Australian Pearls Rugby Captain Inspires Young Athletes at St Aidan’s Sports Awards

Demi Hayes guest of honour St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School
Photo Credit: Instagram/demihayes_

St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School certainly doesn’t lack sporting talent.  From Water Polo to Touch Football to Futsal, Equestrian events, and Volleyball, the school is brimming with talent, so it’s fitting that a world-class athlete performs the honours at the school’s upcoming annual Sports Awards.

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Not only that but given that there were three young ladies from St Aidan’s recently representing the Qld Touch Footy team in a great win against NSW, it would seem the choice of Guest of Honour is not a coincidence.

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On Wednesday, 12 October 2022, from 5.30 p.m.,  the St Aidan’s Annual Sports Awards will be held at the Christine Hartland Centre, the school having had 11 girls at six National Championships of various sports during the September school holidays.

Demi Hayes is the guest of honour and will no doubt produce an inspirational speech.

Demi has had a world-class career in Sevens Rugby culminating in her current role as Co-Captain for the Australian Pearls.

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Dami Hayes guest of honour at St Aidan's Anglican Girls School
Photo Credit: Instagram/demihayes_

She was part of the gold medal-winning team in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in August and then part of the team that won the Sevens Rugby World Cup in September in Cape Town.

“Athlete’s Voice” ran a great feature about Demi which talks about her growing up years on the family farm in Glamorgan and how it developed her physical fitness and the strength that she has built upon as a mature athlete. 

It also relates that common issue that many young athletes face, that by Year 10 and 11 clear decisions have to be made to pursue the bigtime and how it’s not easy navigating that path.

Demi obviously managed the transition very well, successfully making her debut in the 2016 Canada Women’s Sevens when she was only 18.

In 2021, the guest of honour at the St Aidan’s Sport Awards was swimming legend and Olympic Gold medalist, Ariarne Titmus.

Tayla Sykes took home “Sportswoman of the Year” and she hasn’t done her chances this year any harm after being part of the Queensland School Sport U18 team that defeated NSW in the final of the Touch Football Nationals. 

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Meanwhile, teammate and fellow St Aidan’s girl, Rhani Hagan was named Player of the Final with Ameilia Chadburn, completing the St Aidan’s trio in the State team, with the game being broadcast on Fox Sports.