NRLW Star Jessica Sergis on juggling semi-pro sport and full-time work

Sydney Roosters and Jillaroos ace, former medalist Dally M and Therabody athlete Jessica Sergis talks about juggling work as a preschool teacher and rugby league, what sport means to her and why mental wellbeing is vital

Have you ever wondered how your favorite female athletes balance training, game days, other jobs, and whatever life throws at them? As NRLW player Jessica Sergis reveals, it’s not easy. Plus, the Therabody athlete shares her tips and tricks for keeping her mental health in check as well as her predictions for the future of women’s sport.

The juggling is real

“It’s really hard to juggle a full-time job and being a semi-professional athlete. When trying to be a semi-pro athlete, you want to put all your time into it, do everything right, and be the best version of yourself you can be. But as women, we have to keep our jobs, support ourselves and earn a living – it can be quite stressful! I love having the choice to quit rugby and find it refreshing to be surrounded by smiling young children in a healthy workplace.

Rugby is more than a game

“I love the game, its competitiveness and its physicality. I loved playing against boys and trying to beat them. I would never have hesitated to be a girl, I wanted to be part of the contact as much as possible. But the rugby has certainly helped me in more ways than just being an athlete, through which I have made lifelong friends and learned important life skills in leadership and leadership. teamwork.

Mental health is vital

“The mental side of things is just as important as the physical. If anything, that’s the most important thing because if I’m not happy with what I’m doing, I won’t perform well on the pitch. To manage my mental well-being in high-pressure situations, I have found keeping a journal and implementing positive self-talk into my daily life helpful. Also, if I have a day off, I make sure I actually have that day off, rather than trying to squeeze in an extra gym session. It’s about saving time for me, whether it’s 20 minutes to use my Therabody Theragun, do my nails, or go to lunch. Just something that makes me happy and relaxed.

The future of women’s sport is bright

“We’re growing, our exposure is taking it to the next level, and the ratings are getting better and better. Although we may have to put in the hard work now and lay the foundation, in five to 10 years the hope is that the female profession will be as good as the male profession and they will be able to look back on what we are doing now and be thankful.

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Consistency is my jam

“This year is going to be one of the greatest years we’ve had; we had State of Origin, then there’s the world cup [in October] and another NRLW season. I would love to play two against two in the NRLW, and winning the World Cup is, of course, a huge goal for the year. But overall, I think consistency in getting there is key. If I’m able to stay consistent on the pitch every week and perform at my best, anything after that is a bonus.

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