As 2020 Tokyo Olympics are only around the corner, excitement is starting to begin with the people of New Zealand and the athletes. Especially for Blacks ferns 7’s captain and Silver Medalist Sarah Hirini.
I had a chat with Black Ferns Captain Sarah Hirini to talk to her about her career and the upcoming Olympics.
I asked her some questions about the start of her career, this what she had to say;
“I got into rugby at high school for my rugby coach, he got me into as he said it would be good for my Hockey fitness and have loved the game ever since. My first game I was really scared, I was on the wing. We were playing against eighteen years olds when I was thirteen”
We then began talking about the emotional and mental drain of some playing that have to have a nine to five job while also being professional rugby players.
“I got into the game when I was in university. I’ve seen a lot of girls who had to do both and you can see the challenges that it brings to have to work full time and then fit in trainings alongside that. I know mentally that is tough and physically it is as well.”
Sarah began to talk about the goals the girls had before the Olympics.
“Our first goal was making sure that we qualified for Tokyo next year, which we managed to achieve last tournament. This time around I feel more confident as I know what to expect when going into the games. I’m excited for a lot of the girls whose first time it is, as I remember how excited I was when I was at my first games.”
The training the girls are doing seems to be nonstop, as they constantly strive for greatness and hope to bring gold home.
Best of luck to them, New Zealand is behind you all the way!