Owen Duvall -
2016 Terry O'Reilly
Memorial Scholarship Recipient
San Diego, CA (December 10, 2016) - 2016 Terry O’Reilly Memorial Scholarship recipient Owen Duvall has not
always characterized himself as a typical athlete. Duvall began his competitive
athletics career in a local Pop Warner Football league and struggled from the
beginning; from barely making the league’s maximum bodyweight, finishing second
to last in all fitness sessions, and limited playing time due to inexperience.
Owen, now a two-time High School All-American selection, discovered rugby
following his first season of contact football and the rest is history!
began his rugby career with the Coastal Dragons Youth Rugby Football Club in
Encinitas, California. He tapped into his true athletic potential and developed
his rugby skills from U12 to U18 with the Dragons, serving as captain in 2015
and vice captain in 2016. In his freshman year at Cathedral Catholic High
School, Owen earned a spot on the Dons’ starting side and assisted his team to
a Southern California High School Championship title. In the 2015-2016 season
Owen served as team captain for Cathedral Catholic.
a quiet and intelligent young man who lets his play on the rugby field do the
talking. He is a very strong member of the Cathedral pack and only leads by
example from the moment practice starts until it ends from the first whistle of
any game until the final whistle,” said Glenn Irvine, Cathedral Catholic High
School head rugby coach.
most notable honors include being a named a two time High School All-American
selection in 2015 and 2016. As a High School All-American he got the
opportunity to play against France and Belgium in the U17 division and British
Columbia in the U18 division. One day, Duvall aspires to represent the USA and
potentially earn an overseas contract with a European club, but for now Duvall
is on his way to play for the collegiate rugby powerhouse, California Golden
passion for rugby does not go unnoticed. Owen attributes rugby to turning his
life around and broadening his horizons in ways unimaginable. “In my life
today, I live and breathe rugby. It has had such a heavy influence on these
past several years of my life that I know I would not be the same without it. I
have rugby to thank for the person I am today and for turning an unfit little
kid into a competitive athlete,” said Duvall.
addition to rugby, Owen was a member of the Cathedral Catholic High School
football team for four seasons. During his freshman year, he volunteered at St.
John School as a math tutor for sixth grade students and helped coach for the
Coastal Dragons U10 team. Owen spent weekends volunteering at Scripps Memorial
Hospital helping with general office aid during his sophomore year. In his
junior year he became involved with Cure JM Foundation, a nonprofit
organization focused on finding a cure for the rare and life threatening
autoimmune disease known as Juvenile Myositis. Owen helped fundraise and
collect prizes for the Cure JM fundraiser auction. During his junior and senior
years he was a member of his school Campus Ministry program.
classroom, Owen graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego,
California with a 4.2-weighted GPA (3.82 un-weighted). He is a member of the
National Honor Society. Owen will continue to pursue his athletic and academic
excellence at the University of California, Berkeley this fall, where he
intends to earn a technical/business degree. His career goals include operating
his own manufacturing company or working for a technical company, but he
ultimately aspires to play professional rugby and earn an overseas contract.
“Owen works diligently in training and is a good teammate,” said
his Cal head coach, Jack Clark. While Bears’ Associate Head Coach Tom Billups
has put in a lot of hard work and has made some notable progress in his
strength and conditioning, and through that, has improved his body composition.”
Congratulations Owen, on being selected as the first
recipient of the Terry O’Reilly Scholarship.