Our Captain of the NZ 7s Olympic Team

In a five-part series, the Herald is profiling New Zealand Olympians going for gold at Rio 2016. The films feature exclusive access to top athletes and get to the heart of what makes an Olympian. They will be released every Friday throughout July. The second of the series profiles women's Rugby Sevens skipper Sarah Goss.

Sarah Goss is the leader of a group of women who call each other sisters. The 23-year old will captain the New Zealand women's sevens squad of 12 in their historic first Olympic campaign.

A year ago, they were red-hot favourites for gold, but a difficult season has seen them surpassed by Australia.

However, Goss and the team are acutely aware of the opportunity they have and what winning gold could do for women's rugby: "We get paid to do something we really love, and we're pioneers to a legacy".

The New Zealand Herald spent the day with Goss at her new home in Mt Maunganui. While she is a proud product of Manawatu, Goss has found an outlet from life as a professional athlete in the waters of the famous Bay of Plenty surf beach.

"It gets my head away from rugby. I don't have to worry about training or leading, it's just me, the wave and the surfboard and I'm able to clear my head and be Sarah."


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