QUEENSLAND ACADEMY OF SPORT - WOMEN'S SEVENS PROGRAM
Demi was born in Mt Isa. Her home town is Glenmorgan on the Darling Downs. Demi began her High School at Scots College in Warwick and completed it at Fairholme College in Toowoomba.
Demi first encountered rugby Sevens through the Darling Downs Youth Girls Development Squad, throughout this program she was identified as a player with potential and selected in the Queensland Youth Girls Sevens Team to compete at the national championships in Sydney in February 2015.
Demi’s performance at the national championships won her selection in Australian Youth Commonwealth Games team to compete in Samoa, going on to win the Gold Medal.
Throughout this time Demi was a part of the Queensland Academy of Sport – Women’s Sevens program, this saw her training 4 times a week at Ballymore with the program. Her commitment to training and on field performance saw Demi awarded with a development contract with the Australian Women’s Sevens Team in 2016.
In March of 2016 Demi was selected in the Australian University Women’s Sevens team to compete at the World University Games in Wales in July 2016, this was alongside another 6 Queensland based players.
If her achievements already were not enough Demi was selected to make her Australian Senior Team debut on the Women’s Sevens World Series in Langford Canada in April 2016 as a 17-year-old. Demi will continue to train with the Queensland Academy of Sport – Women’s Sevens Program in 2016 with the aim to transition to a full contract with the Australian Sevens Team in late 2016, early 2017.
Demi has achieved a lot in her very short Sevens rugby career. At 17 the world is at Demi’s feet with hopes to represent Australia in the World Series, at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 and ideally the Olympic Games in 2020.
MODIFIED RUGBY PROGRAM PARTICIPANT
Lucia Sandstrom is a 9-year-old, Grade 5 student at All Hallows' School, Brisbane. She was born with both Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder (ADHD). These are both brain based conditions where the brain hasn’t developed in a typical way, making it difficult for her to read normal social cues, follow directions and stay focused. Naturally, this makes it hard for Lucia to interact socially with her fellow peers and participate in a team sport.
Lucia is currently playing in her second year of the Modified Rugby Program at GPS Club with the talented Jamie Cope as her mentor. Although no two children in the MRP are the same, they all face challenges in interacting and communicating with others.
Lucia loves being part of the MRP as it gives her the opportunity to participate in a team sport which understands her needs. She is extremely proud to wear her club colours and be part of the greater rugby community.
FUTURE INDIGENOUS LEADERS PROGRAM
Allister Cameron is from the remote Indigenous community of Woorabinda, situated 170kms west of Rockhampton. Allister attended the Baralaba State School and in 2014 was awarded a place in the Reds Future Indigenous Leaders Program.
The Reds Future Indigenous Leaders program, supported by Rio Tinto, currently supports eighty-five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants from the communities of Cherbourg, Woorabinda and Yarrabah. The program aims to provide mentoring, guidance and leadership development for Indigenous youth in Years 6 to 10. Since its inception in 2013, the program has delivered over 30,000 mentor to participant contact hours, 85% of which are face to face.
Throughout his time in the Future Indigenous Leaders Program, Allister continually demonstrated the attributes that identified him as a potential leader for the next generation of his people. It is these attributes and the way he supports those around him that saw Allister awarded the first Queensland Reds Indigenous Program Scholarship.
Allister in now entering his second year at Toowoomba Grammar School. While the move has been challenging, he has continued to represent the program and its association with Queensland Rugby to the highest degree to the point the school chose him to be a flag bearer at the Brisbane Wallabies Test last year.
Allister loves his sport and is committed to his schooling. Currently Allister hopes to be a carpenter or diesel fitter with Rio Tinto when he graduates from Year 12.
REDS GENERATION NEXT - 2013 GRADUATE
Latiesha Dunbar grew up in in Darwin before as a 14 year old finding and applying for a scholarship to attend St.Peters Lutheran College, Indooroopilly. It was here that she proved the doubters wrong, by not only staying at school but excelling. In 2012, she was introduced to and signed up for the Reds Generation Next Program. The Reds Generation Next Program works with Year 11 and Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to build aspiration, identify long term career paths and support the transition from school into employment or further education.
While initially unsure of her career path post school, through the support of her Queensland Rugby Indigenous Pathways Coordinator, Latiesha identified a passion for the media industry and eventually applied and was accepted into QUT to study a Bachelor in Media and Communications.
During this journey Latiesha not only inspired herself but eventually her younger brother to follow the same path and follow his dreams of attending boarding school.
Latiesha has subsequently graduated from her degree, along the way completing an internship with the Queensland Rugby Union and co-hosting the 2014 Queensland Rugby Indigenous Round Business Breakfast.
More recently she has performed in plays at the Powerhouse and in May will travel to America to chase her performing dreams.
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