They say there’s no rest for the wicked, and the same applies for those chasing their dreams.
After completing his HSC this year, UTS Titans Quarterback Jordan Rowland hasn’t taken the summer holidays to celebrate leaving school. Instead he has continued his training culminating this week in an extraordinary opportunity. After representing NSW as a Wide Receiver this year at the Gridiron Australia Junior Nationals and helping to take home the third straight National Title for NSW (scoring one Touchdown and converting eight of ten extra points), Rowland capped off his third year playing American Football by being selected for the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Development Team Camp 2014 again as a Wide Receiver.
Held in Bradenton, Florida over the past week, 77 of the top under 19 American Football players from outside the USA and Canada were put through their paces in a week of intensive training. Hailing from fifteen different countries, Rowland was one of eleven Australians selected, with three coming from Gridiron New South Wales clubs.
Receiving instruction from former US High School, College and NFL level coaches, all those in attendance were exposed to a high standard of training. “The first class facilities at the IMG Academy and the team of Elite Coaches were exceptional” states Rowland. “The intense training schedule and constant conditioning sessions in-between practices has made the camp both enjoyable and exhausting.”
With his eyes set firmly upon trying to obtain a position on a US College team, Rowland will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of several other Australian players who have secured roles at top colleges after attending previous IFAF World Team camps.
Upon his return Rowland will be gearing up to lead the Titans Offense as they prepare for the coming Colts season, set to start on March 1.