Meet the athlete: Sharon Blaney

Sharon Blaney

By Mae Jacobson, Associate Editor

Sharon Blaney began her rugby career as a college student at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. After graduation, Sharon joined Beantown Rugby in Boston, where she was recruited by the USA Eagles in 2009. During her time with the Eagles, she played in two Rugby World Cups. She is now a member of the Seattle Saracens 15s team and plays for WAC rugby during the 7s season.

Q. You’re part of the WAC’s first women’s rugby team. How’s it going?

A. Awesome! Normally with club rugby, I would practice with the team twice a week and then play a weekend game. Otherwise, players train on their own. With the WAC, the whole team can lift and work out together, which is great for me. It’s provided us with a team atmosphere outside of games and practices.

Q. What’s your favorite part about rugby?

A. It’s physically demanding—you have to be very fit and strong—but it’s emotional, too. You have to keep getting off the ground after being tackled. I love that challenge and the strategy that’s involved in the game. I also feel really proud that men and women have the same rules. I value that equality.

Q. What does your athletic future hold?

A. I want to play rugby for as long as I can. I’m also working toward a degree in acupuncture and East Asian medicine at Bastyr University. My dream is to be part of the national team’s medical staff.

Q. Any advice for aspiring athletes?

A. Take care of your body and tend to your injuries.

As published in the September?October issue of WAC Magazine

—Posted September 12, 2018

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