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Kolbe duo enjoy State rugby duty on Gold Coast
Katie Barnes and Chantelle Akkerman

Kolbe College students Chantelle Akkerman and Katie Barnes were successful in making the WA Under 18 rugby sevens side which toured the Gold Coast recently.

Chantelle, 17, received the most valuable player and coaches’ award for her performance in Queensland.

Unfortunately, Katie, 16, was not able to travel with the side due to a school trip overseas, but received some welcome news when she returned home in the form of an invitation to train at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Katie is now in the running for a spot on the Australian women’s side which will compete at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

Women’s rugby sevens will make its debut at the games and the Gold Coast tournament and earlier State trials were part of the talent identification process to determine the country’s most promising players.

The trials, which were held across Australia in September and October, attracted thousands of young players, many of whom did not have a rugby background.

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