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Chinchilla rugby young-gun scores Youth Olympics selection

Georgina Rackemann has been selected as a shadow player in Australia's girls rugby 7s Youth Olympics team.
Georgina Rackemann has been selected as a shadow player in Australia's girls rugby 7s Youth Olympics team. Nev Madsen

CHINCHILLA'S Georgina Rackemann has aspirations of becoming a sports teacher and the lethal 18-year-old is already schooling her opponents on the footy field.

The Chinchilla Comets touch football product recently earned her most prestigious position as a shadow player for the Australian Youth Olympics rugby 7s team.

Georgina is training with the squad three times a week in Ballymore and will be on call to play in China in August.

She sparked the attention of selectors when she recently represented the Sunshine Coast Stingrays at the Sanix World Youth Rugby Tournament in Japan.

She said the highlight of the international trip was handing New Zealand their first loss in 47 games to make the grand final.

Her team lost to home side Japan in the final.

Coming from a touch football background, Georgina said she was petrified running on for her first full-contact rugby match.

"It was definitely scary at first, but it turns out touch has helped me so much on the rugby field," she said.

"It's not as rough as it looks from the sideline because there's so much space on the field to score.

"It's more of a fast-paced game then it is a heavy contact sport."

Now that's she's ticked the box for Youth Olympics selection, Georgina has her eye on the 2016 Rio Olympics where women's rugby 7s will be hosted for the first time.

"When I started out it was a very new sport for women," Georgina said.

"It's exciting that now there is so much more opportunity to compete at higher levels."

Topics:  chinchilla, rugby 7s, youth olympics


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