Super Rugby


9/14/2016

Queensland’s Olympic gold medalists inspiring the next generation


Queensland’s Rio Olympic gold medalists have seen how much their win has impacted the next generation of female Rugby Sevens players. 

Emilee Cherry, Charlotte Caslick and Shannon Parry have not only paraded through the centre of Brisbane in the ‘2016 Olympic Welcome Home Parade’ but have also had the chance to visit some of their former high schools, as well as coming back to Ballymore to meet some aspiring young Rugby Sevens players. 
 
Cherry and Caslick both took the opportunity to thank their high schools who helped start their Olympic journeys, Fairholme College Toowoomba (Cherry) & Brisbane State High (Caslick). The girls shared stories from Rio, thanked them for their support and encouraged students to dream big. Caslick’s former coach Sione Fukofuka believes these gold medalists are great role models for the next generation. 

“This win is huge. It provides Rugby a platform to increase the participation,” Fukofuka said.

“To the girls who are sitting at home wondering what if, they now have real role models to show them just how good they can be on the field and gives them the opportunity to an Olympic pathway.” 


Cherry had the chance to to attend a training session with some aspiring young Rugby Sevens players at Ballymore. 

“It’s absolutely awesome to be back here at Ballymore and see how the academy has grown,” Cherry said. 

“It’s great to come down and see the girls getting involved in the sport and having so much fun while they’re at it.

“It’s awesome to hear them say they watched us playing in Rio and to be able to see we are inspiring the next generation.” 

Caslick and Parry also attended Ballymore to check out a Viva 7s session and had the opportunity to meet some young supporters.

“It’s awesome to see so many girls out here and it looks like they were having a really good time so that’s what we want. 

“They all seem to have watched us play at the Olympic Games and hopefully we have inspired them to keep up Rugby and hopefully they will progress to playing Rugby Sevens or 15s in the future.

“The support we’ve been receiving has been very overwhelming but it’s obviously amazing and I wouldn’t change it for the world. 

“I’m just over the moon that we can inspire the girls to play Rugby and get some in roads into women’s sport in general,” Caslick said 

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