Tyla Nathan-Wong

Age: 23

Favourite team: Queensland (Maroons) Rugby League Team

Team playing for: Auckland Marist Women's Team

Representative teams: 2009 - present - Auckland U18 Secondary Girls Team 2012 - Counties Manukau Women's Sevens Team - Four Nations Women's Sevens Champions 2012 - Counties Manukau Maori Women's Sevens Team 2012 - Auckland Women’s Sevens Team - Bay of Plenty Invitational Women’s Sevens Champions

National teams: NZRU All Blacks Women's Sevens Team 2012 Touch Blacks Open Women's Team - 2011 to present - 13 caps Touch NZ U19 Women's Team - 2011 - Captain Touch NZ U17 Girl's Team - 2010 - Captain

Favourite position: First Five - I enjoy leading and directing the team around the park. My skill set and vision is well suited for this position. I can also play half back, wing and fullback.

When and why you started playing rugby: I started playing rugby in 2008 for Lynfield College's 10 a side team. Lynfield College's Sport Coordinator Vaniya Lavea (Auckland Marist Women's Player, Auckland Storm Player, Black Fern Player) then introduced me to club rugby with the Auckland Marist Women's Team. Vaniya has become my mentor over the last few years in helping me develope my skills & knowledge of rugby.

Most memorable rugby moment: My most memorable rugby moment to date was playing half back for the Auckland Blues Womens Rugby Trial Team at Hopuhopu, Hamilton against the Waikato Chiefs in the NZRU World Cup Black Fern Trials 2010.

Your rugby icon: None at this stage in rugby but I try and replicate my game on rugby league legend (NRL Cowboys, Queensland State of Origin & Australian Kangaroo player) Jonathan Thurston.

Most respected opponent: I respect all opponents I play full stop; it's important to be on top of your game no matter who you compete against.

Other interests/sports: Representative Achievements & Sports Played: Touch: Silver Medalist – Touch World Cup, Edinburgh Scotland 2011 – Touch Black Open Women’s Team. Touch NZ’s youngest female player to ever be selected for a Touch World Cup at the age of 16. New Zealand Touch Blacks Women’s Team 2011 – 10 Caps New Zealand Touch Under 19 Women’s Team 2011 – Captain New Zealand Touch Under 17 Girl’s Team 2010 - Captain Waikato Touch Under 21 Women’s Team 2011 Auckland Touch Open Women’s Team 2008 Auckland Touch Under 19 Women’s Team 2010 - Captain Auckland Touch U17 Girls Team 2010 - Captain Auckland Touch U15 Girls Team 2008 - Captain Auckland U13 Mixed Touch Football Team 2005, 2006 Auckland U11 Mixed Touch Football Team 2004 North Harbour U15 Girl’s Touch Football Team 2007 North Harbour U13 Mixed Touch Football Team 2007 Northern Pirates U15 Girl’s Touch Football Team (Auckland, North Harbour, Counties Manukau) 2006, 2007 - 2009 – Captain Maori Touch U21 Women’s Tournament Team 2011 – Maori Touch Nationals Maori Touch Open Women’s Tournament Team 2010 – Maori Touch Nationals Aotearoa Open Women’s Touch Team 2010 – World Indigenous Tournament Tainui U21 Women’s Touch Football Team 2010 – Maori Touch Nationals Waitakere Maori Open Women’s Touch Football Team 2008 – Maori Touch Nationals Soccer: Waitakere Women’s Premier Team 2009 United Soccer 1 U15 Girls 2009 West Auckland Women’s Premier Reserves 2008 Three Kings United 15th Grade Girls Division 1 2006 Three Kings United 13th Grade Girls Division 1 2005 Auckland Weir Rosebowl Soccer 2 U12 Girls 2004, 2005 Metro Boys 10th Grade Team 2004 Martial Arts: Tae Kwon Do – Se Jong Club – Current Red Belt

What you still want to achieve with rugby: Short Term & Long Term Goals: Next 12 Months: To be selected for Auckland Rugby Union Secondary Girl’s Team 2011 – Achieved To win the Northern Regional Secondary Girl’s U18 Rugby Competition. - Achieved To be selected for the NPC Auckland Storm Women’s Rugby Team 2012. To be selected for the Auckland Rugby Union Secondary Girl’s Team 2012. Next 4 Years: To be selected for the NZ Seven’s Women’s Team to compete at the IRB Seven’s World cup, Russia 2013 To be selected for the Black Fern’s Women’s Rugby Team by 2014 To be selected for the Black Fern’s Women’s Rugby Team to compete at the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup, France 2014. To be selected for the NZ Seven’s Women’s Team to compete at the Olympics, Brazil 2016

Other Info: Sports Video Profile Link: www.facebook.com/pages/Tyla-Nathan-Wong-Sport-Profile/101520803226228 School Sports & Awards: Lynfield College Festival Awards 2011: Dux Ludorum Girls – Prefects 1971 Cup Senior Mixed Touch – Colours with Honours Senior Mixed Touch – MVP Girls Touch Rugby Cup Senior Girls Tag – Most Valuable Team Player U19 Girls Basketball – MVP Girls Basketball Trophy U19 Girls Basketball – Colours Senior Girls Cross Country Champion – Drake Cup Senior Girls Athletics Champion – McMahon Cup Lynfield College 2010 Festival Awards: Year 11 Dux Ludorum Touch Colours & Honours Rugby Colours & Honours 10A – Side Girls Rugby MVP Senior Mixed Touch Team MVP Senior Girls Tag MVP Year 11 Girl Cross Country Champion Year 11 Girl Athletics Champion 2009 – Lynfield College: Year 10 Dux Ludorum 2008 – Lynfield College: Year 9 Dux Ludorum Prestigious Merit Award Cup 2007 - Blockhouse Bay Intermediate: Year 8 Sports Girl NZ Under 45 kg Tae Kwon Do National Tournament (Gold) Totara Springs Sports Camp - Outstanding Girl Athlete 2006 – Blockhouse Bay Intermediate: Year 7 Sports Girl Totara Springs Sports Camp - Outstanding Girl Athlete 2005 – Blockhouse Bay Primary: Year 6 Sports Person

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