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Rugby Sevens star wins Female Sportsperson of the Year

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By ARU Media Unit

The game of Rugby Sevens means a lot to Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens Star, Bo De La Cruz who recently won the Female Sportsperson of the Year at The 2012 “Deadlys” which recognise the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to their community and to Australian society.

Formerly an Australian Women’s Touch Football representative, De La Cruz switched codes to Rugby Sevens in 2008.

In March 2009 she was part of the World Cup winning Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens side in Dubai, setting up a winning try in the final match against New Zealand.

De La Cruz was more recently a member of the Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens team at the IRB Challenge Cup in Dubai in 2011 and Hong Kong in March this year.

The highly talented Rugby Sevens player said touring the world representing her country at Sevens is the best feeling she has ever felt.

“I would recommend the game of Rugby Sevens to those with a dream of becoming an International Sporting Star,” De La Cruz says.

“I remember being at the 2009 World Cup in Dubai and receiving messages from so many people that I didn’t know telling me how proud they were of me and the team.

“I really hope that someday other girls can feel the feeling that we feel every time we put on an Australian jersey.

“It’s really hard to explain the feeling I think it’s something you really have to feel for yourself.

“Rugby Sevens has given the opportunities that I would never have got with any other sport, the professionalism, travel, friendships, highest level of Rugby you can possibly play and now the Olympics is close in my sights.

“Rugby Sevens is definitely the way to go. It’s such a great, exciting and fulfilling sport to play and be involved with, especially with Rugby Sevens now being included as an Olympic sport.

“There are so many pathways that will give you the opportunity to show your skills if you are keen at making in to the top level.

“It’s the best thing in my life that I have ever done and, if I could I would do it for the rest of my life.

“Not only do you get to play at the highest level and represent your country on the world stage, you get to see the world, meet new people, visit some amazing places and to do it with your fellow Aussies. There is nothing better.

“Not only are the girls in my team my team mates, but they’re friends that I have made for life. I love the fact that there are only a few of us that can share those special memories,” Delacruz said.

De La Cruz was presented with the Female sportsperson of the Year Award at the 2012 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards recently held at the Sydney Opera House on 25 September.

Known as “the Deadlys” the awards are an annual celebration showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement.

De La Cruz said winning the Female Sportsperson of the Year Award meant a lot to her.

“I was up against some pretty hard competition,” De La Cruxz.

“To be recognised by my own community and the wider community was a massive honour. It was so unexpected.

“I am very proud to not only represent Female Indigenous Rugby Players but all Female Rugby players.

“It feels great. I hope I can be a role model not only for my people but for the wider Australian Rugby community.

“To win as a Rugby Sevens player, especially as Rugby Sevens is such a young sport compared to some of the other sports I was up against, was an awesome feeling. I love Rugby Sevens,” Delacruz said.

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