In­spi­ra­tion from a rugby achiever

The Northland Age - - Local News -

For­mer Manu Samoa cap­tain Filipo Levi vis­ited the Ngawha prison’s Kea Youth Unit re­cently, to de­liver a mo­ti­va­tional talk and to lead a coach­ing ses­sion.

His play­ing days over, Mr Levi’s pas­sion now is for inspiring peo­ple through his HAKA lead­er­ship pro­gramme, us­ing rugby experience­s to ad­dress the likes of fail­ure, suc­cess and mo­ti­va­tion.

In Jan­uary he founded the Rugby Union Busi­ness Club (RUBC), aimed at sup­port­ing rugby play­ers as they make the tran­si­tion­ing from the game to start­ing their own busi­nesses, while he joined for­mer All Black Sir John Kir­wan in the tele­vi­sion pro­gramme School of Hard Knocks,’ aimed at mo­ti­vat­ing young peo­ple.

Cap­tain­ing rugby teams from from lo­cal to in­ter­na­tional level from 2000 un­til 2013, he said, had given him ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge in un­der­stand­ing the unique chal­lenges that face lead­ers.

He was also ful­fill­ing a cul­tural obli­ga­tion: in 2011 he was given the chief (tu­lafale) or­a­tor ti­tle of Muli­talo in the Samoan vil­lage Lano, a po­si­tion that bound him to lead by serv­ing.

PIC­TURE / DEB­BIE BEA­DLE

Filipo Levi putting his ex­pe­ri­ence to work at Ngawha.

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