Ellia Green made history in Rio as a part of the gold-medal winning women’s rugby sevens team in Rio. The Australian side began the tournament with big wins over Colombia (53-0) and Fiji (36-0) before finishing level with USA (12-12) to top the group and move through to the quarter-finals. Victories over Spain (24-0) and Canada (17-5) followed to set up a mouth-watering gold medal clash with New Zealand. Green scored her third try of the tournament as the Aussies ran out 24-17 winners to claim the first Olympic rugby sevens gold medal.
The victory capped off a massive 2016 for the side who also became the first Australian side to win the World Series. Green crossed the stripe 17 times throughout the series to finish the season as the fourth highest tryscorer.
The Fijian-born flyer grew up competing in athletics before she was recruited into the Australian Rugby Sevens program after attending a talent identification camp in Melbourne in 2012, a move that certainly paid off for the Olympic Champion. Green made her international debut in 2013 in Houston and has since become one of the stars of the side.