Re­becca re­turns to Sil­verdale

Rodney Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - RE­NEE CLAY­TON

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.

RE­NEE CLAY­TON/STUFF

Wood says ‘‘if you are pas­sion­ate then give it a go and keep chas­ing your dreams’’.

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