The Australian Defence Force Rugby League (ADF RL) is conducting a week-long development tour in Suva, Fiji, from 11 to 15 March 2019.
The program provides practical and theoretical aspects of rugby league skills development, game strategies, nutrition, lifestyle advice and game day preparation.
ADF Rugby League President Air Commodore Ken Quinn said sports diplomacy was an increasingly important aspect of diplomatic practice and a growing part of the global sports industry.
“Sport is a universal language and plays a unique role in showcasing Australia’s identity, values and culture,” Air Commodore Quinn said.
“The values of sport – competition, teamwork and fair play – help build trust between countries and bring people together.
“The ADF Rugby League is pleased to partner with the Australian and Fijian rugby league organisations to deliver junior and senior programs focused on the fundamentals of sport and healthy lifestyles.”
Royal Australian Air Force’s Leading Aircraftwoman and Australian National Rugby League player Meg Ward highlighted the benefits of the tour.
“The programs provide strong engagement through the clinics, as well as school and community activities,” Leading Aircraftwoman Ward said.
“It is a really rewarding opportunity to be able to share knowledge and skills from both my Defence and rugby league experience.”
The programs are being delivered by ADF RL members and senior representatives from the Australian National Rugby League.
The tour contributes to Defence’s enhanced engagement activities in the Pacific region.