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Girls can aim for Rio

Girls enjoying their rugby include, from left, Alyssa Powell, Freya Russell, Daisy Gordon, Keone Fraser and Zelma Avery (all Casino High) and Maddy Bock (Evans River K-12). Alyssa, Freya and Daisy attended the training camp.
Girls enjoying their rugby include, from left, Alyssa Powell, Freya Russell, Daisy Gordon, Keone Fraser and Zelma Avery (all Casino High) and Maddy Bock (Evans River K-12). Alyssa, Freya and Daisy attended the training camp. Contributed

NINE Far North Coast girls travelled to Sydney for the inaugural Junior Gold Rugby Sevens high performance training clinic at Easts Rugby Club, Woollahra.

The girls were identified through the Australian Rugby Union schoolgirl sevens program this year.

The timing could not have been better with the national women's sevens team competing in the IRB World Cup in 2013, the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.

The girls who attended are Alyssa Powell, Freya Russell, Daisy Gordon, Effie Walker, Loretta Hickling (Casino High School), Hannah Gibson, Nikki Bolt, Gabbie Streader (Xavier Catholic College) and Eden Hannah (Ballina High School).

"It's a great chance for these young women to see what it's going to take for them to become elite sports-women," program manager Dale Roberson said.

New Australian women's sevens coach Chris Lane and utility player Shannon Parry helped run the girls through skills and education sessions.

Far North Coast Rugby Union administration officer Wayne Millane hinted at a possible junior girls sevens competition on Friday nights.

"If we have the numbers I don't see why we can't run it next season," he said.

"We would aim for Under-14s and Under-16s.

"There is going to be a lot of sevens stuff in schools next year, especially now that it's an Olympic sport."