Your Easts Foundation is proud to support two talented young players on their journey to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra this week as part of a Brumbies Development Camp.
Kambala boarding students Taleyah Hippi-Laurie of Yamba and Anika Wrigley of Condobolin have both impressed the club with their talents and determination, and are worthy recipients of the Foundation’s support to attend the camp.
Newly appointing Easts Foundation Director and women’s team manager Karin Christie said the programs are designed to provide an opportunity for girls to experience a professionally designed camp for athletes.
“Taleyah played in our women’s under 16s team last year in the Sizzling 7s Girls competition. Anyone who saw here there can attest to her talent and potential. She has a background in touch, netball and soccer, and we think she has a great future at Easts and in rugby more broadly,” Ms Christie said.
“Anika is new to our club this year but has proven an ability to adapt her years of touch football, soccer and netball skills. We think she’ll really grow through this camp.”
With specialised coaches across the three days, these camps give the players a great opportunity to develop their skills with top level coaches. Brumbies players and Super W players will be attending the camp as mentors across the three days.
“I’m really looking forward to the camp,” Taleyah Hippi-Laurie said.
Easts coach for under-17s girls, Dan England, said, “With the big growth in women’s rugby, the development opportunities that easts are providing to the youth girls are outstanding. The Easts Rugby Foundation have been able to provide pathways and identify talent progression opportunities in which are available to the girls. Annika and Taleyah will have the chance to develop their skills in a professional environment with top quality coaches in the women’s rugby pathway.”
Easts women’s coach and Director of Rugby Campbell Aitken says the additional exposure to top talent and coaching is crucial for talented players to realise their potential.
“Anika and Taleyah will have access to Super W Brumbies players as well as Wallaby great Stephen Larkham, Raiders wrestling coach Steven Babic, and Super W Coach Adam Butts,” Mr Aitken said.
“They’ll train four sessions a day over three days, so it’s certainly an intensive experience.”
The Easts Foundation contribution covers the camp accommodation, meals, training kit, coaching and medical support.
We look forward to reporting back on Anika and Taleyah’s experience at the Brumbies Development Camp.