Gold Girls On Top Of The World
Emilee Cherry (2010) was brilliant on the field, backed by Gemma Etheridge (2004) who overcame knee surgery in March to be fit enough for the Olympic team. Dominique Du Toit (2014) was there to celebrate with the Fairholme girls, as a travelling reserve for the Rugby 7s at just 19 years of age.
The girls’ success hasn’t come easily, all three have been in intense training and have shown dedication to the Sport that they knew little about until the end of school. All three were exceptional Touch players in school at many different levels, and were approached by the Queensland Reds Rugby officials once they’d finished school.
For Gemma Etheridge the Gold Medal is more than she could have hoped for. Just making it to the Olympics was her dream. She’ll see out her contract with Australian Rugby Union at the end of the year and is hoping to then settle in Toowoomba with her Fiancé, who’s been waiting patiently for her to fulfil a childhood dream.
For Dom Du Toit and star player Emilee Cherry though, this is just the beginning. “Tokyo is another 4 years away and I can’t wait to play in front of a home crowd on the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games.” Emilee told Fairholme.
For Fairholme, today’s win is not only an historical celebration for the girls, but may also see historical changes in the Sporting Curriculum. Emilee Cherry told us earlier this year she hoped by making it to the Olympics, she could encourage the sport to be offered in High Schools across Australia, and today Head of Fairholme Sport Tony Tregaskis said the school is already in discussions.
“It’s certainly being discussed and considered. All I can say at this stage though is – watch this space.”