As one of the youngest clubs in Australia, Tamborine Mountain Rugby began five years ago when community members (too many to list and I don’t want to forget anyone!) recognized the gap in contact sports offered on the Mountain. The club grew from interested children attending training to full participation in the local competitions over the next three years. Family has always played a big part of the club and our weekly BBQ’s, generously supported by so many, always worked well to build our club spirit. We also engaged local schools in the activities and collaborated for the benefit of our players within neighbouring communities. This continues where it benefits our players and club. Our main focus though has always been on providing safe technique, well organised competition and educated caring coaches.
For me personally, I am honoured to have represented Australia in Rugby Union with the Wallabies. I recognize that my pathway, and that of every Wallaby playing today, has roots with community and school rugby. It is only through efforts at this level we achieve greatness as a sporting nation. It was also time to give back at grass roots level and I’m proud to have been involved in starting this club.
Rugby Union is unique as a sport in that it offers positions for every shape and size of players, for boys and girls. Quite literally, everyone is welcome. As a contact sport, it also offers a controlled environment where physical and emotional release can be safely achieved.
Our sport is changing though and as a club we will ensure we adapt too. Along with traditional competitions, Rugby Union is expanding and achieving excellence in niche sectors of Seven’s and Women’s Rugby with clear pathways to the top from community club level.
Our values of discipline, respect, teamwork and sportsmanship never waver. They stand players in good stead in every aspect of their lives, both on and off the pitch, now and in the future.
A gentlemen’s code prevailed with many of our first arrangements and these have, rightly, matured into good processes and procedures for the club. Undoubtedly, like any community club, there have been ups and downs with volunteers coming and going with differing views. One thing is certain: Every single person who has contributed to the commencement and continuation of the club should measure their achievement by the smiles on the kids’ faces, quality of resources (including a new rugby clubhouse in 2017 achieved with a Government Grant) and participation rate.
We are part of the global rugby family and that also means that we expect people to come and go at different times in their lives. Our doors are always open and we love to see familiar faces return.
And if you think contact sport is too risky just remember...without risk takers there would be no risk-taking adult behaviours required in roles like astronauts, entrepreneurs, inventors, the armed forces, explorers, emergency workers or surgeons! Most of whom all played rugby union!
RUGBY ….. making history in our community …..