I first became aware of Emilia when I started to get more involved, once again, with what was Morgan Women’s Rugby team (we now play under Abertay University Women’s Rugby Team). Unfortunately, we have not had the chance to play much on the pitch together due to one of us being away but
wow, what a player! She has huge physicality on the pitch and awareness of the game, self-explanatory really when you realise she is Capatin of the Swedish National Women’s 7’s team!
Emilia Kristiansson is also part of the Elite Athlete Development Programme at Abertay university.
Check out Emilia’s take on her progress and what is involved in her sporting life:
Q. How did you become involved with rugby? Do you play any other sports?
Emilia: My bother was playing for a local club back in Sweden. So when I went to watch his first tournament I thought it looked like so much fun so I asked to join the boys which I was allowed to do at the age of 9.
I am not doing any other sports. I have Olympic lifts incorporated in my training but that is purely to improve me as a rugby player.
Q. Are you able to give us a little insight into your training and your history pre-rugby in sport?
Emilia: I train 2 times a day 5-6 days a week. It involves strength training, aerobic running like longer distance as well as intervals, anaerobic training is added to the week a few months before the main competitions, speed and plyometric is also something I do every week. And of course rugby training itself. I was 9 when I started playing rugby, so prior to that I tried all kind of different sport like many children do. Just for fun
Q. Womens rugby is definitely developing into a more prominent sport in the public eye and the media. What do you think have been the main contributors to this? What is the main barrier that prevents women being viewed on an equal footing to the mens game?
Emilia: I think the main contributor has been the Olympics. As far as I know, world rugby had to put more resources into women’s rugby in order for sevens to be considered to be in the Olympics. Sevens has allowed fifteens to grow as well.
Q. How would you recommend women get into rugby?
Emilia: I would recommend women to take contact with a local club, email or phone to see if there is a ladies team and if they don’t have it ask where the closest one is. After that, just show up to their training session. You’ll always be welcome! Rugby clubs tend to be very friendly, in my experience it’s like an extended family.