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Alana Thomas thrilled after being crowned Australia’s Community Coach of the Year (Australia)

Since her glittering career came to an end former Wallaroos playmaker Alana Thomas has well and truly made her mark as a mentor, after stunning success in 2017 she was crowned Rugby Australia’s Community Coach of the Year last month – the second straight year a female coach has claimed the gong.

Thomas led the Melbourne Unicorns to a premiership this year, which was the catalyst for the award, but she also continued in her role as head coach of Victoria’s state side, which competed at the Australian and Southern States championships.

Thomas, a former Orange Emus and Forbes Platypi pivot, was on hand at Rugby Australia’s night of nights to accept the Geoff ‘Bunter’ Shaw Award and was understandably thrilled – and overwhelmed – with the win.

“You don’t do it for the recognition, but it is really nice to get,” Thomas said.

“I wasn’t expecting it at all, I didn’t know I’d been nominated until I got a call from [Rugby Australia] to say they wanted to send me up for the awards night.”



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