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Gemma Etheridge — Rugby 7's

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SS16 Fettle Girl — Gemma Etheridge 

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5 minutes with Gemma

What sport are you involved in and how did you get involved?
Rugby 7's. I started playing Touch Football when I was younger and then at the age of 25 I was talent identified and asked to come and try Rugby and made my debut in 2012.

What is your greatest achievement thus far in your sport?
Rio Olympics 2016.

Take us through a typical training week?
A normal day would be a 7.30 arrival with daily monitoring and strapping. We then have a skills session eg scrums lineout. Then back in for a team meeting and out to training for about 2 hours of on field skills/conditioning. Following that we have an ice bath recovery and lunch and then 1-1.5 hours of gym in the afternoon and then back our for other personal skills session. This is usually repeated each day with a recovery day mid-week.

What are your future goals?
Stay fit and healthy and help encourage young girls to try rugby 7's.

Describe yourself in a sentence?
I am a determined woman who has a very positive outlook on life and sport.

Who inspires you?
Anna Meaers.

What are 3 items we would find in your fridge/cupboard?
Milk, Strawberries, Vegemite.

What are 3 items we would find in your sports bag?
Mouthguard, Boots, Towel.

How do you stay in your best ‘fettle’?
A work life balance is so important, for me time away from training is paramount whether it be a walk on the beach and a morning coffee after a swim on the weekend and time with family and friends.

What do you look for in active wear?
Quality and comfort are paramount for me.

 

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