Asia Rugby Executive committee Member and Philippine Rugby President Ada Milby could be the first woman to win a seat in the executive committee of World Rugby.
Milby has always been used to breaking gender barriers, she has already built a career on it. In high school, the young athlete was the first female to join the men’s American football team.
In 2017, she was welcomed into the World Rugby Council as the first female member, and now she’s vying to be the first woman to be elected to the Executive Committee.
If she is indeed elected, Asia Rugby says she would bring the target closer to bring the Executive Committee representation from 10% to 40% as they open doors for more inclusion.
She would become a voice for the younger audience and bring in a new perspective from emerging markets, this will be critical for he game’s ongoing success.
Asia Rugby posted that they are officially announcing that Milby will be a candidate. “She brings with her two decades of Rugby experience —nearly half of which she has spent in governance.” says Asia Rugby.
They went on to say : As Asia Rugby’s Women’s Advisory Committee Chair, Milby champions initiatives for equitable competition pathways.
Seen as a role model for her outstanding career in rugby management, she has overseen doubling the number of women on Asia Rugby’s Exco and achieving female representation across all Asia Rugby committees.
From captaining the national 15’s and 7’s teams to building grassroots rugby as a Development Officer, Milby experienced first-hand how the hosting of world class events like RWC 2019 Japan can drive new innovations in emerging markets like Asia.
Success in her campaign could further inspire an inclusive, diverse, future-ready rugby for all.
World Rugby has aspirations to be a global leader for best practice in governance standards. “There is real strategic value in having diverse thought at the highest level to ensure rugby is the sport of choice for everyone” says Milby of the opportunity.
“The impacts of COVID on the current environment coupled with pre-existing challenges to sport such as digital and technological disruptions, highlight the need to increase participation through innovative solutions and develop strong competitions in emerging markets for the long term sustainability of the Game”.