As August is Women’s Month we are celebrating women in sport. Today we celebrate one of our Springbok rugby ladies, Mathrin Simmers.
Mathrin Simmers first broke onto the national side setup in 2012 when she was selected for the Women’s Sevens World Series in Dubai. She has been part of the team since then. She played in the Rugby World Cup Sevens competitions in 2013 and in 2018 She participated in the Commonwealth Games in 2018, when women’s sevens rugby was played at the games for the first time.
We asked some of the current Springbok Women about the challenges of being a sportswomen and other interesting things. Here are Mathrin Simmers’ answers.
Q. What are your greatest achievements so far in your rugby career?
Well, I play Sevens rugby for the national team. I am contracted. We played at two Women’s Sevens Rugby World Cups. I’ve played 15’s rugby before. I think it’s actually quite an achievement to play both formats.
Q. As a women’s rugby player you must have faced challenges in your career. What have been the toughest challenges so far? And how have you overcome them?
I think the toughest challenge that I have faced in rugby was an injury that kept me out of rugby for a month. I think that’s the biggest challenge I have faced.
Q. What are the biggest challenges you face as a professional sportswomen?
I’m one of the lucky ones. I don’t think I have any challenges I have to face. I’m fully contracted with SA Rugby. I’m a professional rugby player so I’m very blessed.
Q. Who do you look up to as a woman and why?
I know I look up to my mother because she’s been there ever since I started playing rugby and she’s always being motivating and positive.
Q. What would you like to achieve in the coming year as an individual? And what would you like the team to achieve?
Sevens-wise I would like us to qualify for the Olympics and actually go play there.
Q. What is your favourite quote?
I can do all things through God who strengthens me.