Larissa was first introduced to rugby through a school programme in her home city of Curitiba in Brazil, when she was 13.
Attracted to the game because it was “different” to those she had played previously and intrigued by the values it taught, Larissa threw herself into learning about rugby and its laws.
Having overcome an initial bout of butterflies to play in her first match, she admits that things have moved quickly since then.
In 2019, less than three years after she first picked up an oval ball, Larissa left her family home in Curitiba to join the Confederação Brasileira de Rugby Academia São Paulo.
Starting a new life 400 kilometres away from friends and family was tough but Larissa was welcomed with open arms by her new team-mates at the academy.
Within a few months of arriving in São Paulo, having only recently turned 16, she was part of the Brazil squad that won the Sudamérica Rugby U18 Women’s Sevens Championship 2019 in Chile.
Larissa has continued to evolve as a player in the last two years, learning to be less hard on herself as she works towards her dream of representing Brazil at Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Olympic Games.
Away from the pitch, Larissa is a dedicated student and hopes to study physical education at college and become the first member of her family to attend university.
More to come...