Char­lotte and lewis

Women's Health Australia - - FITNESS -

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.”

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