Pandas add local talent to 2019 recruiting class

    Pandas add Athlete Academy product Janelle Amyotte for 2019/20 season

    By Connor Hood on March 21, 2019

    Adding to their already impressive recruiting class this winter, the Pandas have added another local product for the 2019-20 varsity season.

    The 10-time Canada West Champions have welcomed Athlete Academy product and Edmonton native Janelle Amyotte. Amyotte joins fellow Edmonton area native Shelby Pierce has the newest batch of recruits for the Pandas program.

    Amyotte joins the Pandas as a product of the University of Alberta's Athlete Academy. The Green & Gold Athlete Academy features small, sport-specific training groups, which provide the student-athletes with technical and tactical learning each week. The student-athletes also benefit from the same Performance Services that are available to the Golden Bears and Pandas varsity athletes, including sport conditioning, physical testing, sport nutrition, athlete health, and mental training.

    "This is one of the biggest recruits for us, both in terms of the type of athlete she is, and the fact she came up through our junior development program," said Pandas head coach Matt Parrish. "With her having gained chemistry playing with some of our girls already, as well as having been around our program and coaches will be huge for her continued development. She will be different than most recruits, as she isn't brand new to our program, and that is a massive benefit." 

    "She plays with tremendous speed and physicality, and I think she can make an immediate impact for us right away." continued Parrish. 

    Amyotte has also represented Alberta at numerous championships, including the 2017 Canadian U16 Championship. 

    "I'm super excited to join this team. I've been watching and following the Pandas for years, so to finally be able to join this program is incredible," said Amyotte. "It also helps that I've played with quite a few of these girls already, so the chemistry between us will be there already. Having been coached by Chelsea Ross the rest of the Pandas staff already should really help me become a better player quicker." 

    The Pandas are coming off a fourth place finish in the Canada West 15's season, and a fifth place finish in the 7s season. The Pandas will compete this weekend in the Rugby 7s Canadian Championship, hosted by the Royal Military College in