Meet the Warriors – Esteban Araujo

ewrfcadminMeet the Warriors

Why did you join?

I moved to Dublin a year before I joined the Warriors and was a stranger in a foreign land. I thought sport would be a “me space”, a wholesome way to meet people who weren’t work mates or my partner’s friends.

What does being a Warrior mean to you?

When I joined, inclusive sports, especially team sports, were rare in Ireland. Being a Warrior meant acting as a link between the rugby and the LGBT+ communities. The Warriors provide a way of dismantling deeply set prejudices in both camps. Now it means being part of an incredible and supportive group of people who strive on pushing each other to be the best, supporting one another to reach that goal, all while enjoying an amazing sport.

What have you learned/gained since joining the Warriors?

I’ve gained many friends from all around the world in a place where I can be myself. Rugby is an activity that helps me come out of my shell when the going gets tough. Apart from that, I’ve gained a family, despite being so far from home.

What has been your favourite moment/memory of being a Warrior?

The Bingham Cup 2010 Tour in Minneapolis. We travelled just short of a full squad and adopted six players from the Boston Ironsides that could make it to the tournament and another player who had come over by himself from Kansas City. Not only did we make great friends, we went on to come top in our division versus San Francisco Fog, one of inclusive rugby’s most established teams.

Any advice for aspiring Warriors?

Give it a go, keep at it and have patience. There is a corner to fight for everybody in the team, pavillion members and players alike.