Women’s grand finalists CSU Reddies are experiencing their fair share of success both on and off the paddock after former player Claudia Obst was named in the region’s premier development program.
Obst was formally announced on Tuesday as one of 10 players comprising the ACTAS Brumbies Women's 7s Academy Program, a newly formed pathway designed to support identified athletes at both the state and national level with the potential to represent Australia.
Obst, a versatile back line player, was invited to trial for the inaugural program three months ago and began training with the squad in conjunction with her physiotherapy studies at the University of Canberra.
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“It’s a long-term training regime that’s basically designed to improve our game and make us stronger and fitter so we can perform at our best,” Obst said.
“They approached me a little while back and I’ve been doing it ever since.
“I think it’s a good program and hopefully it can lift up the women’s game a little bit.”
The program incorporates a rigorous training regime including bi-weekly gym sessions and skills training that has Obst juggling sevens commitments with her 15-a-side stint at Uni-Norths Owls.
“It’s pretty busy at the moment and I would have liked to come up for the Reddies’ final but I’ve got finals this weekend too with Owls,” she said.
“I’m playing fullback in 15-a-side at the moment, though in sevens I usually play in the halves.”
In a statement, Brumbies Rugby head of pathways, Andrew Clark, said the academy would “provide a high quality regional pathway avenue/program for talented girls/women to represent Brumbies and AON Sevens squads”.
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