Meet Sarah Goss, the 23-year-old captain of the women's rugby sevens team competing at this year's Olympic Games.
"I started when I was 13 at Feilding High and got into it through friends," Sarah says of her journey to Rio.
"I was at boarding school at the time, so it was almost a time filler. The more sport I played, the less time I had doing homework, so that was perfect," she quips.
Nevertheless, the team's debut in Rio marks the achievement of a long-held dream for Sarah, who says she feels the pressure of playing rugby in New Zealand.
"When you're a rugby player in New Zealand, you're expected to do well every time you pull on that black jersey, so there's that added pressure going into Rio 2016!" she says.
"But I'm really excited to be a part of our Olympic team.
"I don't have a lot of fears - I just try to prepare as best I can for game time. Now Im about to fulfil a dream of mine and will hopefully come back with a medal."
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