USA RUGBY PLAYER
How did you rise to the top of your field?
I started playing rugby at the University of Maryland and quickly fell in love with the sport. I was drawn to the physicality and athleticism required to play as well as the camaraderie and culture of the sport. I graduated from college in 2013 and started playing club rugby. I didn't actually pursue a career as a rugby player until 2014. I believe the key to my success partially comes from my innate drive to prove people wrong. I had plenty of coaches and people in my life who told me I would never make it as an athlete. This only fueled me and I sought out people who could help me achieve my goals. The rest of my success comes from my willingness to put in the extra work whether its going to a field to run by myself, seeking out a speed session or fitting in an extra yoga session to increase my flexibility and core strength. You have to be willing to do the work when no one is watching and without praise.
My family is my motivation. I strive to make my parents proud of the woman and athlete I have become. I also look to be a role model for my goddaughter, Preslee, and niece, Layla. Young girls need someone to look up to and I hope to be that person.
How does nutrition play a role in your life?
Nutrition is a huge part of my life and part of the reason I am successful in my sport. My main goal is to get all of my nutrients from whole foods as much as possible. This is not always possible which is where Rickaroons comes in but I choose these bars to snack on due to the high quality ingredients. I avoid dairy products and choose to eat "one word" carbohydrates, such as whole oats and sweet potatoes! My diet consists of a large amount of lean protein and vegetables with each meal. I don't think I go a day without eating spinach, chicken and eggs!
When do you eat Rickaroons? Why do you eat Rickaroons?
I train everyday at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, which includes two field sessions, strength training, film and meetings. There is not always enough time between sessions to get a meal in but I still require protein, carbs and something delicious! This is where Rickaroons comes in. As I finish a rugby session of running, passing and tackling, I'm slightly depleted of nutrients and need something before I hit the gym and I usually go with megaroon or chocolate blonde. Naturally, I find myself snacking on them while relaxing at the beach on the weekends as well!
Current member of the USA Women's Rugby 7's National Team
3rd place in HSBC Women's Sevens World Series in Langford, Canada; 2018
2nd place in HSBC Women's Sevens World Series in Dubai, UAE; 2017
Current member of the USA Women's Rugby 15's National Team
4th place in Women's Rugby World Cup in Dublin, Ireland; 2017
2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens
Qualified for Tokyo 2020 Olympics