Rising sevens star Mackenzie Sadler inspired by Queensland’s Olympic gold medal contingent
MACKENZIE Sadler has the latitude and longitude of her home suburb of Hackney tattooed on her left forearm so she will never forget where her rugby sevens dream began.
Having this flyer emerge from the rugby backwater of Adelaide is what the new Aon Uni Sevens is all about to flush out a broader base of players for future Olympic glory.
Arriving from Adelaide this year to have a crack in the Reds sevens program was based on the inspirational electricity spread by last year’s Olympic gold medal triumph in Rio.
“I played at the (2015) Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa from Adelaide but got to the point of ‘what’s next?’ and that step was finding out by moving to Brisbane,” Sadler, 20, said.
Her natural confidence and work ethic have translated to being named captain of University of Queensland for Friday’s series lift-off for eight sides in Launceston.
Gold medal heroes Emilee Cherry (UQ) and Charlotte Caslick (Bond University) have been sprinkled into the two Queensland teams and the rub-off effect is part of the vision for the series.
“My role as captain isn’t to boss Emilee around because we will all be learning from her but I want to provide leadership and specific talk when it’s needed,” Sadler said.
“I come from a touch background and was lucky enough to have mum coaching a rugby team at my school in Adelaide so I know girls come from all backgrounds to sevens.”