Oliver Turner Blake

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Rugby
December 23, 2002

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About Athlete

About me

I’m originally from the North of England where I schooled at Carmel RC College of Education, with my family roots coming from Scotland and Italy. I have always had an interest in sports, having played cricket, tennis, hockey, basketball and ultimately rugby was my chosen sport. 
 

In 2019 I moved to London as I wanted to look at building new relationships and network in a different environment as I had the opportunity to move regions and attend a London based sixth form college, to study business and continue playing rugby.

My passion for rugby started at a young age 5/6 as family enjoy the sport and we attended many lives games. I started my rugby career when I was 6 years old, with Mowden Park RFC (National league 1 England) in the mini’s, juniors and then colts. I also played rugby for my secondary school (Carmel). In both teams I was always in the starting 15 unless injured or away due to holidays/sickness and captained both teams in numerous occasions.  

My Aim

My aim is to excel in everything I do especially both my academic studies and my sporting activities. I do believe that when you put 110% into anything, you can achieve your goals. I have a great work ethic and I am proactive towards my goals.

As well having the motivation to work extremely hard in both attributes, I am also a team player and enjoy helping others to also achieve their goals. I feel rugby has helped me develop these skills and make me more mindful, which adds value when working in a team environment within an academic/sporting or business situation.  

I wish to attend a USA university as I believe I have a lot to offer a university due to my academic experience, my achievements as an individual and also as a team member. My commitment to my studies and sport is first rate, this is demonstrated throughout my school and rugby career.University in the USA offers many benefits which is something I aim to tap into, I wish to study at the highest level possible while also playing rugby at the highest level open in the USA. Due to my capabilities and experience as a player I believe I can make a positive contribution to a university team from team captain experience to coaching and playing within a team.  

Championships

Primary Position: Inside Centre (12)

Secondary Positions:  Flyhalf (10), Scrumhalf (9) and Outside Centre (13)

Trials

  • Newcastle Falcons 2018/19 

Past Teams

  • Durham County 2017/19
  • Mowden Park 2008/19

Current Team

  • Isleworth and Syon School for Boys 2019 - 
  • Middlesex County 2019 - 
  • Scottish Exiles 2017 – 
  • London Scottish Colts – 2019- 

Statistics

  • Top point scorer for the 2018/19 season at Mowden Park 
  • Captained many games for Mowden Park and Isleworth Syon school especially in the big County Cup Games.

Highest Level of Rugby Played

  • County/Academy Level – Starting County Squad 
  • 1st team for School 
  • 1st team for Club Rugby 

Fitness Stats

  • Bench Press 1 Rep Max - 90kg – 198lbs 
  • Squat 1 Rep Max - 110kg – 242lbs 
  • Deadlift 1 rep max – 150kg – 330lbs 
  • 100-meter time – 12.1 seconds 
  • Bleep Test – Stage 14
  • 5k time – 20:04

Tournaments Participated in

Newcastle Falcons 7s tournament U16 – June 2018

Over 20 teams attend the Newcastle Falcons 7s tournament across the north of the England. Won the tournament in the final against Durham City with a score 14-7.

Surrey 7s tournament U18 – March 2020

Competed against the biggest schools in the country at Richmond athletic ground London. Out in the group stages from getting beat by Hampton Public school.

National Cup U18 - November 2019

Played against big rugby schools like Glynn 6th form based in the south of England. Lost in the 3rd round of the Cup.

Middlesex County Cup U18s – January 2020

Beat big rugby schools around the area, such as Gunnersbury in the semifinals and Weatherby in the Final.

North of England County Cup U16s – June 2018

Played with my old team Mowden Park winning the North of England County Cup playing against big sides like Barnard Castle and Blaydon.

Durham County – January – 2017, 2018, 2019

Played against 3 Counties, Northumbria, Cumbria and Yorkshire at the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Stadium. Beat all 3 counties each year except in the last year vs Yorkshire which a Final Score of 32-24.  

Orleans 7s – March 2020

Isleworth Syon played against big schools like Hampton public school. Came 2nd in the tournament out of 10 teams.

London Scottish League Game vs Ealing Trail finders Academy

Played a big league game vs Ealing, where I started in the lineup at inside Centre and gave a strong defensive performance, where it was televised.

Previous Coaches and Mentors

Through my playing career I have been coached 1 to 1 and in a team scenario by a lot of well-known players and ex-players like, Rory Clegg (Ex Newcastle Falcons Flyhalf), Gary Law(Mowden Park National League 1 Flyhalf), Danny Brown (Head Coach of National league 1 side Mowden Park) and my current coach Michael Mullins (ex National league 1 player). These coaches have helped me become the player I am today. Having these people coaching me has given me a great opportunity for me to improve my skill and mentally my game.

Awards, press

Newcastle Falcons summer trials -2018/19

In the Starting team for 2 Counties, Durham County- North of England and Middlesex County – South of England and beating Yorkshire, Northumbria, Cumbria and Surrey 2017-19

County Cup winners 4 years running Mowden Park 2017-19

Isleworth and Syon School – Winner of the Middlesex County Cup 2020.

Captained Isleworth and Syon in the National Cup against Glynn School.

Playing for Scottish Exiles 2017/19 and playing against different regions in the country.

 

Nominated for special achievement award in sport December 2020

Additional sporting info

CrossFit/ Gym

I am a keen fitness fanatic, from the age of 11 I have been competing in CrossFit Events in my area at the time in the North of England at the Northern Echo Stadium. As well as training at the gym 6 times every week, either with my teammates or with my father.

 

 

Instagram: @Olly.tb

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