Making Their Younger Selves Proud: Women’s Rugby Sevens On Breaking Barriers

What would you say to your younger self if you met them today? Would you tell them that you will in fact achieve all of the things you set out to do? To keep dreaming and wishing and telling your family you’re “going to win gold at the Olympics”?

The gals from the women’s Rugby Sevens team sure would. We chatted to Charlotte Caslick, Emma Tonegato and Sharni Williams about how their lifelong goal of becoming Olympic medallists actually came true. That achievement was especially groundbreaking, given nobody like them had ever achieved it before.

“Growing up, there weren’t very many girls that played rugby in general, but that’s definitely changing,” says Charlotte. Achieving sporting success without having role models to guide them is truly admirable. Especially if you think about the fact that it’s only been four years in the making.

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As Emma explains, “Imagine girls [who] grow up playing rugby their whole life and what they can come up with if we’ve only be playing three or four years and we’ve won gold.”

Watch the whole video to see Charlotte, Emma and Sharni chat about breaking down barriers, the importance of role models, reaching the peak of their career and making their eight-year-old self proud.

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Posted by The Cusp on Sunday, 14 May 2017

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Josephine is a writer from western Sydney who likes to blatantly lie on her bios. She played the youngest sister in 80s sitcom Family Ties and looks fantastic running with a backpack on.