A FEARLESS fullback will be part of one of the state's premier women's rugby league programs.
Hervey Bay Seagulls player Skye Girard has received an invitation to be part of the second Female Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) squad.
The talented custodian will join some of Queensland's most talented footballers at the camp, to be held at the Gold Coast in early January.
The 14-year-old has played rugby league for six years.
A Brisbane Broncos fan who counts retired 347-game veteran Corey Parker as her favourite National Rugby League player, Girard said her fearlessness with and without the ball, and her communication were the strongest parts of her game.
"I think it's my knowledge of the game, and I'm good with communication and supporting our team," Girard said.
"I guess my speed and not fearing the game, not fearing being tackled."
Her inclusion comes on the back of the NRL's launch of a six-team women's competition in 2018.
The round-robin tournament will run alongside the NRL finals series, primarily to be played as double-header curtain-raisers to the men's matches. It will involve up to six teams, linked to existing NRL clubs, which will be invited to bid for their involvement.
Players like Girard are now part of a pathway from club rugby league, to representative, national A-grade, State of Origin, and the Jillaroos.
Girard, who also plays netball, Oztag, rugby union and cricket, was part of Hervey Bay's under-14 girls team, which competed in the Sunshine Coast Junior Rugby League competition.
Coached by Michael Hutchinson, the side travelled to the Sunshine Coast every Friday night in the hope of playing against strong competition to better develop their skills.
Hutchinson, who has since relocated to Brisbane, described Girard as a gun.
"I've known Skye since she was 10-years-old. She's a multi-talented athlete but chose league as her sport," Hutchinson said.
"It's progressed every year to the point she's now part of the QAS.
"She's good under the high ball, she's got great speed, footwork. She's aggressive when she has the footy and knows how to play the game."
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