The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team’s Courtney Hodder won Player of the Tournament at the recent National Bendigo Rugby 7s.
Hodder is the first Indigenous player to win the prestigious award.
She wowed the crowd with her speed, high energy and determination.
Rugby Australia’s talent development and recruitment manager Hugh Carpenter said Hodder played an outstanding tournament.
She was not only voted “player of the tournament by Australian Sevens but was also strongly recommended by opposition coaches, he said.
Hodder will also play at the Youth National Sevens on December 9-10, followed by a tour to New Zealand for the World School Sevens.
The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team – or ‘Lloydies’ as it is known – was founded more than 20 years ago with a mission to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in rugby.
It has evolved to include the popular Ella Sevens tournaments in Coffs Harbour, Cairns and Brisbane, youth sevens rugby programs, strong women’s and men’s national teams, a schoolgirls development camp in Alice Springs and a local club – the Eora Warriors for disadvantaged U8s and U12s based out of the NCIE in Redfern.
The team’s mission is to use rugby as a vehicle to provide opportunities and education that enrich the lives of young Indigenous males and females.