For the first time ever, a player has signed with the Canadian Junior Football League team in Nanaimo.
Among the signatories listed in a June 8 press release from the VI Raiders is offensive lineman Jordan Vearer of Victoria. Vearer attended Claremont High School and also played rugby.
Raiders coach Curtis Vizza previously told the News Bulletin that having a lineman was a “very unique thing” and that Vearer was strong, fast, aggressive, with a good understanding of the game. He envisions Vearer playing guard and pass to the other side of the ball, play defensive tackle, if necessary.
“She’s got really quick feet, good hands,” Vizza told the News Bulletin. “When she steps into a block, she knows exactly how to position her body to be effective and she has that competitive edge that will make her great.”
In addition to being the Raiders’ first-ever player, Vearer will also be the first to play in the BC Football Conference and the second in the CJFL, according to Vizza.
Vearer has been contacted for comment.
Vizza said the organization wants to break down gender barriers and support the whole community, including athletes.
“For us they are football players, there is no gender,” Vizza said.
The Raiders open their 2022 campaign at Caledonia Park on Saturday July 23 against the Okanagan Sun.
– With files by Greg Sakaki
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