When Nadene Barretto heard that a local women’s rugby comp did not have the resources to offer the same prize money as the men’s, she was the first to put her hand up to assist.
Nadene and Steve Barretto are the Directors of Eight Recruitment and have become a sponsor of the Mick ‘Whale’ Curry Memorial Rugby Sevens to be held on 14 and 15 February 2020 at St John Oval in Charlestown.
Steve Barretto played Rugby professionally in Ireland and the United Kingdom before moving to Australia where he and Nadene had three children. The Barrettos have long been strong supporters of Rugby in the Hunter.
“Rugby gave our family a kick start. Steve continues to be involved at Club level playing and now coaching while our children each play within local competitions. Rugby is such an important part of our lives, but we also recognise that it is also such a great facilitator of community spirit,” Nadene said.
Nadene created Eight Recruitment in their loungeroom in 2011.
“As a business owner, I also understand how important corporate support is for all sport. It’s 2020 and to have a competition where there are differences in prize money based on gender, it just not okay,” she said.
“I am incredibly pleased to support this event recognising one of the region’s Rugby legends. This is the right time for us to be enabling parity for women in sport.
“Women should be able to make a professional career out of Rugby and with two young daughters of my own who are heavily into the sport, this is something that I am very passionate about.”
Nadene and Steve’s daughter hope to play professionally and they believe it feels right to not only support their ambitions but those of other players too and they saw a window to be able to do that with their business.
“There is a role for our business to help the sport and provide better pathways into professional sport and we are thrilled to be part of the competition in February,” Nadene said.
IMAGE | Mick “Whale” Curry Memorial Rugby Sevens women’s team with Nadene and Steve Barretto of Eight Recruitment