Inspiration from a rugby achiever
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.
Filipo Levi putting his experience to work at Ngawha.