Shannon Parry - Rugby Sevens
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
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.
A BIT MORE:
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.