Regina Lunyolo, women’s representative on the URU Executive, is today on her way to Fiji for the Oceania women’s rugby leadership workshop.
Regina Lunyolo was among the 14 women (up from 10 in 2018) that were awarded executive leadership scholarships as World Rugby’s way of showing renewed commitment to driving inspirational leadership and fast-tracking the development of women in rugby on and off the pitch through its successful Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship programme.
“The World Rugby Women’s Leadership scholarship is a highly coveted award for women in rugby leadership. It is a massive honor to represent my country Uganda and mother Africa,” remarked an elated Regina.
“This is a great opportunity to advocate for the growth of the women’s rugby game in Uganda on the global stage. As part of the programme I will be attending the Oceania women’s leadership workshop specifically for leaders within rugby to come together and explore leadership for women in rugby in that region. ”
“This will help with bench marking good practices to help us improve our women’s game in Uganda as well as networking and lobbying for support to grow the game at the grassroots,” added Regina.
She established a digital platform, Sports Women Connect, to advocate for an increase in the number of girls and women in sports leadership positions as coaches, officials, administrators and managers, and is as well serving as the Chairperson of the Entebbe Lady swans Rugby Club.
Regina, who is the Chairperson of the Uganda women’s rugby advisory committee and committee member for the gender equality and diversity commission of the Uganda Olympic committee will be rubbing shoulders with other executive ladies from Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Chile, Bermuda, Mexico, Netherlands, Austria and Ukraine.
On top of the training in Fiji, Regina Lunyolo will visit New Zealand also part of the developmental program.
“Given the status of New Zealand in world rugby, I will be visiting New Zealand as part of developing international rugby knowledge and experience through meetings with NZ rugby leadership to discuss issues pertaining to growth and development of women in rugby leadership, increasing media visibility, gender inclusive policies and equal pay for equal work,” she said.
“Congratulations to all who have been awarded a scholarship this year. The scholarships programme is a fantastic way of empowering the current and next generation of global female leaders in rugby,” said Serge Simon, Chair of the World Rugby Women’s Advisory Committee, after the 14 awards recipients were named earlier this year, prior to International Women’s Day.