World Cup awaits golden Aussie Sevens sisters

August 4, 2022

Maddison and Teagan Levi are back at home in Broadbeach Waters, enjoying some much-needed family time after their sensational gold medal-winning performance in Birmingham.

The sisters are enjoying a five-day break before returning to their base in Sydney to train for the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens in South Africa early next month.

Maddi purposely didn’t bring her running shoes back to the Gold Coast to make sure she can rest well before the preparations begin.

“We have three weeks of full training before we leave again,” said Maddi.

“We identify ourselves as the best running team so there will be a lot of ‘creeping’ as we call it, crying and running, it gets the job done!

“We joke about it, but I think it gives us an edge over other teams.

“New Zealand and Fiji are going to shoot us now, they definitely need their redemption story, but if we stay on track we can also win the World Cup and finish a great year.”

At the Commonwealth Games, the Aussies were justified in the final against Fiji 22-12 after losing to the island nation in their pool game.

They booked their place in the decider after upsetting reigning champions New Zealand 17-12 in their semi-final.

Maddison scored 10 tries during the tournament to match the most points scored by the best male athlete.

“It’s quite exciting to show my talent on the world stage and it was a highlight to score a hat-trick there in two games,” said Maddi.

“After the final we all froze for a while, we only realized when we were on the podium that we had won gold.”

They are not the only known members in the family.

Mama Rochelle’s appearance on Seven’s Sunrise program has gone viral after she happily declared that she was already two bottles of champagne deep by 8am.

“I’m not going to lie, it was a little cringey,” Maddi said with a laugh.

“But it just shows the raw emotion of the whole family. You always see how the athletes handle it and how they celebrate, but it’s not just an individual effort, the whole family is affected. Mama has ridden the highs and lows with us.”

For Teagan, this was her first experience at a major international event.

“The pace of the footy is definitely faster and the girls are definitely bigger and stronger.

“It is definitely a different standard from the AON Uni 7s series [Bond University won in 2021] and school footy, the level of footy they play is amazing.

“To finally be involved in that and running around is awesome,” Teagan said.

The sisters and fellow league player Charlotte Caslick will bring their Birmingham experience back to the Bull Sharks for the Queensland Club State Championships later this year.

The Levi siblings owe their range of skills to the after-school activities they grew up with, from dancing for balance to Aussie Rules for hand-eye coordination.

Their manager Mat Rogers, a former dual international, said he had ‘tears in his eyes’ when he saw Maddison and Teagan come out on top.

“I know the Commonwealth Games are not the Olympics, but in Rugby 7s the best teams in the world play in the Comm Games,” he said.

He is now responsible for guiding the sister’s future, which could include a return to AFLW (the sisters were previously signed to the Gold Coast Suns) or a shift to NRLW.

“We’re not going to go crazy and make a fair decision now. When the dust settles after the World Cup, we’ll sit down and think about what the future holds.

“I am super proud of their work ethic and humility and how great they are going,” said Rogers.

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