We hope you enjoy listening to Honey Hireme-Smiler sharing the inspiring story of her career journey.
Honey is a NZ rugby league legend and has had a representative rugby league career for the last 20 years. She has played in 4 rugby league world cups with the Kiwi Ferns in 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2017 and was awarded player of the tournament in 2013. Honey is the current Captain for the NZ women's rugby league team, co-captaining with Laura Mariu and between the pair they have over 36 years of experience at international level. Honey was awarded NZ womens' rugby league player of the year in 2018 her third time winning top honours. In the 2020 New Year Honours, she was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to rugby league. Honey is also a Disability Sport Advisor with the Halberg Foundation and a Presenter and Commentator for Sky Sport.
"Courage has been huge for me. I think I naturally always had it on the field. Make no mistake; I play a contact sport and I spent the first 10 years of my career from 5 through to 15 playing against boys, tackling boys. So that took a lot of courage obviously. But what I've found is that courage has now developed off the field and in my career. There's so many lessons in sport that can teach you in life as well."
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