Ellia Green OAM won a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games – the first time Rugby 7s was included as part of the Olympic program. For a decade, Ellia was one of the dominant players in world 7s. Ellia announced their retirement from Rugby 7s in 2021.
Ellia Green OAM is one of the greatest 7s players to come through the Australian Rugby 7s talent system. They were a key member of the gold medal-winning Women’s Rugby 7s team from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Green and them teammates made headlines around the world when they won the first gold medal in Olympic history for women’s Rugby 7s. Green’s form throughout the tournament was scintillating, with them superior athleticism a standout.
They returned from an ACL injury to star for the Pearls’ at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. This time they finished with a silver medal – New Zealand reversing the result from Rio two years earlier.
Green has also represented Australia in track and field, qualifying for the 100m, 200m and long jump at the World Junior Championships. They were recruited into Rugby in 2012 quickly became one of the benchmark performers in the international game.
Ellia retired from rugby in August 2021 and is currently in their second year studying International Security Studies at Macquarie University and working Full Time at the International container terminal. Ellia is a national champion for change ambassador for the united nations Australia, a Raise Ambassador and an Adopt Change ambassador.
Since retiring from professional sport, Ellia has found liberation in his identity and sense of self along with the greatest achievement yet, becoming a Dad to daughter Waitui and fiancé to Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts. Whilst being an internationally successful athlete Ellia continues a strong commitment off the field for the rights of racial gender diversity and the wellbeing of marginalised individuals and groups.