NZ U-20 touch player off to world cup in Malaysia

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‘At the moment it’s really difficult as I have training six times a week and uni has exams, too.’ –Jordyn Taylor

New Zealand under-20 women’s touch player Jordyn Taylor is set to wing her way to the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, in August for the Youth Touch World Cup.

Originally from Waimumu, Taylor is studying towards a bachelor of science and podiatry at Auckland University of Technology and balances her studies with training.

“At the moment it’s really difficult as I have training six times a week and uni has exams, too,” Taylor said.

he had to allocate her time carefully between the two, which kept her organised, she said.

The 20-year-old said she had been playing touch since she was 10 and her four siblings were also interested in sport.

“You don’t realise how much help you have. There’s people back home supporting me and helping fundraising.”

She was excited about the trip to Kuala Lumpur as she had been overseas only once before, to Australia.

“It’s great because you get to see the world and play touch with a group of really cool girls.”

She was a bit nervous about playing in the Malaysian heat and thought it would be hard to acclimatise.

“I’m more excited than nervous as I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for quite a while.”

She was surprised to make the team, but it was the year to make it with the world cup on.

“I also have two really good friends in the team, which is a bonus.”

The world cup trip cost $4500 and the Mataura Licensing Trust granted her $750 towards the trip.

“MLT were really helpful with their contribution as the trip costs a lot and it’s hard as a student as you don’t have any money or the time to fundraise.”