First Responder Profile. Sarah Carrington.


Tell us in 30 seconds about yourself. I am a country girl, born and bred in Orange. I had a short stint out at Parkes before making the move to Sydney for work in 2006. After getting long service leave at my first job at the ripe old age of 25, I took a year’s leave and travelled the world. When I returned back to work, I was sent to the Northern Beaches and have been living here for the last 9 years.   I am a keen adventure traveller and am lucky that my Husband (James) enjoys this type of travelling as well. We opted to hike to Everest Base Camp for our Honeymoon last year before spending a couple of weeks in India.


When did you start playing rugby and how did you end up playing for the Ratettes? I started playing rugby in 2012. One of the other Ratettes, Sarah Laman, was at the same gym as me and asked me if I would be keen to come down to a training session and try rugby. I felt rude saying no, even though I had no interest in playing contact sport. It turns out I really enjoyed it and have been turning up to play ever since!


This weekend’s games have been named “First Responder” round and you volunteer at the SES. Tell me about your role at SES and how you and other volunteers make a difference to our community. I joined the SES in February this year. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time and after finishing my University commitments, finally joined up. I am in the process of being trained at the moment and recently got to go out on my first volunteer job a couple of weeks ago when we had some bad weather. We predominantly respond to storm and flood related incidents, however, assist with many other types of scenarios as well. I believe volunteers play a massive role in our community. Volunteers are usually going to the nitty gritty jobs that a lot of people don’t want to do. They do it willingly to help make a difference for others.


How was your holiday visiting your friends and family in Bundaberg? Must be hard living away from immediate family.  What does the Rats family mean to you?  It was a great trip for James and me. We have friends and family spread out along the East Coast of Australia and after two of my closest friends recently had babies, we decided to take a road trip to see them all. My immediate family are still in Orange (with the exception of my twin sister who is in Melbourne) and James’ immediately family are all in Wellington, New Zealand. It can be hard sometimes, as we don’t have that immediate support. We try to get over to New Zealand at least once a year and out to Orange a couple of time a year though.

The Rats family means a lot to me. I am so grateful to have been welcomed with open arms into this great rugby family. I have made lifelong friends in this club and know that the Rats will always be a part of my life now.


Tell us about a person that you admire at the Club. Why do you think they have made an important impact? There are many people that I admire at the club. I think Erin Morton is on top of this list though. She has been involved with the Ratettes since its formation 25 years ago, firstly as a player and then as a coach. She has dedicated countless hours over the years to grow women’s rugby in Sydney and to help players in our team move through to representative level, both Waratahs and Wallaroos.


Congratulations on completing your Bachelor of Business – Accounting, at the Swinburne University of Technology. This is a huge achievement juggling full time work, part time study and your endless list of other commitments. What’s next for your career, where to from here?  Thank you, it definitely wasn’t easy at times and I am glad it is done. I currently work for Asahi Premium Beverages and have been with them for 8 years now. I really enjoy working for them and will hopefully look at opportunities with them.


How is married life treating you?  What’s the best thing about marrying James & how would he best describe you.? It is great, James is really supportive of everything I do. He is always encouraging me to challenge myself and sometimes joins me for some of the crazy things I do, like the Sydney2Canberra charity bike ride I participate in every year. If he was to describe me as anything, it would be that I am non-stop. I very rarely stop to have down time and often have mates laughing at me at what I consider a pretty quiet weekend.


You said on your Facebook profile that you had “The best afternoon at Manly Oval!” at the recent Derby Day.  What is your best hang over cure, and did you need to employ it after celebrating’s Warringah Rats great win? Unfortunately, I don’t think there is any cure for hang overs once you reach your thirties. I do, however, force myself to get out and take a walk for fresh air.


Lastly, what excites you most about the remainder of the 2019 season?  We have some great young players who have joined the Ratettes this year and I am excited to see how they develop over the season. I also am looking forward to the next Derby Day at Rat Park. It is always an exciting day watching rugby!


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