The Sunday Mail (Queensland)
Campese name back in lights as Sienna eyes multi-sport glory
SHE’S the daughter of a rugby union icon who has the bold ambition to follow in her father’s footsteps and represent Australia – but in not one, but an incredible four sports.
Sienna Campese is starring for the NSW Blues at the under-18 hockey championships in Tasmania being livestreamed across News Corp websites, including The Courier-Mail, and boasts one of the most famous surnames in Australian sport as the daughter of Wallabies great David Campese.
But the 16-year-old has ambitions to build her own legacy by taking her talents to the top of not just hockey but water polo, tennis and the sport that made her father a household name, rugby union.
“I’m hoping (to represent Australia in multiple sports). I never thought it was possible, but from some of the inspirational movies I’ve watched and stories I’ve heard of ladies playing different sports for Australia, since hearing that, it’s opened up a whole new world of opportunity,” Sienna, who is also a gun netballer, said. “Recently I’ve been quite torn between some sports, because I really enjoy water polo and tennis as well.”
Her club and NSW coach, Alan Charlton, believes Campese has the drive to reach the highest level in hockey. “She has a lot of intensity, not just when she plays but when she trains,” he said.