I grew up playing pretty much every sport under the sun but I found a love for Touch Football. I played from age 6 and couldn’t get enough of it but when I was asked to join a Rugby League team at 16 I was excited at the prospect of a new challenge. From there I went up the representative ranks, eventually being a part of the World Cup winning team at the age of 18. During this time I also found the sport of Rugby 7’s and once I played, I couldn’t get enough of its fast paced, exciting atmosphere and was eventually offered a full time contract in 2014 and have been playing ever since!
Rugby Sevens gave me the opportunity that league and touch couldn’t and that was to go to the Olympics. Rio 2016 was by far the most amazing, life-changing and crazy experience of my life. To call myself a Gold Medallist is something I don’t think I’ll ever get used to saying!
Since returning from Rio my life has been a whirlwind but upon learning about Neurofibromatosis (NF) I knew I wanted to help in any way I could. This condition is extremely common and for there to be little awareness is surprising yet distressing. These children and families need greater diagnostic testing, improved treatment and ultimately a cure.
To be able to play sport and be healthy is a blessing and I believe that every individual should have the opportunity to participate in any activity they want to and for NF to take away that opportunity is heartbreaking. This is why I want to raise awareness for NF with the Children’s Tumour Foundation.