2/8/2012

Community engagement high on NT agenda


After a week of community engagement and promotion of rugby in the Top End, the University of Canberra Brumbies have left Australia’s most isolated region with a stronger connection to rugby.

Working in schools, hospitals, rugby clubs and community groups, the University of Canberra Brumbies made a positive impact spreading the word of rugby and creating a buzz for the Territories adopted team.

In all, the University of Canberra Brumbies visited six schools, three remote communities, a hospital and the Don James Juvenile Correction facility. They also ran a Meet the Players Day, visited the Royal Darwin Hospital and engaged fans as they flocked onto the field at fulltime of the Rugby Park fixture.

For young prop Scott Sio, it was his first visit to the Territory and he was excited by the opportunities the tour had presented him.

It was also the 20-year-old’s first taste of life as a professional sportsman and seeing how difficult it was for many of the Northern Territories sports fans to take in a game really hit home.

“I’ve never been out here in the Territory before, never seen a crocodile in the wild or been into Kakadu so I’m really thankful for the opportunity to experience all this,” Sio said while driving to Jabiru.

“Having a look around this community, they aren’t as blessed as we are with quality facilities or opportunities so it makes me feel pretty thankful for what I’ve got.

“This is an amazing part of Australia. Everyone should take some time to come up here and experience this part of Australian culture. My family is all from Samoa, so the heat isn’t bothering me too much, but it certainly is humid. It’s very sweaty.” 

Sio will make his University of Canberra Brumbies debut this Saturday night against the Reds.

The University of Canberra Brumbies have now left the Territory for Cairns.