Wright selected for touch rugby
TANYA Wright has been selected for Australia in touch rugby for five successive years to keep up a family footy tradition.
Wright first made Queensland and Australian teams in 2006 when in the over 27 years women’s age group.
She captained Queensland teams for the next four years and was Australian over 30s mixed masters captain last year.
Leading by example was all in a weekend’s work for Wright who won the player of the series award in her first as national captain.
Her love of footy started at a young age when she went to watch the Toowoomba Clydesdales rugby league side, which her father Greg coached, play.
“I couldn’t play tackle (due to my gender) so I played touch,” she said.
At age 15, Wright was the youngest player in her University club A-grade side in Toowoomba.
She made the Darling Downs schoolgirls touch side and won two Harristown High School Sportswoman of the Year awards.
An age champion in swimming and athletics, Wright said her sport suffered when she grew from the shortest kid in the class to the tallest in Year 11.
“My bones grew faster than my muscles, so I was injury prone at the time,” she said.
She puts her love of touch rugby down to the influence of her parents Greg and Janet Platz.
“Wade (my brother) and I used to play rugby league against Dad out the back of the house,” Wright said.
“I would go with Dad to Clydesdales training and loved how the players respected him and the positive culture in the team.”
When she moved to Warwick, she preferred the low-key approach to state and national representation in touch rugby compared to her time in touch in Toowoomba.
“There is less pressure in touch rugby,” Wright said.
“More of my attention is now on family and work than sport.”
She teaches at Warwick High and enjoyed regional success this year with the girl’s rugby league team.
There is plenty of national representation in her family.
Wright has state and national jerseys and medals galore, her husband Jason took the field for Australia in touch rugby in New Zealand and her father Greg Platz represented Australia in rugby league.
She plays for the Australian over 30 mixed team against New Zealand at the Gold Coast in October.