Sport for Women

Debby Hodgkinson

Type: Player/Athlete
Sports: Running
Location: Australia

A member of both the Australian Sevens and Wallaroos for several years, Debby Hodgkinson has competed in both a Sevens and 15s World Cup, winning the 2009 Sevens Rugby World Cup with Australia.

In 2009, Hodgkinson was the most decorated player in Women's Rugby, winning every accolade on offer.

She was awarded the Player of the Series at the 2009 Sevens Rugby World Cup, IRB Women's Personality of the Year and named Australia's best Sevens player at the 2009 John Eales Medal.


Debby Hodgkinson

Q & A

Greatest sporting achievement: Winning the inaugural 2009 Rugby World Cup 7’s and being able to play the 2010 Womens Rugby World Cup with a totally ruptured ACL.

Greatest achievement off the field: Winning the Year 10 dance award at high school

Who is your sporting heroine? When I was a kid growing up I did a lot of athletics and I wanted to be Jane Flemming.

How many hours per week to you train/exercise? 10-15 hours

What kind of diet or nutrition plan are you on? Low Fat, High Protein & Carbohydrate. Also some chocolate is necessary!

What do you love about your sport? I love the physical aspect of the game and the camaraderie that comes with playing a team sport.

If you could change something about your sport, what would it be? That more young women were exposed to rugby union and given the opportunity to play it at school as it’s a fantastic sport. Also the opportunity for our national team to play more test matches each year.

What motivates you? I always strive to be the best that I can be and that’s the number one driving force for me.

Do you have a profession outside of your sport? Yes I'm a materials handling draftsman and a project manager for a mining company.

Three words that describe you: Bubbly, loud, committed

If I wanted to play your sport, what advice would you give me? Wear a mouthguard!!!

Debby Hodgkinson Supports Sport for Women Day

"Sport for Women Day is important in promoting healthy living to all women in Australia.

"It doesn’t matter what shape, size or your level of ability, every woman can play sport.

"In Australia women playing sport is embraced and sport for women day gives us an opportunity to celebrate this.

Sport has played such a huge part in my life where it has allowed me to continually challenge my abilities as well as make many lifelong friends."