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Fresh from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the September RBN is delighted to have the following players and coaches from the gold medal-winning Australian Women's Sevens team and also the Men's team to share their experiences with us, hosted by the 'Voice of Rugby', Gordon Bray AM:
- Charlotte Caslick - Women's Sevens gold medal winner
- Ed Jenkins - Australian Men's Sevens captain
- Lewis Holland
- Jesse Parahi
- Andy Friend - Australian Men's Sevens coach
- Tim Walsh - Australian Women's Sevens coach
We will get insights into their time in Rio and the increasing focus on the sport, along with the chance to ask your own questions.
The cost is $30, which is to be paid via Eventbrite. This includes canapés and a complimentary beer or wine on entry.
5:30 Guests arrive / networking
6:10 Gordon Bray AM introduces RBN and respective teams
6:15 Gordon Bray Q&A with Men's Sevens panel
6:35 Gordon Bray Q&A with Women's Sevens panel
6:55 Gordon Bray Q&A with Sevens coaches, Andy Friend and Tim Walsh
7:10 Gordon Bray AM thanks speakers and hands over to Adrian Skeggs
7:15 Adrian announces next event and business card draw
Dress code: business attire
GUEST SPEAKER: THE VOICE OF RUGBY, GORDON BRAY AM
In a broadcasting career spanning over 45 years, Gordon has commentated at 10 Olympics but regards the Wallabies’ 1984 Grand Slam win in Britain under Alan Jones and Australia’s World Cup wins in 1991 and 1999 as signature moments in his career.
With nearly 450 test match commentaries behind him, Gordon is acknowledged as Australia’s ‘Voice of Rugby’.
An author and editor of six rugby books, including bestsellers From The Ruck and The Australian Rugby Companion, he is also a qualified referee and level 2 coach.
His contribution to Australian Rugby was recognised by the players when invited to present the jerseys before Australia’s match against Wales at Millennium Stadium Cardiff in 2010.
Gordon is a past recipient of a Penguin television award for Best Sports Presenter, a Prime Minister’s Centenary Sports medal and an Order of Australia for services to sports broadcasting, rugby union and the community.
WOMEN'S AND MEN'S SEVENS PLAYERS
21-year old Charlotte is the classic modern-day Rugby Sevens player – fast, durable and with a footy brain to boot. The scrum-half from Corinda, Queensland, is already a dual international having played for Touch Football Australia. She was named in World Rugby's 2014-15 and 2015-16 Dream Teams and was nominated for the 2015 World Sevens Player of the Year.
Ed captained the Australian side at the Rio Olympics and is the most-capped Sevens player from this country. The 30-year old has competed in two Rugby World Cup Sevens campaigns and won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a bronze in 2014. Ed was a member of Australia's last two Cup-winning sides, in London (2010) and Tokyo (2012).
The 23-year-old came to national prominence when he wowed the watching Australian public with a series of stunning displays at the inaugural Sydney Sevens in February 2016. Lewis made his debut back in 2011 after representing both his state and country back a year earlier while attending St. Edmunds College in Canberra. He played Australian Schoolboys alongside current Sevens teammate Tom Cusack.
Jesse, 27, re-joined the Australian Sevens set-up in April 2016 after a short stint in the NRL with the Wests Tigers and was a key cog in the team that helped Australia qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. One of Jesse’s most memorable moments in an Australian Sevens jersey was in October 2013, when he crossed over in sudden-death extra time against South Africa in the Gold Coast Cup Semi-Finals to win the game.
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