Georgia Sim runs the ball for USQ during the final of the Emilee Cherry Cup.
Georgia Sim runs the ball for USQ during the final of the Emilee Cherry Cup.

Toowoomba capable of producing more Olympians

RUGBY: The impact Olympian Emilee Cherry has made on women’s Rugby Sevens in the Darling Downs and South West Queensland region is nothing short of massive.

The senior women’s competition is named in her honour.

Since its introduction to the region, women’s Rugby Sevens has gone from strength to strength, and with a potentially record equalling number of teams joining the girls schools competition this season, Downs Rugby general manager Matt Hammond is excited about the future.

“The numbers in women’s Rugby Sevens are growing every year,” Hammond said.

“It’s a combination of what we do with the schools, the clubs and the volunteers involved.

“It’s fantastic to see and when you look at the pathway we’ve created here in the region there’s absolutely no reason why we can’t produce more Olympic level players like Emilee (Cherry) and Gemma Etheridge.”

Looking further to the future, Hammond said Downs Rugby would love to see international rugby brought to the region if the opportunity arose.

“With Brisbane’s 2032 Olympic bid growing stronger, I don’t think it would be out of the question to see a team come here to train,” he said.

“It would be an absolutely wonderful opportunity and experience.”

Originally published as Toowoomba capable of producing more Olympians


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