Rugby player Les Elder is throwing a ball in front of her team mates. finding purpose in life, Black Ferns, leadership, empowering girls


Les Elder – Captain New Zealand Black Ferns Rugby Team

Les has made her name playing rugby for New Zealand’s Black Ferns, but she also finds purpose in her job as a Women’s Rugby Development Officer helping young women to find confidence through playing the sport:

“I see that my girls are very insecure. They’re still figuring out who they are and getting comfortable in their own skin. It’s my job to guide them to feeling comfortable in who they are and what they like, what they’re good at and what they’re not good at.

Growing up, I had a massive support group around me. My parents pushed me, took me to trainings and games all over the country. A lot of the girls I’m working with don’t have that. The ones that do are the ones that are really good and doing really well. The ones that don’t can’t really see their full potential and they’ve got so much of it. No one’s telling them what they’re capable of.”