How did Australian Breaker Rachael Gunn start dancing? Her Relationship with Samuel

Australian Breaker Rachael Gunn, popularly referred to as Raygun, is 36 years old and a member of the Macquarie University Performance and Expertise Research Center. Rachael qualified for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris after winning the WDSF Oceania Championship.

Raygun, J Attack secure their ticket to Paris as Australia’s first-ever Olympic breakdancers

Rachael “Raygun” Gunn and J Attack have made history as Australia’s first-ever Olympic breakdancers. The pair won the solo B-boy and B-girl categories at the Oceania Breaking Championships held in Sydney’s Town Hall, securing two direct spots for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

In the Adult Breaking 1vs1 B-girls category of the WDSF Oceania Championship, which took place in Sydney on October 27-28, 2023, Raygun scored a total of 1000 points. She defeated Molly Therese Chapman, a former Australian breaker, who scored 750 points and finished in second place.

After winning the preliminary finals, Rachael “Raygun” Gunn continued her journey to the Paris Olympics with a display of powerful moves, freezes, and original skills across six rounds and three battles. Raygun has been considered the top contender for an Olympic spot in Australia since the announcement of breaking’s inclusion in the Games three years ago.

As the nation’s top-ranked B-girl, Raygun has represented Australia at the last three World Breaking Championships.

Rachael Gunn’s Siblings and Early Life

Rachael Gunn, the Australian breaker and academic, was born in Hornsby, Sydney, and is currently 36 years old. She has a brother named Brendan Gunn and a sister named Elissa de Heer, once she also posted her grandmother’s photo saying “Happy 90th Birthday Nan!!”.

Growing up, Rachael was more interested in dance than sports. It was her boyfriend at the time, who is now her husband, who introduced her to breaking. She started competing in her mid-twenties, even though there were doubts about her ability and age. Despite the challenges, she continued and became the top-ranked B-girl in the Australian Breaking Association.

Rachael Gunn Partner Samuel in 2014
Image: Rachael Gunn and Samuel in 2014 (Source: Rachael’s Instagram)

During the day, Rachael works as a lecturer at Macquarie University, in the Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Literature, and Language. She has a Ph.D. in cultural studies and a bachelor’s degree with honors in Contemporary Music, both from Macquarie University. Her argument focused on the relationship between gender and breaking culture in Sydney.

Rachael Gunn and her Husband Samuel Free

Raygun is married to Samuel Free, who is also a breaker from Australia. They got married on January 7, 2018.

Rachael Gunn Married to Samuel
Image: Rachael Gunn married her Husband Samuel Free on January 7, 2018 (Source: Rachael’s Instagram)

Samuel was the one who first introduced breaking into Raygun when they were in a relationship. He would do training sessions for breaking, and that’s how Raygun got interested in the sport.

Rachael Gunn Beginning of the Career

In 2017, Rachael Gunn was active in both academic and breaking-related activities. She represented Australia at the World Breaking Championships held in Paris that year.

In 2020, Rachael was the top-ranked B-girl in the Australian Breaking Association, practicing under the name “Raygun”.

In 2021, she retained her position as the top-ranked B-girl in the Australian Breaking Association. That year, she also represented Australia at the World Breaking Championships in Paris and won the 1v1 B-girl ABA Battle Series 3.

In 2022, Rachael, known as Raygun, represented Australia at the World Breaking Championships in Seoul. She also won the ABA Battle Series 5 – 1v1 B-girl category.

In 2023, Raygun secured her qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic breaking competition by winning the Oceania Breaking Championships. This achievement reflects her dedication and skill in the sport of breaking. That same year, she also represented Australia at the World Breaking Championships held in Leuven, Belgium.