Charlotte Caslick | Always Human
The best women’s Sevens Rugby player on the planet!
It’s a title that is not easily bestowed, but at 28, Charlotte Caslick has cemented herself as just that.
One of Australia’s most recognised athletes, Caslick is the classic modern-day Rugby Sevens player – pacey, durable and with footy smarts by the bucket load.
As the global poster girl for women’s Rugby Sevens, Caslick’s marketability and trademark double braids have been responsible for branding the sport with strength, grace and a distinctly feminine flair. In turn, Caslick’s iconic braids have spawned thousands of lookalike styles amongst young female sports fans and players across the country.
A ruthless competitor with a relentless work ethic and a mental toughness that only comes from being the best, Charlotte Caslick has consistently performed at a world-class level since making her debut for Australia in 2013.
Born and raised in Brisbane, Caslick grew up competing in a range of sports, including hockey, athletics and touch football. Although, it was her natural ability on the field that drew the attention of Rugby officials and skyrocketed Caslick into Australia’s women’s Rugby Sevens squad at the age of 18.
Charlotte Caslick is a household name in Australian Rugby and is one of the best players on the HSBC Sevens World Series circuit.
In 2016, Caslick and the team captured the hearts of the nation, going on to win the inaugural Rugby Sevens gold medal at the Rio Olympics. Caslick was one of the stars of the campaign, scoring seven tries, including one in the final.
Her success in Rio — which came just months after leading Australia to their maiden World Series title — saw her named the Women’s World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year.
With the suspension of the World Sevens Series and Tokyo Olympics in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Charlotte made the switch to Rugby League, joining the Sydney Roosters in the NRL Women’s Premiership.
Touted as the NRLW’s most high profile signing, Charlotte made her debut for the Roosters in round one, starting at five-eighth and running for 154 metres in a 18–4 win over the St George Illawarra Dragons.
Charlotte’s debut performance drew mass media attention across the sport’s world.
The Daily Telegraph featured Charlotte on the back cover of the Sports section over two consecutive weeks, and a video posted on the Nine Networks ‘NRL on Nine’ page received over 400,000 views in less than 24 hours.
Unfortunately, Charlotte’s season would go on to be cut short a week later. In the Roosters’ 22–12 Round 2 win over the New Zealand Warriors, Charlotte suffered two small fractures to her spine, ruling her out for the rest of the NRLW season.
Jumping back to Sevens Rugby for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics in 2021, Caslick was a star performer for Australia at the Games, however the team would come up short in their pursuit for another medal.
With the Sevens World Series kicking off again in 2022 and after being named co-captain, Caslick and her teammates have reinforced their dominance by winning their third World Series gold medal of the season, continuing to set the standard for their global rivals.
Individually, Caslick has been recognised by World Rugby as the Women’s Rugby Sevens Player of the Year, been named in World Rugby’s Dream Team and has also received multiple Impact Player Awards during the HSBC World Series. Along with these accolades, Caslick has won the Shawn Mackay Award three times (2016, 2019, 2021) at the prestigious John Eales medal ceremony, recognising her as Australia’s Most Outstanding Women’s Player.
As a mainstay in the Aussie Women’s Sevens team, Caslick has her sights firmly set on her third Olympics, with the Paris 2024 Games only a few years away.