A former member of the Canadian national rugby team, Stevi Schnoor is a highly conditioned athlete with a competitive fire. With her background in rugby, she approached her first season in LFL Canada with humility and with a willingness to learn.
“I've had a lot of people ask me this, and most have assumed that with my rugby background that football would be an easy transition, but to be honest, I've had as big of a learning curve as every other girl on my team.”
“There are a lot of differences between the two sports: rugby is more of an endurance sport being played over 80 minutes, and the movements of the plays aren't as sharp, whereas in football the games are a lot shorter and you're working hard for 10 seconds at a time with the movements being very precise."
"I think the only ways rugby has really given me an advantage is in my confidence in contact, and just giving me the 'game time' and ability to predict and react to players/plays on the field.”
Her former teammates at Rugby Canada, and from on her current club team, United, were very supportive of Schnoor playing for the Angels.
“Well, my whole rugby community that I am a part of now, which consists mostly of my club team (United), my 7's team (Howlers), and the provincial team (BC), have all been really supportive.”
The Angels inaugural game featured many familiar faces in the stands.
“The first home game for the Angels, which was also the opening game for the LFL Canada league, I had three quarters of my teammates there supporting me (and Angels/United teammate Christina Bordignon), so it meant a lot to me.”
The outpouring of support has been a great source of inspiration to her.
“I have also received countless emails/ Facebook messages from former teammates and friends being super supportive as well. I really couldn't ask for a better support system.”
To be able to win Lingerie Bowl Canada was a great point of personal pride for Schnoor.
“I think I could go on forever about how much winning the first LFL Canada Bowl with the BC Angels felt if you let me. Our team started practicing and running camps really early so by the time the season was done, it had been almost 10 months in the making. Truly, the amount of blood, sweat, and tears that went into preparing ourselves for the season to finally lead up to the final game, just made it so much more satisfying to win.”
A true team player, Schnoor is ready to acknowledge the impact that her teammates had on the historic win.
“Also, my teammates and coaches are SO AMAZING, words cannot describe what they mean to me. They all put their own lives on hold and really committed themselves to the team, and win or lose, I wouldn't have wanted to be on the field with anyone else that day...it just makes it that much sweeter that we did win :)”
In being named one of the game MVP's in the championship victory over the Saskatoon Sirens, Schnoor established herself as one of the defensive powerhouses in LFL Canada. With so many great defensive players on the Angels (including Jessica Hopkins and Katie Marshall), to have the MVP honor bestowed upon her was very gratifying.
“It is a big honor to be named MVP for the bowl game, and we have so many girls on our team that are SO talented and more than deserving of this award as well. I am a better player because of the great athletes I have around me to support me.”
“I believe that a big part of us winning the championship, is the abundance of talent our team really has to offer. We have a family mentality, we all have each other’s backs and work together towards the common goal of winning the championship. Having amazing players next to me, motivates me to be a better football player for them.”
Having played in a season filled with historic moments, Schnoor had the opportunity to participate in the first interleague match in LFL history. By participating in the Pacific Cup versus the Seattle Mist of LFL US, Schnoor was part of the first border battle in league history. Although the Mist prevailed in this first annual contest, Schnoor played valiantly, including a touchdown pass.
“It was a VERY exciting game! I loved the hype that was behind it of Canada vs USA, and we had met a bunch of the Seattle girls earlier in the year so it just made it all that much more competitive when you know the person behind the helmet.”
Gracious in defeat, Schnoor’s outlook on the game is the true embodiment of fair play and sportsmanship.
“Seattle is a very good team, they played hard and smart, and their fans created an exciting atmosphere to play in. On the Angels side of the ball we were able to get creative and use some 'back pocket' plays that worked out, which made the game, as well as we had a lot of our players move around to multiple positions, and I think all of that combined made it one of the funnest games of the year to play in for me personally.”
"All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise indicated"