Meet the Warriors – Marcin Sady

ewrfcadminMeet the Warriors

Why did you join?

Since moving to Ireland almost 16 years ago and “discovering” rugby (on TV), I always wanted to give it a go. I never had a chance to do it till last year. My partner and I were also looking for something different to do in the evenings so we went to a training session in September. I was very anxious as I had never even held a rugby ball in my life till that first training, but the lads and coaches were great in showing us the basics. Watching rugby on the tv and playing it are very different things, but joining the Warriors was one of the best decisions. I love the game even more now.

What does being a Warrior mean to you?

I used to train volleyball in high school but being closeted, I never fully felt like I belonged to the team. I wasn’t out to any of my teammates and I always worried how they would treat me if they knew. In fact I didn’t come out to my own family till I was 30. So being part of the Warriors means I can play the sport I love without worrying that my sexuality might be an issue. It also gives me more confidence outside the club as I like to talk about playing rugby. And when someone ask who do I play for, I have no problem saying that I play for the Emerald Warriors, even to people that might not know I am gay.

What have you learned/gained since joining the Warriors?

I definitely gained weight since joining, lol, it’s amazing how your body responds to all the battering that it gets on the pitch.

I have a much better understanding of the rules. Every training session and match I learn more about how to play better.

Also, my social circle has expanded a lot as the lads are great craic and genuinely great people to hang out with.

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

The tackle I made in my first ever match. Taking down a guy that is literally 3 times bigger than you gives you almost perverse sense of satisfaction.

Any advice for aspiring Warriors?

Just join the club, even if you are stressed or anxious that you might not know anyone, have never played before or feel that you might not be fit enough. Just force yourself to do it. You’ll love it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make mistakes, that’s how you’ll get better. Also, work on flexibility, it will help avoid injuries 🙂