Name: Elinor Snowsill
Born: 27 June 1989
Sport: Rugby Union - 15's and 7's
Teams: Wales, Newport Gwent Dragons, Bristol
Elinor, has to-date won 34 caps at Fly Half (10) for the Welsh women’s rugby team. She regularly plays for the Welsh 7’s side and regionally represents Newport Gwent Dragons. Elinor plays for Bristol Ladies in the Women’s Premiership.
Growing up in Radyr, Cardiff, Elinor was sports mad and spent a lot of her time both playing and coaching at Radyr Tennis Club. When she wasn’t playing tennis, she could be found kicking a ball around in the garden with her brother Aron. After playing football for the majority of her younger years, she made the switch to rugby at the age of 17 and quickly progressed through the ranks to captain Wales Under 20's.
After studying psychology at Loughborough University, Elinor returned to Radyr and set up the healthy food business, Onest Food. Using her experience of being an elite athlete, as well as being the daughter of chef Nerys Howell, Elinor educates and up skills people to eat healthier by providing nutrition workshops. The challenge she, and the rest of the Wales women’s rugby team face, is juggling full time work with training and competing at international level.
Elinor is paving the way for female rugby players in Wales who, unlike their English counterparts, don’t receive any financial support. The first Welsh female player to be signed by a management company, Elinor and 17 Management are currently looking for sponsors to support her dream of training full time, with the end goal of reaching the Great Britain squad for Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Elinor is an Ambassador of the Dallaglio Foundation, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and the Womens' Sport Trust.