Player Profile – Olivia Reginato – Siena Rugby Captain

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What got you started playing rugby?

The high reputation of the Siena rugby community and without a doubt, the excitement and enthusiasm that not only the girls at school showed for the sport but also Mr Bolton.
How long have you been playing rugby?

Started in grade 8 and have played all the way through high school
What’s the best thing about playing rugby?

The best thing about being able to play rugby is getting all my anger out and having theopportunity to be physical and aggressive
Anything about Rugby that you don’t like?

There isn’t anything about the sport itself that I don’t like, though it would be good to have more schools involved in the girl’s competition.
What do you say to the statement “Rugby is a boy’s sport?”

That is a stupid statement- girls need to get out onto the field and smash the hell out of someone just as much as guys. It is still a team sport like any other and that is still important in the development of teamwork and personal values of any young girl. I feel like I need to get out and tackle someone by the end of the year, not only for myself, but for the benefit of everyone around me as well.
What do we have to do to get more girls involved in Rugby?

There is not much more the school can do to advertise girls rugby as we already do more than enough. Girls are given the opportunity to get out on the field and try out a sport that not many other schools could. They are encouraged to give it a go, even if they are not sure if they want to play. The attitude towards girl’s rugby plays an enormous role in the involvement of the sport. At this stage, it is simply those people that have an interest in the sport, and in some cases, have convinced their parents to let them play.
Do you play any other sports?

I do, I play touch, netball and I am playing basketball in the school competition this year as well.
You’ve been elected Captain of Siena’s Girls Rugby for 2015do you like having this role?

To be honest I haven’t really thought about it that much. It feels as though we are still at the beginning of the season, though with the finals coming up, the pressure is starting to build, especially with only Siena on the trophy.
Can you see yourself playing rugby after you finish at Siena?

I would like to think I will play rugby after school, though I don’t know if that is a reality.
Rugby is pretty popular for Girls at Siena – why do you think that is?

The attitude towards girl’s rugby has developed even whilst we have been going through Siena, though the support and opportunity that is given to us in order to get involved in rugby, plays a massive role in the popularity of the game. I believe it is simply because we are given the opportunity to play, that rugby is so popular at Siena. The girls simply want to play.

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