Our Founders

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Jesse Parahi

Jesse hails from Avoca and attended Kincumber High School. Following a successful junior rugby career, he has been a regular fixture in the Rugby Sevens World Series for the past 5 years. He won a bronze medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, participated in the Sevens Rugby World Cup in Moscow, was awarded the 2012 RUPA Rugby sevens excellence award and has been able to travel the world as part of the series. Jesse helped the Australian Rugby Sevens Team qualify for the Rio Olympics in 2015 and became an Australian Olympian in Rio in 2016. Closer to home, Jesse has been a proud ambassador for the UON Central Coast Sevens tournament since 2011.
Jesse has a younger brother and sister aged 9 and 7, and thoroughly enjoys sharing his passion for rugby with the kids he works with. Jesse is an advocate for the positive difference that being part of a team made for him while growing up and he wants all kids to be able to experience the same. His kind, gentle and fun nature makes him a perfect fit for Sense Rugby!

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Carlien Parahi

Carlien is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Carlien spends her days helping children and their families to get to the bottom of learning, developmental and social-emotional delays. She has significant experience in helping parents to understand more about and help children to overcome or improve Sensory Processing Disorders/difficulties, delays in gross motor or fine motor skill development, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Social-emotional difficulties, ADHD and many more. Carlien has a special interest in sport and its many uses; particularly as a therapy tool to improve social skills, emotional regulation, coordination and Sensory Processing. Her empathetic nature and knowledge in child development has helped hundreds of children become more successful at their daily activities.

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