Team GB’s rugby sevens success in Rio, was only one of greatest challenges that Dan Bibby tackled this year, the arrival of his first born with fiancée, Katie proved to be another huge highlight.
Dan has seen a boom in seven’s popularity in 2016, topped with being awarded his very own precious silver medal. The 25-year-old, Wigan sportsman spoke at the Crabbie’s National Rugby Awards: “I feel like I’ve peaked, I’ve got engaged, got a dog, won an Olympic medal and I’m about to become a dad, so I don’t think life can get any better.”
Rugby made its first appearance at the Rio Olympic Games since 1924, where the sevens format debuted. Whilst overcoming the All Blacks to top their group, seeing off Argentina and South Africa in the setup to the gold medal match with Fiji, Team GB’s men had already made their country proud. Even though the final score was 43-7, Bibby and his team insisted that silver capped their incredible journey.
“Being part of Team GB was an awesome feeling. We are exactly that, a team, and it was so surreal going down to breakfast with the likes of Tom Daley, chatting away like you know each other,” he said. “I can’t describe with words what it means to me to be an Olympic medallist. I feel like a kid at Christmas every day, and I can’t wait to tell everyone about it and show them my medal. Rugby sevens has hugely grown since the Olympics so it’s going to be really exciting to see how far we can take it,” he said.
Michelmersh is proud of Dan’s many achievements and recent success during 2016, and has entered into a sponsorship arrangement to support his future career. Dan originally helped Great Britain to win the 2012 World University Championships in Brive against South Africa, scoring two tries and landing five conversions in the final victory. Signing full-time for England 7s in the summer of 2012, he scored two tries against France, in the final of the Moscow tournament which contributed to England becoming champions of the European Grand Prix Series, and culminated in Bibby earning selection in 2016 for Team GB.
Commenting on his new sponsorship deal, Bibby stated: “As the new rugby sevens season begins, I am really looking forward to coming on board and the association with Michelmersh. Following the excitement of this summer; winning an Olympic Silver Medal, meeting the Queen and all of the other trimmings that being an Olympian brings, I am very much looking forward to getting back to my England sevens duties with the additional support of Michelmersh and its team. Thank you so much for all the support, please follow my travels and experiences on the Michelmersh twitter feed @BritainBrickMBH.”
Frank Hanna Joint Chief Executive Officer of Michelmersh, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to be supporting Dan, his efforts in Rio were an inspiration to many young budding rugby players. We wish him every success in his endeavours with Team GB.”
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