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“It’s a lot of fun getting your stresses out by tackling somebody.”
On weekdays, Jordan Chappell runs children’s programs at the Graham Community Library in Ralston, Alta. On weekends, she works the circulation desk at the Brooks Public Library — and plays as linebacker with the Calgary Rage women’s tackle football team. The 24-year-old — whose mother and grandmother were both librarians — says football and library science require similar traits: patience and communication. “You need communication on the football field because there’s a lot going on,” says Chappell. She adds that football is a great way to tackle stress. “I like the physicality of it. You get a lot of adrenaline when you’re running down the field and then just suddenly plow somebody over. It’s a lot of fun getting your stresses out by tackling somebody.” Chappell joined the Rage as a student and continues to play three-hour games almost every weekend from April to late June. The Rage finished their 2017 season with a team-best 4 and 0 record, winning their division in the Western Women’s Canadian Football League and playing in the league championship game. Last year Chappell also played on Team Alberta, which achieved third place in the national tournament. Chappell finds library work equally rewarding — especially when helping people find a great read, or when she scores first dibs on new books as they arrive.