Tayla Norman, a 13 year old from Tuakau, has recently been selected for the 2018 New Zealand Under 16 Girls Development Touch team.
Tayla, who is already in the Counties Manakau Under 21 Touch team, said “I played at a tournament in Manurewa and was selected for the team from there. It’s very frightening being younger than most of the other players,” said Tayla, “but I can’t wait to go to Australia to play in the Australian Nationals!”
The team will attend the National Youth Championships in Australia from 9 to 17 September. Tayla says she is “excited to learn more and improve her skills.”
The aim of the tour is to give like minded and skilled players a pathway into the elite touch environment and an opportunity to experience playing in another country.
Tayla will be working with experienced high performance New Zealand coaches and mentors as well as identified provincial coaches.
In her spare time Tayla enjoys playing even more sports. “I like to play rugby, touch, league! I also do some horse riding and a bit of motocross.”