Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - BRI­ANNA MOR­RIS-GRANT

AS the Wal­la­bies take the field at Cbus Sta­dium tonight one Gold Coast girl will be cheer­ing louder than most.

He­lensvale stu­dent Sarah Qarani­valu has been cho­sen as flag-bearer for the team’s clash against Ar­gentina, a month after be­ing di­ag­nosed with a se­ri­ous heart con­di­tion.

She has al­ways loved the game but her col­lapse at a school ath­let­ics car­ni­val and di­ag­no­sis with a heart rhythm dis­or­der has put her rugby ca­reer on hold.

Mum Sam said when or­gan­is­ers reached out it was the per­fect thing to lift the 14year-old’s spir­its.

“Her life has sort of been turned up­side down, but she’s a coura­geous young girl so she’s tak­ing it all in her stride,” she said. “It’s been tough and this has just made things good for her again.”

Now Sarah is look­ing for­ward to sup­port­ing the team she loves and hope­fully get­ting back on the field again.

“I’m pretty happy but a bit ner­vous, there’s go­ing to be a big crowd there,” she said.

The Wal­la­bies v Ar­gentina kicks off at Robina at 8pm.

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