THE Macquarie Uni Sydney Rays women’s sevens program have scooped the pool with some major awards.
Chloe Dalton was named the Australian women’s sevens player of the year at the Rugby Australia Awards night on Thursday while one of her coaches in the Aon Uni 7s series James Stannard received the same award for the men’s team.
Dalton showed great leadership and skills for the Rays thought the Uni 7s series bringing along a lot of the young talent with her skill and follow me style.
Stannard is the elder statesman in the men’s sevens program and is gearing up for a big season with the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and the Rugby World Cup sevens in San Francisco looming.
He was the assistant coach of the Rays women’s sevens team and worked well with head coach Nathan McMahon throughout the season.
“It’s an absolutely massive honour,” Dalton said.
“It’s huge and unexpected, my money was on Emilee Cherry but it’s great to be able tom play with such a talented group of girls and represent our country.”
Stannard added: “This means a lot to me but it’s an award for the whole team. The boys put in a lot of effort for not much reward.
“I had a lot of fun doing the coaching with the women this year. I think I grew as a coach and as person and I have been able to take that back to the men’s team with the season looming.”
Meanwhile Dominique Du Toit was named Macquarie Uni’s female sports star of 2017 at the uni’s sporting Blues ceremony.
She also received the prestigious Chancellor’s Award and was named as a sports ambassador for the university.
Du Toit was a member of the squad that won Gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil, and has spent 2017 playing for Australia in the World Rugby Sevens Series and played for the Rays in the inaugural Aon Uni 7s Series.
The men’s XVs team will finish up their NRC season in Fiji this weekend when they take on the Fijian Drua.
The Rays have organised a combined presentation night for Wednesday November 8.