Alicia Quirk doesn’t believe the Australian women’s sevens team are suffering from a gold medal “hangover”.
The Rio success backed up a World Series title last year, however the Pearls are yet to win a World Series event this season.
They’ve finished runners-up at events in Dubai and Las Vegas and were shock losers in the semi-finals in Sydney.
Despite falling to come out on top, Quirk and her teammates are still a long way off pushing the panic button.
“Rio was a big high to come off,” Quirk said.
“As nice as it would be to win right now the big picture is that we would like to win the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup next year.
“We are still building, learning and getting our combinations together.
“Hopefully we can put in some solid performances towards the end of the year and we are still sitting second on the World Series table, not too far behind New Zealand.”
With another month until the first World Series event at Kitakyushu in Japan, Quirk is back in Wagga for a week.
While rest and recovery is part of the plan, Quirk is still keeping busy with a number of school visits as she looks to inspire the next generation of sevens hopefuls.
Quirk put year 9 and 10 girls through their paces at The Riverina Anglican College on Monday and was thrilled to see how much they enjoyed getting a taste of the sport.
“It’s been really nice to be able to transfer my knowledge over to these young girls who are aspiring to potentially transition across to rugby sevens,” she said.
“It really enjoyed it, it was a lot of fun and I hope they really enjoyed it too.”