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Respect, recovery and renewal can lead to the revival of Australian rugby. After years of discipline and hard work, the Queensland Reds have experienced a renaissance, proving to be a club that is proud of politics and play, and driven by people and principles. It is a format that gives results on and off the field. It is no secret that rugby in Australia has been experiencing challenges in recent years, especially in terms of its public image, support and ability to dominate the international arena. However, the recent transformation of Queensland Reds proves that strength and success stem from the core core values of sport and society.
The Queensland Rugby Union was officially formed in 1893, and the Reds originated from the Queensland team. More than a club, it remains a state team. It covers a rich and outstanding history and has released some of Australia’s best players, including Mark Lohan, Paul McLean, Michael Lynn, Tim Horan, Tutai Kefu and John Els. There have been many milestones over the years, although the 1970s and 1980s are often seen as something like a golden era. Indeed, during this time Queensland became the most successful provincial rugby team in the world. However, over the past decade, the results have been lacking, the Club environment has been far from ideal, and public support has waned.
The QRU decided it was time for a new direction. So, in October 2017, the club made some leap of faith by appointing Brad Thorne head coach. Brad is a man who has won nationally and internationally in the world of Rugby League and Rugby Union – the highest player with an unsurpassed record in combined codes. However, he was relatively inexperienced in the world of coaching. It was a bold move, though not reckless. Brad has always been an exception. He is a man who does not undertake anything without absolute commitment, perseverance, discipline and faith. He also knows about the victory. But the point is not in the trophy and not in what he is looking for, but in travel and the concomitant increase in rewards that have been hard to come by.
Since the placement of Brad the club has experienced a new life, winning the Australian Super Rugby Championship AU 2021. It was a highlight for Australian rugby. The game took place in front of 42,000 people at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, with the result that the “reds” won with a score of 19:16 over ACT Brumbies. However, the Club is well aware that in 2022 the competition will be tougher. The impact of the coronavirus led to the reformatting of super rugby into 3 domestic competitions in 2021. This year brings with it excitement and challenges related to the next test of gold standards for New Zealand teams, as well as participation in the first competitions in 2022. Pacific Rugby Competition.
In many ways, Queensland is becoming a national center of elite sports. In particular, Brisbane’s successful bid for the 2032 Olympics has put the state in the spotlight. Sport is of great importance on a personal, social and national level. There are obvious physical and psychological benefits. There is also the importance of teamwork and social interaction, as well as the meaning that comes from common ground. Undoubtedly, the coronavirus pandemic has heightened the need for communities to preserve the basic bonds of humanity and symbols of unity. Sport is without a doubt a powerful tool for this.
What’s more, it’s a powerful tool in life – but strength is not to be found in victory, it lies in the inner underpinnings – inspiration, devotion, camaraderie, a sense of accomplishment and purpose resulting from having goals and overwhelming, from the fire of passion which erupts when people and communities experience a sense of identity and belonging. In a world where sport sometimes offers disappointing discrepancies between declarative and factual politics, when too often the right words are said but rarely reinforced, the Reds define themselves as a club that is real a deal, a club prepared to build on character and culture as pillars of development and success.
However, it would be a mistake to assume that victory is not a priority. Indeed, this is very important at the heart of the Club’s vision. Brad Thorne is also a born competitive man. However, it is not about winning at any cost, but about winning the right way. It’s about a culture based on what Thorne describes as “care”. So who is Brad Thorne and why is Queensland Rugby causing new excitement and support for the game at the grassroots and professional levels?
Brad has an impeccable athletic history. He has played 460 professional games in 21 seasons and two codes, earning 17 major trophies, including NRL titles, Super League, State of Origin, Tri-Nations, Bledislo Cup, Rugby World Cup and Heineken Cup. He has represented Australia eight times in the Rugby League as well as 59 matches in the Rugby Union for the New Zealand All Blacks. There’s probably no other player who can match Brad’s stunning achievements on a double international scale. In addition, his longevity and suitability for the match as a player were exceptional. When he retired at the age of 40, by his own admission, he still felt “pretty good” – a remarkable feat given the amazing physicality of the League and the Union. Today, Brad remains a fit and physically imposing man, with calm and steadfast demeanor. He is polite, humble and strong in spirit. He has something harshly calm, as if he is floating on calm waters but enjoying the challenges of the storm.
