Lucy Lockhart pursues Rugby World Cup dream for the love of rugby

Lucy Lockhart was a baby who beloved taking part in sport.

She grew up in a big household, so learnt the way to be aggressive early as effectively, competing together with her siblings to get to the dinner desk first within the night.

Her first sport was rugby league which she performed alongside her twin brother from the age of six. Like many different ladies of her technology, from age 11, Lockhart was not allowed to play with the boys. So she tried a unique spot.

“I attempted netball, which was an enormous change,” mentioned Lockhart.

“However it was arduous as a result of I stored getting in hassle for contact.”

“It was advised that I take up one other sport as a result of I stored shoulder charging different ladies on the sphere.”

Lockhart determined that maybe non-contact sports activities weren’t the suitable match for her, so she began taking part in softball.

Regardless of softball not technically being a contact sport, Lockhart loved batting and sliding. Actually, Lockhart tells me that she had extra grazes on her knees from taking part in softball than every other sport. Lockhart ended up representing Queensland in softball in 2012.

Lucy Lockhart. (Picture: provided, Rugby Australia)

At age 17 Lockhart joined the military and as a part of the Australian Defence Power had the chance to play rugby for the primary time. Lockhart had discovered her new recreation.

For a lot of feminine athletes, the ADF proves to be a supportive employer whereas they’re juggling their profession and their dedication to sport. Lockhart definitely had this expertise.

“The assist from the ADF has been unimaginable,” she says.

“So many different ladies needed to go away to camps and take unpaid go away. That is so arduous.

“However if you find yourself within the ADF you will have an annual wage, you get the day without work and you’re launched out of your duties to have the ability to go to camp.”

Throughout her time within the ADF, Lockhart had a troublesome resolution to make. Lockhart’s first sport might have been rugby league, and she or he was given a chance to symbolize Australia as a part of the Jillaroos in a recreation towards Papua New Guinea in 2017, Lockhart decided to stay with rugby.

“As a result of I had been taking part in rugby union for therefore lengthy, I actually had a love for the game,” she says.

“I belong in rugby union and I’ve actually discovered my area of interest.”

So dedicated is Lockhart to being chosen as a part of the Australian Wallaroos squad to play in subsequent 12 months’s Rugby World Cup, that she made the choice to maneuver to England a few years in the past to play rugby.

“England has a semi-professional rugby union competitors which is excellent,” Lockhart says.

“You receives a commission to play the game you’re keen on and the usual is excellent, so folks come from everywhere in the world to play rugby in that event.”

Lockhart credit her time in England for serving to her develop her abilities and giving her the chance to compete at a better stage.

On account of COVID-19, Lockhart returned to Australia final 12 months, however in her view, it was a blessing in disguise.

Lockhart had been experiencing challenges together with her shoulder. It stored coming out whereas she was taking part in rugby. The answer was to maintain strapping it in till Lockhart had a dialog together with her physio on the finish of final 12 months to see if it might be doable, timing smart, to have a shoulder reconstruction and nonetheless be within the operating to be chosen for the Rugby World Cup (at that time as a result of happen in 2021).

“Now that the Rugby World Cup has been pushed again, it provides me extra time to repair the nooks and crannies of my damage,” mentioned Lockhart.

“It provides me extra time to get it to 100 per cent earlier than I am going out and push to achieve my potential on the sphere.”

Final week within the first Wallaroos camp for the 12 months in Canberra, Lockhart returned to full contact with one focus; to make the Wallaroos squad for the Rugby World Cup.

“It’s fortunate that I got here again early as a result of I’ve had the possibility to get chosen into the squad, the entire expertise has been a blessing in disguise,” mentioned Lockhart.

Similar to the remainder of her teammates, Lockhart is happy to simply be taking part in rugby once more. Whereas there have been some nerves returning to full contact, Lockhart has felt fully supported by her physio and her teammates.

“Our physio Kylie has been distinctive and a number of the different ladies have been doing a little primary drills with me to assist me get my confidence up,” mentioned Lockhart.

“Everybody desires me to return to the taking part in subject and it’s particular to get the possibility to play alongside a squad of such gifted and humble ladies.”

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