Pre-departure camp, a first for Commonwealth Youth Games Australian team.

A two-day training camp ahead of the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games has given athletes the opportunity to come together as a full team before competition begins on Wednesday.

The Sports Super Centre in Runaway Bay played host to the newly adopted idea, providing a specialised training and accommodation facility.

Beaudesert sprint star Riley Day and Currumbin Rugby Sevens forward Lilly Dick were among the 75 to join in the camp, both set for their first international competition.

“It’s a different experience you know, seeing all the other athletes and learning about what they had to do to get here,” Day said.

“it’s a real eye opener to see all the hard work that young athletes have to do to achieve such a high level of their sport.”

With just two years of competition under her belt, Dick said her inspiration spiked after the Australian Female team won Gold in Rio.

“It’s a great time to be involved in rugby,” Dick said.

“the girls winning gold it’s just given more coverage and more girls are wanting to be involved”.

With the opportunity to compete in the youth Games, both girls have now also set sight on Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in April.

“I would love to be selected for the team for the comm games,” Dick said.

“At the moment I’m still at school, so I’m not contracted.

“I’m hoping at the end of the year to get contracted and hopefully train well, do a few tournaments with the other girls and hopefully get selected in the team”.

The Australian team will depart for the five day competition tomorrow morning.

 

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