Rebecca returns to Silverdale
New Zealand Black Fern’s Lock and Silverdale firefighter, Rebecca Wood says no one should be limited by their gender.
The 30-year-old professional rugby player and fulltime firefighter said, since their win at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland, she has noticed media coverage in relation to sexism in sport.
‘‘I think it is great that this has come to light in the media, if we could see more women being paid as professional athletes in a lot of sports it would be a good thing.’’
Wood said she was happy with her results and the coverage they received during the four weeks of playing.
‘‘We have had so many people from all over the world saying they were watching and I know in the United Kingdom they reached record views, although in comparison to men’s rugby, it’s probably not the same but it is getting better.’’
Working in two traditionally male dominated industries, Wood said she does not let gender get in the way.
‘‘If you are passionate then give it a go and keep chasing your dreams.
‘‘I started playing 7s and thought I would give 15s a go to improve my skills and fell in love with it. I started playing for East Coast Bays for two seasons and then played for Harbour Hibiscus, from there I had the chance to play for the Black Ferns.’’
Wood said she always knew she wanted to join the fire service so when she finished her paramedics study she joined.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand was pleased with her results and congratulated her by holding a surprise morning tea at the Silverdale station on September 11.
Her family, friends and work colleagues were pleased to have her back.
Silverdale’s senior station officer Jake Kennedy said she lifts the spirit within the fire service and a celebration was well deserved.
‘‘She is very goal focused and completes everything she sets her mind to. I have the best crew and part of that is how she contributes to it.
‘‘Bex is a awesome representative not only for rugby but also for the fire service, we are all very proud of her.’’
This was Wood’s first Rugby World Cup. She hopes to continue the sport but said she also wants to start a family.
Wood says ‘‘if you are passionate then give it a go and keep chasing your dreams’’.