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Gemma Etheridge

Gemma Etheridge

Rugby - Sevens Schedule & Results

(Local) / 07:00 PM 8 Aug (Rio)
Women's Gold Medal Match

24 (Won)

17 (Lost)

Australia

New Zealand


Gemma Etheridge


Australia (AUS)
New Zealand (NZL)

(Local) / 02:30 PM 8 Aug (Rio)
Women's Semi-final 1

17 (Won)

5 (Lost)

Australia

Canada


Gemma Etheridge


(Local) / 05:00 PM 7 Aug (Rio)
Women's Quarter-final 1

24 (Won)

0 (Lost)

Australia

Spain


Gemma Etheridge


(Local) / 01:30 PM 7 Aug (Rio)
Women's Pool A

12 (Tied)

12 (Tied)

Australia

United States of America


Gemma Etheridge


(Local) / 06:30 PM 6 Aug (Rio)
Women's Pool A

36 (Won)

0 (Lost)

Australia

Fiji


Gemma Etheridge


(Local) / 01:30 PM 6 Aug (Rio)
Women's Pool A

53 (Won)

0 (Lost)

Australia

Colombia


Gemma Etheridge


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Athlete Biography

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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Olympic Information

  • Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut

Recent Performances

  • 1st - 2015-16 Sevens World Series – Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • 1st - 2015-16 Sevens World Series – Dubai Sevens (Dubai, UAE)

Career Highlights

  • Being selected to be a part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
  • Winning the 2015 IRB London Sevens at Twickenham in May 2015

Education

  • Primary
    Coolah Central School Nsw, Australia
  • Secondary
    Fairholme College, Queensland, Australia
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging) - Queensland University of Technology (2005-2007)

Training

  • Coach
    Tim Walsh (2013 - current)
  • Primary Training Base
    Narrabeen, Australia

Q&A

Favourite food
Cadbury Chocolate
Favourite holiday destination
Lord Howe Island
Favourite music
COUNTRY
Personal Motto
Play Like you Play in your head
Star Sign
Sagittarius
I would spend my last $10 on
Coffee and a lotto Ticket!
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Golf
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