MEXICO CITY - Carleton Ravens start Lauryn Walker was shining her brightest last week as she captained the Jamaica Lady Crocs to a spot at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.
A Childhood and Youth Studies student and 2022 RSEQ First-Team All-Star has been helping to lead the Lady Crocs as they climb the Rugby Americas North table. From November 11-13, the Crocs faced the likes of Bermuda, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Lucia, the Dominican Republic and Mexico for a spot in Chile in October.
On day one of competition Jamaica would go 2-1 with convincing wins over the Dominican Republic and Bermuda before a tight loss to Mexico. The next day, with a spot in Chile on the line the Crocs narrowly beat St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago to qualify for the finals. With revenge on their mind the women would come up short again against a well respected Mexican side but had accomplished their main goal qualifying for the games this fall.
“We’re so extremely proud of Lauryn for all her accomplishments with the Ravens and with Team Jamaica," said Ravens head coach David Luong. "She is an incredible leader in our locker room and on the pitch. We have no doubt that she will bring those same qualities to Mexico City and guide her teammates to success."
The berth at the Pan American Games marks the first time that Jamaica's women's team will compete at the tournament.