60 seconds with.. Kelly van Harskamp

(IRB.COM) Sunday 25 November 2012
 
 60 seconds with.. Kelly van Harskamp
Kelly van Harskamp in action against Australia during the London semi final, which Netherlands won to reach a first ever final

She may not hail from one of rugby's traditional strongholds but from a young age Kelly van Harskamp has known that rugby was the sport for her.

For most of her life she has played for the Bassets Rugby Club in Sassenheim, where her family are all actively involved, but she travels to Dubai this week ready to compete on the highest stage.

Since Rugby Sevens was voted into the Olympic Games from 2016, the Netherlands Olympic Committee has moved quickly to install a full-time women's Sevens set-up, and van Harskamp is one of those athletes living and breathing rugby now and experiencing the sport as a fully-fledged Olympic athlete.

Here she answers our questions ahead of the start of the first IRB Women's Sevens World Series in Dubai.

What was your first rugby experience?

Rugby has been in my life since I can remember. My parents always made sure I was at the rugby club because both of them played for the local club. I started playing rugby when I was seven years old and haven't looked back since.
 
And your first match?
 
My first international cap was against Wales at the European Championships in 2007.
 
When did you know that rugby was what you wanted to do?
 
I've always known this was for me and can't imagine my life without rugby!
 
What do you like to eat before a match?
 
Chicken with pasta.
 
Which part of training do you dread the most?
 
Conditioning training.. The long runs get to me!
 
What do you like doing outside of rugby?
 
Spending time with my boyfriend, watching movies and hanging out with friends.
 
Who are your sporting idols?
 
Jonah Lomu, Frank Halai and Joji Baleviani Raqamate
 
What is your favourite sporting memory?
 
The IRB Challenge Cup in London last season - we made our first Cup final. Also being named as Sevens player of the year by Scrumqueens in 2011.
 
What are you most looking forward to on this year's Series?
 
I am looking forward to playing against the best teams in the world and showing them what we can do!
 
Who do you think is going to win the first IRB Women's Sevens World Series?
 
I think that it is too close to call but I believe quite a few teams have a chance of winning it. I think Canada, NZ, Netherlands and England all have a good chance.

WSWS - NETHERLANDS

Round 5
16-17 May 2014

Venue: NRCA Stadium
City: Amsterdam
Capacity: TBC

 
Series Standings
TeamPts
1New ZealandNew Zealand96
2AustraliaAustralia92
3CanadaCanada80
4EnglandEngland60
5RussiaRussia56
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