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From Friendly Feilding to Rio Olympics

Sarah Goss has cemented her place in the New Zealand Women’s Sevens team.

The 23-old-year-old former Feilding High School student has been a regular in the New Zealand Women’s Sevens team since its formation in 2012. She is now captaining the team to their first Olympics in Rio.

Goss is a young captain of a national team who are about to come under intense scrutiny as the country thirsts for gold medals.

Her passion for rugby began in high school, where her P.E teacher Robert Jones introduced her to the world of rugby; which has then “opened up so many doors to help pursue my career.” She credits Jones and her family as her biggest influences and supporters for her rugby career.

A hard-running forward with solid defence, Goss is a product of the successful Feilding High School rugby program, which has so far seen seven players reach international level.

The keen sportswoman stumbled into rugby as she initially went to the training to improve her fitness for hockey. “Little did I know I’d be dragged into going to games but my love for rugby grew from there,” says Goss.

Leading up to the Olympics, Goss has been primarily focused on playing sevens. With a vigorous training regime, she has put her tertiary studies on hold.

With a promising future ahead for Women’s Sevens, Goss has many aspirations for the team. The first, bringing home gold from Rio. She says this feels surreal: “I’ve wanted this for so long, it has been a dream of mine since I was young and going to the Olympics is going to be a dream come true.”

In the next few years she “hopes to see the game progress in a media sense where it is actively televised in New Zealand and around the world.”

Goss says the aim is to increase the profile of Women’s Seven’s to encourage “young girls who want to make Seven’s a career path.”

Gallery: Sarah Goss in action as part of the New Zealand Women’s Sevens


Imogen Atkins
Imogen is an aspiring broadcaster who has recently relocated from the Manawatu to the big smoke to further her education. She is working towards a Diploma in Broadcasting and Journalism at the NZ Radio Training School.
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