it would be something I tried out and now I am the president. I encourage students who want to try something new to come out and give it a try. You never know where it can take you!
Thank you, Haley Dierks for talking with us about club rugby!
And as always, Go Hawks!