Nicole Beck made history in Rio as a part of the gold-medal winning women’s rugby sevens team in Rio. The Australian side began the tournament with big wins over Colombia (53-0), where Beck scored a double, and Fiji (36-0) before finishing level with USA (12-12) to top the group and move through to the quarter-finals. Victories over Spain (24-0) and Canada (17-5) followed to set up a mouth-watering gold medal clash with New Zealand. The Aussies started quickly and eventually built a 19 point lead before the match finished 24-17 ensuring Australia claimed the first Olympic rugby sevens gold medal.
The victory capped off a massive 2016 for the team who also became the first Australian side to win the World Series after they won three of the five events on the circuit.
Having played for Australia in touch football, Beck was a part of the squad that won the inaugural Women's Sevens World Cup in Dubai in 2009. She helped Australia finish third at the 2010 fifteen-a-side World Cup before taking time off from the sport. She returned to the sport in 2014 following the birth of her daughter and proved crucial in Australia’s history making run in 2016.