RugbyWA Women set out to strengthen the community at the first Females in Union

· Super W
by Rugby WA Media
By Tara Kay

The RugbyWA Women took some time out of their lead up to the start of the Super W season to spend some time around the female rugby community at the Wanneroo Females in Union.

The community had the opportunity to witness the Super W team in an open training session where they continued preparation for their first game on February 15. 

Following the training session, the team joined a number of supporters to take part in touch rugby sessions and had a chat about the evolving Women’s game in WA.

Super W team player Katie Barnes expressed her appreciation for the event and highlighted the importance of such opportunities.

“To get to know the Super W players is really valuable especially from a young players perspective, to actually get to hang out with their role models”, she said.

Barnes acknowledged the importance of bridging the gap between club rugby and the RugbyWA women’s team to pass on knowledge and remain leaders for the younger girls.

The Kingsway Little Athletics carnival also received support from the black and gold as the RugbyWA women went over to support the junior athletes complete their events.

Barnes explained there is a curb in interest of rugby for female participants due to a heavy stigma around rugby being an aggressive sport.

To counter this the RugbyWA Women set out towards the local athletics to create awareness around the female game with a major focus on changing the mindset amongst the young female athletes.

With athletics and rugby having similar athletic skill sets and working in different seasons, Barnes said they would compliment each other well. 

Barnes hoped the support would enable the athletic community to be recognised as great athletes and allowed for the opportunity for them to give rugby a go.

Rugby WA women will take on the Brumbies women in Super W's round one at Canberra's GIO Stadium on February 15, kicking off at 4:00pm AWST