Australian sevens bolter Yasmin Meakes is still pinching herself

Yasmin Meakes.

Yasmin Meakes.

It's been a whirlwind 12 months for Yasmin Meakes.

This time last year, Meakes decided to give sevens rugby a crack for "a bit of fun" and now she's on track to become an Olympian.

After a blistering campaign for the University of Canberra in the ARU's inaugural national university sevens competition, Meakes bolted into the Australian squad.

The former Australian touch representative made her international sevens debut with the Pearls at the World Series Japan leg in April.

Meakes impressed and made Australia's World Cup squad that won bronze in San Francisco last week, while earning a full-time contract in the process.

The 24-year-old has been named in the UC squad for the upcoming university series but international duties will likely make her unavailable.

Meakes admits she' pinching herself and said it still feels strange playing in front of thousands of fans and signing autographs.

"It's weird seeing myself and our games on TV," Meakes said.

"People asking for signatures is also very strange, it's not normal and my signature is very dodgy. I still feel like I'm just playing for fun.

"I still can't really believe what's happened. I'm just really grateful [Australian coach] Johnny [Manenti] gave me the opportunity and backed me to debut in Japan after few injures at the Comm Games."

Australia won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Meakes has her eyes firmly set on Tokyo 2020, with the Canberra export relocating to Sydney to train full-time.

She won a premiership with the Queanbeyan Blues in rugby league and has played rugby for the Uni-Norths Owls, but now she's comitted to sevens full time.

Meakes said she was the perfect example that anyone can make it if they're willing to put the work in and now wants to back up her breakout year.

"Anything is possible, it's insane, I'm so grateful it's happened to me but it does take a lot of hard work," Meakes said.

"You feel a bit stupid doing so much running but it's definitely worth it in the end. I just want to keep improving and take my opportunities to play with these girls.

"I'm really enjoying the moment but there definitely is a bit of an expectation, they set a very high standard."

As for UC's chances in the university series, Meakes backed her teammates to get the job done and win the title, even if she's not there with them.

"Definitely they can win it. Anyone can win sevens. We have a bigger and harder squad than last year so anything can happen," Meakes said.

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