Green changed track with her speed
RUGBY: Australia women's Sevens speedster Ellia Green dreamt about competing at the Olympics as a sprinter.
The Fijian-born flier will achieve her Olympic dream in Rio but as a member of Australia's champion Sevens rugby team, not on the 100m starting blocks.
She is a key reason why Australia is a firm favourite take the gold in Rio, scoring 17 tries in the team's victory in the recent world series championship.
Green, a former junior track and field talent, is lightning fast and her footwork makes her one of the best attacking players in women's rugby in the world.
When she was growing up, her bedroom wall was filled with posters of superstar sprinters, including Usain Bolt, and she always if she was going to represent it would be as a track runner.
Green (pictured), who didn't start playing rugby union until 2012, takes the field every game with the word "Mum" written on her wrist strapping to give her motivation.
Her mother Yolanta is battling cancer.
Australia begins its quest for gold against Colombia tomorrow (2.30am AEST) with the competition running for three days.
Green isn't the only member of the women's Sevens team who is competing in Rio in a different sport than they thought.
Captain Sharni Williams had her heart set on playing hockey for Australia at the Olympics when she was a young girl growing up in Canberra.
But after being talked into playing a game of rugby for the Canberra Royals, she has swapped her hockey stick for a pair of footy boots.
Australia would be expected to get past Colombia, the South American champions, comfortably before stepping up against the much more dangerous Fiji (tomorrow 7.30am AEST).
The other team in Australia's Pool A group is the USA.
The men's competition begins on Wednesday after the women's medal ceremony.