Beatriz Futuro Muhlbauer, professional Rugby player for the Brazilian Women’s Team and currently playing for the Sydney University and studying Certificate IV of Business at the MEGT Institute Sydney Campus talks about Rugby, her career as an athlete and how she has found the skills to manage sports, studies and enjoying life.
Here is what Beatriz had say about herself and the sport she loves dearly.
How long has rugby union been played in Brazil?
Rugby was introduced in Brazil at the same time that Soccer/Football was. Charles Miller introduced both games to America in 1888.
Brazilian Rugby (Women’s Team) commenced in 1996, became strong in South America following the inaugural tournament in 2004. Brazil has won all seven competitions since this date.
What made you decide to begin playing rugby union? And how long have you being playing rugby?
I’ve being playing Rugby for 12 years, since I was 13 years of age!! I always liked sports and I was a very active child, so when I watched my first rugby match (my sister Cristiana was playing) I really liked it. It’s a very dynamic game and is now a part of me.
What is your favourite position and why?
Flanker!!! Flanker is a very nice position, you never stop moving and you are always part of the action throughout the game
If you could not pick Brazil as your favourite team which other country would you pick? Why did you pick this country?
I really like the New Zealand Women’s Team, because they are very feminine like us (Brazilians) in the way that they play (7′s*), the difference between the New Zealand team is that they are more focused on the technique and skills, rather than the rough play – like the Aussies!
Of all the games you have played, is there one game you remember well? Why do you remember that game so well?
Yes…We played against Russia in the World Cup in Dubai 2009; it was a very tough game that finished in golden point (extra time to decide who wins). We then played the Bronze final on the main field which was such a privilege!
You are currently playing Rugby for Australia and studying at the same time? Tell us about your journey in Australia as a student and athlete.
Yeah! I’ve been playing for Sydney University and Sydney City Rep. and studying at MEGT Institute. It’s been very funny playing here. When I arrived, the game season hadn’t started yet so I played Oz Tag for a while. I hadn’t played OZ Tag before and I found it to be such a fun and easy going game.
It was different playing with double the number of players, compared to Brazil where we had only 7 players on the field! It was a new experience but with a slightly different length, players and skills involved.
I’ve been able to travel a lot as a Rugby athlete. I went to Byron Bay, Canberra, Central Coast, Warringah, and I will participate on the Nationals which will be played in Brisbane from 1 to 5 of July 2011. I’ve been studying at MEGT Institute which it’s a very dynamic school, with many activities for us – students – to enjoy and socialise with other students and learn at the same time. I’m studying Certificate IV of Business as I believe this qualification will add to my employable skills when I come back to Brazil.
The only issue, however, that I can think of has been to manage work, study, and training and gym sessions! But in saying that, I prioritise and try my best to attend to all my commitments having a good balance between studies/rugby/work and sightseeing!
What is your advice for Brazilian athletes that could potentially be playing overseas?
Come! It’s an amazing experience where you can play your favourite sport but in a totally different country! Even if your English is not fluent, at least you will have a sport in common!
Any final comments?
When you arrive in Australia, get out and explore! Participate in everything you can, socialise, meet new people and try to always use your “free” time to do something that will bring you happiness, because at the end of the day, you are overseas and the experience that you will acquire here you will not get anywhere else!
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