Balancing the Grind with Charlotte Caslick, Olympic Gold Medalist & Australian Rugby Player

Charlotte Caslick is an Australian rugby player and Olympic gold medallist, winning a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

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She is currently leading the second iteration of the latest campaign from JD Sports and ASICS – ‘Sound Mind, Sound Body’ which celebrates the ASICS belief that every time we push our bodies, sweat, and run out of breath – we get happier.

1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

I’m currently a full-time professional athlete with the Australian women’s 7’s team. I’ve been doing this for the last 8 years pretty much straight out of school. My fiancé and I also own our own small cattle property in south west Queensland. 

2) What does a day in the life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

I get to training/work around 730 every day and finish around 3. We do a few hours on field, 90 minutes in the gym and a few specific skill sessions, flexibility, team meetings and if you’re lucky sometimes a massage or some physio treatment. 

3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine? 

As we are a team sport, not really. We train together full time and the more you are with the team the better. We spent a little bit of time away from each other last year during lockdown periods but right now we are all in Sydney. 

4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

I think I have a great work life balance. I always make time for my family and friends, but I enjoy every minute I’m at work/training.

Most weekends I try to get to Queensland and visit my family or friends as well as getting to see the farm. Otherwise in Sydney I take time to myself and time for my partner and I to spend together. We love eating out at nice restaurants and getting into the ocean. 

5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life? 

Not really, I started talking to a sports psych more often than I have been previously which has been great in keeping me in a good headspace while we have been navigating our way through Covid and what our sport looks like moving forward. 

6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

The [female] athlete project is a new favourite podcast for me. Started by one of my teammates, Chloe Dalton. I also love the Candace Owens show and Candace Owens new podcast, The Candace Owens Show: Race in America.  Another fun favourite of mine is ‎Happy Hour with Lucy & Nikki.

7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?

I’m not really into gadgets or anything but I probably couldn’t live without my phone. 

8) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

I think finding time for the people you care about but also yourself is really important. I’m lucky I get to live out my dream job everyday, with the best group of girls. Definitely helps making my work life balance a lot easier. 

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.