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The CA Brumbies will take different tact with their pre-season training this week when squad and staff brave the elements in a five-day Outward Bound camp.


Following four weeks of drills, skills work, weights and fitness, a group of 33 players, 10 staff and three sponsors will head for Outward Bound’s National Base in Namadgi National Park, Tharwa, where they will be tested in a series of physical, team-building and leadership exercises.


The course will include a Challenge Ropes Course on the largest off-ground ropes course in the Southern Hemisphere, abseiling, set-up and utilisation of a team flying fox, and several expeditions including a 25-kilometre final day hike.


The last night will feature an ‘overnight solo’ where each member of the camp is isolated and forced to spend 16 hours on their own, allowing them time for self-reflection.


Outward Bound is a non-profit educational organisation that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through active learning expeditions that inspire character development, self-discovery and service both in and out of the classroom.


CA Brumbies Head Coach ‘ and former Outward Bound instructor ‘ Andy Friend says the Outward Bound experience is a profound one that has potential life-changing benefits.


‘This is not a boot camp and it’s not about trying to punish these guys in the wilderness,’ he said.

 

‘We’ve had a very rewarding block of skills and fitness work over the past month, and this week is about personal goal-setting, team building and getting to know each other away from a football environment.

‘This camp will throw up some physical and psychological challenges along the way that will take these guys out of their comfort zones. But this is a great opportunity for us test ourselves in an unfamiliar environment, take control of these situations and show some character which can only benefit us as we go forward as a team.


‘Speaking from my own time with Outward Bound, this is an invaluable experience for the team that will not only help bond these guys but will also teach them a lot about themselves.’


Sponsors attending the camp include Andrew Turnbull (WalterTurnbull), Mick Houston (Canberra Motorcycle Centre) and Craig Wilkinson (Contract Maintenance & Building).


The CA Brumbies will resume regular pre-season training on Monday, 1 December.

 

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