Caslick for Sevens derby
PORT Douglas Tropical Sevens has attracted the biggest name in world rugby sevens with Rio Olympics Australian gold medallist Charlotte Caslick the face of the highlight sporting event to be held on March 11.
Tropical Sevens director David Cotton said it was coup for the region to secure a player of Caslick’s calibre.
Caslick was part of the gold medal-winning women’s sevens team at the 2016 Olympic Games and was also recognised as the International Rugby Board’s Women’s Player of the Year last year.
“She is the biggest name in world sevens rugby at present and to have her here is an incredible opportunity for us to shine the spotlight on this growing event.
“We are grateful to FNQ Rugby, who agreed to move its entire season by a week to secure her,” Mr Cotton said.
Ms Caslick’s fiance Lewis Holland, from the Australian men’s sevens team, will also be a special guest.
They will be available to meet and greet fans and sign autographs all day as well as into the evening at Rattle N Hum after 7pm.
The inaugural Port Douglas Sevens was held in 2011 and has since grown to be one of the leading sevens events on the rugby calendar, attracting local and international teams.
This year more than 10 teams are expected to compete with Papua New Guinea’s National Sevens Team looking to return as well as representatives from Canberra, Brisbane and Townsville.
“We are still seeking sponsors, including a naming rights, to help with prize money, marketing reach and accommodation packages for visiting teams from PNG, Central Queensland and the Sunshine Coast as well as from within the Tropical North Queensland region,” he said.
The Grass is Greener Music Festival will also support the event with DJ’s, music and food stalls. “It will be a terrific day out with a carnival atmosphere. People are encouraged to dress up in lots of tropical colour,” Mr Cotton added.
The tournament is organised by the Port Douglas Rugby Union Club.
Charlotte Caslick: international women’s Player of the Year