Ghislaine Landry & Olivia Apps ’16

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, April 30, 2021 - 1:30pm
Online Event
Event Type: 
Centennial Lecture
Mac Campbell Lecture Series

Ghislaine Landry (left) has become one of the most prolific try scorers in women’s rugby. Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Ghislaine has experienced plenty of success on the rugby pitch. After playing provincially with Ontario, she attended St. Francis Xavier University where she won the CIS Rookie of the Year award, two back-to-back CIS Player of the Year awards as well as a CIS title. Ghislaine made her debut with Canada’s Senior National Team in 2011 and had a breakthrough performance at the 2013 Women’s Sevens World Cup, finishing second in tournament scoring as Canada earned a silver medal. She was named Athlete of the Week by the Canadian Olympic Team for her achievements. Ghislaine finished the 2014-2015 World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series (WSWS) first overall in scoring with 297 points. She was the second-leading scorer on the Canadian team that won gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, with 47 points on five tries and 11 of 21 conversions. Her success continued during the 2015-2016 WSWS, finishing first once again in scoring with 158 points. She was also named to the 2015-2016 WSWS Dream Team. Ghislaine is currently second all-time in WSWS scoring with 475 points. In the Olympic debut of rugby sevens at Rio 2016, Ghislaine was Canada’s leading scorer with 41 points, the second-highest total in the tournament, on the strength of five tries and eight conversions, as Canada won the bronze medal.

Olivia Apps ’16 (right) started playing rugby in Grade 10, playing for her local club and the provincial team. Within that year she had her first opportunity to play for the u18 Canadian Women’s Sevens team at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa, winning a silver medal. From there, Olivia was on the national team radar. After she graduated high school, Olivia was offered a position on the National Senior Women’s Sevens team, and joined the centralized program in Victoria, BC. The team had just won an Olympic bronze medal and were at the top of their game. Olivia played her first international match for Canada at the Sydney Sevens World Series tournament in 2018. Since then, Olivia has competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the 2018 World Cup in San Francisco, and has competed on the World Sevens Series. In 2019 Olivia tore her ACL and began her 10-month return to play process. She returned to full training just as COVID hit. The team just competed in the Dubai Invitational Sevens Tournament, where Olivia joined for her first tournament back post-injury. The team won a gold medal, defeating the U.S.A. in the final. The team is now in their final prep stages for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games this July in hopes of bringing home a gold medal.