Hamm is the first UBC player to earn CIS rookie-of-the-year honours since the inception of the award in 1999.
The 5-foot-3 scrumhalf was so impressive in her university debut she was named a conference all-star and was one of only two freshmen – and the only one from Canada West - to earn a spot on the CIS all-Canadian team, along with St. Francis Xavier's Magali Harvey. The human kinetics student scored her first try of the season in the Canada West bronze medal game, a 26-10 win over Victoria.
Hamm came to the Thunderbirds from the Abbotsford Rugby Club, where she has been a standout, as well as the national champion BC Senior Women's provincial program. With trademark seamless delivery and tenacious defensive tackles, she is also highly ranked as a scrumhalf within the Canadian National system.
"I was thrilled to attract Megan to university rugby this year," said UBC head coach Lesley McKenzie. "Her leadership at the base of the breakdown has given us dynamic options to attack with, and the combination of Megan, Radha Jain at 10 and Darcy Patterson at fullback has given us a serious attacking threat on third and fourth phase ball."
Harvey, a native of Quebec City, McGill's Brianna Miller of Pointe-Claire, Que., and Guelph's Dominique Monaghan of Markham, Ont., were also in the running for the top freshman award.
2010 CIS WOMEN'S RUGBY AWARDS & ALL-CANADIANS
Player of the year:
Jacey Murphy, Guelph
Rookie of the year:
Megan Hamm, UBC
Student-Athlete Community Service Award:
Jamee George, StFX
Coach of the year, presented by Coaches of Canada:
Graeme McGravie, Concordia
Position - Athlete - University - Year - Hometown - Faculty
Prop Asya Bartley StFX 3 Ottawa, Ont. Human Kinetics
Centre Britt Benn Guelph 3 Napanee, Ont. Arts
8 Tyson Beukeboom StFX 2 Uxbridge, Ont. Human Kinetics
Fullback Karlee Carbert Alberta 4 Edmonton, Alta. PE Recreation
Scrumhalf Megan Hamm UBC 1 Aldergrove, B.C. Human Kinetics
Fullback Magali Harvey StFX 1 Quebec City, Que. BBA
8 Amandra Mongeon McGill 4 Ile Bizard, Que. Physiology
8 Jacey Murphy Guelph 4 Alliston, Ont. Agriculture
8 Jesse Olynyk Victoria 3 Kamloops, B.C. Social Sciences
Centre Élie Papineau Laval 4 Sainte-Croix, Que. Business Administration
Centre Jackie Tittley Concordia 3 Kirkland, Que. Leisure Studies
Centre Natasha Turner McMaster 4 Rockcliffe, Ont. Arts & Science
Prop Brandi Van Eeuwen Lethbridge 3 Duncan, B.C. Nursing
8 Ashley Ward Queen's 5 Barrie, Ont. Conservative Education
Flanker Kelsey Willoughby Lethbridge 2 Lethbridge, Alta. Education
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