Australian teen gets surprise selection for Olympic team

Tia Hinds is the young star that shocked Australian rugby after getting selected for the women’s rugby sevens squad for the Tokyo Olympics. Australia will be defending their Olympic gold medal in two weeks, July 29.

The team won the first ever Olympic gold medal for women’s rugby five years ago at the Rio Olympics after beating rivals, New Zealand.

The young talent was already happy training along side the Rio Olympians and the training squad for Tokyo Olympics. Learning from their knowledge and experience and expanding her skills.

Things went to a sharp turn when she got the call that said she made the Tokyo 2020 Olympic team, and not as a reserve but in the top 12. Hinds will be playing a part in the defense of their Olympic gold medal.

“I face timed mum and dad to tell them but I couldn’t get my words in,’’ said Hinds in an interview.

She will be making her Olympic debut in July 29, their opening match will be against the hosts, Japan.

“Mum was talking about the dog and I was trying to tell her about my selection.

“She thought I was going as 13th man and when I explained I was in the starting 12 she screamed and started jumping up and down.

“Then we rang dad and he cried. He was proud.”

Hinds’ mother could probably be thanked for her daughters talents as she used to play touch rugby.

The 19 year old has said she grew up on the field watching her mom play the game.

“I remember playing league when I was little with the boys. I was six and loved it.

“I played touch, did athletics, played AFL, a bit of everything.

“I always played touch because of mum as well.

“I always wanted to be an Olympian, I just didn’t know what sport.’’

“I liked it because it was an mix of rugby and touch and I loved the contact aspect of it,’’ she said.

The men’s competition in Tokyo kicks off on July 26 before the women’s tournament.