Charlotte and lewis
Charlotte Caslick, 22, and her boyfriend Lewis Holland, 24, are partners in life and sport. The Australian rugby sevens stars travelled to their first Olympics in Rio last year – where Charlotte and team snared a historic gold medal.
So what’s it like to play the same game as your partner? “It’s good to have somebody in the same profession as you, to understand your day-to-day needs,” says Lewis. “You know what each other’s training regime is like and, when you’re travelling overseas, what the jet lag can do to you. We both have a concept of what the other one needs and we can be there to support one another.”
The pair are good motivators for each other, as they’ve always loved to move. Charlotte particularly values exercise for being a mood-booster. “When I was younger, if I was having a bad day, my mum always told me, ‘Just go and exercise, go for a run or do some boxing or skipping.’ That’s something I’ve carried on into my life now,” she says. “If I’m feeling a bit off, when I do [exercise], I feel so much better for it.”
So do the men’s and women’s Aussie 7s teams train together?
“Yeah, we do every now and then; we have sessions against each other,” says Charlotte. “Obviously not contact, but we do seven of us versus five of them, and then when we defend, we have seven and they have seven. It’s always good for us [the women’s team], because although we’re at the top of our game, the boys are quicker and stronger and faster, so they make us work so much harder.”
When asked, in the spirit of WH ’s 10th birthday, what they’d like to achieve in the next decade, they both speak of more Olympics before settling down. “I’d love to go to one more Olympics and then, depending on whether we start a family or not, another one,” says Charlotte. “So two more would be awesome, but it just depends on where I’m at with that other side of life. And then
I’d also love to get training programs set up for rural areas of Australia and with Indigenous and country kids who might not get the same opportunities to play rugby
[as children elsewhere].”
While the Olympics are in their sights, it’s the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games they’re focusing on now. “I think it’ll be awesome, being able to play at home in Queensland,” says Charlotte. “All my family and friends are going to be there. Hopefully we do really well and show everyone it’s an exciting sport to watch. The crowd atmosphere is just so much fun.”