Rugby players unite to remember murdered teammate
Published Thursday, September 13, 2012 11:20AM EDT
Every year rugby players from Concordia and McGill universities face off in a game that is much more than a battle for the highest score.
The Kelly-Anne Cup is played in the memory of a young woman who was killed by her boyfriend eight years ago, and in her name raises funds for the Women Aware group.
Kelly-Anne Drummond, an avid rugby player, was stabbed to death in Pierrefonds by Martin Cousineau, but she lives on in the hearts of the players.
Her mother, Doreen, is always touched by the event and the support is a good sign to many eyes.
"It's telling me that Kelly Anne's memory is still alive among the rugby community and that brings a lot of joy to my heart," said Drummond.
One friend remembers Kelly-Anne fondly.
"She was great-spirited, very encouraging to her teammates just all around very good, humble and kind," said Erin Dance, a former player with the Concordia Rugby Stingers.
Her death keeps inspiring awareness about the issue of abuse in society, thanks to organizers.
"I was coaching the men's team when we got the news that Kelly-Anne had been murdered and I thought 'guys we need to do something about this,'" said Stingers' Coach Graeme McGravie.
"I'm sure she's looking down on everybody, just happy that we're still remembering her," said Dance.
To date these games have raised more than $10,000, which Women Aware uses to help victims of domestic abuse.
They also help a mother stay connected to her daughter.
"To do what my daughter would expect me to do, to live. and to try and make a difference to other people's lives, just like she did," said Drummond.