Hi, my name is Hollie Twidale, I'm 15 years old and play rugby 7s for Tribe Elite 7s Academy in Brisbane, Australia. I have been playing for 3 years and love rugby and the benefits it brings me. Just like most aspiring teenager rugby players, my dream would be to play for Australia. I'm lucky enough at Tribe to be given many opportunities for me to succeed and achieve my goals. This year I have been given the massive opportunity to travel to Paris in July with my team mates and compete in the Paris World games, along side many other international teams.
Tribe7s was established in 2013 to provide opportunities for women from outside mainstream rugby to compete regularly in rugby 7s at an elite level. Tribe has a strong reputation in the global rugby community and prides itself in quality rugby and quality people.
The Junior Girls program values are driven and over the past 2 years, through the support of a great bunch of parents, volunteers and coaches it has built a program that is not only successful on the field but has created a wonderful bunch of young ladies off the field.
At the end of 2017 the Junior Girls competed at Noosa 7s, one of the largest tournaments on the domestic calendar and were champions in both the Under 18s and Under 16s and runners up in the Under 14s. Both our senior teams were also champions of their respective categories. The Under 18s girls including myself also travelled to Noumea last June were we came runners up in an international competition.
Each year Tribe aims to keep challenging their players, to give them opportunities outside of the traditional club rugby experience in Brisbane which is very limited for junior girls.
In July this year, Tribe hopes to take two teams to compete at the Paris World Games. There will be an Under 15s and Under 18s. I will be playing Under 18s as a 15 year old.
The Paris World Games is an international tournament held in the heart of Paris. Thousands of players from all around the world have planned to gather and take part in the youth world tournament in Paris. From July 7 to 13, the Paris World Games organization wishes to help young girls and boys to live their dreams through sports. The Paris World Games was launched within the prestigious HEC Entrepreneurship programme. It combines an experience of living a sport world cup with the irresistible attraction that Paris casts on the youth all around the world.
This is a substantial undertaking, the total cost of the trip for 30 people is over $100,000, but with the support and commitment of the girls and their families we are confident that we can achieve our goal. Each player is expected to raise $2000, however the total cost per player is $4000.
We hope that you can support our journey in a way that suits you. We have several fundraising events planned such as community events and individual fundraisers over the next few months.
To go to Paris is an amazing opportunity for myself and my team mates. It would be a dream come true, to do something I love, in a place that I've always dreamed of. I would highly appreciate any donation, to meet my target of $1000 and would be so appreciative. Every donation counts! I ensure that you will be thanked and acknowledged for your kindness.
I would like to thank you in advance for your generosity. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me on the details provided.
Phone number: 0447022250
Kindest regards, thank you,
- Carmel and ross Carolan
- Nina House
- Jake Duffy
- Neil Thompson
- Sophie Lloyd
Caloundra West, Queensland