Hutchison and Caslick are RA’s Australian Sevens Players of the Year

Rugby Australia recently had their annual Award night and Henry Hutchison and Charlotte Caslick were given the 2021 Shawn Mackay Australian Sevens Players of the Year.

The two rugby 7s superstars were awarded the 2021 Shawn Mackay Women’s and Men’s Sevens Players of the Year awards. An award well deserved no doubt.

Caslick has inspired young girls around the world after showcasing her talents in the 2016 Rio Olympics where Australia won the inaugural gold medal for Rugby in the Olympics.

Both players have stood out in the Australian program and in the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The award was named in the memory of Shawn Mackay, who has been recognized for his vas contribution to Rugby.

“Shawn represented everything we hope our program members can be both on and off the field, and this award holds a special place in the program.” Says Scott Brown, Australia Sevens Performance Manager

“Both Charlotte and Henry are leaders in every aspect of their game, from how they prepare, train and play and it is an example our younger squad members look up to.”

Charlotte Caslick said: “It’s an honour to be chosen for this award given all it represents.

“While we didn’t have the campaign we wanted in 2021, towards the end of the year we started to come together as a team and I’m excited to play with such an incredible group as we progress through the World Series.

“Rugby isn’t a game of individual awards, but I’m certainly honoured to be recognised by my peers and know I’ll have a hard time retaining this honour next year.”

Henry Hutchison said: “I am delighted to receive the Shawn Mackay award. To be recognised by your teammates for your contribution to the team is very humbling and is the greatest honour a player can receive.

“Shawn typified what it meant to be an Australian 7s player and my father actually taught him at Waverley. So, the award is extra special to my family and myself.

“2021 was a tough year and it didn’t play out the way we wanted it to. However, there were so many learnings for our group, and this has added to our hunger as we look to make Rugby Australia, our fans and the country proud of this program moving forward.

“There has been a massive attitude shift in this area of our group, and I can’t wait to see where it takes us.”