Things have got a little crazy since I was named as the first ever female winner of the Kelvin. R. Tremain Memorial Trophy at the ASB Rugby Awards.
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It has been a surreal time, but as I reflect on the accolade, I think it caps off what has been a ground-breaking year for women’s rugby.
From the first ever women’s professional contracts to Molenberg’s sponsorship of the Black Ferns and Black Ferns Sevens to New Zealand being granted hosting rights to the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup, It has been great to see women’s rugby get more recognition this year.
If 2018 is anything to go by, I can’t wait for 2019.
?? HISTORY! Re-live the moment when @kenj0119 is named as the first ever female winner of the Kel Tremain Memorial Player of the Year award.#ASBRugbyAwards pic.twitter.com/cdyMPD0HLT— Black Ferns (@BlackFerns) December 14, 2018When I started playing, rugby wasn’t a big sport for women and girls but has grown massively over the past decade. I want to thank my family for giving me the opportunity to play and supporting me along every step of the way from the grassroots to the international stage.
I know there’s some young girls out there who might not get the opportunity to play. I hope that by winning the Kel Tremain Player of the Year Award, parents will realise that it is possible for their daughters to also play this amazing sport. Through rugby I’ve made amazing friends, travelled the world, had incredible experiences and made bonds with my teammates that will last a lifetime.
I’m going to round out this column with a shout out to those who have helped me along the way. Thanks to my family, Black Ferns management, my Canterbury and club teams, my friends and flatmates. You all help me to be the best that I can be.
To everyone out there, have a safe, happy and relaxing Christmas and New Year. See you in 2019.
???? HISTORY! Kendra Cocksedge is the first ever female Kel Tremain Player of the Year award winner! #ASBRugbyAwards pic.twitter.com/6pC17O9cMh— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) December 13, 2018