News / Ottawa

Ottawa to consider renaming park after Rowan Stringer

The John McCrae Secondary School student died in May 2013 after sustaining several concussions while playing with her school team.

Rowan Stringer, pictured holding the ball, during a rugby game in 2012. The teen died after suffering multiple concussions on the field.

Contributed

Rowan Stringer, pictured holding the ball, during a rugby game in 2012. The teen died after suffering multiple concussions on the field.

Rowan Stringer died playing rugby – the sport she loved.

Now the Nepean rugby field where the 17-year-old trained may soon bear her name. The commemorative idea will be brought before city council on Wednesday.

Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder will table a motion asking that the field at Ken Ross Park, at 600 Longfields Drive, be renamed Rowan Stringer Rugby Field.

“She played really hard, but she had fun,” said Barb Gillie, president of the Barrhaven Rugby Scottish Football Club and Stringer’s former coach.

“Being the humble person that she was, I think she would find it quite an honour that we would name the field after her.”

Stringer, a student at John McCrae Secondary School, died in May 2013 after sustaining several concussions while playing with her school team. She played with the Barrhaven club in the summertime.

A coroner’s inquest into Stringer’s death resulted in 49 recommendations for concussion awareness and education, like an annual Brain Day and new tools for coaches to identify and treat concussions.

Among them was Rowan’s Law, which would set up an expert advisory committee to oversee the implementation of the Ontario-specific recommendations. Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod is due to introduce the bill this fall.

Apart from playing rugby as captain of her high school team, Stringer was a community volunteer who enjoyed many sports.

– With files from Torstar News Service

More on Metronews.ca