Aged care residents train with Rugby Sevens pros

Australia's Rugby Sevens team and Dave Sharma MP showed Bupa Aged Care residents in Queens Park how to develop the versatility of a Rugby Sevens player without leaving their seat.

Instead of kicking around Moore Park or the beach during the Rugby Sevens’ day off, Ben O’Donnell, Matthew Hood, Dylan Pietsch, Lachie Anderson and Stuart Dunbar chose to swing by Bupa Aged Care in Queens Park for a low intensity training session with the residents.

The home’s General Manager, Loreeca O’Donnell said the visit was welcomed and gave residents the opportunity to exercise and have fun at the same time.

"When you get older, the speed of rugby union is a little bit too fast and hard, so we thought a few light exercises and a visit from Australia’s Rugby Sevens mens side might bring some cheer while making exercise both fun and engaging for our residents," Mrs O’Donnell said.

“It was great to see the boys give back to the community and having our local MP, Dave Sharma along made it all the more special,” she said.

In nothing more than a suggestion that people at the home would be overjoyed by a visit, the boys jumped at the opportunity to meet some of their longest living fans.

It’s always a great feeling to know that you can come into an aged care home and talk to fans, reach out to them and make their day. Small gestures can often have a big impact on peoples lives, so hopefully our visit has helped encourage people in the home to remain active.
Ben O'Donnell Australian Sevens team

With them for the session was Dave Sharma MP, Member for Wentworth, who joined them for the low-intensity training session at Bupa’s Queens Park aged care home.

“Ensuring our aged citizens have rich and meaningful lives is a measure of us as a society,” Mr Sharma said.

“The Australian Rugby Sevens’ are known to captivate audiences on and off the field and it was fantastic to experience that first hand with the residents,” Mr Sharma said.

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