Staying Prepared and Keeping Positive in a Pandemic - A Wallaroos Guide

by Rugby Vic Media

If Georgia Cormick had one thing to say about the fruitful events of 2020, it would be to hurry up, move on and get stuck into 2021.

But, for one of the rising stars of the Australian Women’s Rugby team, it isn’t as easy as that. After a somewhat untapped year of rugby for Cormick; making the Wallaroos squad for The Rugby World Cup will be the ultimate goal to tick off heading into next year.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing what next year holds,” Georgia said. “The Women’s Rugby World Cup is on in New Zealand so I will definitely be looking to continue to work hard at my game and hopefully earn a spot in the squad.”

Last year, Cormick suffered a concussion that deemed her unfit to play in the 2019 Lindroth Cup. “Due to concussion protocol, it was more of a waiting game,” Georgia said. “So, once I got the all clear, I was happy to be back training.” Nonetheless, Cormick’s teammates got the win, which she says topped off an amazing year.

As we all know and relate, Covid-19 has been at the centre of many disappointments. However Cormick is finding the positives out of the situation, as the current stay-at-home restrictions are allowing her to train more frequently due to cutback work and gaming commitments.

She is one of countless sportspeople deeming the current state-of-emergency as a prolonged pre-season, her current weekly training regime consists of three speed and conditioning sessions, three gym sessions, and a combination of rugby skills.

“Obviously it’s a bit difficult at the moment with the one-hour rule for physical activity outside the house, so I’m just trying to fit in as much as I can,” Georgia said.

“However, this has been a good opportunity to work on some weaknesses as well as getting my body right.”

Growing up playing a male dominated sport wasn’t something that crossed Cormick’s mind; on or off the field. To the young-Cormick back then, it was just a sport, not male dominated nor female dominated…just sport, an all-encompassing game.

Cormick states, “I just loved being able to play rugby, even if I was the only girl in the team. It probably started to hit me when I got told at 12-years-old that I couldn’t play anymore. It didn’t seem fair that boys had that opportunity and we didn’t.”

Today that has changed, with the exponential growth of youth girls and women’s rugby in Victoria over the last 5-years. This, we can attribute to strong women, like Cormick that have been one of many driving forces behind the progressive movement of Women’s sport.

For Georgia Cormick, becoming a Wallaroo was a dream come true. From a young age, Cormick’s ambition to represent her country was an innate desire; however, she didn’t know this would later become a stunning reality.

Congratulations on all of your successes, Georgia. 2021 is looking bright.