The Rugby World Cup 2019 has demonstrated the integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect that rugby is known for. As rugby is not only a sport for men but also for women, World Rugby has launched the program 'Women in Rugby' to celebrate the involvement of women in rugby. At this 'Women in Rugby' symposium to be held on 28 October, General Manager of Women in Rugby, Katie Sadlier will talk with the first female CEO of Rugby Australia, Raelene Castle and Director of Japan Rugby Football Union, Keiko Asami about what rugby means for women.
Date & Time: 28 October, 4.30-6.00PM
Venue: Showa Women's University
Registration form online here (closes 23 October)
Admission is free
There will be English and Japanese consecutive interpretation.
Guest speaker biographies:
Katie Sadleir was appointed World Rugby General Manager for Women’s Rugby in November 2016. Prior to joining World Rugby, Katie accrued a wealth of experience as both an athlete and an administrator working in sports and sports governance in New Zealand. Katie represented New Zealand at the 1984 Olympic Games in synchronised swimming, before going on to win a bronze medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Katie led the establishment of the New Zealand Academy of Sport network in the late 1990s and went on to serve as General Manager of Sport and Recreation New Zealand (now Sport New Zealand), from 2000-2006, acting as a leading proponent in the transformation of New Zealand’s High Performance system. From 2009-2015 she held directorships with both Sport New Zealand and High Performance Sport New Zealand. She also served as a director with the International Association of Elite Sport Training Centres, a board member of the New Zealand Swimming Federation and a member of New Zealand Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission.
Raelene joined Rugby Australia as the code’s first female Chief Executive Officer, beginning in the role in January 2018. She was previously the CEO of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, where she spent four years leading the National Rugby League club after 6 years as CEO of Netball New Zealand. Before beginning her career in sports administration, Raelene was a successful communications and marketing executive in the corporate sector. She is a former head of business marketing at Telecom NZ, communications manager at Bank of New Zealand and a marketing manager for Fuji Xerox. She has a rich sporting background as a former representative-level netball, tennis and lawn bowls player. Raelene has held several governance roles in sport, previously serving as a board director of the ANZ Championship netball, the International Federations of Netball Associations (IFNA) and as chair of the NRL club CEOs leadership group. Raelene was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2015 for services to Business and Sport.
Keiko is currently the Director of Japan Rugby Football Union and Technical Director of the Japan National Women's Team. Her rugby career began when she joined the Nippon Sport Science University's Rugby Girls Club. In her second year of college she was selected for the Japan National Women's Team. Asami participated in the Women's Rugby World Cup 2002 and took over the role of Captain for the National Team from 2003. Following retirement, Asami became the first female professional coach for the National Team and was the Japan women’s head coach to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.