Pat Kay got to be part of Canadian rugby history during the month of May.
Kay, a product of the Cowichan Rugby Football Club and Cowichan Secondary School now attending the University of Victoria, didn’t get to play when he joined Canada’s senior men’s squad for the Glasgow Sevens on May 3-4, but it wasn’t lost on him that he was part of something huge as Canada reached the finals at an IRB Sevens tournament for the first time, finishing second after a loss to New Zealand.
"It’s been great being a part of something like this," Kay said. "It’s a really good group of guys and this recent success has been a long time coming."
Kay has been in and out of the squad this year, battling stiff competition within the team. He was part of the squad for the first tournament in Australia in October, and in South Africa in December before returning for the Glasgow Sevens, and then for the London Sevens last weekend, where Canada won the Bowl Final to finish the IRB Series with an all-time best sixth place.
Naturally, Kay would like to see more action, but he is getting as much as he can from the experience regardless.
"It is kind of bittersweet not seeing the field too much but it also gives me a chance to learn from the experienced guys who are at the top of their games right now," he said. "I feel quite privileged to be on this team; I’ve been working really hard towards it back home at the Rugby Canada Centre of Excellence in Langford."
With the sevens season over, Kay’s next stop is the preparation camp for the senior men’s XV, who will play games against Japan, Scotland and the U.S. in June.
"My goal is to be a part of the squad and earn my first senior men’s XV cap," Kay said. "As far as sevens goes, I plan to keep training with the centralized national team players in Langford and continue to improve my game."