In her first series with the University of Canberra Women’s Sevens, 19 year old Skye Churchill has been named Captain ahead of the first Aon University Sevens tournament this weekend.
Originally from Cootamundra, Churchill is coming off the back of a successful 2019 season as captain with the Canberra Royals who made it to the grand final.
Head Coach Liam McGrath said that he knew Churchill was the right choice for the role after seeing her during the course of the UC7s three-day camp.
“There are a number of women in the squad who have leadership qualities but sometimes within a team environment a leader presents themselves not necessarily with what they do on the field but how they carry themselves off it.
“Skye has demonstrated she is a deserving Captain after she was incredibly professional with the way she handled herself and her team in a grand final defeat in 2019.
“She’s the type of leader who sets the example on and off the field. She does all the little one-percenters so that her teammates don’t have to. She’s a no-nonsense leader who holds the team accountable and as a result has earned a huge amount of respect from the group,” said Mr McGrath.
Churchill is a University of Canberra student studying Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation and a good example of the University sporting pathway the Aon University Sevens provides.
Churchill said that she was very surprised to be considered for captaincy but very grateful for the opportunity.
“Being the captain will hopefully allow me to grow as a player through watching and listening to my teammates and gain some more experience in a leadership role. Although it will be a challenge, I am lucky to have a leadership group to assist in the position offering a large amount of experience and knowledge.
“Being the captain of the Royals this year has given me an insight into how much commitment and effort goes into a team outside of the 70 minutes of footy that is played each week by the coaching and managing staff.
“I have a newly-found level of respect for the coaches and players of the Royals women’s side as I have witnessed the sacrifices and dedication they put in. Being given this responsibility has pushed me to be a dedicated player and a more understanding person and I will always appreciate the opportunity that I was given.
“My goals for this Aon Uni Sevens Series are to start the series as a competitive side, to challenge the individual skills and abilities of myself and my teammates and to hopefully finish with a medal. I have very high hopes for our team this Series so this weekend will be all about starting strong and playing some good footy,” said Ms Churchill.
The UC7s will travel to the University of Queensland this Friday for Round 1 over the weekend.