Co-captain of the Australian Women’s Sevens squad, Shannon Parry made her international rugby debut in 2010 with the Wallaroos XVs side. She made her rugby sevens debut in 2013 and three years later will co-captain alongside Sharni Williams as the team head into the Rio 2016 Olympics as one of the tournament favourites.
Daughter of a New Zealand father and American mother, the Queenslander followed her father and brother’s passion for rugby and started playing as an 18-year-old. Six games into the sport she was scouted to represent her state at the National Championships.
Parry has played for Australia in both rugby XVs and sevens, including as a member of the Wallaroos 2010 and 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup sides – captaining her country at the World Cup in Paris in 2014. The Brisbane-born athlete also led her state to Sevens National Championship title in Canberra in 2014.
The forward stepped up to captain a number of games during the 2015/2016 World Series, while skipper Sharni Williams was out with a knee injury. With Williams back for the final leg of the tournament, the duo helped the side finish second in France to secure the World Series crown for the first time. Parry was also named in the World Sevens Dream Team.
Parry is a qualified secondary school teacher, teaching Physical Education and Geography. She loves surfing in her down time.
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Rugby - Sevens
Rugby Sevens Women
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Gumdale, QLD, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 2nd - 2015-16 Sevens World Series – France Sevens (Clermont-Ferrand, France)
- 3rd - 2015-16 Sevens World Series – Langford Sevens (Langford, Canada)
- 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)
- Qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics
- Wallaroos debut 2010 Women's 15s World Cup in Surrey, London.
- Captaining the Wallaroos at the 2014 Women's 15s World Cup in Paris, France.
- Belmont State School, QLD, Australia
- Moreton Bay College, QLD, Australia
- Bachelor of Secondary Education (Majoring in Health & Physical Education and Geography) - Griffith University (2007-2010)
Timothy Walsh (2013 - current)
Primary Training Base
Sydney Academy of Sport & Recreation, Narrabeen
- Left sock, right sock, left boot, right boot.
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- Favourite music
- Dream car
- Range Rover
- Personal Motto
- Dream, Believe, Achieve
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Lotto ticket
- Ears pierced
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Tennis player
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Cathy Freeman 2000 Olympic Gold medal in the 400m
- First Olympic Memory?
- Cathy Freeman 2000 Gold medal in the 400m
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Mum & Dad
- Why this sport?
- Grew up playing tennis and hockey then decided to try something new out of school and fell in love with rugby after my first training session.