Sarah Goss wins at ANOC Awards

New Zealand sevens captain Sarah Goss and has won the Oceania athlete of the year at the ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees) 2017 Awards in Prague.

The award marks a stand out year for Goss who captained the Black Ferns Sevens team to win the 2016/2017 HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series. Notably she captained the team to victories at the Las Vegas and Kitakyushu tournaments and to third place in Sydney. The Black Ferns Sevens beat rivals and Olympic gold medallists, Australia, in every match they played this year and lost only one game throughout the entire series.

The 24 year old also represented her country in the Black Ferns fifteen-a-side team, winning the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland.

“2017 has been an incredible year for me and my team. We came back from Rio and won four of the five World Series Tournaments so to take out the World Series and win the fifteens World Cup and bring that home was pretty special,” she said.

Goss is now looking towards another World Sevens Series and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The winners of the awards were selected by the ANOC Jury from a shortlist provided by each of the Continental Associations.

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Kelly Evans