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olympic bronze medalist Charity Williams using platform to inspire
young Black Canadians
Charity Williams more than just a speedster
Canada Women’s Rugby Sevens star and 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medal winner is using her platform to inspire young Black Canadians through sport.
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Charity has found a second focus in her life through the Black Lives Matters movement. She was involved in the organising of the BLM rally in her training centre home of Victoria, B.C. in June of 2020 where she has become part of what she calls ‘a really beautiful community.’ A community she explains that ‘helps her feeI very whole and connected to people.’
Charity has always tried to represent herself and others the best way that she can and is very proud to be considered a role model. She hopes young people will look up to her and know that she worked really hard so that one day they might be able to be in her position. Some of the most rewarding times have been when young black woman will come up to her on the street and say how inspired they were by her speech or how they want to be a national athlete like her. Williams adds, “That makes me cry, every time. I’m so appreciative that I’m helping someone. I’m thanking them whilst they’re thanking me.”
Charity grew up in Toronto, Canada with six siblings — all of whom she says have significant ‘wheels’ and athletic ability. Her brothers and sisters named; Belah, Faith, Test, Selam, Abby and Jahvantai and they all still live in Toronto so she tries to get back as often as she can to visit.
Charity Williams, only 24 years of age, is already one of most dangerous rugby players on the planet. During the 2019-20 World Rugby Sevens Series her amazing speed led to 16 tries for Canada — good for 8th overall in the World standing. An aspiring gymnast during her youth, Charity started playing rugby at the age of 14 when she started high school and fell in love with the physicality right away.
She was invited to the national team program two years after meeting former Team Canada player Megan Gibbs which sparked her dream of wearing the maple leaf and going to the Olympics. Williams first major competition was 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China where Canada finished an impressive 2nd. Her rapid development continued as she joined Canada Women’s Sevens Team during the 2014-15 World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series season at the Sao Paulo Sevens. Playing rugby is her happy place — cutting up the pitch and burning tackles is a great feeling. It’s a powerful place to be.
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