Heaton’s passion for sport has always been prevalent, and at the age of 14 he picked up the rugby ball and never looked back. He played for his middle and high school teams before going on to represent Quebec at the U17 and U18 levels. He played Representative Rugby (Canadian Rugby Championship U19) and was invited to play for Canada U20s.
Heaton attended John Abbot College where he played collegiate rugby and pursued his academic studies. In his second year playing U20s, he moved to the U.K. and played for Otley while doing academy work with Yorkshire Carnegie. Heaton spent 2 seasons at Otley before joining Darlington Mowden Park. During this time, he also represented Newfoundland in the Canadian Rugby Championship in 2014 and 2015. While at Darlington, he was invited to the Rugby Canada Men’s Camp, and was selected for the Summer 2016 tour. He received his first cap against Japan at BC Place during this tour. Heaton received Rugby Canada’s Men’s XVs Player of the year in 2017 and was nominated again for this award in 2019. He was selected to go to the 2019 Rugby World Cup where he played in 3 pool matches and scored against South Africa.
With his international playing experience and energy, Heaton is sure to make his mark at Rugby ATL.