Rugby 7s

Program Overview

The Gold Coast Academy of Sport (GCAS) is proud to announce that during 2021 we delivered a Women’s Rugby 7’s program.

With the growth of female participation in Rugby 7’s and the success of our national team, the Academy delivered the first development program for women interested in furthering their skill development and knowledge of the game. The program and future 7s programs will be utilised in the hope women are encouraged to continue their involvement to higher levels of representative and regional rugby representation.

The focus of the program will be developed to provide athletes with targeted long-term skills, alongside the educational elements that enhance performance.  Topics such as Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Sports Psychology and Body Maintenance and Rehabilitation all help the athletes to better understand how they can approach their development.

AFL
Rugby League

U15 Coaches – Lawrence Faifua, Lucy Lockhart, Amy Van Meygaarden

U17 Coaches – Richard Kingi, Joel Robinson

U15:

Charlize Cook

Dakoda Dilworth

Emily Phillips

Evie Sampson

Hady Whittaker

Isabella Narain

Izabella Bower

Jordy Wildman

Jorgia Phinney

Kaea-Jayde Deane

Kyrah Milner

Leah-Aroha Gerretzen

Mackenzie Croyston

Madison Holsheimer

Manawa McLeod

Maraia Malo

Mya Davidson

Panatahi Tonga-awhikau

Rangitinia Robinson

Ruby Power

Saskia Croyston

Skyela Beatson

Sky-Yvette Faimalie

Stephanie Aguinaldo

Sydney Prendergast-Burtenshaw

Talia O’Reilly

Taliah Anderson

Taline Terei-Timoteo

U17:

Kali Ainsworth

Skye Whittaker

Indiana Grey

Havana Harris

Grace Langburne

Sian McNeill – Ehrlich

Lucy Millar

Emily Mcconnell

Sara Saletele

Georgette Vivlios

Saedy Goble-Lote

Alice Minahan

Dapri-Toia Huiarangi

Kristi Power

Liberty Hoath

Madison Tavita

Nina Murphy

Maicy Furner

Isabella Hicks-Downie

Lavina Elliott

Areka Allen

Selection Process

Nominations are encouraged through clubs. An invitation is forwarded to clubs to identify and nominate talented players who will benefit from additional skill development and educational sessions. 

Pathway

The program will include specific training days and educational seminars delivered by professional presenters to help prepare players off season to ensure they are ready for the upcoming season.

The program provides identified talented players with an opportunity to learn and compete against the best in their age group.  It is hoped that these sessions will further the love of the sport and the development of skills for players to engage and strive for higher level representation.

Eligibility

The target age group for positions within the Rugby 7s program is for 14 – 17 year old female athletes residing on the Gold Coast.

Athletes must be a member of the Gold Coast District Rugby Union and/or an affiliated club or be prepared to join one.

Athlete Benefits

There will be a program levy which covers the cost of a full uniform kit including dress polo shirt, training shirt, training shorts and socks, plus a ball.

  • Access to attend educational seminars, presentations and special events through the GCAS.
  • Access to the GCAS TeamApp for streamlined communication opportunities with coaches and ease of access to additional information and resources from the GCAS.
  • Invitation to the GCAS Annual Awards Evening later in the year
  • Invitation to special seminars conducted by GCAS or partners

Athlete Commitments

Athletes who commence the program are encouraged:

  • To attend all compulsory training and education sessions as scheduled
  • If unable to attend sessions, message to be sent to Programs Manager to advise
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to their development both on and off the field
  • Comply with the training requirements and respond in a positive manner to any suggestion or criticism
  • Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner whilst representing the GCAS and its sponsors