Dargaville Nominated for Academic Achievement Award

Dargaville Nominated for Academic Achievement Award

Plus500 Brumbies back James Dargaville is one of five finalists that have been announced in the 2017 Academic Achievement award, to be presented at the annual Volvo-RUPA Awards Luncheon in Sydney next Wednesday.

Dargaville joins Emilee Cherry (Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens), Tom English (Rebels), Dane Haylett-Petty (Force) and Dom Shipperley (Rebels) as nominations for the award

The award is presented annually to the player who has undertaken and excelled in any level of education. It reflects the players’ dedication and commitment to his or her personal or professional development across a broad range of studies, and is not confined to university level education.

Finalists for the Academic Achievement award are put forward by the RUPA Player Development Managers, and the winner is decided by RUPA Chairman Bruce Hodgkinson SC and RUPA President Dean Mumm.

The Academic Achievement award was first presented in 2011. Its’ previous winners are Ben Daley (2015), Matt Hodgson (2011), Tom Kingston (2013), Pat McCabe (2012), Alicia Quirk (2016) and Jeremy Tilse (2014).

In 2017, James completed his Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree at Sydney University, a particularly huge achievement given it was a face-to-face degree and James has been based in Canberra since signing for the Brumbies in 2015.

James consistently obtained excellent results in a degree which is accepted as one of the more challenging, whilst maintaining a regular place in the Brumbies’ team as they won the Australian conference. James is to be congratulated for his determination, perseverance and ability to negotiate a way around his study difficulties with his university.

The Academic Achievement award is one of eight major awards presented at the Volvo-RUPA Awards Lunch including the RUPA Medal for Excellence, the most prestigious player-voted honour in Australian Rugby, as well as the Taylors Wines People’s Choice Australian Player of the Year and Community Service awards.

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