LMS Sports Ambassadors Programme welcomes Ryan Olofowela

The Lincoln Minster school's 'Sports Ambassadors Programme' recently welcomed, past pupil and England National Rugby Sevens player, Ryan Olowofela to the team!
Ryan, and his twin brother Jordan, starred for the school in all sports but with notable success in Rugby.
Since Ryan left LMS in 2014 to join Leicester Tigers Academy set up he has gone on and made quite a name for himself in the world of Rugby.

Ryan not only did a terrific job for the Tigers but excelled in the England set ups. Following a couple of injuries, Ryan was offered the opportunity to play Rugby 7’s with England. Since his move to the 7’s game, Ryan hasn’t looked back. The 7’s game has suited his speed, agility, strength and flair. As a result, Ryan has played in virtually all of the World 7’s Series last season, most notably in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Sydney and Hamilton. Ryan’s first World Series try was scored against Russia at the Hamilton tournament. A proud moment not only for Ryan, but for the whole family too. Ryan’s stand out try’s where against Argentina and Samoa. Both demonstrating his great speed and power. Ryan has also captained England 7’s on the European Circuit. A fantastic honour!

Following a recent visit from Ryan, he said:

Rugby 7’s is the fastest growing sport world wide. The proudest moments in my career would be making my debut for my country in Sydney at 19 earlier this year.
 
I’m aspiring to make my first Olympics in the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo 2020, but there are still so many hurdles to get through before I can even thing about that. We still have a full season of the World Series to play before then of course qualifications and obviously selection. One step at a time. 

I am enjoying playing on the series and traveling the world. I think there will be a time where I go back to 15s but at the moment I’m in a good place with the 7s.

If I could offer advice to any Rugby player or sportsman, I would say that you hear a lot of people talking about ‘oh he’s too young, he’s not big enough, he doesn’t weigh enough etc.' but, from my honest prospective, if you want it badly enough you’ll achieve everything you are capable of at any age no matter the odds. Of course, there will be the little set backs but it’s about being positive in those situations knowing you’ll come back stronger and fitter, and the hunger for the game gets more intense in your mind meaning you will do those little things that’s will allow you to come back faster stronger and more robust. The real men work when nobody is watching, they're putting in work to be the best."
 
Watch Ryan in action using the links below...