Andrea was first introduced to rugby in 2018, when she was taken to a training session by her sister, Perla.
Their mother had worried that Andrea slept too much and was always late but she found a loving, family environment at Luque Rugby Club that has helped her to thrive.
Now 17, Andrea has gone on to represent the Paraguayan under-18 women’s national team, and returned home from a tournament in Chile in 2019 with a bronze medal.
That experience underlined what she could achieve if she dedicated herself to rugby and she says she has become an “example to follow for those who are starting in the game”.
Andrea, who plays as a hooker, has been selected to attend the Unión de Rugby del Paraguay high performance centre and hopes to break into the Luque first team soon. She also dreams of representing her country’s senior national team and playing professionally overseas.
She says that rugby has made her “more disciplined, responsible and helped me as person”, and she is keen to share that positive message with young women and girls in Paraguay and around the world.
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