Patsy Reddy becomes the first female president of the New Zealand Football Association

Patsy Reddy becomes the first female president of the New Zealand Football Association

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The New Zealand Federation elected Patsy Reddy as President, and she became the first woman in history to hold the position.

The New Zealand Rugby Union appointed former New Zealand Governor-General Patsy Reddy as president on Wednesday, becoming the first woman to hold the post in its 130-year history. “It is an absolute honor to be elected Chairman at such a crucial and exciting time for rugby (in New Zealand)Reddy said, 68.

Patsy Reddy was appointed at a meeting of the Auckland, New Zealand Rugby League, founded in 1892, a statement said, and will take over from outgoing chairman Stuart Mitchell, who will step down at the end of January. Known for her long career as a tax lawyer, Patsy Reddy was appointed to the New Zealand Rugby Board of Directors last April, having been from 2016 to 2021 the country’s Governor-General, Honorary Representative of Sovereign Elizabeth II.

Women’s rugby in New Zealand is on the rise, especially after Black Ferns beat England (34-31) in the World Cup final last month, the sixth world title for New Zealanders, in the legendary Eden Park in Auckland, filled.

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