Emma Tonetago will join the World Champion Australian women’s rugby sevens section at Rio 2016 when the sport makes its Olympic debut.
Prior to her sevens career, Tonegato grew up playing touch football before transferring to rugby league when she was 16. She climbed Australia’s league ranks, playing for NSW in the State of Origin and representing her nation at the 2013 World Cup, where she won gold in Great Britain.
The Wollongong-born athlete made her debut for the Australian side in the opening leg of the 2013-14 Sevens World Series in Dubai in November 2013.
The outside back had a strong 2015-16 Sevens World Series season. She was selected in the 2015 Amsterdam Sevens Dream Team before she was named Player of the Tournament for the Atlanta leg of the series in April 2016 after scoring 10 tries across the weekend.
Tonegato helped Australia claim the nation’s first ever Sevens World Series when they took out the 2015/16 title just months out from Rio. Her efforts didn’t go unnoticed as she was named in the Team of the Season by World Rugby.
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Rugby - Sevens
Rugby Sevens Women
Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Corrimal East, NSW, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 2nd - 2015-16 Sevens World Series – France Sevens (Clermont-Ferrand, France)
- 1st - 2015-16 Sevens World Series – Atlanta Sevens (Atlanta, USA)
- 1st - 2015-16 Sevens World Series – Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
- 1st - 2015-16 Sevens World Series – Dubai Sevens (Dubai, UAE)
- Being the first ever Australian Women's sevens team to qualify for an Olympics and be a full-time sport
- Becoming the first Australian side to win the World Series title.
- Winning at Twickenham Stadium at the London Sevens in 2015.
- St John Vianney's Fairy Meadow NSW Australia
- Holy Spirit College Bellambi NSW Australia
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy - Australian Catholic University (2015 - Present
Tim Walsh (2013 - current)
Sydney Academy Of Sport and Recreation (Narrabeen, Australia)
Primary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Magnum Ego
- Favourite holiday destination
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Cathy Freeman winning gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympics
- First Olympic Memory?
- Cathy Freeman
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Why this sport?
- Fun, fast, exciting and I get to show my skill