Eden Brown named as Beau Bere Award recipient

Eden Brown has been announced as the newest recipient of the AUF's Beau Bere Award.

Eden was recognized for her contribution to underwater hockey in New South Wales, Victoria and Australia at both the development and representative level.

Eden Brown (right) with the 2016 Masters Women's World Championship cup.

In her local club, the University of Wollongong UWH club, she often runs training sessions for the promising junior athletes that attend club nights. She has been selected as the chaperone for the NSW U19s boy’s and girl’s teams attending nationals on the Gold Coast in January 2017.

Starting playing in Drouin, Victoria, Eden has gone on to achieve numerous state and national selections. She has been a valuable representative for the NSW and Victorian Elite Women’s teams for many years. In recent years, she helped the NSW team to 4 consecutive grand finals, coming away with silver on each occasion. Eden was also awarded the MVP award in a losing side in the 2017 year’s Elite Women’s final at Nationals on the Gold Coast.

Her representative honours also extend to the international stage. Eden first represented Australia at the World Championships in Paris in 1994. She is still participating at that level having won gold in the Masters Women's division at the 2016 World Championships in Stellenbosch, South Africa in March. That feat was achieved while coaching the Australian Elite women’s team.

The AUF noted that Eden’s attributes in both playing and developing the game made her an ideal candidate for the AUF Beau Bere Award.

 

Rhys Milburn named AUF Sportsperson of the year

West Australian underwater hockey and underwater rugby player Rhys Milburn was recently named AUF Sportsperson of the year.

Rhys Milburn in action at the 2016 CMAS World Underwater Hockey Championships.

Rhys was recognised as a member of the WA state team for underwater hockey and underwater rugby that won both national championships. Winning the national rugby championships was particularly meritorious given that it was only the second competition WA had entered.

Rhys was a key member in the Australian Underwater Hockey team that won the World Championship in April 2016 in Stellenbosch South Africa.