March 10, 2021
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Tuiketei receives Leadership Scholarship

Judicial Officer of Fiji Rugby and Oceania Rugby Ana Tuiketei is amongst the 12 recipients of the 2021 World Rugby Women's Executive Leadership Scholarship.

World Rugby paves the way for future leaders in rugby with 12 new Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarships awarded each year.

On International Women’s Day, World Rugby re-confirmed its commitment and investment into the acceleration of women in leadership positions in rugby through its transformational World Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship programme, with 12 new recipients identified across the globe for 2021.

A key component of World Rugby’s ambitious strategic plan to accelerate the global development of women in rugby, 2017-25, the Executive Leadership Scholarship programme directly delivers against the core pillar to develop inspirational leadership on and off the field.

Initially a two-year initiative, the programme has been successful, it is now entering its fourth year, with 37 recipients worldwide already benefitting from scholarships with some notable leadership appointments from the alumni.

The programme is open to women in rugby who are currently involved at governance or senior management level or have the potential to be a senior manager or union/regional association board member in the sport within two years.

World Rugby Chair Sir Bill Beaumont said World Rugby is fully committed to advancing women in leadership positions in rugby and is a key initiative that will have a significant impact on the future growth of rugby.

“Our 2021 recipients will follow in the impactful strides of the programme’s alumni, who have progressed to achieve great things as leaders in our sport. I would like to congratulate all of our Executive Leadership Scholarship recipients for 2021.”

Women’s Advisory Committee Chair Serge Simon said through the Scholarship programme, the landscape of leaders within rugby is evolving with more women moving into decision-making and leadership positions.

“We are committed to ensuring that women across the world have equal opportunities at all levels of the game.”

World Rugby investment to date for the transformational programme stands at almost £500,000 and forty-nine global recipients have been awarded scholarships since 2018.

By Romeka Romena  


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