The University of Newcastle, Australia

University of Newcastle Offers Campese Clinics for Rugby and Resilience

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Rugby union legend, David Campese has partnered with the University of Newcastle, Australia to deliver a series of school-based clinics throughout the Pacific islands region.

David Campese sitting on a concrete ledge at his hotel in Suva, Fiji
Pictured: Rugby union legend and University of Newcastle Oceana Ambassador David Campese.

In addition to rugby skills development, the clinics will focus on goal setting and pathways for achievement, drawing on Mr Campese’s decades of success both on and off the field.

Mr Campese said principles of commitment, balance and adaptability could be applied to the pursuit of both sporting and academic aspirations.

“Accomplishing sporting or academic goals require long-term commitment which can be demanding and overwhelming at times. Things don’t always go to plan, so it’s important to be prepared for disappointments and set-backs and remain committed,” said Mr Campese.

“It can be a long and challenging journey, however University can set you on a course for success and provide you with life changing opportunities.”

“Having clear goals and a plan to achieve those goals is key to staying on track. During my rugby career I learned the value of achieving balance and resilience both on and off the field and this is one of the important themes we’ll explore during these clinics.”

The first clinic will take place at the Sacred Heart College in Suva this Thursday, with four others planned this year.

The David Campese clinic series is another example of the University of Newcastle’s commitment to the region.

In 2019 the University of Newcastle established a Pacific island research ‘node’ at SPREP’s headquarters in Apia, Samoa to help deliver co-operative solutions to challenges faced by Pacific island communities through in-country capacity building, knowledge generation and sharing.

This Pacific Node is supporting five Pacific Islands students to undertake research focusing on the environmental protection of vulnerable island and ocean ecosystems that will directly benefit their communities.


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