Colleen De Jong
6 September 2021
|Colleen De Jong|
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Colleen De Jong is the former Vice President and chief executive of the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU). She is the chairperson of the Sables Trust.
Colleen De Jong's son Ray is a rugby player.
De Jong’s career in Zimbabwean rugby administration started in 2007 when she joined the Zimbabwe Under-20 rugby committee. Then under the chairmanship of Aaron Jani and with ZRU director of rugby Bright Chivandire as head coach, the committee was tasked with mobilising resources for the national Under-20 side. She travelled with the Under-20s to the Junior World Rugby Trophy (now World Rugby U20 Trophy) in Russia (2010), Georgia (2011) and as team manager to USA in 2012. During this time Zimbabwe also hosted two U19 Africa Cup Tournaments in Harare.
In December 2014, De Jong was elected to the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) executive committee following the continental body’s general assembly in Paris.
Colleen De Jong was hand-picked by former ZRU president John Falkenberg to replace Aisha Tsimba who had resigned to pursue interests in the Sports Commission. The ZRU constitution only allows existing board members to fill such a vacancy following a voting process by serving board members.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 DANIEL NHAKANISO, From staunch rugby supporter to holding key post, The Standard, Published: September 13, 2015, Retrieved: August 31, 2021
- ↑ Paul Munyuki, De Jong calls it a day, The Herald, Published: March 25, 2015, Retrieved: August 31, 2021
- ↑ DANIEL NHAKANISO, ZRU regularise de Jong’s appointment, Southern Eye, Published: March 25, 2015, Retrieved: August 31, 2021
- ↑ MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE, Karen Mutasa outlines vision for Zim sport, The Standard, Published: December 13, 2020, Retrieved: August 20, 2021