Sharni Williams(New South Wales)

2016 Australian Olympic Medalist, Women's Rugby Sevens

Sharni  Williams

From Batlow in country New South Wales, Williams is a qualified mechanic and a female Australian Rugby Union player. She has played in the centre position for Australia, Brumbies and 2008-2012 Canberra Royals.

She made her international debut when winning her first Australia cap, against New Zealand on 14 October 2008 at Viking Park in Canberra. Some days before, she collected three tries in an unofficial test match won 95-0 by the Wallaroos against Samoa.

During the 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup in England, Williams scored one try against Wales and two in Australia's 62-0 victory over South Africa.

Williams made the transition to rugby seven’s in 2011, earning a spot in the Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens team where she played every leg of the Women's Sevens World Series from its inception in November 2012. Injury ruled her out of the Sao Paulo Sevens in February 2016, however she returned in time to be named in the final round of the 2015-16 season in Clermont that saw her side win the country's first-ever World Series.

She is Co-Captain of the Australian Women’s Seven’s team that won the inaugural Olympic gold medal defeating New Zealand in the final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Services include:

Gold medalist and Olympic champion, Women’s rugby sevens Rio Olympic Games, 2016.

Other achievements include:

Member of the Australian team playing in international competition including:

Captain, since 2013.

Australian Institute of Sport Team of the Year 2016.

A Team of the year, I Support Women in Sport Awards 2016.

Winner, 2015-16 World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series.

1st, 2015-16 World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series, Atlanta, USA.

1st, 2015-16 World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series, Dubai, UAE.

2nd, 2015-16 World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series, Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Member, Australian Team, Women’s Rugby World Cup, France 2014 and England, 2010.

Awards and recognitions include:

Recipient, The Shawn Mackay award, Qantas Women’s Sevens Player of the Year, Australian Rugby Union 2015.

Named as a member of the World Rugby Dream Team 2015.

Recipient, Australian Women’s Player of the Year, Australian Rugby Union 2010.

Recipient, Rookie of the Year, ACT rugby, 2008.