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Did you know? Glendale’s very own Carmen Farmer is an Olympian in Rugby Sevens!
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Did you know? Glendale’s very own Carmen Farmer is a Olympian in Rugby Sevens! She made the U.S. Women’s Olympic Sevens Team for Rio 2016, after just a year of playing sevens competitively on the Women’s Sevens Series. In fact, Farmer didn’t even start playing rugby until she was 31-years-old, after a friend from Australia recommend she try the sport. Prior to rugby, Farmer, a three-sport athlete in high school, had attended Virginia Tech on a full scholarship for softball. Carmen started playing with the Glendale Women’s Premier League Team shortly after returning from Rio. Moving to Colorado with the hopes of winning a National championship with one of the WPL’s most competitive teams! Here, Carmen tells about what fans can expect from this weekend’s event…
“First, I have to say I am jealous that the current World Series Sevens teams get to play here in Glendale. On the World Series circuit, we get to play in some amazing places like Dubai, France, and Australia, but I would have loved to play at a Infinity Park for our U.S. stop in front of some of the best rugby fans in the country! For folks who haven’t had the chance to see a World Rugby Sevens event before, you are in for a treat! These are the best women’s sevens players, many of which will be competing in the Olympics in 2020, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to see world class rugby right in our own backyard, here in Glendale. Infinity Park is the perfect venue to feature these international teams, and playing at Colorado altitude will provide a unique test for these athletes to showcase their skills. If you haven’t bought your tickets, don’t wait! Buy them today at www.usawomens7sglendale.com. Then don’t forget to stay around on Saturday night to watch the Glendale Merlins WPL side take on the Chicago North Shore team, at 7:30 p.m., out at Glendale’s new turf pitch, just behind the stadium! It should prove to be a fantastic day of rugby!”