Shannon Parry - Rugby Sevens

Shannon Parry

Hi, my name is Shannon Parry and I co-captained Australia to the women’s rugby sevens gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games in August 2016. I have played for Australia in both 7s and 15s, including the Wallaroos 2010 and 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup sides captaining the 2014 side in Paris, France.

In my spare time I enjoy surfing and am also a qualified secondary education teacher.

I am passionate about Education because every student deserves the right to quality education. Being able to see a child develop their skills and knowledge off the back of your teaching is very rewarding and undoubtedly prepares the students for life after school.

Sport:                                                   Rugby 7s

Born:                                                    27/10/1989 Brisbane

Lives:                                                   Sydney                       

Olympic Games:                                  2016 Rio  

Olympic Results:                                  2016 Rio - Gold       


Primary School:                                   Belmont State School (Brisbane)

High School:                                        Moreton Bay College (Brisbane)

Favourite subject:                                HPE

Favourite memory from school:           Representing your school



Childhood ambition:                             Become a professional tennis player and PE teacher.

Favourite toy growing up:                    Tennis racquet

Favourite gadget:                                Nintendo 64

Best holiday:                                        Hawaii

Band/music/song you love                  James Bay – Hold Back The River

Favourite food:                                    Sushi

Earliest memory:                                 Finger painting at pre-school / Olympic Sport Moment (Cathy Freeman – 400m – Sydney 2000)

Role model / idol:                                 Layne Beachley

Interests other than sport:                    Surfing, fishing, travel

Football team:                                      Brisbane Broncos

Sportsmanship means ….                    Playing fairly, respecting your opposition and officials,

                                                            gracious weather you win or lose.



What is one of your greatest memories from the Olympic Games?
Winning the first ever golf medal in Rugby 7s. Standing on the dais receiving my gold medal from John Coats standing next to my team mates then singing the national anthem in front of family and friends.


How did you come to participate in your chosen sport? How old were you?
My brother introduced me to some of the ladies players that were playing at his local club Easts Rugby Union Club in Brisbane. From there I was invited to attend their trainings which I did and loved it from the very first tackle. Then the following year 2008 when I was 18 and old enough to play I took to the rugby field and haven’t looked back.