For this months #GirlPower Series we interviewed the incredibly talented athlete, Rugby World Cup Winner and business women Rachael Burford… we couldn’t’ wait to find out more about this inspirational lady!
The #GirlPower Series Featuring Rachael Burford
- For those that don’t know you can you give a short summary of who you are and what you do…
My name is Rachael Burford and I am an international rugby player. I made my England debut in 2006 and I’ve gone on to earn 65 International caps in the 15-a-side game. I have also had the privilege to play sevens and earn 25 international tournament caps. My biggest achievement in the sport was winning the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup. Alongside my playing career I have also set up my own business, ‘The Burford Academy’, which provides female rugby camps to develop players both on and off the pitch.
- How do you #TreatYourHealth?
My health is really important to me, but enjoying life is also important so making sure I get the balance right is key. I try to follow the 80/20 rule with most things in life. I have been through some tough experiences that have really shown me life is too short to be serious all the time! I am lucky to have some great people around me to remind me to let me hair down every now and then.
- How do you fuel yourself on a busy day?
My day doesn’t start without a good breakfast and a cup of tea. Most people would say I’m a fussy eater but I’m not really, I just like to keep things simple and could eat the same thing day in day out. Even if it’s a big day ahead my diet does not change much! Breakfast for me is pretty much always eggs! Lunch and dinner will both be fairly similar, meat and vegetables or salad, and through the day I’ll snack on berries, protein bars and snack bars like Squirrel Sisters bars, Get Buzzing bars to get me through the day and training. I also ensure I drink lots of water, on busy days it’s easy to forget but it does make such a huge difference to your energy levels. Coffee is also a friend of mine on long days!
- Talk us through your typical work day…
I get up at 5am to allow me to get to Bisham Abbey where we train full-time (I leave this early to miss the traffic). I normally arrive between 6.30-7am, I will normally jump on a bike for 15-20 minutes just to get the journey out of my legs. This is followed by some breakfast, usuallyboiled eggs and a banana. Our day always starts with stretching and activation to help prevent injuries and best prepare us for our training day. Our first training session is often speed followed by weights in the gym. We will break for lunch for about an hour and we then have a team meeting before rugby training in the afternoon. Our afternoon rugby session consists of skills and sometimes contact, this will run for an hour and half. After training we have a stretch followed by an ice bath before I get into the car and drive back to Kent. On some evenings I attend yoga to relax and help aid recovery from training and travelling.
- Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
My dad is my biggest inspiration, he taught me all I know on and off the pitch. Even though he is no longer with us I still use his wisdom in everything I do.
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In the next five years I would love to call myself a double world champion! While I think my international playing days will be concluded, I really hope that I will still be contributing to the game by building up my business. I would also like to be in a senior coaching role within the women’s or the men’s game. Of course at the top of my list is to be happy and settled and planning a family!
- How do you relax and switch off?
Yoga is a great way for me to switch off, I also love walking the dogs down by the river.
- Who do you love ‘stalking’ on social media?
I love a good scroll through Instagram, I often like following people or in your words stalking. I have a trainer obsession so I’m always on the lookout for the new Adidas trainers.
- What does #GirlPower mean to you?
Strength, power, independence and courage. Being who you are and being proud of it. Do everything like a girl and own it!
- One piece of advice that you would give to your younger self?
Stop worrying what others think! ‘Haters gonna hate’ no matter what you do, you have to make yourself happy and try to inspire others more.