By CASEY O’CONNOR
WOMEN’S Sevens rugby is a sport on the move and moving right along with it is 17-year-old youngster Charlotte Caslick who has her sights set on representing Australia in the 2016 Rio Olympics where the sport will make its debut.
Charlotte Caslick is the daughter of Don Caslick well known in Stanthorpe sporting circles and has a strong Stanthorpe sporting pedigree. Her aunt Leah Costanzia (Madam Hooters of Shooters with Hooters fame) is one of Australia’s top down-the-line clay shooters champion. Recently Charlotte was selected in the Australian sevens team to play tournaments in London and Amsterdam. The Australian’s played Spain, France and England in pool matches in London. Australia with four 17-year-olds in their squad was impressive, reaching the final. The following weekend they played in the final round of the Women’s Sevens World Series in Amsterdam; the fourth and final leg of the Women’s Sevens World Series.
The team has returned to Australia to prepare for the World Cup in Moscow at the end of June. Caslick is chasing selection in the World Cup squad and sees it as another stepping stone towards Rio.
Women’s Sevens World Series is growing year on year. There is funding coming into women’s Sevens as a result of Olympic participation and it is taking the women’s game to truly excellent global standard. Charlotte Caslick is one of those who are training, working hard and hoping the ride takes her all the way to Rio via Moscow and many other stops along the way.