Meet the Warriors – Gary Gaughan

ewrfcadminMeet the Warriors

Why did you join?

I knew about the Emerald Warriors for a good few years but never had any real interest in any type of sport, dancing was as athletic as I was. I had gone through a rough year and was trying to focus more on myself and what I wanted in life. So I bit the bullet and said I would go. I look back and think of how terrified I was in the drive across town, in the car, in the car park, walking from the car to the pitch. It wasn’t until the end of the open day that I realised why I joined, friends.

What does being a Warrior mean to you?

I found this difficult to answer as it means a whole heap of different things depending on the setting. When we’re at training, it’s about supporting each others developments. When we’re playing matches it’s about being a team player. When we’re out socially it’s about being a friend. Being a Warrior means all of these things to me but most importantly it means being there for one another.    

What have you learned/gained since joining the Warriors?

A group of friends. An incredible group of gay friends. I never had that growing up and I genuinely didn’t realise it was such a big deal to me till now. I’ve grown so close to the Warriors I would say some are my closest friends. Crazy to think that 13 months ago I was like, I’ll never remember everyone’s name. He’ll kill me for mentioning this but also gaining such an incredible boyfriend.

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

One of my favourite memories has to be when I scored my first try. I was only playing maybe 2 and a half months. We were playing a home match and the ball came out to the wing and I caught it (this surprised even me). I managed to ‘side step’ 2 or 3 lads who were far more seasoned than I was and break through their defensive line while still not knocking the ball on. I ran hell for leather and placed the ball down so delicately and turned and held the ball up in the air, such a diva! That feeling of scoring and seeing the faces on my teammates has to be one of my favourite moments so far.

Any advice for aspiring Warriors?

Give it a go. Turning up to an open day or training session isn’t binding you to anything. Try it out. If you don’t like playing rugby that’s fine, there’s plenty of other ways to be involved, if you do like playing rugby great! No-one knows what the future holds or where we’ll be this time next year so try out now and you won’t hear yourself say ‘I wish I joined earlier’.