Provincial and National rugby athlete Tyler Rowland received some exciting news last week. The Toronto Nomad was recently awarded a scholarship from the prestigious Canstaff Crusaders International High Performance Unit.
Inspiring Excellence through Experience is the mission of For the Love of the Game fund and we are committed to providing unique world class sporting experiences to athletes to inspire them and help them achieve their potential. The For the Love of the Game scholarship sends players into the heart of World Rugby at the Canterbury Crusaders International High Performance Unit (IHPU). The Crusaders are the home club of Daniel Carter and Ritchie McCaw among other All-Black legends.
To find out more about the program head to http://crusaders-ihpu.com/
This is an excellent opportunity for Tyler, who has already proven to be a talented player at the provincial level. Most recently, he was long listed for the U18 National Team that will be touring Europe in the spring of 2017.
Rowland will likely be heading to New Zealand in June for a four-week period. The experience will give him an opportunity to train and learn from some of the best in the game. He will also be placed in a local club for the four weeks and will get an opportunity to train in high-class facilities.
Here is what Tyler had to say about the opportunity:
How does it feel to be nominated for this scholarship?
“It's an honour and privilege that I'm very thankful for. It will be an unbelievable experience and I have to thank everyone that has helped me get to this point.”
What are you most looking forward to with this experience?
“The opportunity to further develop my rugby skills and to work with and learn from very talented players and coaches is something I'm really looking forward to. I also think that it is a really great opportunity to meet new people from all around the world and to experience New Zealand life.”
What do you look to get out of the experience - both personally and for your game?
“I’ve never traveled to New Zealand so personally it will be a fantastic experience and I hope to learn more about their culture and traditions. Regarding my rugby game, I'm looking forward to focusing on perfecting my skills over a 4-week period and coming back as an improved rugby player. I think the opportunity will allow me to grow both personally and as an athlete. I think is an honour to represent Canada, Ontario and my club team which are have all contributed to me being considered for this opportunity.”
You were recently long listed for Canada’s U18 squad. What does it mean to be able to represent Canada on the international stage?
“It's been a dream of mine since I was introduced to the U17 Canada program and I'm very excited to be in Victoria and want to do everything I can to have the privilege of representing Canada in France this spring.”
About Rugby Ontario:
Rugby Ontario is the provincial sports governing body responsible for the organization of rugby in Ontario. Our mission is to promote, govern, and develop rugby at all levels in a safe, affordable and enjoyable environment within the province of Ontario.
For more information, visit http://www.rugbyontario.com/