Aussies run clinics in Suva
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.