The inaugural Oceania Rugby Women’s Leadership Workshop formed part of a Super Week attended by professionals across the sport of rugby comprising of coaches, medical officials, technical officials, development managers and also women in leadership.

Namaka-Public-School-GIR-Plus-girls-with-participants-of-the-Oceania-Rugby-women-in-leadership-participants. Picture: WORLD RUGBY

The workshop was held in Fiji as part of an initiative announced by World Rugby in 2017, designed to accelerate the global and regional development of women in rugby with the awarding of four Executive Leadership Scholarships to women from the Oceania region earlier this year in Cybele Druma (Papua New Guinea), Vela Naucukidi (Fiji), Cate Sexton (New Zealand) and Jane Schmitt (Australia). Twenty-five people from across Oceania and scholarship recipients from Ukraine (Irina Arkhytska) and Uganda (Regina Lunyolo) attended the three-day workshop last week.

Fiji sevens star Litia Naiqato was also in attendance to discuss her involvement in the Unstoppable campaign that launched World Rugby’s new ‘Women in Rugby’ and ‘Try and Stop Us’ campaign in May. World Rugby’s General Manager for Women’s Rugby Katie Sadleir attended the workshop, the latest one to take place around the world after events in Botswana, Spain, Paraguay and Bangkok over the last 18 months, while Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle and New Zealand Rugby’s Chief Operating Officer Nicki Nicol were keynote speakers.

“Quite often when you’re working in countries that are separated by water and distance, you feel like you’re on your own – trying to think of new ideas and opportunities by yourself and this workshop has connected people from across countries and across unions to share and continue to share what has been successful in terms of making a difference for girls and women,” Sadleir said.

“I think this is the first of a very special group of people coming together to talk about how they can accelerate the growth of women in rugby in Oceania.”

SOURCE – World Rugby

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