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By ARU Media Unit
Australian Rugby Union will hold its first Junior Gold Girl’s Sevens High Performance training day tomorrow, Friday 9 December, at Easts Rugby Club in Woollahra.
Around 50 young women aged between 14 and 18 from the NSW’s North Coast, the Central North, the Mid North Coast, Newcastle, Central Coast, Sydney, Central West and Illawarra will take part in the half-day training program.
The young women have been identified through ARU’s schoolgirl Sevens programs that have run across regional and metro areas in NSW throughout 2011.
The Junior Gold Girl’s Sevens program is conducted within ARU’s Pathway to Gold program – the national talent development pathway - providing specific development for potential Women’s Rugby Sevens players throughout Australia.
Established this year the Junior Gold Girl’s Sevens program is a stepping stone for schoolgirls into the national Women’s Sevens program.
Over the next five years the national Women’s Sevens team will compete at the iRB World Cup in 2013, the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.
ARU’s Program Manager of Sevens & Women’s Rugby, Dale Roberson, said tomorrow’s training day would provide the invited schoolgirls with an introduction to high level Rugby Sevens training.
“Tomorrow is a great chance for these young women to see what it’s going to take for them to become elite sportswomen,” Mr Roberson said.
“After winning the 2009 iRB Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens, Australia has been ranked the number one Women’s Sevens side in the world.
“It is ARU’s goal to maintain that position through to and past the 2016 Olympics, and the Junior Gold program is a significant part of our strategy to ensure we achieve that goal.
“Tomorrow’s training day gives us the opportunity to help provide these young women with an insight into the kind of training they will be required to commit to if they want to become elite Rugby Sevens players.
“It will also give our High Performance team a chance to conduct some testing, recovery and education sessions.”
Australia’s newly appointed Women’s Sevens coach, Chris Lane, and current Australian Women’s Sevens utility , Shannon Parry will also be on hand tomorrow to pass on their knowledge and to help run a number of the sessions.
In 2012 ARU will run schools Sevens tournaments across the country, which will culminate in a National schoolgirl and schoolboy Sevens Championships to be held on the Gold Coast in October.