Madibaz Sport manager Melissa Awu has been appointed manager of the national varsity women’s sevens team when the World University Championships are played in Namibia later this year.
The University Sport South Africa (USSA) women’s team will make their first appearance in the event in Swakopmund from July 12 to 14.
Awu, in charge of women’s rugby at Nelson Mandela University, said her appointment was a dream come true.
“If you are involved in sport, being able to represent your country is always the highest honour,” she said.
Awu was the USSA women’s sevens manager when the national varsity squad competed in an interprovincial event in Nelspruit in 2015. Now she will experience the position at the highest varsity level.
She said the USSA squad would be chosen following the USSA women’s sevens tournament at Wits in Johannesburg on April 21.
“I think we have a very competitive pool of players to choose from,” she said.
“For example, the winning captain of the women’s provincial rugby league, Babalwa Latsha, is from University of Western Cape.
Awu said she owed much to her family who encouraged her to keep aiming high.
“I dedicate this appointment to my late parents – my granny Tshukes Awu, my mother Nomhiki Awu and my aunt, Nunu Awu – who always pushed me to be the best I could be.”