Royal Akarana Yacht Club and it’s successful Sailing Academy has once again shown the ropes to a group of people who would have not otherwise had the opportunity to experience the sport of sailing.
The Auckland High Performance Academy Rugby Players, took off their football boots and replaced them with sailing shoes and jumped on board the Quest sailing dinghies for an afternoon of on water fun.
The smiles across their faces showed that even though they were taken out of their comfort zone, they were thrilled to be able to partake in a sport that would have otherwise been out of their reach.
“The average age of this group of athletes is 19 and most of them will go on to play in the Mitre 10 Cup. They are preparing for their professional rugby career, but being able to take their out of their comfort zone is an important part of their development,” said High Performance Manager and former super rugby player Brent Ward.
“This is the first time that many of them have been on the water. It’s about team building, and preparing them for life challenges,” continued Ward. “We’re hoping that sailing can become a regular part of their training, and with look forward to an ongoing relationship with Royal Akarana Yacht Club.”
The athletes are on scholarship for their rugby training and have small living allowance. Being able to get on the water sailing was considered a huge reward for these new sailors who said “that was choice bro!” and “we can’t wait to come back!”
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