Alex Park, freshman with Lamar High School RFC, selected to play for Atlantis Sevens U16 in Vegas, March 3-5, 2017
Photo credits: Sadie Park
Alex Park, a freshman at Lamar High School, has been selected to represent the Atlantis Sevens U16 team as they defend their championship, during the USA Sevens international rugby tournament, March 3 – 5th, 2017 in Las Vegas. Alex was spotted by the University of Houston Rugby Head Coach, Daniel Whetzel, at 2017 Ruggapalooza, an annual event hosted by Houston Youth Rugby Association (HYRA).
Alex started playing rugby in 2015 with Lanier Middle School RFC, attending camps at Brigham Young University and graduating to Lamar High School RFC. The Lanier and Lamar RFC programs were established by and are coached by active members of Houston Athletic Rugby Club (HARC), as Houston’s youth development programs.
"Alex is a great study of the game and a really good person. The team is so excited for him. He worked hard in summer sevens and fifteens preseason, it has landed him the starting scrum-half position on Varsity”, Fischer Wheat, Captain Lamar HS RFC.
The Atlantis U16 is competitive with 12 players selected nationally, Alex is the only player selected from Texas. The Atlantis Sevens has been established for 30 years, competed in 31 countries and has had 100 of its members go on to become USA Eagles (Americas Rugby Team). Alex’s participation will allow him a path to compete for an Olympic Spot in 4 years.
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