Written By: Andrea Burk At the end of a season, recalls coach Damian McGrath, “I always ensure it’s never seen as the end! I set the scene for the next step as we pause to draw breath from the last. “I highlight the positives and get excited over the 'room for improvement'. Clear the mind with a break from the regular routine, but lay out what is to come. I like to see it as a movie trailer – a taste of what’s in store. Each individual [is] reviewed (including support staff) so everyone has a clear picture of where...
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Written By: Andrea Burk In the last issue of The Scrum, we followed the process Canada’s Women’s Sevens team took to overcome the challenge to become Olympic bronze medalists. Resolution is the stage where the gap closes between expectations and reality. It’s the small gap that opens the door from conflict to performance. It’s the point in the story of Pandora’s Box where the strife, distress, pain and fear start to make way and hope emerges. That moment where one thinks, “Ok, I can do this.” What does resolution look like? Feel like? There was a clutch moment caught on camera...
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Written By: Andrea Burk  Photo Credit: Ron Leblanc We all saw it. Canada's Olympic gold medal dreams vanished as they fell 17-5 to Australia – the eventual Olympic Champions – in the semi-finals at the Summer Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. In rugby sevens, there isn’t a lot of time to turn around from a loss. Canada had about an hour and a half to prepare for the bronze medal match and everyone was hurting. What does it take to move through a challenging place and come out on top? Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World Rugby Women’s 7s player of the year...
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Written By: Andrea Burk “Start by watching your people. Notice how people are on field and off; where they stand within the group. What is their character, what are their tendencies, how do they interact with others. Get them to get to know each other, and [start to] build relationships.” This is what National Senior Women’s 7s Head Coach John Tait has to say about starting something great. John has been at the head of the NSW7s program since 2011. He’s not at the head because he’s pushing 7 feet in stature and towers over his team in every half-time...
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