Apollo As­tro­nauts landed at Apex Oval

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - Beau Robin­son By GE­OFF MANN

22 young rugby league lovers from the Apollo Es­tate in East Dubbo turned up in num­bers to rep­re­sent their com­mu­nity. The run of the “Black As­tro­nauts” ended in the first round but the pride in their spe­cially de­signed guernseys was ob­vi­ous and the boys and girls have vowed to re­turn for next year’s event.

A few weeks ago I went to Tony Rob­bins’ event “Un­leash the Power Within” (UPW).

I went there with no ex­pec­ta­tions, I was just more in­trigued than any­thing, hav­ing first come across him when I was grow­ing up and see­ing him on those Amer­i­can talk shows dur­ing the school hol­i­days or when I was at home from school, sick.

Most con­sider me as pretty straight up and down, some­one who tells it like it is or how I see it, a no b-s kind of ap­proach... But I am a lot more open-minded than most peo­ple would as­sume, even those peo­ple who think they are pretty open-minded and make the as­sump­tion that I would not be like them, of­ten get a sur­prise when dig­ging a lit­tle deeper that I’m more open-minded than they them­selves are and that comes back to an ex­pe­ri­ence I had when I was 14.

I went to the Tony Rob­bins event with Chris Walkom who has a great ren­o­va­tion and ex­ten­sion busi­ness over in New­cas­tle – and I think it’s fair to say we were both very grate­ful we went with some­one we knew, and it was also good to talk to some­one about what we went through that day af­ter the event had fin­ished

There were some in­stances where it was very con­fronting through­out the four-day event.

On the third day, it was the Satur­day af­ter­noon, we stood up, lis­tened, talked, jumped, screamed, yelled, high-fived, hugged and even cried for 3.5 hours non-stop. Pretty in­tense.

As I said I didn’t go in with any ex­pec­ta­tions and it was a very holis­tic four days – mind, heart, body, nu­tri­tion, busi­ness, ca­reers, re­la­tion­ships, all were touched on.

Do­ing the fire walk on the first night was an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence. Here you walk about five me­tres across hot coals. Some­thing I prob­a­bly wouldn’t try around the camp­fire, but they get you in this frame of mind where you be­lieve it is achiev­able and it was, with­out even so much as a blis­ter the next day!

Don’t worry, lined up for that I was think­ing to my­self “these coals will prob­a­bly be just about out any­way” and sure enough Ron Gibbs, Chrys­tal Thomp­son and Steve “Bear” Hall. PHOTO: MEL POCK­NALL IN a touch­ing trib­ute just be­fore kick off in the KO Grand Fi­nal on Mon­day, the two teams, match of­fi­cials, tra­di­tional dancers and the en­tire crowd paused and pointed to the man known as Bear or Un­cle Bear.

Steve Hall bat­tled ill­ness and se­vere tired­ness to en­dure the smooth run­ning of the score up­dates and draws dur­ing the build-up to the Knock­out Car­ni­val and over the week­end.

The love for the Wal­gett born, Coon­am­ble Bear who won pre­mier­ships with Mac­quarie, CYMS and Men­dooran they were there with the rake get­ting the bas­tards nice and hot, a glow­ing or­ange colour, which quickly erased that doubt.

So how did I find Tony Rob­bins him­self?

I re­ally con­nected with his con­tent and his de­liv­ery, he’s very charis­matic and I was drawn to his ev­ery word – on Day 2 and 4 he wasn’t on stage and some­times they would put up videos of him speak­ing at other sem­i­nars and I still thor­oughly en­joyed what he was say­ing and res­onated with what he was say­ing.

Through­out the en­tire four days we did not sit down for more than 40 min­utes, pos­si­bly even 30 min­utes. They didn’t re­ally al­low you to get men­tally fa­tigued or ex­hausted.

I think I hugged and high-fived more peo­ple over those four days

was borne out by that mag­nan­i­mous ges­ture.

Steve was once a Coun­cil em­ployee work­ing at the former rub­bish dump come sport­ing arena. He then led the fledg­ling West­ern Di­vi­sion ju­nior de­vel­op­ment pro­gram be­fore mov­ing to Syd­ney where he has worked un­til re­cently with the NRL Path­ways Pro­gram.

Bear, wife Marg and great friends Ron Gibbs and Chrys­tal Thomp­son never stopped through­out a bril­liantly run 48th Abo­rig­i­nal Knock­out.

Bravo Koori KO for your mag­nif­i­cent recog­ni­tion of a great man. than I did on the night that we won the Su­per Rugby ti­tle back in 2011, and be­lieve me we did a hell of a lot of hug­ging and high fiv­ing that night.

That’s prob­a­bly the one thing that I didn’t en­joy – that group ther­apy, with 8000 peo­ple.

The sit­ting down and tak­ing notes, bril­liant.

BUT I un­der­stood WHY it was get­ting done and its im­por­tance.

When I was a pro rugby player I was first ex­posed to Neuro Lin­guis­tic Pro­gram­ming (NLP). Neuro refers to your neu­rol­ogy; Lin­guis­tic refers to lan­guage; Pro­gram­ming refers to how that neu­ral lan­guage func­tions. In other words, learn­ing NLP is like learn­ing the lan­guage of your own mind!

NLP is a method of in­flu­enc­ing brain be­hav­iour through the use of lan­guage and other types of com­mu­ni­ca­tion to en­able a per­son to “re­code” the way the brain re­sponds to stim­uli and man­i­fest new and bet­ter be­hav­iours.

And this is what Tony was all about, not just teach­ing, or show­ing you how to change, but get­ting you to change there and then over those four days, par­tic­u­larly on JACK Har­g­reaves (Nyn­gan), Emma Fessey (Weil­mor­ingle) and Jack O’brien (Wal­gett) are all sport­ing smiles and medals won at the re­cent World Cup Row­ing Cham­pi­onships held in Plov­div, Bul­garia. Jack claimed his sec­ond gold medal in the Men’s Fours, Emma a Bronze in the Women’s Eights, and Jack a gold medal in the C Fi­nal of the Men’s Pairs.

Whod­dathunkit in the mid­dle of the worst drought in a cen­tury! THIS week­end there will be an in­flux of rugby league le­gends who are bussing across the west to chat with lo­cals who are bat­tling drought. The team of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers will be in Dubbo on Fri­day be­fore head­ing to Nar­romine, Col­lie and Gil­gan­dra. the third day which he refers to as ‘trans­for­ma­tion day’.

He’s not ev­ery­one’s cup of tea, but you’ve got to recog­nise and ac­knowl­edge he does have his rav­ing fans.

I of­ten say this to peo­ple; it’s not about find­ing some­one who knows ev­ery­thing, be­cause it’s not about what you hear, it’s about what you lis­ten to and take in. It’s im­por­tant to look for some­one who you con­nect with so that you don’t just hear their words, but that you are ac­tu­ally lis­ten­ing and what they say res­onates with you, and so you be­gin to un­der­stand and take ac­tion.

Worth the in­vest­ment? Yes. Would I rec­om­mend it? If you were scep­ti­cal, no. If you are think­ing about it – yes, go and give it a try, see for your­self, but ex­pect to feel un­com­fort­able. Go and make up your own mind. Was it life-chang­ing? Yes

I’ll be go­ing back again, with my part­ner.

••• z Beau Robin­son is an Ac­tion Coach Busi­ness Coach and former Su­per Rugby Cham­pion and Wal­laby. beau­robin­[email protected]­tion­coach.com

Team photo: The “Black As­tro­nauts”

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