Signing for Scotland 7s is 27 times capped player, Michael Fedo’s most proud career achievement to date. His next goal is to be selected for Team Scotland in the rugby sevens squad and compete at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
He said: “It was a real aspiration of mine to play professionally for Scotland 7s, and when I got asked it was class. It gives me a chance to succeed in a sport I love.”
“Being selected for Team Scotland would be a really proud moment, another mark of success in my career. I’m constantly striving to achieve selection.”
A product of Bell Baxter High School and Howe of Fife Rugby Club, both of which are situated in Cupar in Fife, Fedo was a member of the schools team who won the under-18 Bell Lawrie White Schools Cup in 2006/07 and the Scottish Schools 7s Cup the same year. He was also in the club side that won the under-18 National Youth League Cup that season.
His sevens prowess was originally recognised by his Watsonian coach, Bruce Atchison, before Stephen Gemmell asked him to join the Scotland 7s squad following a Gael Force match in the 2009/10 British & Irish Cup.
Fedo continued: “Bruce thought the way I played rugby was suited to the abbreviated game so he got me involved with Samurai International and his sevens side for the Kings of the Sevens Series.”
“In 2010 we [Samurai International] won the Middlesex 7s, the GB7s series and Watsonians won the Kings of the Sevens Series.”
Playing for Scotland 7s has taken 23 year old Fedo all over the world; most recently he competed in the Rugby World Cup 7s in Moscow. Between the Rugby World Cup Sevens and the HSBC Sevens World Series he has become known for his energy across the pitch and try scoring ability. He has racked up some 225 points scoring 45 tries.
However, the attraction of competing in a home multi-sport event is a real driver.
Fedo said: “You realise how fortunate you are to represent your country around the world when you speak to your friends who are working back at home.”
“But, Glasgow 2014 is a unique event and to be there, playing in front of a home crowd, will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. I want to keep improving and building on my game both in a team context and as an individual to ensure I’m there next July.”
In the spirit of the Commonwealth Games and with Scotland’s aim to create a legacy in sport in mind, Fedo is aware of his performances having an impact on the next generation of rugby players.
He concluded: “Growing up, when a player was successful playing for Scotland it inspired me. I was a big fan of Budge Poutney, I enjoyed watching him play. So to know that I could have an impact on someone else makes me really proud.”
You can follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelFedo
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