Promising pair of Parkers to shine in Uni 7s

Uni 7s
by Sam Phillips

The inaugural Uni 7s series will provide opportunity for talented young guns such as Shanice and Brydie Parker, who are desperate to turn Olympic dreams into reality.

The Parker pair, who are not related, are prime examples of prospects that will utilise the pathway the Uni 7s will provide, as they have both come from different sports and have since learned to love the frenetic nature of Sevens.

Shanice has been part of the Australian Women's Sevens training squad since signing with the code in October last year.

As a Western Australian junior she starred in both league and union but her experience in winning gold at the 2015 Youth Commonwealth Games was the start of a journey that has her knocking on the door for a debut at World Series level in 2017/18.


"It's extremely important for me, getting that game time," she told RUGBY.com.au.

"I have been training all season with the Aussie 7s girls but I haven't debuted yet so this game time for me is really important so I can get amongst some local, raw talent."

Parker will star for University of Tasmania, a team littered with WA talent.

"There are a few WA girls that have moved over there that I know of, that are playing in the team," she said.

"But I've never been to Tasmania so that's going to be a good experience, just to get amongst those girls."Brydie Parker (right) will tackle the Uni 7s fresh off winning Commonwealth Games gold. Photo: Getty ImagesBrydie Parker followed in Shanice's footsteps to win Youth Commonwealth Games gold in the Bahamas last week.

That has inspired her to think big and she hopes playing for the University of New England in the Uni 7s will provide a pathway to a second gold medal in the near future.

"So exciting, yeah, to be a part of the tournament and to win gold, bring home gold, was just amazing," she said.

"My goal is definitely to be a part of that team for the Olympics.

"To be able to go to the Olympics would be amazing.

"I've got one gold, let's make it two."

The Uni7s kicks off on August 25 at the University of Tasmania, Launceston. Full fixture here.

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