All Blacks superstar Sonny Bill Williams has told the Daily Telegraph that he is hungry for a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but that this one will be all for him. After securing a win for new Zealand in the Wellington game of the World Rugby Sevens Series at the weekend, Williams believes an Olympic medal would “supersede everything.”
While Williams is already enjoying an impressive career – two World Cup wins with the All Blacks and success at both NRL and boxing – he still has an Olympic gold in his sights. “Just being able to say to my daughter that I was an Olympian,” he explained to the Daily Telegraph. “But it’s a new game and a new challenge.”
“There’s so much talent in New Zealand and just to make the squad would be a feat in itself. Everyone thinks because I’m a name in the 15-a-side game that I’ve got a head start. Absolutely no way.”
Sonny Bill Williams has historically been very generous with his winnings. Most notably, he gave away his World Cup medal to an ecstatic young fan in Twickenham after beating the Wallabies 34 – 17 in the final. In addition, he has given his Roosters and Bulldogs premiership rings to his mother and father respectively, reports Stuff.com.
Unfortunately for the crowd, giving away an Olympic gold medal is probably not on the cards, Williams jokes. “Probably not, bro,” says the New Zealander. “This is something I’ve wanted since I was a kid.”
The 30-year-old is well loved for his conduct both on and off the field, after last year consoling a devastated South African player Jesse Kriel after victory in the World Cup semi final. A convert to Islam, he is also vocal on Twitter about his support for Syrian refugees.