We have been delighted to support Chichester born Stacey White, a capped international rugby league player in her journey to being selected to play in the Rugby League Women’s World Cup 2017 taking place in Australia this month.
Stacey talks further about how it felt to be selected and will keep us informed of her journey over the next month.
Words cannot describe how proud and honoured I am to have this opportunity to represent my country alongside an amazingly talented squad in the Rugby League Women’s World Cup 2017. A long, four year journey full of hard work and difficult choices ensured the elation of making selection was that little bit sweeter and I have to thank everyone who has been a part of this adventure, no matter how small.
Finding a balance between paying the bills and fulfilling an elite sporting career is a harsh reality for so many female athletes. And on a personal level, I am finding it harder and harder to juggle a full time teaching job with the commitment of the sport. But this week is half term, providing me with a break from work and some vital time to get up early to complete two daily training sessions. With the World Cup just three weeks away, it’s time to work harder than ever.
After a great year for Women’s Rugby League in the UK, the World Cup provides a fantastic opportunity to not only represent England Women, but also to promote the women’s game internationally. For the first time ever, both men’s and women’s tournaments will be contested at the same time, both concluding in a double-header final taking place on Saturday, December 2 at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. It’s an exciting time for the future of the sport and I am thrilled to be a part of the legacy of Women’s Rugby League.
But for now I must now focus all my attention and drive on the job in hand. Firstly with the UK based training camp, before we receive our kit and fly out to Australia to experience our first match against PNG. No matter what part I will play in this tournament and for however many minutes I get to stand on the pitch, this will be an experience to stay with me forever.
All women’s group stage games will be staged as triple-headers on Thursday, November 16, Sunday November 19 and Wednesday November 22 at the Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney.