Tye Woodruff joins VIU Rugby

September 11th, 2016

Fort St. John phenom commits to Vancouver Island University rugby program

The Vancouver Island University rugby program is pleased to announce one of the recent additions to the 2016 Fall team, Fort St. John’s own Tye Woodruff. A gifted multi-sport athlete who captained the North Peace Secondary School rugby, volleyball and basketball teams, Woodruff’s athleticism and leadership are two big reasons why the VIU Rugby program is looking forward to the fall season with anticipation.

“We feel that Tye will make an immediate impact on our program,” states team manager Drew Cooper. “Not only does he have the rugby skills we are looking for, but is also strong academically and has been active in his community. This is what makes Tye a real coup for our program.”

Woodruff is interested in pursuing a career in sports therapy or outdoor recreation and has been granted the outstanding incoming student designation which speaks to his academic strengths. 

While Woodruff has seen some success in his high school sports career when both his volleyball and basketball teams made it to provincials in the past two years, his passion is rugby. His high school coach points to his speed and stamina that has distinguished him among his peers. “Ty’s coach acknowledges him as one of the best tacklers that he has seen in the past five years. This is a trait that we like as we strive to play a hard-nosed style at VIU,” Cooper indicates.

When asked what helped him become a sport standout, Woodruff credits much of his success to the competitiveness brought on by his two brothers and the family’s diverse range of outdoor activities throughout the four seasons of every year.

Though he has a lot of positive attributes, Woodruff readily admits to having an Achilles heel. He really struggles with mornings, and especially hates the early ones, stating that, “even mornings from 11 am to noon are just barely tolerable.” Cooper has encouraged him to register for afternoon classes.