Tayla sets sights on Youth Olympics

Tayla Stanford is on her way to representing Australia at the Youth Olympic Games in China next year after her selection in the rugby union women's sevens training squad.

The Monaro High School student is one of 22 young women named in the training squad in preparation for next year's Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Stanford was selected after a stand out performance at the 2013 National Youth Girls' Sevens Championships which culminated in the final held on day one of the Gold Coast Sevens at Skilled Park in October.

She will attend a series of training camps at Narrabeen with the squad in preparation for the Games in August 2014, with the first camp getting underway at the end of January next year.

The training camps will provide a great opportunity to hone the players' skills and join the Pathway to Gold, with the prospect of representing Australia at an Olympics.

Full-time Australian Rugby Union High Performance coaches and managers, including senior coaching staff, will coordinate the Women's Rugby Sevens squad camps for the Australian Youth Olympic Team.

The team will be reduced to a final Women's Rugby Sevens squad in early May when further preparation camps and pre-games training will continue in July and August ahead of the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games from 16 - 28 August, 2014.

Rugby Sevens made its Olympic debut at The Australian Youth Olympic Festival in January this year at Sydney's St Ignatius College, where Australia's Women's squad won gold, while the Men took home the silver medal.

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