When I was in grade 3, I had a dream. I wanted to be a professional women’s rugby player In Japan, there is no girls’ rugby in primary schools. So I had to play rugby with boys. They bullied me, and told me that “Rugby is not a sport for girls”. This made me try harder. I wanted to prove them wrong. I could see my parents were worried about me. Women in sport make very little money. Women in rugby make no money. [pause] But then I saw an ad on facebook from the Queensland government. I could win a one-year trip to study, work and travel through the state. Queensland is famous for sport, especially rugby. My favourite super rugby team has always been the Queensland Reds. I knew I had to win this prize. When I finally arrived in Queensland, it was so hard to communicate. It was difficult to make friends. I was so ashamed. [pause] I arrived in rugby off-season, so I couldn’t play or watch rugby. Again, I questioned myself. [pause] I missed my family, but I could not give up. I had to make them proud. All the other students partied, I trained. This is me now. I play halfback for Sunnybank Rugby Club. This season, we made it all the way to the grand final. I was interviewed by Japanese national news. I got an internship at Queensland Rugby Union. And I met all my heroes from the Queensland Reds. The Pro-Vice Chancellor International, Griffith University is very delighted to be able to offer you with an $18,000 scholarship to study a Bachelor of Sports management at Griffith University. Thank you. Thank you very much! I am now in the Queensland Government office. I just received a scholarship from Griffith University where I strongly wish to study. Oh my dear. Big thanks to Griffith University.

Young Japanese Rugby Player in Australia Shares Her Story
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4 thoughts on “Young Japanese Rugby Player in Australia Shares Her Story

  • October 24, 2016 at 2:48 am
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    congratz on da scholarship ayane and yes, women can play rugby and any of da sports played by men!!! need to break da stereotypical barriers!!! 😀

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  • January 17, 2017 at 5:04 am
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    Nice!

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  • November 13, 2017 at 2:25 pm
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    That's reaĺly cool Ayane congrats.. As a Queenslander living in Toyonaka, Osaka so happy you go for our beloved Reds 🙂 Well done.

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  • June 11, 2019 at 11:44 pm
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    Wow, goodluck to you.

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