Competition provides unique opportunity for athlete development and preparation


SEATTLE (July 21, 2015) – The ATAVUS All-Stars Women’s Collegiate 15s team will come together for camp July 22nd through 26th at Niagara University in Lewiston, New York. The camp is highlighted by a game against the Canadian Provincial Select side, Ontario Storm, on July 25th at 4pm. The Collegiate All-Stars roster is comprised of women brought from across ATAVUS programming in conjunction with athletes from the Collegiate National All-Star Competition held at James Madison University in June. USA Women’s Collegiate All-American Coach Sue Whitwell and Women’s Eagle Assistant Coach Martha Daines will lead camp and coach the team.
I am excited to be working with some of the top college players in the country,” said Whitwell. “We will be introducing the concepts that the Eagles and Collegiate All-American teams use, enabling players to be more prepared for selection in the future.”
Bringing these young women together as ATAVUS All-Stars provides a critically important competitive opportunity in rugby athlete development,” said Emile Bydwell, Head of Rugby Programming at ATAVUS. “Athletes need the opportunity to not only train, but play in a high performance environment. This camp, including a game versus a quality opponent, provides a remarkable chance to practice performing under pressure – a critical skill to make it at the highest levels of our game.”
This week’s ATAVUS All-Stars roster includes:

Nicole Benedetti – West Chester University
Catherine Benson – Penn State University
Kaitlyn Broughton – Life University
Nicole Burr – Augusta
N’Keiah Butler – Life University
Yejadai Dunn – Dartmouth College
Ally Dykes – Roger Williams University
Jade Enright – Colby College
Jocelyn Jones – Utah Valley University
Brianna Kim – University of Virginia
Sabrina Kraft – CSU Fullerton
Jessica Lu – Princeton University
Mindy McCracken – University of Colorado, Mesa
Saskia Morgan – Brown University
Margaret Myles – Quinnipiac University
Maggie Olney – Washington Furies
Fumie Reyes – University of Hawaii, Maui
Rose Russell – University of California
Kristen Siano – Rutgers University
Chelsey Sveinsson – Stanford University
Andrea Villanova – Penn State

The event also serves as part of the ATAVUS Coach Development Program, bringing in Sharon Blaney, former USA Eagle, to assist Whitwell and Daines. Blaney is a promising coach who is currently also enrolled in USA Rugby’s Elite Coach Development Program.

It is crucial that we provide opportunities for coaches to develop in competitive environments alongside the players to further develop elite coaches in the U.S. ” notes Bydwell.

The ATAVUS All-Stars program is made up of women’s and men’s teams in both 15s and 7s. ATAVUS coaches identify and select players with high performance abilities and potential through USA Rugby Academy camps, the ATAVUS Academy, and on “Powered By ATAVUS” teams and clubs across the nation. In addition to on field development, ATAVUS All-Stars receive expert instruction on proper physical preparation and recovery techniques, including strength and conditioning programming, increasing an athlete’s understanding of how to prepare and be successful in competition.
In addition to the Women’s Collegiate 15s team, ATAVUS All-Stars teams will compete at the Serevi RugbyTown 7s in mid August as Men’s 7s and High School Boys’ 7s, and at the Las Vegas Invitational in March 2016 as Women’s 7s, Men’s 7s, High School Girls’ 7s, and High School Boys’ 7s.
About ATAVUS
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, ATAVUS is relentlessly driven to breed character, develop skills and champion Rugby in the USA and beyond. The company builds and executes sustained, progression-based programming that provides coaching inclusive of any age, skill set or gender. Programs includes the year-round ATAVUS Academy, the USA Rugby Academy Powered by ATAVUS, customizable “Powered By ATAVUS” consulting services, and international programs with key partners including the worldwide HSBC Rugby Festivals. ATAVUS also provides a brand identify, through social media and apparel, for the Rugby community that helps raise the level of noise around the sport in the U.S. For more information on ATAVUS, including upcoming player and coach training sessions visit ATAVUS.com.