CHARLOTTE CASLICK LUCKY SEVEN
HOW I ROLLED
Australian Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Caslick prefers to be in the driver’s seat but also enjoys the comfort of the passenger’s pew.
The women’s Rugby Sevens star is an ambassador for Jaguar Land Rover and gets around town in a Land Rover Discovery Sport.
Its ability to carry all her gear is a big selling point but there is one luxury feature she can’t live without. “I would say my favourite feature is seat warmers. Leaving training (the other day) it was freezing and they came in very handy,” Caslick says.
And after a hard training session the passenger seat doubles as a spot to catch a few Zs.
“I don’t mind driving but my boyfriend likes driving more and I end up in the passenger seats more. And my car is surprisingly comfortable to sleep in, so I don’t mind,” she says.
However, the luxury off-roader is a far cry from Caslick’s first car, a Suzuki Swift she “stole” from her mum and the old Toyota HiLux she learned to drive in.
“I learned how to drive a manual, which is not as common these days,” she says.
“We had an old HiLux and the clutch was really easy to use. After I had a few lessons, I passed on the first go.”
But before she could drive she was ferried around in the big Nissan family haulers: a Terrano and then a Pathfinder enlisted to do the heavy lifting for the family sporting duties.
“Playing so much sport, I was always in the car getting driven around constantly from hockey to touch and athletics training. We spent a lot of time in there,” she says.
“We always had big cars because of my two older brothers and a lot of the time they would have their friends and footy teammates in the cars with us.”
If Caslick had her way she would go back to a bigger rig with a Range Rover Sport her dream car, although its livery would be controversially all black.
Caslick enjoys the odd road trip to the family cattle farm in Queensland and around NSW.
“We drive down the coast a fair bit,” she says, “to the NSW South Coast, and drive up to the Blue Mountains.”
But training often gets in the way. “We are not supposed to sit in the car for too long, so we have to choose our (driving) time,” she says.
Caslick is adept at finding open space on the rugby paddock but the choked roads of Sydney are another matter.
“Not coming from a place as busy as Sydney, it really throws me when people don’t let you in and merge — and I often don’t know where I’m Nissan Pathfinder FIRST CAR DREAM CAR going — and a lot of the time Sydney drivers are quite aggressive,” she says.
“But since living here my driving has become a lot more aggressive. Every time I go home my mum says, ‘Oh my gosh, relax’.”
She keeps her cool by piping music from her favourite country music singer, Kip Moore, through the cabin.