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Whitefish to name day after Olympic rugby player

by CHAD SOKOL
Daily Inter Lake | July 20, 2021 7:00 AM

Whitefish's mayor is poised to declare Friday, July 23, 2021, "Nicole Heavirland Day" in honor of the local woman gearing up to play rugby in the Tokyo Olympics.

Mayor John Muhlfeld is scheduled to issue the proclamation during a Whitefish City Council meeting Monday evening. The proclamation notes Heavirland, 26, was a multisport standout at Glacier High School, where she picked up rugby as a freshman, before playing Division I basketball and becoming a USA Rugby All-American at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

"While she relocated to California to train full time at the Elite Athlete Training Center alongside fellow Olympians, she still calls Whitefish home, and returns often to spend time with family and enjoy mountain biking and fly fishing in the Big Sky State," the proclamation states.

"Heavirland is a strong proponent off the field for health and local entrepreneurship and has facilitated co-branded opportunities to advance Whitefish businesses and causes," it states. "Heavirland is proud of her Whitefish roots and looks forward to proudly representing her hometown on the global stage for Team USA in Tokyo this summer."