Bianca Farella (born April 10, 1992) is a Canadian rugby player. In 2016, she was named to Canada's first ever women's rugby sevens Olympic team.
|Date of birth||April 10, 1992|
|Place of birth||Montreal, Quebec|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||74 kg (163 lb)|
|School||Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's High School|
|Rugby union career|
At the age of 13, Farella chose to join rugby as her spring sport due to her preference for team sports because Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's High School only offered tennis, badminton, and rugby as spring sports. In CEGEP, Farella joined the Dawson College Blues. As a dominant force, she was a three-time all-star and the team MVP with the Dawson College Blues.
During her one-year playing with the Concordia Stingers in 2012, she led the Quebec university women's rugby conference in tries scored (12 tries for 60 points). She was named the RSEQ Conference All-Star, RSEQ Rookie of the Year, CIS Rookie of the Year, and CIS All-Star. After her stellar performance in the CIS, Farella went to British Columbia to join the centralized women's Rugby Canada program.
After one year with the national team, she was part of the squad that won silver at the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens. At the 2014 FISU in Brazil, Farella captained the Canadian team to gold. A year later, she missed the 2015 Pan Am Games to undergo shoulder surgery. Farella rejoined the national squad during the second leg of the 2015-16 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in São Paulo. By the season's end, Farella ranked ninth in the world with 315 career series points (and second, behind Ghislaine Landry, for all-time in series tries for Canada with 63 points.
Her pregame ritual consists of always saying "pain is my friend" before a game.
Achievements and honoursEdit
- MacDonnell, Beth (July 8, 2016). "Historic first Canadian women selected for Olympic rugby at Rio 2016". Olympic.ca. Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
- "Canadians dominate Langford Dream Team". Americas Rugby News. 2017-05-29. Retrieved 2019-05-13.