Super Rugby


8/9/2016

Caslick achieves Rio Olympic Dream and inspires next generation


Australia’s Olympic Sevens final hero Charlotte Caslick believes her team’s historic win can inspire a new generation of players and change how women’s Rugby is perceived.
 
The 21-year-old from Brisbane scored seven tries in the Rio Olympic tournament, including a crucial five-pointer in Australia’s 24-17 win against New Zealand to assure the Aussies of Rugby’s first gold medal since the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.

Clutching her newly minted Olympic gold, Caslick told redsrugby.com.au: “It’s been incredible, it’s been the best three days of my life. It’s such an honour to represent Australia at the Olympics and win a gold medal.

“It hasn’t really sunk in, but coming into this tournament we wanted to change the world by getting people to watch women’s Rugby so I hope we’ve inspired people. I hope we get a lot more girls playing Rugby. If you like a challenge, you should get involved with sevens.”

Caslick said the chemistry the team had developed over the past year had given them the belief that the gold would be theirs.

“We went into the tournament wanting a gold medal we knew we could do it so we were confident heading into that game. We just had so much belief there. Good teams always come through,” she said.

“It’s absolutely huge, the Olympics is the biggest stage in the world and the amount of support you get is absolutely crazy.

“My phone has gone into a spasm because it hasn’t stopped going. I think tomorrow I’ll have to take time to reply to everyone because it has been so incredible.”

The scenes at the end of the match as the Aussie team embraced were beamed around the world to a global Olympic audience of billions.

“We were just in shock - we couldn’t believe it. We were just soaking up the atmosphere and the support we had from family and friends in the stands,” Caslick said.

“Singing the anthem was amazing, it was probably one of the best feelings in the world. I just felt so proud and blessed to be from such an amazing country.”

The Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) has created a pathway through the QAS Women’s Sevens Academy and six Queenslanders were selected to this Rio squad of 12 with both travelling reserves coming from the QRU academy. 


(L-R) Queenslanders Emilee Cherry, Charlotte Caslick and Shannon Parry claimed Gold as members of the Australian Women's Sevens squad in Rio.

Australian women’s sevens coach Tim Walsh, a former Queensland Red, has also played a significant role in guiding the athletes to their Olympic success.


Rugby Sevens is the only oval-ball football code in Australia that can get participants to the Olympic Games. If you’re interested in playing Women’s Rugby Sevens in Queensland, follow this link: http://bit.ly/2bdDOO3

Queenslanders in the Australian Sevens Women’s Olympic Squad in Rio

Charlotte Caslick – Brisbane, Queensland
Emilee Cherry – Roma, Queensland
Gemma Etheridge – Toowoomba, Queensland
Shannon Parry – Brisbane, Queensland
Evania Pelite – Brisbane, Queensland
Amy Turner – Brisbane, Queensland
Dominique du Toit – Toowoomba, Queensland (Travelling Reserve)
Brooke Walker – Gold Coast, Queensland (Travelling Reserve)
 
Note: The QAS Women’s Sevens Academy is coached by QRU’s Lachlan Parkinson