PM Schols: Rugby Sevens player Ruby Tui

It's an amazing feeling being awarded a scholarship and seeing Prime Minister in the title. 

"It feels like your country is behind you,'' says rugby sevens player Ruby Tui. 

Ruby will use her scholarship to undertake a Diploma in Sport at Aoraki Polytechnic, which she hopes will one day lead her to a job in sport, outside of her sporting career. Sport teaches life skills that can be applied in many areas of life, and Ruby's dream job would be to use these skills to help people harness talent, in situations where they have no idea how to do that. 

There are many women rugby players working full-time jobs while also pursuing their sport, but being awarded the scholarship has helped take away the financial stress involved in juggling study with training and competing. 

"I feel so blessed that I've been able to follow my dreams both academically and in sport,'' Ruby says. 

Rugby sevens is definitely Ruby's sport of choice. She likes the one-on-one, confrontational nature of the game, and feels there are great opportunities within the sport given the backing from High Performance Sport New Zealand and the New Zealand Rugby Union.

With Sevens included in the Olympic schedule for the first time in 2016, Ruby dreams of competing at the 2016 Olympic Games. But training hard and playing well enough to be on the New Zealand team competing in the next World Cup matches would be a great start, she says.