Born in Otaga, New Zealand, he remembers that “he loved growing up with his brother, mom and dad and loves to play rugby”. He has very good memories of “life near Queenstown, in the mountains and how beautiful it was.” Brad was nine years old when his family moved to Brisbane, and he says, “Brisbane has always been my home. I come from New Zealand, but my home is Brisbane. ” After an enviable professional career that allowed him to travel the world, he took the opportunity to return to Brisbane and work for the Reds. He not only had a special commitment to QLD rugby, but also understood the significance of its history, a time of fame when the club was respected around the world.
Many things at their best have a beautiful simplicity. Consider the genius and genesis of the Harrier Jet, which evolved from what was essentially a simple aeronautical engineering design – to undiscovered and brilliant. Similarly, one of the traits that is often demonstrated by highly successful athletes and teams is a determination to keep things “simple,” focus on the basics, and bring them to perfection. Under the leadership of Brad Thorne, the Reds are following a solid, well-defined easy path. This is a direct, meaningless, methodical approach. And it works. He also promises to rebuild the club as one of the biggest rugby clubs internationally.
It is a philosophy that stems from Brad’s own values and beliefs, particularly his Christianity. Indeed, it is impossible to know or understand Brad without acknowledging his faith. This is what he “built everything on”. He says, “The greatest thing we’ve built the Club on is care, care for each other, care for the cause we’re trying to achieve, and then who we represent.” It is an approach that he attributes to his faith and that reflects the way he has done his life as a person, a player and a coach. He says he “relies heavily on God’s power in what I do. I feel that I am here for a reason, and I hope for his strength. ” It is the notion that a person will reap what is sown, that faith, hard work, teamwork, respect, discipline and character lead to results. And more importantly, thus the Club gives society something significant through sport.
The Reds to the Regions tour is a preservation of things real and demonstrates this priority. As QRU CEO David Hanham says of the program: “It’s about giving it to the Queenslanders, and about us identifying and having our players identify who they represent. And to do that, and to make that a real connection, is to get Queensland back. ” During this tour, Brad and players visit areas of the Queensland region, where they stay with local families and participate in a variety of activities, from running coaching clinics to working with real estate and building fences. This is a wonderful direct and honest interaction with the community.
After all, for rugby to grow and thrive, it takes depth and talent. It requires strong ties with boys and girls at the grassroots level to build a foundation for the future of the sport – cutting off the community would mean breaking the blood of life. Reds nourish this cell base and achieve regeneration. According to Hanham, in 2021 there was a 175% increase in viewership at the QLD Reds, a 92% increase in QLD Reds game attendance and a 10% increase in community participation. Additional proof of the power of rugby in Queensland is the National World Class Rugby Training Center worth $ 30 million, which is scheduled to open by early 2023. Brad considers Hanham and, indeed, all QRU staff an integral part of the restructuring and positive results. red. It is noteworthy that in the role of Brad as head coach there is a sensitive parental aspect. He remarked to the players: “Obviously it’s very cool to see them get better at futsal, but I really enjoy seeing them grow into young people and young people with character. For me, it is a joy to see them at different stages of their lives and, I hope, to influence them. ”
When Brad took his position, it was clear that things would be noticeably different. For example, the Reds have taken a tough stance on the unacceptable behavior of players. Many will remember the decision to terminate the contracts of James Slipper and Carmichael Hunt ahead of schedule after serious drug incidents. “These were challenging decisions,” Brad says, adding that it’s a matter of “leadership”. Interestingly, the “reds” welcomed and provided new opportunities to players such as James O’Connor, who was also seriously mistaken, but, importantly, sought to redeem himself.
Here again, the value of a sport that promotes personal growth and its propensity to give experiences similar to life is noted. Brad advocates that sport function as a “means of influencing people to grow character”. He says: “Team sports are great because just like in rugby, on the field or in a team, there are 14 more guys, more of them, and you have to work together and you have to be dedicated.” Also in rugby: “You get beaten up to get up, you need courage. So it’s a great thing for people who can apply in other parts of life, persevere, work with others, take care of people, have discipline in the way you train, and focus and set goals, all perfect for anything still alive. ”
A happy married father of four, Brad is familiar with the many challenges children and young people face today, including social media. He emphasizes the need to “spend time with children” and constantly “send positive messages” about things like respect. He says “respect and esteem. I think in today’s society it’s huge, maybe not as good as it used to be. ” He emphasizes the “value of hard work and perseverance” and says that “character is much more important than how you look. If we can keep talking about such things, it’s positive. “
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