"My father is my biggest influence for me to pursue rugby.
He always believed that women should have a place in the game,
and helped the women's rugby profile in Hong Kong."
SAMANTHA ROSE SCOTT FEAUSI
is no ordinary woman.
She tackles, dives on the field to score a try
and shows the world that RUGBY ain't just for men!
|Sam lives by these words:
"Always do the best that you can,
in all the ways you can, to all the people you can."
I have supported my husband as he joined several rugby clubs here in Hong Kong and that means, I have witnessed him get down and get dirty. My knowledge of the sport is not that much but one thing's clear to me, the excitement that it brings to the audience is magnified with the intensity of how a player would die to score a try. It is a scary sport and I am in awe with those women who can actually meet the standards to be called a "rugger".
So this time, in the name of woman empowerment combined with proving that dreams do come true, let me introduce a good friend of mine who had made it happen in a land where culture says pink and dolls are for girls and blue and trucks are for boys.
|That's basically what it's all about.
SAMANTHA AS SHE GREW UP
in University of Waikato, New Zealand and University of Hong Kong to finish school. Because of such time spent in New Zealand, the New Zealand Blacks had become her favourite Rugby team. She considers that Rugby had helped her make it thru college by being able to exercise the importance of team work, camaraderie, perseverance, flexibility and patience. Up until now, she imparts these values to her students as she teaches primary school at the present.
HOW SHE SEES RUGBY AS PART OF HER LIFE
For Sam, the sport had taught her a lot in life. She finds any team sports, in fact, a ground where you could learn how to work together. Respect for each of the team player's capacity, knowledge of the role that they have to stand up for and the passion in making it happen are the key factors to win. But she knew that all of these would be meaningless if they don't choose to work along and if they don't trust each other.
|Hong Kong 7's Women's Team of 2012
They may have cute smiles but they are scrum queens.
|Asian Games 2010
Sam rummaging against 3 Thai women
WOMEN'S MOST VALUABLE PLAYER - RFC Valley
WOMEN'S MOST VALUABLE PERSON - RFC Valley
WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR - HK LEAGUE - Hong Kong Rugby Footbal Union
INTERNATIONAL 15'S WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Hong Kong Rugby Football Union
In addition, her team (RFC Valley) holds 4 consecutive 15' Grand Championship wins and are 15's Women's League Winners for 4 consecutive times as well.
Sam undoubtedly gives her all once she's set to a goal. She makes a motivation out of the fear that she feels in dealing with failure. She hates disappointing others and this serves as her trampoline in achieving grand results. Rugby influenced her life so much in a way that as she gets thru play by play alongside her teammates, she finds life's lessons similar to the lessons that she needs to survive in every game. Dedication, hard work, and respect. According to this powerful athlete, she owes her success and achievements to the people around her who believed and supported all the way on and off field. Her coaches who had taught her of what she knows, the team mates that had assisted her in scoring tries and her family and friends who had never judged her of considering Rugby as the sport dearest to her.
But there's no greater achievement than finding your better half who's as passionate as you are, doing the same thing and being the one who pushes you to the top when you are on the verge of giving up. Her husband, Wesley Feausi keeps up with the bruises, black eyes and complaints of feeling sore and had never ever made her feel inferior or that she should give Rugby up. She acknowledges him in a sense that without him, no success and achievements are worth remembering without his support.
There are challenges in between where they had to meet up in an important Championship final match as Wesley coaches the team that (South China Causeway Bay Phoenix) had to play against Sam's team (Tradition Valley Black Ladies) at one point. But the Valley Ladies were unstoppable in tackling their way to winning the cup.
|There's no stopping the Valley ladies.
Sam not letting anybody get in her way.
At the end of the day, a congratulatory massage awaits by Wesley and they continue being courageous in doing what they do best - remaining as beasts on the field.
In all its glory, there is also a price to pay. I asked Sam of the greatest blow she had encountered playing Rugby and she named "injuries" as the greatest threat there ever was to her career. She had a knee injury that required surgery. She was devastated when she heard that the healing process needed 2 years and that she wouldn't be able to play after reaching the height of her career. Little did she know that it was a blessing in disguise. Eventually, it became an opportunity for her to coach and learn a new set of skills. Now, she can coach and play at the same time. She remained focused in upgrading herself positively, getting reinforced from the negative experience coming back vibrant and refreshed.
Her plan towards the future is to go back to her playing days well recuperated to serve the RFC Valley still and to contribute to as much goals the team had set, not only in winning but also in developing other talented ladies. She believes that whatever achievement you gain, you should always stay humble enought to look back from where and how you began. On that note, she would make an effort to gain the necessary skills on a coaching level to be able to support the RFC Valley Team into its advancement. Guiding girls in pursuing their dream of being a scrum queen makes an appeal to her and she is more than glad to share what the sport had taught her.
ON A LIGHTER NOTE:
2. FAVORITE COLOR: Navy Blue
3. FAVORITE SPORT (besides RUGBY): Volleyball
4. FAVORITE FOOD: Roast Lamb
5. FAVORITE SPORTS GOOD/GEAR: anything Adidas
6. FAVORITE RUGBY TEAM OF ALL TIME: All Blacks
7. FAVORITE QUOTE:
"If we all take an eye for an eye, the whole world will be blind" - Ghandi
8. FAVORITE PLACE: Tekapo, New Zealand
9. FAVORITE BOOK: Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
10. FAVORITE MOVIE: Fifth Element
For all of the Rugby fans/students/aspiring women rugby athletes/girls and women alike, Sam shares this advice: