For the love of the game
THERE is no such thing as too much rugby for South Lake’s Kiara Jetta.
The 15-year-old South Perth Lions player loves any and all forms of the sport: league, union, tag, touch, beach rugby or sevens. You name it, she plays it. 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 earlier.
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 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 in recognition of her dedication and success.
“There aren’t many girls out there in WA who play rugby,” Kiara said.
“It feels like I am inspiring other girls who 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 who are bigger than you, you will have a lot of fun.
“Trust me, I love it.”