Just before summer break I was lucky enough to catch up with a very special young lady from Zug U14. We gave an Interview to Carly about her recent participation in the new National Ladies Development Programme being run in Switzerland by the FSR. Thank you for taking part Carly and what a great ambassador you are for Zug Rugby club.
How long have you been playing Rugby?
Calry - I have been playing rugby for 3 years
What made you start playing Rugby?
Carly - I started playing rugby because all of the boys in my German class said I would be really good at it and it would be great to have a girl on the team.
What is your favourite thing about Rugby?
Carly - My favourite part about rugby is the atmosphere and knowing that when I play rugby I have a whole crowd of players, coaches and parents who will support me and the rest of the team, no matter what. Even though I am the only girl in the team I am always included and never left out
This season has been extra special for you. Tell us about the National
Ladies Development Programme that you have been participating in.
Carly - I was part of a group of girls between 14 and 18 from all over Switzerland. I went down to Geneva and Lausanne to train with the girls over several months and our aim was to bring girls together who normally play on boys teams and to prepare for Tournai de France. In the end I could not play as I was very sick, but I still went down to support and we played some incredible games. It was brilliant to meet such a diverse group of people with one common interest – Rugby.
What are your goals for your rugby?
Carly - My goals for rugby next year are to sharpen my skills as a forward and to better project my voice during games to my team mates, whilst playing for the U14s and U24 ladies teams.
How has rugby helped you in other aspects of school and life?
Carly - Rugby has helped me in other aspects of my life because I am a lot more confident when talking to my peers and adults as over the years I have spoken with different teams and coaches. I have also earned a lot of respect from the boys and I can relate to rugby with most of the people I meet. It has also made me stronger physically and mentally because I have had had to push myself
What message would you give to any players, particularly girls, wanting to try rugby?
Carly - The message I would give to anyone joining rugby is that you should step out of your comfort zone and even though you think they are intimidating, you will develop a great bond with your team, so stick to playing rugby no matter what.
Who is your favourite rugby player and why?
Carly - My favourite rugby player is Chris Robshaw ( England and Harlequins Flanker ) because is a very strong forward and does not give up.
Updated 08:18 - 20 Aug 2017 by William (Bill) Kingdom