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Meet the Panellist

Learn more about the panellist taking part in this years Women in Rugby.… Respect Webinars.

The Olympic Experience

Shiray Kaka:

Debuting for the Black Ferns Sevens in Dubai 2013Kaka is known for having electric footwork and deft pace, and is a handful for opposition defence. Kaka was a traveling reserve for the team at the Rio Olympic shaving to wait another 5 years to have her Olympic moment as part of the gold medal winning side in 2021.

Shiray Kaka and Portia
Rusilla Nagasau:

Nagasau was instrumental in Fiji qualifying for the 2016 Olympics when she scored four tries against Samoa in the 2015 Oceania Rugby Women's Sevens Championship final before being name din the sevens squad for the 2016Rio Olympics. In 2019 she was a member of the first Fiji women's national rugby union team to qualify for the Rugby World Cup .Appearing at her second Olympics Nagasau was the Flag Bearer for Fiji during the opening ceremony in Tokyo where Fiji took home the bronze medal.

Rusilla Nagasau Bronze
Toni Young

Toni Young began her career in sport more than a decade ago, coordinating team travel for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2011. Since then, she has held roles at the Australian and New Zealand Olympic Committees, working at two Olympics, a Commonwealth Games, two Commonwealth Youth Games and a Winter Youth Games. Young moved into team management, working first with the NSW Swifts in the Australian Suncorp Super Netball before starting with the Black Ferns Sevens full time in 2018.

Toni Young
Tyler Miller

Tyler Miller has been refereeing in Western Australiasincethe2005/2006season.Working through the pathway Miller was guided down the sevens route and made her first international 7’s appearance in 2017. Miller made her 7’s World Series debut in Paris 2018 and was then selected for the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 series. Miller made her Olympic Match Official debut at the 2020 Games, where she controlled two games and was an Assistance Referee in multiple games including the Women’s Bronze Medal game.

Tyler Miller Olympic Ref
Sharni Williams

Sharni Williams made her International Debut when winning her first Australia cap, against New Zealand in 2008. Over the last 7 years, Sharni was a part of the gold medal winning Australian team at the 2016 Olympic in Rio and Co-captain the Australian team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, with her now signature rainbow headgear. 

Sharni Williams Olympics
Jennifer Khalik

Jennifer Khalik has spent the past 11 years as a Physiotherapist with Fiji Rugby’s High-Performance Unit working across all teams and is currently the Lead Physiotherapist for the Fiji Women's Sevens and 15s teams.  Khalik is also a World Rugby Medical Educator, the first Pacific Islander to be a Medical Course Director and a member of the Oceania Rugby Medical Injury Prevention group and World Rugby Player Welfare Medical Working Group. Tokyo was Khalik’s second Olympic games with Fiji.

Jennifer Khalik