Hong Kong Sevens

Confident Rowan has a big future

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 March, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 March, 2004, 12:00am

Name: Rowan Varty

Grade: Year 13

School: King George V

Sport: Rugby, football, athletics

Statistics: KGV's head boy plays club rugby for DeA Tigers as a winger, and last month, the 18-year-old joined the Hong Kong Sevens squad for a training camp in New Zealand.

Rowan led KGV to the Bill Williams Schoolboys Sevens title, scoring 13 tries in six matches, an was a key player in the school football team.

He finished fourth in the 100 metres (11.32 seconds) and second in the 200m (22.79) at the Division One inter-school athletics championships. In the 4x100m relay, he surged past rivals in the home stretch to clinch a surprise bronze medal for KGV.

He was named 2002/2003 Co-ed Sportsboy of the Year and will likely be a contender again this year.

SoundbitE: 'You have to enjoy what you are doing and give up a lot of time to become better at it. Experience helps, and by playing at a higher level, you can learn new things and improve quickly - you just need the confidence to do it.'

Interests: He goes snowboarding in Canada with family and friends. Currently reading England rugby wing Jason Robinson's autobiography.


performance: GCSE (2002): one A-star, seven As, and one B. Achieved four As in the AS-levels last summer. Four As in the A-levels predicted.

From his coach: 'Rowan impressed everyone with his confidence and maturity, particularly when considering this is his first year of playing rugby at senior level,' said experienced Hong Kong player Chris Gordon. 'Rowan has a big future ahead of him.'

Ambition: To play in the Hong Kong Sevens. Rowan plans to study law at a university in the United Kingdom, possibly at Nottingham or Durham.