Aussies run clin­ics in Suva

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The Aussie men’s and women’s sev­ens teams took time out to run a clinic at Veiuto Pri­mary School in Suva yes­ter­day.

The visit was part of the Pa­cific in Union pro­gramme, which en­cour­ages grass­roots par­tic­i­pa­tion across the Pa­cific, run by the Aus­tralian Rugby Union in con­junc­tion with the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment. en­gag­ing with the com­mu­nity was an im­por­tant role for the Olympic cham­pi­ons. “We get paid to travel around the world and play Rugby so to be able to share that with these young kids is amaz­ing, ”she said.

“Be­ing able to give back is the most no­ble thing I can do as a rugby player and a gold medal­list. “To go out there to show kids what it’s all about and how they’re go­ing to grow, evolve and the lit­tle steps it takes to be a gold medal­list (at an Olympics).”

Ocea­nia Par­tic­i­pa­tion Co­or­di­na­tor, Ti­rani Uluinakau­vadra ,had a ma­jor hand in or­gan­is­ing the clinic and knows first-hand how big an im­pact these types of events have on lo­cal stu­dents. “It means a lot to the kids here and it re­ally boosts the in­flu­ence of kids get­ting into rugby, es­pe­cially in terms of the women here in Fiji, ” he said. “They have been here from 7:30am wait­ing for the teams to ar­rive at 10am so you know how much it means to them.” Aussie men’s skip­per for the tour­na­ment, John Porch, also en­joyed his time with the Year 8 stu­dents and was im­pressed with the skills on show.

“It’s al­ways good to get out in such a vi­brant com­mu­nity like Fiji where they love their rugby,” he said.

“It’s awe­some to see the young tal­ent ob­vi­ously com­ing through and if we can help give a lit­tle bit of knowl­edge it’s awe­some.” Source: Aus­tralian Rugby Union

Aus­tralian women’s 7s rep Emma Sykes (third from left) with Veiuto Pri­mary School stu­dents (from left) Aposia Havea, Lice Nacagilevu and Ranadi Matairavula yes­ter­day.

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