Caslick's sights set on 2024 Olympics

by Montanna Clare

With one gold medal already under her belt, 21-year-old Aussie Women’s Sevens star Charlotte Caslick says she’s confident she can make it to another two Olympic games.

While eight years may seem quite the stretch, the ambitious youngster says that if she stays on track, the prospect of the 2024 Olympics isn’t out of reach.

“I’d love to go to two more Olympics if everything goes to plan, but you never know,” she said.

“Being the first group of female rugby players to be full-time, we don’t really know the lifespan of our career.

“I’m going to set my bar high and I’m confident that if everything goes to plan I might be able to get two more in.” 

The ambitious 21-year-old is already looking past Tokyo in four years time. Photo: Getty ImagesAdding to her already impressive list of achievements, Caslick was today crowned World Rugby’s Women’s Sevens Player of the Year.

Nominated in 2014 and 2015 for the award, Caslick proved that the third time really is the charm, beating out New Zealand sevens star Portia Woodman for the honour.

She’s sitting pretty on top of the world, but in her whirlwind of success, Caslick never forgets her team, insisting all of her teammates would have been worthy of a nomination.

“It was really exciting, we’ve had an amazing year as a team this season, and I think it was great recognition for our whole team,” Caslick said today at the launch of the new Asics Sevens jersey.

“To be the only Australian nominated at the World Rugby awards was pretty special and I was incredibly grateful to be there and I wouldn’t have been able to be there without the girls.

“We’re so proud to be ambassadors for our sport and we couldn’t have picked a better sport.”

Our Olympic champions modelling the new Asics Aussie Sevens kits for 2016-17. Photo: Getty ImagesWhile Caslick admits that with great success comes great sacrifice, she wouldn’t change a single thing for the opportunity to play footy every day.

“On those days that you get homesick, you just have to pull your head in and realise that running around on a footy field is pretty lucky,” she said.

“Sometimes it’s hard, but I wouldn’t do anything else if I had a choice, I think I’ve got the best job in the world.

“I’m just grateful to have this opportunity, to be able to do what we love every single day.”

The HSBC 2016-2017 Sevens World Series kicks off in Dubai on December 1.