Dee Bradbury awarded OBE in New Year Honours list

She became the first female President of a Tier One rugby nation in 2018

Dee Bradbury became the first female President of a Tier 1 rugby nation in 2018. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Dee Bradbury became the first female President of a Tier 1 rugby nation in 2018. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

FORMER Scottish Rugby Union President Dee Bradbury has been awarded an OBE in the New New Year’s Honours’ list for services to the sport.

“I was absolutely over the moon when I heard I was being awarded the OBE,” said Bradbury – who became the first female President of a Tier One rugby nation in 2018. “I see it very much as recognition for our rugby community in Scotland. You know, standing on touchlines on wet and windy nights, driving my sons to training and matches, washing the mini-rugby strips.

“That’s all been part of the journey and is very much the ethos of rugby in Scotland, where the sport is about so much more than just the 15 men or 15 women on the park.”

“It feels just now like one of the only positive things to come out of 2020,” added Bradbury, who suffered a major cardiac arrest in June which limited her active involvement in Scottish rugby during the last few months of her two year tenure.

“I don’t know yet when the investiture will take place, as, like so many other things that’s dependent on the easing of the pandemic, but it’s something that I’m very much looking forward to in 2021.”


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    • Ron i do not think it is appropriate to mock the first female president of a tier one nation or its impact. Have some class.

      Let the pros do their jobs.

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  1. A lot of unsung heroes amongst the clubs who would have deserved this award.

    Keith Russell is another who deserves an award for his experiences.

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  2. Congratulations Dee. Well deserved.

    You were and are a fine representative of Scottish Rugby. Best wishes for 2021

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