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Learning from the Best: Te Aute Reflects on Maiden Wallaroos Camp

Te Aute completed her first PONI Squad Camp this week ahead of her second Super W season with the Rebels (Image: Wallaroos Media).
Te Aute completed her first PONI Squad Camp this week ahead of her second Super W season with the Rebels (Image: Wallaroos Media).

It’s been a massive third week of January for Jade Te Aute, with the Rebels' prodigy completing her first Wallaroos' Player of National Interest camp earlier today.

The exciting Victorian was one of four Melbourne Rebels selected, joining Tiarah Minns and experienced duo Ashley Marsters and Georgia Cormick.

It caps a stellar seven months for the teen sensation, who just weeks after claiming the Under 18’s Player of the Day award at the Victorian School 7’s State Championships, went on to make her Super W debut with the Rebels, before winning selection in the Wallaroos’ PONI squad in late June.

Rebels Media spoke to the Tarneit Senior College graduate as she wrapped up a memorable week of training.

Rebels Media: Jade, your maiden Wallaroos training camp – how have you settled in?

JT: "It was quite nerve racking coming into the camp, but I was also very excited for the opportunity to train with Australia’s best female players and straight from the airport everyone was welcoming and incredibly friendly which was great."

"We kicked things off with a 3-session day at the start of the week, so that’s been hectic, but I’ve enjoyed it so far and I can’t believe it’s nearly over already."

Training at some of the best facilities Australia has to offer, while being surrounded by the best players in the country – what’s been the best part of your experience so far?

"The best part of the camp is being able to gain so much knowledge from the more experienced players. Being surrounded in a high performance, highly professional environment has been a great experience for my development and being at the Gold Coast is a bonus, minus the humidity!"

Straight from high school to Wallaroos’ recognition – how proud are you to be the youngest player invited to the camp?

"Being the youngest in the squad has been good, especially with all the extra support you receive, but there’s also the roll of having to take care of Wallamina (Our furry team mascot), so you have to be aware of that and try not to pick up any punishments along the way."

How will this seven-day experience set you up for your second Super W campaign with the Rebels?

"I think this past week will have a massive impact on this year's Super W campaign. I can take all my learnings from camp and my skill progression back to the Rebels and I believe that will really help out our team as a whole."

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