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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.


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