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Hong Kong Rugby marks International Women’s Day

Date : 11 Mar 2019

Hong Kong, China, March 11, 2019: The Hong Kong Rugby Union marked International Women’s Day on March 8 by participating in the KPMG SHE Inspiring Talk.

The HKRU will also stage a series of women-focused engagements around the upcoming Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens from April 5-7 with a Women’s Rugby Leadership Forum on Tuesday, April 2 and the KPMG Women in Sport Breakfast on Thursday, April 4.

The leadership forum will gather local and international female players and to provide an opportunity to network and share experience and advice on the pathways to leadership and the challenges and opportunities that exist for female players and administrators.

Present leadership roles and opportunities available in rugby will also be discussed, alongside the steps being taken by World Rugby to encourage more women to assume leadership roles and promote more women to take up these roles.

The KPMG Women in Sport Breakfast will feature Raelene Castle, who became the first female CEO of a Tier 1 Rugby Union when she was appointed to the role for Rugby Australia, and Dee Bradbury, the first female President of a Tier 1 Union, for Scottish Rugby. Both have been invited as special guests of the HKRU.

These activities are perfectly timed to coincide with one of the finest examples of women’s rugby prowess, with the 22-year old Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens (April 4-5) once again playing host to the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Qualifier, gathering international women’s teams from 12 nations and all six of World Rugby’s sporting regions.

Since the HKRU joined the Elite Athlete Programme at the Hong Kong Sports Institute in 2013, the National Women’s Sevens team has been fully professional, with 23 female athletes in the programme. The growth in the women’s 15-a-side game has kept pace, with the number of women’s clubs growing from 14 to 24 in the past five years.

Issued by: Info Elite Step Asia, March 8, 2019

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