For me, playing rugby has never been about the gold medals.

Sure – it is hard to top the feeling of celebrating alongside your teammates when you win top prize at a world tournament.

Because often those moments are only made possible after weeks of hard training and sacrifices.

But I have never lost sight that there is so much more to what we are doing, as we look to promote the sport and inspire the next generation of girls to play rugby sevens.

I am have been so incredibly fortunate to be part of so many “firsts” with this team.

I’ve made history with so many of my teammates, as highlighted by being part of Australia’s first olympic rugby sevens team and now a member of the country’s inaugural commonwealth squad.

Excitingly, as the games are only an hour drive from Brisbane, #GC2018 marks the first time my entire family has been able to watch me in action at a major world tournament.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 01: Evania Pelite of Australia poses with The Women's Player of The Tournament Trophy after the final match beetween Australia and United States on Day Two of the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens - HSBC Sevens World Series at The Sevens Stadium on December 1, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 01: Evania Pelite of Australia poses with The Women’s Player of The Tournament Trophy after the final match beetween Australia and United States on Day Two of the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens – HSBC Sevens World Series at The Sevens Stadium on December 1, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

My Dad and Uncle made the Olympic journey to Rio in 2016, and it was the most amazing feeling to have them in the change rooms on route to the gold medal.

Unfortunately, financially it was just not possible to have my entire family jump on an international flight to be there as well, but this time around they have no excuse!

This weekend will go down as one of the biggest days in my family, and in many ways it means just as much to me as the Olympics, because we will all be there together.

As for the final games themselves – we couldn’t be more prepared.

I look around the hotel room at the Athlete’s village, during team meetings and final sessions, and I know that each of the other 11 girls are ready to give 110% effort.

They have done so much in way of preparation these last six-eight weeks, and knowing how many family we all have present, we know it is going to be quite an emotional time for us.

Even at the Sydney 7s, when we walked out for that final math against New Zealand, half of us girls has tears running down our face during the national anthem.

It just means so much to us, to be paving the way for the next generation of talent, and I hope that for every patron in attendance at the game, and for the millions of girls watching on TV from around the world, we continue to leave a legacy behind for them to follow.