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Branwen Smith KingHamilton, Bermuda 29th March 2019: The Bermuda Olympic Association (BOA) has named Branwen Smith-King Bermuda’s Chef de Mission for the upcoming Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru.
Branwen Smith‐King is the Executive Director of the Bermuda Sloop Foundation since 2017, and oversees all aspects of the Foundation’s programme and its mission to provide sail training for Bermuda’s youth on Spirit of Bermuda to empower youth to realise their potential through sail training and experiential learning. She joined the Sloop Foundation after a 35-year career in Athletics, including at Tufts University where she served as Head Women’s Track & Field/Cross‐Country Coach and Assistant Director of Athletics. Branwen has also held several NCAA Committee sport leadership positions during her career which helped establish programmatic and policy protocols for its membership.

Branwen grew up in Bermuda and represented the island in Track and Field at Pan Am, Commonwealth and the CARIFTA Games, including the first CARIFTA Games (Barbados 1972) where she won gold in shot put. She later attended Springfield College in Massachusetts and LSU for undergraduate and graduate studies. In addition to her work with the Sloop Foundation, Branwen serves as an Athletic Trainer for several of Bermuda’s national sports teams.
The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international sporting festival (surpassed only by the Olympics and the Asian Games). The XVIII Pan American Games will run from 26 July to 11 August, and will host 7,000 athletes from 41 nations competing in over 400 events across 39 sports. Bermuda has competed in all Pan Am (summer) Games since 1967, taking home a total of 9 medals. The BOA will officially name Bermuda's team in June.


 

Video courtesy of bernews.com | Bermuda | Women in Sports Expo panel with Olympic diver Katura Horton-Perinchief, Paralympic sprinter Jessica Lewis, footballer & netballer Dominique Richardson and their moms.

 

IMG 7256The Bermuda Olympic Association through the WIS Committee held the WIS banquet and Expo  The theme for the weekend was "Be the Champions of Your Life" and the goal was not only to get our young girls involved in sport but to just get them moving.  

This event was held at the Hamilton Princess and the banquet was held the same day as International Women's Day.  The banquet was well attended by many of our NSGBs young girls in attendance.  We had 2 dynamic speakers who are multi US Olympians Hazel Clarke and Jearl Miles Clark (twice Olympic medalist).  Their speeches were dynamic and directed to the young girls in the audience telling their story of their journey towards becoming an Elite athlete, the good and the bad. 
 
Presentation by Hazel Clarke

Presentation by Jearl Miles-Clarke

Question and answer panel facilitated by Donna Raynor to Hazel and Jearl


 
WIS BOA Evening
 
The next day the expo was held with over 20 sporting bodies and companies associated with sports setting up booths displaying their sport.  There were several demonstrations throughout the day and the day concluded with a panel consisting of Katura Horton-Perinchief and her mother Ellen Kate Horton, Jessica Lewis and her mother Lori Lewis, Dominique Richardson and her mother Tammy Richardson.  They also talked about their journey towards becoming an Elite athlete but also the supporting part  their mother's played in assisting in getting them there. 
 
The sponsors for the event were BF&M, Butterfield & Vallis, AXA XL. 
 
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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.

Photo credit : Royal Gazette

 
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.

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