Country girl Gemma Etheridge is set to compete at her maiden Games at Rio when the sport of rugby sevens makes its Olympic debut.
Etheridge, who is equally at home as a forward or back, made her Australian debut in 2012 in Dubai. Her Olympic dreams looked to be in jeopardy in early 2016 after she ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament for the third time. Her knee injury saw her sidelined for the history making World Series final in France.
However she recovered in time to secure her spot on the Australian Team and with 42 Rugby Sevens World Series matches under her belt will be looking to bring home gold from Rio.
A love of rugby sevens runs in the Etheridge family, with Gemma’s sister Nikki also having represented Australia in the sport.
Etheridge has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Imaging and is a qualified Radiographer who grew up on a farm in Tamworth, NSW but calls Toowoomba home. She loves nothing more than a good coffee and reading the newspaper and still spends a lot of weekends doing cattle work. Away from the rugby field, her sporting idol is Rafael Nadal.
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Rugby - Sevens
Rugby Sevens Women
Armidale, NSW, Australia
Toowoomba, QLD, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 1st - 2015-16 Sevens World Series – Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
- 1st - 2015-16 Sevens World Series – Dubai Sevens (Dubai, UAE)
- Being selected to be a part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
- Winning the 2015 IRB London Sevens at Twickenham in May 2015
- Coolah Central School Nsw, Australia
- Fairholme College, Queensland, Australia
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging) - Queensland University of Technology (2005-2007)
Tim Walsh (2013 - current)
Primary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Cadbury Chocolate
- Favourite holiday destination
- Lord Howe Island
- Favourite music
- Personal Motto
- Play Like you Play in your head
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Coffee and a lotto Ticket!
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Anna Meares winning gold in the 2012 London Olympics.
- First Olympic Memory?
- atlanta Olympics- Australia winning gold in the Equestrian Team eventing and Michael Johnson Winning Gold in the 400m
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Troy Morgan
- Why this sport?
- it was a challenge and a pathway to the olympics that was not available in Touch Football