GBA Lifestyle News
By Andrea Lo | January 6th, 2017

Hong Kong 30 Under 30 2016

Captain, Hong Kong Rugby Sevens team

Max Woodward is the captain of the Hong Kong rugby sevens team, but that’s not the only achievement on his CV.

He has a whole host of accolades under his belt, including winning a silver medal at the Asian Games in 2014 and being awarded player of the year in 2014/2015.

The Hongkonger first got into rugby in Cyprus as an 8-year-old and has led the Hong Kong team since October 2015.

Playing rugby full-time, he also runs coaching camps for kids aged between 5 and 15 during school holidays alongside fellow sevens players Alex McQueen and Jamie Hood.

Naturally, it’s not all fun and games. “The most difficult part is coping with losing in the big games. When you are 10 minutes away from qualifying for the Olympics, it’s quite heartbreaking,” he says.

But Woodward feels that his biggest accomplishment is simply being able to have rugby as a job. “I love going to training every day and challenging my body. It sounds cliche, but I have had a lot of bad injuries and am very grateful to be able to do what I do.”