RE: Butler Morris and Isaac Chandrol
Butler Morris and Isaac Chandrol travelled to Australia for three weeks in August/September 2012 as recipients of the TRC Rugby Development Scholarship as part of the Pacific Rugby Program. The program was designed to give young men from the Pacific a chance to participate in a short-term exchange in Australia with a rugby focus.
Australia is in a country full of opportunity. We appreciate an excellent quality of life, with first class education, excellent health and welfare systems, and meaningful employment opportunities, meaning the vast majority of Australian’s have a fantastic chance for success and desirable life outcomes.
School students have endless opportunities and in comparison to some of our nearest neighbours and in many ways lead a privileged existence.
The aim of this program is to provide an opportunity for young men from some of our nearest developing nations in the Pacific (Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea & Tonga) to have the chance to travel to Australia and attend a school on the Sunshine Coast for a short home-stay
exchange and experience all that our students enjoy as a part of normal life – good education, excellent facilities, and the chance to develop some lifelong friends through rugby.
- To provide an opportunity for less privileged students from some of our neighbouring developing countries (Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Tonga) to experience travelling to Australia and studying at Sunshine Coast Grammar School.
- To develop a meaningful social justice program that both school communities can be involved in by using rugby as a means of providing life experiences for less privileged students.
- To build relationships through rugby.
- To expose Australian students to different young people from different cultures and backgrounds in order for our students to develop an appreciation for the opportunities afforded to them in their lives.
- To foster relationships that may lead to future community work and humanitarian projects in the future in the developing nations of the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Tonga.
- To provide aid and assistance in developing the local rugby competitions in the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Tonga, through coach development, administration and constitutional support, and by sourcing and supplying new and second hand training equipment, boots and jerseys.
The two year 11 students Butler Morris and Isaac Chandrol were the first recipients of the scholarship and have been excellent ambassadors for their country and the program that SCRUM is running in PNG. The boy’s attitude and conduct both on and off the field was outstanding and they
are a real credit to their families and the SCRUM organisation.
Throughout their stay the boys conducted an extensive three week training program with TRC and attended classes at Sunshine Coast Grammar School. They immersed themselves in all aspects of school life and the Grammar community welcomed the boys with open arms. Both boys played rugby with the Stingray Premier Colts (the club of Wallabies and Red scrumhalf Will Genia) and learnt much about the game. Isaac had the opportunity to have a match for the Grammar 1st XV in the Ballymore Cup in Brisbane playing extremely well.
During their short stay the boys operated power boats with the year 11 Marine studies classes, attended the 1st XV Captain’s Dinner, supported the Grammar teams at the SCRU Grand Finals, trained on the beach, attended the Grammar Father Son breakfast, were cooked a traditional PNG dinner by the Grammar Principal Mrs Maria Woods, went to Australia Zoo, and toured many other places on the Sunshine Coast and South East Queensland.
As a result of the great success of this initial program involving Butler and Isaac, we will certainly be offering more scholarships in 2013 and beyond.
I have attached some photos below of the boys during their stay. We will send over a photo booklet to SCRUM in the near future. You can also find a photo timeline of the boys three weeks in Australia on the Total Rugby Concepts Facebook page.
Yours in rugby,
Dan Robotham & Will Urquhart
Directors – Total Rugby Concepts