Women participation in Oceania 7s has grown: Wong

Fiji Rugby Union,CEO,John O' Connor,Director Oceania Woman's Rugby,Cathy Wong and Minister for Youth and Sports,laisenia Tuitobou during the launch of 2018 Oceania 7's Rugby at GPH in September. Picture: RAMA

OCEANIA Rugby Women’s director and member of the World Rugby Council, Cathy Wong said the number of women participating in this years Oceania 7s has grown compared to last year.

“This year’s Oceania Sevens has a record number of women’s match officials, and also equal-record number of women’s teams,” Wong Said.

The number of women participating and officiating in the tournament has doubled in just a year, up from about 40 last year to 80 in 2018.

In a first for the regional tournament, there will also be locally appointed women assistant referees, with two of the eight appointed from the Pacific being women.

“Oceania Rugby and World Rugby is committed to investing in having more women and girls involved in Pacific rugby, from players to decision makers at global level, and we’re pleased to be partnering with UN Women to achieve this,”

Eight women teams and 13 men’s teams, will compete at the 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship

This is an historic moment for Nauru bringing its first national women’s sevens team to the tournament.

Abigail Erikson, Ending Violence Against Women Programme Specialist for UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office applauded the commitment by Oceania Rugby to change and to encourage more equal participation of women and girls in all aspects of the sport’s administration and competitions.

“UN Women, as the global champion for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, is proud to work together with Oceania Rugby toward an equal playing field,”said Erikson.

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