Travers eyes rugby

Dow Travers may be celebrated for
skiing but his sights are on rugby.

The Cayman-based Winter Olympian is
heading back to Brown University in Rhode
Island to resume his studies this semester. He missed
about three weeks of school due to the Olympics.

Prior to the final exam period in
May, Dow expects to play for the school’s rugby team in April.

Last semester the Brown men’s team
compiled a record of 6-4, with a 5-3 record against Ivy League teams (good
enough for third place).

The squad just missed out on a
playoff spot in the northeast conference of the NCAA division one rugby
competition.

Travers, 22, could be a key
addition to the school as he played for Cayman’s U19 and U20 national teams. His
experience is both in the sevens (as a prop) and fifteens (as a fullback) version
of the sport.

In fact he hopes to join the Cayman
national team prior to its appearances at the Caribbean Championships and
Central American and Caribbean games this
summer.

This reporter got a chance to hear
from Travers briefly last week. The young man came 69th out of 103
participants in the men’s giant slalom alpine skiing event.

Dow is very content with the
history he set as Cayman’s first-ever Winter Olympics participant.

“It’s a great honour to have
represented Cayman,” Travers said. “I am very proud to have shown the world
what we, as a small nation, can do when we set our sights to it.

“I have a huge handicap in
competitive skiing, only being able to train around 50 days a year when my
competition are out in excess of 200, but once I graduate from college and have
a couple years to set aside hopefully you’ll be seeing me in the future as an
improved skier.”

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