Posted @ 11/28/2014 By ARU Media UnitPosted in [ ARU Media ] | 0 Comments
Players and staff from the Australian Sevens program gathered at Sydney Olympic Park last week as part of the Australian Olympic's Committee to build a supportive framework around the 2016 Australian Olympic Team.
Stage one of this process is IGNITE, symbolising the lighting of the cauldron or the start of the Olympic Ganes. For Rugby Sevens, this truly is the start of a journey into the unknown with the sport set to make its debut at the Rio Olympic Games in a little under two years.
The IGNITE sessions, which will be rolled out across the country, game the Australian Sevens program the opportunity to learn from Olympians of the past, gain an understanding of the Australian Olympic Team's objectives, meet the Rio Team Leadership group as well as learn more about the Rio environment. It was also the perfect chance for the AOC to re-affirm the Team's ASPIRE values - ASPIRE being an acronym for Attitude, Sportsmanship, Pride, Individual Responsibility, Respect and Express Yourself.
Highlight of the night was a talk from legendary swimming coach Laurie Lawrence that left players and staff on the edge of their seats and feeling truly inspired.
Director of Rugby Sevens Geraint John said: "It was a fantastic evening. Being a new sport to the Olympic program we were given a special welcome. It was an incredible opportunity to spend time with athletes that have won medals at past Olympic Games.
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