Victorian rising star in the referee ranks, Yvonna Savea was today presented with the Weary Dunlop Rugby Foundation Grant to assist in her education.
The grant was presented at La Trobe University by Melbourne Rebels and Rugby Victoria board member, Tim North QC.
Yvonne Savea is one of the most promising up-and-coming referees in Victoria. This was recognised by Rugby Australia when they invited Yvonne to referee at the AON Uni 7's competition. Yvonne is qualified to referee both rugby 7's and XV's and in the past year has refereed the Frankston International 7's as well as the Bendigo Goldfields 7's.
"My goal as a referee is to eventually reach the international level," Yvonne said told the Rugby Victoria website.
"I want to referee at the highest level possible"
Along with her growing refereeing career, Yvonne has also excelled in her studies. "I hope to become a teacher and help others grow and learn in life," Yvonne said.
"The Weary Dunlop Foundation Scholarship will support me in reaching my goal to become a teacher, with the money going towards my university degree, which I am very grateful for.”
Yvonne's leadership skills were also a factor in her receiving the scholarship, as she was a School House Captain and a part of the Senior Student Leadership Team at the Academy of Mary Immaculate.
Yvonne said that a good leader listens, perseveres and is confident in their actions, attributes she believes Melbourne Rebel Fereti Sa'aga posses on and off the field.
"I look up to Fereti who has already achieved so much in his rugby career and aspire to be a leader like he is in rugby and within the community," Yvonne said.
The Weary Dunlop Foundation is inspired by the life of the late Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop. Weary Dunlop was a decorated war hero, surgeon, Victoria’s first Wallaby and a selfless contributor and leader in the community. The Weary Dunlop Foundation is based on the three pillars integral to Sir Weary Dunlop’s life: Education, Rugby Union, and Community Involvement and Leadership.
The Weary Dunlop Foundation aims to support young men and women with funding in order to assist in the pursuit of education alongside rugby. It must be noted that applicants need only be involved in rugby at any level, including referees, coaches and players.