Love of rugby drives Jetta

Fremantle Gazette - - SPORT -

THERE is no such thing as too much rugby for South Lake’s Kiara Jetta.

The 15-year-old loves any and all forms of the sport, whether it is league, union, tag, touch, beach rugby or sev­ens-you name it, she plays it.

But Kiara doesn’t just en­joy play­ing rugby, she ex­cels at it.

In 2014 she was se­lected to rep­re­sent WA in the School Sports Aus­tralia touch rugby com­pe­ti­tion, de­spite hav­ing only picked up the sport a few months prior.

Since then she has won nu­mer­ous cham­pi­onships with her teams, proudly dis­plays a grow­ing col­lec­tion of per­sonal ac­co­lades, in­clud­ing a num­ber of fairest and best awards, and is train­ing hard for the chance to travel to Europe or Ja­pan to play in some in­ter­na­tional games.

She said she was happy she had de­cided to play rugby af­ter be­ing drawn to the sport be­cause of how much her mother’s side of the fam­ily loved it. “I en­joy rugby so much,” she said. “I like to get on the field and tackle all the girls and give my 100 per cent ev­ery time I play.

“I have played all different types of rugby but I do pre­fer sev­ens be­cause it keeps me fit and it is a re­ally quick game.

“I am ex­cited for my fu­ture in rugby sev­ens and my goal is to one day rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in the Com­mon­wealth Games.”

Kiara has been nom­i­nated for Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group’s Lo­cal Sports Stars awards in the Ju­nior Sports Star In­di­vid­ual cat­e­gory for her ded­i­ca­tion to and suc­cess in her sport.

“There aren’t many girls out there in WA that play rugby,” Kiara said. “It feels like I am in­spir­ing other girls that would like to come join or just try it out-it is so much fun.

“More girls should re­ally give rugby a go be­cause once you get over the fear of tack­ling other girls that are big­ger than you, you will have a lot of fun. Trust me, I love it.”

Ta­lented teenage rugby player Kiara Jetta of Suc­cess.

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