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Lauren Rothwell

  • World Rugby women’s leadership scholarships increase from ten to fourteen in 2019
  • More than 100 scholarship applications received globally
  • Scholarship to offer women in rugby more opportunity for leadership development

To mark International Women’s Day, World Rugby has renewed its commitment to driving inspirational leadership and fast tracking the development of women in rugby on and off the pitch through its successful women’s leadership scholarship programme.

Receiving more than 100 applications globally, this year the highly sought-after World Rugby executive leadership scholarships have been awarded to 14 women from different unions, an increase on the ten who were awarded in 2018.

Working in conjunction with the regional associations, who oversee the application process, the scholarship programme will offer more opportunities for leadership development for its member unions and regional associations.

A key strand of the Accelerating the global development of women in rugby 2017-25 strategy, the scholarship programme objectives aim to support talented women worldwide to further develop their rugby leadership potential and ensure that rugby is a global leader in sport.

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2019 World Rugby Executive Leadership Scholarship recipients

  • Cate Sexton (New Zealand): Head of Women’s Rugby Development in New Zealand rugby
  • Vela Naucukidi (Fiji): Women’s Development Officer, former President of the Fiji Women’s Rugby Women (2007-2012) and current Secretary since 2013
  • Jane Schmitt (Australia): Director and board member of Queensland Rugby Union
  • Cybele Druma (Papua New Guinea): Former CEO of Papua New Guinea Rugby Football Union and President of the National Capital District Rugby Union and
  • Gemma Fay (Scotland): Head of women and girl’s rugby with the Scottish Rugby Union.
  • Katharina Kueß (Austria): Vice President and head of women’s rugby in Austria. A player and a coach, Katharina was appointed Women’s league coordinator in 2016 and was a founder of the Austrian women’s 7s league.
  • Annelies Acda (Nederland): Rugby Nederland Board member and member of the Women’s Rugby Committee of Rugby Europe
  • Irina Arkhytska (Ukraine): Secretary General for Ukraine Rugby Union.
  • Regina Lunyolo (Uganda): Chairperson of the Uganda Women’s Rugby Advisory Committee and Committee member for the Gender Equality and Diversity commission of the Uganda Olympic Committee
  • Edvige Manga (Senegal): Deputy Secretary General of Senegal Rugby Union
  • María Fernanda Vázquez Villatoro (Mexico): Manager and Board Member at Wallabies Rugby Football Club Mexico
  • Lauren Rothwell (Bermuda): Board Member, Public Relations Officer & National Team Member for Bermuda Rugby union
  • Lettizia Alcaraz (Argentina): Women's Rugby Development Manager of the Northeast Rugby Union
  • Soledad Galleguillos (Chile): Development Manager of Women's Rugby and former international player for Chile, coach and educator.

Hamilton, Bermuda 19th February 2019: The Bermuda Olympic Association (BOA) is pleased to present the 2019 Women in Sports Banquet & Expo on 8 and 9 March.

The Banquet, will be held in the Princess Ballrooms of the Hamilton Princess Hotel at 76 Pitts Bay Road in Pembroke on Friday, 8 March International Women’s Day. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Guest speakers will be Jearl Miles-Clark, US Olympian and Silver (1992) and Gold (1996 and 2000) Olympic Medalist in the 4 x 400 m relay, and Hazel Clark, US Olympian and Director of Sports & Business Development for the Bermuda Tourism Authority. Tickets are $100 and are available from the BOA (Belvedere Building, 69 Pitts Bay Road), Sportseller in Washington Mall, or directly from the BOA’s Women In Sport Committee members.

The Expo, which is free to attend, will be held the following day on Saturday, 9 March from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Princess Ballrooms of the Hamilton Princess Hotel. It will feature a panel discussion with Katrua Horton-Perinchief (Olympic Diver), Jessica Lewis (Paralympian) and Dominique Richardson (Football) accompanied by their mothers, as well as demonstrations throughout the day and booth displays from several of Bermuda’s national sports governing bodies, and local health and wellness- focused organisations.

The Women In Sports Banquet & Expo is sponsored by Butterfield & Vallis, BF&M and AXA.

istatsint190116To All National Sports Governing Bodies - Junior Pan American Games 2021 are now a reality
Leaders of the Pan American Sports Organization (Panam Sports) began the New Year with comprehensive discussions about the priorities and plans of the organization and one of those priorities was The Junior Pan American Games 2021.

The potential host cities are being reviewed and we will announce which city has been chosen to organize this great celebration of the youth in the Americas during the next Executive Committee in Costa Rica,” President Ilic said.
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