Dana Olsen scores herself an invitation
"I just came out to play rugby, I wasn’t expecting that."
Through the USA Rugby and Serevi® partnership last year, Serevi became the Official High Performance Pathway of USA Rugby. Serevi works closely with all four USA Rugby national teams and created a framework to identify, train, develop, and expose more male and female athletes to national team coaches and high performance rugby. The USA Rugby Academy powered by Serevi is a fully-integrated platform of training and development resources for aspiring male and female athletes in rugby 15s and sevens. From this process will come tomorrow’s national collegiate champions, club champions, international caps and Olympians.
A fan-favorite component of the USA Rugby Academy powered by Serevi is the Talent Identification (ID). All athletes that attend the Serevi Development and High Performance Training Camps have an equal opportunity to be “IDd” by Eagles coaches. The camps’ talent identification component serves to funnel talent into the USA 15s and Olympic sevens pools for both men and women. Those athletes demonstrating the appropriate mix of skill, athleticism and potential will then be invited to Serevi’s multi-day Elite Resident Camps where they will train in an immersive, high-performance environment with Serevi® and USA Eagles coaches.
“We’ll be looking for athletes with an appropriate mix of skill, athleticism and potential to invite to train in an immersive, high-performance environment during our summer residence camps,” said Ric Suggitt, head coach of the Women’s Eagles. “As we build towards the 2016 Olympics, these camps will be the foundation of finding and developing the next generation of women’s and men’s Eagles.”
At the Serevi High Performance Training Camp at Glendale, Colo., in February, Suggitt got a head start on his invites. One of the female athletes stood out above the rest, which lead to her invitation to not only our girls Serevi High School Residency Program this summer, but also to train exclusively with the Women’s Eagles Sevens team in March. Seventeen-year-old Dana Olsen was personally invited to the Olympic Training Center by Suggitt. Dana shared her excitement with the coaching staff after the camp.
“I am super excited – it’s awesome,” she said. “I just came out to play rugby, I wasn’t expecting that.”
Players like Dana who are gifted in all areas of the game and still in high school make coaches and fans alike excited for the future of USA Rugby.
While participation in the USA Rugby Academy High Performance Training Camps is not a mandatory component for national team consideration, it is a training interval that establishes the quality and increases the consistency of player preparedness for high-level competition and the national teams. To find out more information or find a High Performance Training Camp in your area, visit the Serevi Rugby website for more details.