Published on 11 October 2013
Three players from the University of the Sunshine Coast’s women’s rugby 7s team have gained selection in a national universities squad after strong performances at the recent Australian University Games on the Gold Coast.
Erica Fowler, Hayley Kermond and Samantha Boholt were named as Green and Gold award recipients at the end of the multi-sport event, which involved thousands of athletes from universities across the country.
USC Sport spokesperson Gary Moore said the women’s Green and Gold team had a guaranteed spot in the women’s rugby 7s nationals to be held in early 2014.
“This is very exciting as the selectors will pick the national team and talent scout from this tournament,” he said.
“With rugby 7s in the 2016 Olympics, it’s a great way for women with sporting talent to be recognised and perhaps head to Rio.”
The USC women’s rugby 7s team finished third at the Australian University Games, claiming the first of the University’s five medals at the tournament which finished last Friday.
Sprinter Ben Hayward was USC’s most successful individual athlete, claiming silver in the 200m final and bronze in the 100m.
Taekwondo exponent Cameron Taylor collected bronze, as did USC’s women’s futsal team.
Futsal player Laura Moore and touch players Cameron Sullivan and Katherine Connolly also received Green and Gold awards for outstanding performances at the Games, but these are only honorary awards for those sports.
— Terry Walsh