Elite Sports Person Sponsorship Announced

Recognising the exceptional talents and opportunities available to elite sports persons the Australian Army Rugby Union has recently sponsored two women to enable them to compete at the national level in 2017. Corporal Mollie Gray and Captain Alisha Hewett are both capped Wallaroo players who have until now met expenses to compete for selection out of their own pocket. Both women have a good chance of being selected to represent Australia in the 2017 Women’s World Rugby Cup. http://www.rwcwomens.com/ The sponsorship will assist them in meeting the additional costs of competing at this high level. Army has already recognised these two as ‘elite sportspersons’ which allows them to be released from Army duties in order to compete. The Australian Rugby Union does not provide all forms of support – particularly as they proceed through the selection stage and lead up international level matches. Key needs like boots, protective wear, additional foodstuffs, nutritional supplements, gym fees, strength and conditioning coaching, remedial massage and chiropractor visits all have to be borne by the sports person. To this end Army Rugby and the Camberwell RSL have agreed to provide financial support to these two women in 2017. “I believe this is a rare opportunity to support talented young soldiers to realise a dream that is offered to only a few” said John Frewen, President of the Camberwell RSL. Both women participated in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup and more recently participated in a tour of New Zealand with the Australian Rugby Union, where Alisha was vice-captain of the team. Alisha Hewett know what it takes to play Test match Rugby. The lock has also had success off the Rugby pitch, on the athletics track, having made representative athletic teams at a state and national level. Currently serving at the 2nd General Health Battalion in Brisbane, Alisha also enjoys crime novels in her spare time. Mollie Gray has served her country on the Rugby field and overseas. Mollie was one of the rising stars of the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup and in 2015 she spent the year in the Aussie 7s program where injuries prevented her gaining higher honours. Currently serving at Defence Force Recruiting in Sydney, Mollie was recently drafted to play a season with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. We wish them the best of luck in their endeavours in 2017 and hope that we might celebrate a win in the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup with them.
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