Home' Capricornus Quarterly : CQ July 2018 Contents RGS Under 13 rugby union players work through some passing drills under the watchful and experienced eyes of Tim Horan and David Campese.
Scoring an education connection
Sport can drive studies and success off the field according to two legendary
Australian Rugby athletes who caught up with Rachael McDonald at School.
Sport is a great connector for
students during their school years.
Tim Horan and David Campese
reached the pinnacle of Australian
rugby, representing the Wallabies.
They are now bringing the basics
back to schools and clubs across
Australia to help inspire the next
generation of young sports fans.
Tim Horan completed his schooling
in Toowoomba and recalls sport
being a big part of his education.
“WhenI was at schoolI never dreamed
of playing for the Wallabies, I enjoyed
just playing lots of different sports
like rugby and cricket,’’ Tim said.
“I even tried swimming, even
though I wasn’t very good at it.”
“Sport was part of the reason
that drove me to do my studies at
school. I really enjoyed my sport at
school and that was a big part of me
always wanting to be at school.
“ Sport helps improve discipline,
values, standards and friendships.”
Over the years, across many different
rugby teams and rugby communities,
Tim has formed friendships with a variety
of people in different careers – from
plumbers to builders, doctors and law yers.
“ Sport is a big part of everyday life and it’s
amazing the connections you can make
through participating in sport,’’ Tim said.
Tim said it’s also important to remember
that 99.9% of school students will not
make it into professional sport.
When Tim Horan first ventured into
the top levels of rugby it was still an
amateur sport so he had to keep working
out of school and not rely on the big
pay packets of professional sport.
“I always played sport because
I loved doing it,’’ Tim said.
Tim was fortunate to play 80 matches
for Australia between 1989 and 2000 after
making his debut against New Zealand.
And you need more than
luck to reach the top.
“ You need skill, some are born with
it and others aren’t and have to work
hard at it, and you also need discipline
and be willing to make sacrifices in
other areas of your life,’’ Tim said.
The 48-year-old former centre was
awarded the Member of the Order of
Australia in 2009 and is also a member
of the Australian Sport Hall of Fame
and International Rugby Hall of Fame.
Along with players like David Campese,
who played on the w ing for Australia in
101 matches from 1982 – 1996 and is also
an inductee in the International Rugby
Hall of Fame, the former Wallabies are
giving back to communities around
Australia. Communities that they were
once a part of as young sports fans.
Campese, who recently returned to
Australia after coaching rugby in South
Africa, also believes in the importance
of playing a wide range of sport in the
younger years, and one day you might
be lucky enough to reach the top.
The world renow ned winger never
imagined he would play rugby union
for Australia but admits he is grateful
for the opportunities it ha s provided.
Working with the RGS Under-13
rugby union players, Campese and
Horan emphasised the importance
of listening to coaches and getting
the basics right at training when they
are not under game pressure.
Campese was quick to jump on any
dropped ball, constantly telling the players
there was no excuse for mistakes during
basic passing drills when there were no
defensive pressure to tr y and force mistakes.
It’s the little things that add up to success.
“It’s important that coaches can coach
the basic skills early on,’’ Tim said.
“Players need basic catching
and passing skills before you can
play more expansive rugby.
“Try to strip it back to really basic skills
and then bring that into their games.”
Tim also firmly believes ever y coach
can benefit from helpful advice, from
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, to
rugby union development officers,
club coaches and young coaches.
The former Wallabies great is also
hopeful that Australia can return
to their winning form in the “global
game” which will hopefully lead to a
rejuvenation in the sport of rugby.
Picture: Tim Horan and David Campese
visited RGS during Beef Australia 2018
in May. The rugby greats talked with RGS
Primary School students before holding a
training run with the RGS Under-13 rugby
union players and later addressed RGS
Middle School students in the Spaceframe.
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