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Sharni Williams

Sharni Williams OAM (rugby) debuted at her first Commonwealth Games in 2018 on the Gold Coast. Williams and her team won silver in Rugby 7s, going down to New Zealand 12-17 in the final. Williams is regarded as one of Australia’s best rugby players, with over 35 7s caps and 19 Wallaroos caps. She originally started in 15s format, however, in 2011 made the switch to the 7s format. Co-captaining the Australian women’s rugby sevens team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Williams led her teammates to victory, winning the gold over New Zealand in the inaugural women’s Olympic event. She also starred at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where the women’s rugby 7s finished fifth. In 2017, Williams received an OAM alongside her Rio teammates for their services to sport, she was also awarded rugby rookie of the year in 2008 and Australian Woman Player of the Year in 2010. Williams’ focus is now on leading her and her teammates to victory at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Sport / Discipline

Rugby 7s

Birth Place


Birth state


Date of Birth




Gold Coast, 2018

Results History


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Additional Information

Languages Spoken:

Being accessible, Transport is key, being able to tell us what is safe. The offsite space (similar to the Olympics Edge). Having things to do, post competition.

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Education Details:

Dip of Business Cert 3 Motor Vehicle Mechanics

Club details:

Canberra Royals

Why did you begin your sport?

I was a hockey player and i needed something different. I played hockey from 8 - 20. I always wanted to play rugby league with the boys but i was never allowed.

Do you have any pre-competition routines or rituals?

I Hit the coat of arms on my chest twice before I run out. I also have to have my socks at the same heights.

What is your most memorable sporting achievement?

Rio 2016 Gold Medal.

Who is your hero / idol, and why? Have you ever met them?

Caroline Buchanan, The way she holds herself off the BMX track. Giving back to the community. She has a work life balance and thats something that I aspire to do. My Dad. He was the one that always told me I could do it. I'm living his dream, Mechanic, Playing Rugby.

Who has been the most influential person or people in your career and why?

Tim Walsh, Coach. I've always had the playing ability but hes able to make the most of those skills and abilities.

Do you have any hobbies away from your sport?

Work, fixing my motor bike, surfing and camping.

What is your sporting ambition?

To leave rugby in a better place.


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