Why did you join?
One of my friends played with the team, and convinced me to tag along to a training session. I found it was quite outside my comfort zone, but after my first contact training session I was hooked!
What does being a Warrior mean to you?
For me, it was quite the journey of discovery. I opened up a new world of friendship, discovered hidden strengths within myself, and healed some old wounds. Being a Warrior helps me to believe in, and discover, a better version of myself.
What have you learned/gained since joining the Warriors?
I have gained some lifelong friends, in this country and across the world. And I have learned a love for team sport, something which I had very negative associations with in my youth.
I also learned to control my emotions, especially the negative ones, and channel my aggression on the pitch.
What has been your favourite moment/memory of being a Warrior?
So so many!!! One of the standout ones would be Sydney Bingham Cup 2014. We had just 8 players travel over, along with some great supporters. We joined up with other teams and players to form the Emerald Valkyries, with a wonderful stand-in coach.
I’d never played so well, or formed such strong bonds with people whom I had only just met. Within a few days we were a solid team, making it to a final.
Any advice for aspiring Warriors?
There is a very welcoming and friendly atmosphere in the Warriors.
Joining a rugby team might be a big step outside your comfort zone, even as a supporter, but you’ll be surrounded by supportive teammates and friends, and very much welcomed into this club.