LOCAL rugby union talent Mikah Appel will travel to Brisbane next week to compete in the Queensland under-17 championships.
Between managing various other sports, Year 12 school studies and national junior parliamentary duties, Mikah has also set her sights on developing herself on the rugby field.
Mikah was introduced to rugby by her father, Mat, at the tender age of four and through her father's love for the game, the Try Rugby program, countless coaching programs and travel, she has learnt the necessary fundamentals to succeed at rugby's elite levels.
Mikah, along with 11 other central Queensland girls, will take on the best in the south-east over two days, all vying for selection in the Queensland U17 Development Squad.
But it hasn't come easy for the CQ girls.
Last week's trials in Rockhampton saw the girls heavily scrutinised by the Queensland Reds development officials and key rugby development coaching staff within central Queensland.
Biloela man Peter Kurtz was approached by the Redsand will head the coaching staff for the U17 CQgirls.
"The opportunity for the girls to travel and be seen at this high level of rugby is incredible,” he said.
"Their skill sets and dedication to rugby is testament to their selection.
"I am honoured to be coaching this group of players, they all have a real positive understanding of what's required from each other to succeed next week.
"All of them are exceptionally talented, between now and the championship we will focus on developing their combinations and structures at set piece.”
Biloela Rugby Union's Laurie Brosnan said the opportunity for these girls tocompete in the championships was fantastic.
"To have a local Biloela girl play is really positive for our club as well as our community,” he said.
"She is showing us all that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.
"These carnivals are great for development and gives players like Mikah an opportunity to express their talents on the big stage but it does come at a cost.”
The Biloela Rugby Union Club will pay for Mikah's expenses to play at the championships, along with donating the use of its bus for all players in the central Queensland team.
"The Biloela Rugby Union Club is about helping our community where we can and this will negate all travelling costs involved for all players and officials,” Laurie said.
"We want them to focus on their rugby, which will give them the best chance at success.”
Bettapork, Thinkwater and Biloela Party Hire have jumped on board with helping the girls out and will sponsor the central Queensland U17 women's team.
"This is what country rugby is all about, lending a hand and giving our local talent the best opportunity at succeeding,” Laurie said.
Biloela Party Hire's Leah Brosnan said they have a vested interest in developing the children in the community.
"I am pleased with the way Biloela Rugby Union Club has approached this and we will support these girls where we can,” she said.
The carnival will be played in Brisbane on September 20-21.
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