The UON Central Coast Sevens continues to lead the way for women’s sevens in Australia after the major announcement of the ground-breaking prize of $20,000.00 for the 2016 Kinesio Cup Women’s Champion.
The announcement was made at the red carpet premiere of “For the Love of the Game” a feature documentary filmed on the tournament in 2015, due to air on Fox Sports in July during the Super Rugby finals series.
The major announcement reinforces the tournaments ongoing commitment to women’s sevens and gender equality in sport.
The UON Central Coast Sevens has lead the way for sevens tournaments in Australia over a number of years, strongly advocating for the women’s game and leading the charge for equality.
Tournament Director Craig Morgan said “we are excited and extremely pleased to be in a position to have achieved parity between the men’s and women’s tournaments, we have lead the way for several years by building solid foundations and achieving growth within our means and we are delighted to be able to make this breakthrough announcement and offer equality to the champions of both the women’s Kinesio Cup and the men’s UON Cup.”
Morgan also praised the Australian Rugby Union and Destination NSW for their partnered bid submission to World Rugby seeking to host a leg of the Women’s World Series in Australia.
University of Newcastle (UON) Director of Regional Campuses, Mr Trevor Gerdsen, was proud that the university was continuing its support of this landmark event for the Central Coast community.
“UON Central Coast is a world-class local university for the Central Coast, so we are delighted to continue our support of one of the region’s most exciting international sporting festivals.”
“UON Central Coast is renowned for engaging with sport on the Coast, particularly through our exclusive Exercise and Sports Science degree. Our partnership with the Central Coast Sevens is a great opportunity to deepen our links to the sporting community here on the Coast, and internationally,” said Mr Gerdsen.
The Australian National Women’s 7s team the Aussie Pearls took out the 2015 Kinesio Cup title with the recently crowned World Champions and Rio Olympic Gold Medal favourites defeating rivals New Zealand in the Cup Final.
The 2016 event is again set to feature some of the worlds best, with the world champions anticipated to defend their Kinesio Cup title on the Central Coast in October.
Morgan added “our women’s tournament the Kinesio Cup is one of the premier women’s tournaments in the world, the quality of participant and standard of rugby is outstanding and tonight’s announcement is both deserved and reflective of the absolute quality of the women’s game. We have worked tirelessly over the last few years to ensure we strongly advocate and work towards this moment and it is extremely satisfying to make tonight’s announcement”.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said: “The Central Coast Sevens is a highlight on our Regional Events Calendar, attracting players and fans from around Australia and the world. I am pleased to see equality in the prize money for this year’s event. Women’s rugby sevens is rapidly growing, and it’s great to see the Central Coast Sevens demonstrating their commitment to growing the involvement of women in the sport. This year’s tournament is once again supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.”
The premiere was attended by representatives of the Australian and New South Wales Sevens teams and staff, event partners, dignitaries and media.
Further details can be found at www.centralcoastsevens.com.au
The UON Central Coast Sevens is proudly supported by the University of Newcastle, Destination NSW, Central Coast Council, Boost Juice Erina Fair, Kinesio, BLK, Wyong Rugby League Club, Corporate Print Solutions, 107.7 2GO, 101.3 SEA FM, Gosford RSL, Custom Trophies, NBN Television, B-Anyone Photo Booths, Oddball Marketing.
For further information please contact
UON Central Coast Sevens Tournament Director Craig Morgan on +61413 517 781