As part of the “Get to know your hero” program, which consists of linking top-class athletes with their school communities across Chile, it was the turn of the historical captain of the rugby sevens national team, Felipe Brangier.
This center player, who has joined three times the Panamerican games with “Los Condores”, shared with children from the Bradford School, in the Vitacura district from Santiago, that housed him in his school years where he got to know the sport of the oval ball.
Here, the world class player at the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, and soon to have a second experience at Cape Town 2022, had his first matches, trainings and competitions, being always in the spotlight because of his talent, fellowship and compromise.
“Felipe arrived from a very young age at this school. He was always fast and agile, standing out in every sport, even more in athletics and soccer. He is a pride for us and always comes and talks about his experiences. He is a great example for the children,” said Claudio Vallejos, who was his teacher a decade ago.
A massive school audience had rugby player Felipe Brangier on his return to Bradford School (photo: Santiago 2023)
The current Prince of Wales Country Club (PWCC) player, a Chilean First Division rugby team, valued what he had learned in his school years, a place where many national athletes begin to practice sports.
"I have very good memories of the school, here people start their educational process with values that accompany them for life," he assured.
And he hopes that the current students will closely follow the national team at the Pan American Games.
"I would love for everyone to follow us, to watch our matches on every broadcast,” he concluded.
The triple participant at the Pan American Games (2011, 2015 and 2019) shared not only words with the students of Bradford School, but also entered the field to reveal the secrets of rugby sevens (photo: Santiago 2023).
Name: Felipe Eduardo Brangier Valdivia
Date of birth: November 5, 1988 (33 years old)
Place: Santiago, Metropolitan region - Chile
Skilled hand and foot: Right
Height and weight: 1.90m and 95k
2011 Guadalajara: 5th
2015 Toronto: 5th
2019 Lima: 5th
2014 South American Games in Santiago (CHI): bronze medal
2017 Bolivarian Games in Santa Marta (COL): gold medal
2018 South American Circuit (URU/CHI): 4th and qualified for the World Cup
2018 South American Games Cochabamba (BOL): gold medal
2018 World Cup San Francisco (USA): 17th - Bowl champion
2021 Latin American San Jose (CRC): runner up and qualification for the World Cup
2022 World Cup Cape Town (RSA): to be played, between September 9 and 11, 2022.
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