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More Women For Rugby: Naucikidi

“We need to empower more women in getting the confidence to come out, break barriers, change the mindset in a male-dominated sport.
22 Aug 2019 14:51
More Women For Rugby: Naucikidi
Some participants during the Super Week programme. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

There is a need for more women leaders in rugby, says Adi Vela Naucikidi

The Fiji Rugby Union women development manager made the comment during the Super Week Programme over the weekend.

We need more women coaches and referees. At the end of the day you need more referees,” she said.

She said that at the moment there is a shortage of referees for men’s competition alone.

“We need to empower more women in getting the confidence to come out, break barriers, change the mindset in a male-dominated sport.

“We need more women leaders, players, match officials because as we get more numbers into the game we will get the sustainable programme in place.”

She added women need to be prepared for the challenges and criticism which has been outlined by Raelene Castle, chief executive officer of Australia Rugby.

“It is something we have to prepare ourselves towards if we get to that road as a woman leader.”

Some participants during the Super Week programme. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Some participants during the Super Week programme. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Building Capacity: Sewabu

Fiji Rugby Union development manager Koli Sewabu said the programme is important not only for Fiji Rugby but for the region.

“It is all about building capacity when we look at about growing the game with our coaches and referees on and off the field as well.

“These learning have been good. It is also good to see what is working in the other regions to see some issues we are facing. But others have faced similar problems hopefully we can grow the game.”

 

Glad to take part: Dr Verebalavu

Medical officer and Certified Level Two ICIR participant Dr Joana Verebalavu said: “It is interesting as I never really pictured myself on the rugby field.

“I was given that opportunity to be on standby for Tailevu Rugby Union and that pushed me to this. I am glad to be part of it and it is very different from working in hospital.

“I love rugby, but I am learning more about the sport. From here I will go back and give back to  Tailevu Rugby and love to be part of the national team too.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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