Dylan Pethard

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Rugby
July 12, 2004

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About Athlete

My goal is to play Rugby at a high standard combining my love of rugby with achieving good academic grades at university. I am addicted to the sport. I feel like a different person when I am playing. I am extremely motivated to achieve my goals but know I will need to work hard giving 110% to both rugby and my college work. I want to do myself, my family, and the college team that I represent proud. I am prepared to make sacrifices to reach my goals. I am excited to take on this new challenge and fulfill my dream of playing Rugby, studying and living in America.

Teams

Camelot Rugby Club
Saracens DPP
The Hemel Hempstead Secondary School

Championships

Competition wins with Camelot Rugby Club

U7

Saracens Cup

Bedford Festival

Bournemouth Festival

Tring Festival

County Champions

U8

Saracens Cup

Bedford Festival

Bournemouth Festival

Tring Festival

U9

Saracens Alan Day Trophy

Bedford Festival

Bournemouth Festival

County Champions

U10

Saracens Cup

Bedford Festival

Bournemouth Festival (Draw)

Tring Festival

Abergavenny Festival

Wasps Cup

County Champions

U11

Bedford Festival

Bournemouth Festival

Abergavenny Festival

U12

Aylesbury Festival

Bedford Festival

Saracens Cup

County Champions

U13

County Champions

U14 County Champions

U15 & U16 Cancelled

For the school U14 National Championship semifinalist and played for the year above where we lost by one try against St Clement Danes in the final.

Awards, press

U6 Most improved player 2010

U8 Players Play 2012

U13 2017/2018 Coaches Player

When I first joined Rugby at the age of 5 when it was tag rugby I played for the year above. I continued to do this for several years. I also play for the year above at secondary school.

Additional sporting info

I have also been part of the Saracens Junior Academy – U16’s DPP

What makes you different?

I believe what makes me stand out from my competitors is my resilience and determination to succeed. I am very proud to state that I am a player that rarely gets substituted. I can brush off big hits and have the stamina to bring down a player and get back up quickly ready to make the next tackle. I feel that I work as hard if not harder than anyone else out there on the pitch. I have great self-belief which I think you need to become a professional player. I know I must work hard to become the best. I have this unique ability to read the game. I have good observation and awareness of what is going on around me allowing me to make forward decisions to be able to be in the right place at the right time. I am a smart and controlled player staying cool and calm when under pressure. I am addicted to the sport and feel like a different person when playing. The buzz and adrenaline I feel is what keeps me going. I am committed to the sport and will make personal sacrifices to make sure I am as fit as possible for not only training but also competitive games. I recognize the importance of my studies so will ensure I work hard at both Rugby and my education. I know you will be proud to have me as part of your college and your team as I will always show respect and will wear my chosen college shirt with pride.

Why do you want to compete in college?

My cousin went out to America in 2014 on a football scholarship and has continued to live in America as a football coach for the college he attended and is now a qualified teacher. Having kept in close contact, I felt that this was something that I would love to do. He has given me a realistic picture of the ups and downs of leaving home, competitive sport, living on your own and making a life in a foreign country. I feel this has given me a good insight into the life I will be choosing for at least the next 4 years and this excites me. I want to experience new things. I am proud to be English but England is a small island and there is so much more for me to see and experience.

College Goals?

I would love to play at a very highly competitive level. Traveling across America to play other colleges. Studying, meeting people from all over the world will be an opportunity that lots of people don’t get. I know I must do well at college to be able to continue to play my sport but to also have a career to fall back on should I get injured or for when I need to retire.

Anything else we should know?

I am a very keen skier and love watching most sports. I can also scuba dive.

Education

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The Hemel Hempstead Secondary School

Graduation year: 2022

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