TAGS: FijiSamoaTonga Huddle up: Fiji’s women’s sevens team get ready for a match on the World Series (Getty Images) Don’t miss Rugby World’s Pacific Islands special – the September 2018 issue is on sale until the end of August. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Women’s rugby growing fast in Oceania“People ask me, ‘Why do women want to play rugby?’ I say, ‘Why do men want to swim?’”Those are the words of Cathy Wong, the Oceania Rugby Women’s Director who was also appointed to the World Rugby Council recently. Her role is to oversee the development of women’s rugby in the region, at junior and senior level, in sevens, tens and 15s.It’s a big brief and there are challenges. Wong worked behind the scenes earlier this year to enact a turnaround in Tongan policy after the education ministry banned girls from playing rugby in schools.Related: Tonga ban girls from playing rugbyWong says understanding the local culture is key. “In the Pacific we have a matriarchal society and when it comes to sport things can be very traditional,” she says. “Respecting and working within the boundaries of those cultures is very important, as is not thinking of culture as a barrier.Sevens tussle: Cook Islands take on Fiji at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games (Getty Images)“As a Pacific Islander I’m accepted when I go into those situations and have that understanding of the culture, so that’s a benefit when working at a governance level and mediating.”Another challenge is numbers. Women’s rugby may be growing in Oceania but a country like Niue could not support a 15-a-side rugby so there is more of a focus on sevens. It’s also about creating inter-island competitions so players get to test themselves. Rugby World gets the lowdown on the Pacific… Pacific Combine creates new player pathway on islands Expand Pacific Combine creates new player pathway on islands Expand Collapse Rugby World’s Pacific Islands special issue Why there needs to be a Pacific Islands Super Rugby team Rugby World finds out what the state of play is with women’s rugby in the Oceania region World Rugby’s Get Into Rugby programme is introducing more children to the sport and there is now a 15-a-side women’s league in Fiji. Wong’s next goals include creating similar leagues in Samoa and potentially Papua New Guinea, where they have the numbers to do so, as well as week-long sevens and tens tournaments between smaller islands so they get more exposure to competitive fixtures.Support network: Papua New Guinea fans at the Sevens World Cup in San Francisco (Getty Images)As participation levels increase, taking part in the Women’s World Cup becomes a possibility. Fiji and Papua New Guinea competed in the recent Sevens World Cup, but further progress is needed in the longer format.“My role is making sure unions at Tier Two and Tier Three level can move up to the next level and be competitive,” says Wong. “Right now, in bigger nations we’re seeing women’s players being contracted at sevens and 15s. That’s a big ask, but if I can get the women the same player welfare support system as the men, then I’ve done my job.” Rugby World’s Pacific Islands special issue Rugby World finds out what those in the… “In Oceania, the biggest growth has been in women’s rugby with a 48% pick-up in women’s participation,” explains Wong, who points to the 2016 Olympics as a key factor. “Fiji’s win in Rio really opened things up, with people thinking if boys can do it so can girls.”MORE FROM RUGBY WORLD ON THE PACIFIC ISLANDS LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS A celebration of Pacific Islands rugby – and… Why there needs to be a Pacific Islands Super Rugby team
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 25 January 2006 | News Co-Op Bank’s Customers Who Care donates over £100,000 22 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate This month the Co-operative Bank has donated through its Customers Who Care campaign, over £100,000 to five trade justice charities.The five charities were nominated and voted for by customers. The successful charities this year were ActionAid, People & Planet, Traidcraft, War on Want, and the World Development Movement.Since the launch of Customers Who Care in 1994, the Co-operative Bank has donated more than £3 million to over 80 charities and organisations. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. For every £100 customers spend on Co-operative Bank Visa credit and debit cards, the bank donates 1.25p to its campaign fund.The next round of donations will be made at the end of 2006 so charities should encourage any Co-op Bank customers amongst their supporters to nominate them.
A very large ore carrier of Polaris Shipping, South Korean owner of the ill-fated Stellar Daisy that sank off Uruguay in March 2017, has been stuck for four days off Brazilian coast after a generator fire, Yonhap reports citing the company.According to the initial findings, the fire, which broke out in one of Stellar Samba’s generators on May 26 while the ship was some 50 miles off the Brazilian coast, was allegedly caused by oil leakage.There have been no injuries reported to the crew members of the ship who managed to contain the fire.The crew is now focused on restoring power to the ship so it can continue to the port on its own. However, should those efforts fail, Polaris Shipping has dispatched a tug to the scene to tow the stricken bulker to a nearby port, Yonhap reports.The tugboat is expected to arrive on May 30.Brazilian maritime authorities have been informed of the incident and a navy ship has been deployed to the spot to monitor the situation.Stellar Samba was built in 1994 and sails under the flag of Marshall Islands. Based on the latest data from Marine Traffic, the ship was headed from Caofeidian, China to Ponta de Madeira, Brazil.World Maritime News Staff