Griffith’s Rugby 7s team heads into the third AON tournament in Adelaide this weekend in second spot on the ladder behind University of Queensland (U.Q.). Griffith Rugby 7s side at full strength
The 2018 series champions claimed victory in the second leg of the series a fortnight ago, beating tournament favourites Sydney University and (UQ) for the winner’s cup.
Aussie 7s players Lily Dick and Demi Hayes are back from injury for Griffith this weekend, boosting the team’s chances of another tournament win.
Looking towards the Olympics
At just 19, Lily Dick has finished her first year as a full-time contracted athlete with the Aussie 7s. The promising rugby forward is one of the next generation eyeing off her chance to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Dick had a stellar breakout season for University in Queensland in the 2017 AON Rugby 7s series. Her enrolment at Griffith University saw her transition to the red jersey the following year, before consistent performances earned her a debut spot on the Sevens World circuit in 2018.
While the Gold Coast local has since moved to Sydney to pursue her dream, Dick has maintained her studies, balancing her Bachelor of Exercise Science and Business commitments with the responsibilities of being of a full-time athlete.
She’s returned to play for Griffith in the AON Rugby 7s this year.
“I know playing sport won’t last forever so it’s important to have something to pursue at the same time,” said Dick.
“Balancing assignments and exams around tournaments can be tough but I really enjoy having something outside of footy to focus on.
“I’m able to complete my studies part-time and by correspondence so I’ve had a lot of help from the Griffith Sports College.”
Dick has always shown sporting prowess. Growing up, she was a devoted member of the Currumbin Vikings surf life-saving club before the growth of 7s provided her with the opportunity to play full-time.
Often a standout at nationals, competing against athletes well beyond her years, Dick has transitioned to the international level off the back of the AON university series.
“I’ve grown massively as a player on and off the field since joining the sevens program,” said Dick.
“I still get the opportunity to come back and play AON rounds which gives us more game time and allows younger girls to play alongside some world class players.
“It’s always good to go back to where you started and I’ve enjoyed meeting new players and getting the chance to play with them.”
Dick was sidelined for the first leg of the 2019/2020 World series in Colorado with an ankle injury, but returns this weekend for Griffith as they head to Adelaide for the third leg of the AON series.