The University of Western Australia will field a team in the national Aon Women’s Uni 7s rugby competition next year.
The Aon Women’s Uni 7s Series is the first domestic Australian sevens competition for women, offering the nation’s rising talent the opportunity to train and play in a high performance environment to stake their claims for national selection.
The UWA team will include 17-year-old 7s star player and Australian Youth 7s representative Courtney Hodder and first-year UWA psychology student Tanei Daniels.
The semi-professional squad, which is due to start training this month, aims to have 12 professional rugby players and 12 UWA students and will be based at UWA Sports Park.
Nicole Serafini, Student Athlete Manager with UWA Sport, said the new team offered Western Australia’s female rugby players an opportunity to play rugby at an elite level.
"The team will join a pathway that has the potential to lead our athletes to Olympic Games selection. It is UWA’s first semi-professional team and our involvement will place the University on the world sporting map. It's a very exciting time to be an athlete at UWA," Ms Serafini said.
This year’s competition involved 10 universities including The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney, Macquarie University, The University of Queensland, Bond University, University of Canberra, University of New England, Griffith University, University of Tasmania and The University of Adelaide.
UWA Sport will host an information session on Aon Women’s Uni 7s on Wednesday 17 October, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at UWA Watersports Complex.