Occupation: PA to the President of the GLRU/Professional Player Appearances
Favourite Teams: Springboks/MTN Lions
Favourite player: Bakkies Botha
How long have you been involved with rugby?
I started working in Rugby in 2009 with my first project being the Castle British & Irish Lions Tour to South Africa.
What/who got you into rugby?
I have always enjoyed rugby but credit must go to my High School Afrikaans teacher who secured my love for rugby- Mev Van Aswegen, the Biggest Blue Bulls fan I have ever met.
What’s your favourite part about working in rugby?
I have two:
1) Game day – driving to “work” on a weekend is never depressing, from the chanting of rival fans to watching live rugby and walking down the players tunnel onto the field, every weekend I get to be part of history.
2) The people you meet – I work with people from different backgrounds, religions and countries – everyday is a new lesson being learnt and a new experience being had – work is never boring.
What has been your career highlight so far??
Without doubt the Castle 2009 British & Irish Lions Series, I toured for the full 7 weeks, met the most incredible people and made some of my closest friends – it is a tour I keep dreaming about and wish I could relive.
Who has been the greatest influence on your career?
I am surrounded daily by positive people with life lessons to share, from my family, friends work colleagues and players – every person has added their bit.
What do you feel is the biggest issue in the game right now?
The communication and difference between Northern and Southern Hemisphere referees, especially at the scrums.
What is the biggest problem you encounter being a female working in rugby?
I don’t have a problem being a female in a dominant male society. I know my rugby, I understand the laws and I am confident with my knowledge and decisions. Plus it is always a good laugh to see the face of a male who underestimated me.
What tips would you give to women who want to work in rugby?
Stand your ground, this game is still very male dominanted but if you’re confident and know your stuff you will be treated with respect. You will be dismissed by others because they think you’re in it for the players – but you’re not, your in it of the love of the game.
Where would you like to see the game in 10 years?
In 10 years… Players playing for the game and not the money, sadly a paycheck is quickly becoming the main point of a contract.
Any final words?
Rugby is not only a game, it is a life lesson. Listen, learn and live