The Commanding Officer of NUSHIP Canberra, Captain Jonathan Sadleir had the honour of delivering the game ball to the Brumbies versus Rebels match at GIO Stadium in Canberra on Saturday 31 May.
University of Canberra Brumbies Rugby have affiliated themselves with the Navy’s first Landing Helicopter Dock ship. This link follows on from HMAS Canberra II, who prior to decommissioning, had a formal link with the ACT Brumbies Rugby and used their affiliation to raise money for charity and team building.
The two organisations plan to work together for mutual development in areas like community leadership, teamwork, sport and fitness.
An exchange of gifts took place before the game commenced, with Captain Sadleir presenting a framed picture of the ship and a ball cap to Mr Geoff Larkham, the President of the Brumbies. In return, Captain Sadleir received a Brumbies flag to fly on the ship.
University of Canberra Brumbies Rugby Chief Executive Officer Mr Doug Edwards said the UC Brumbies strive to be the best of breed in Australian Rugby.
“We are proud to forge a link with such a large and impressive ship that also bears our city’s name,” Mr Edwards said.
“We acknowledge the contribution that Canberra has already made in working with ACT Veterans Rugby to support Paediatrics at the Canberra Hospital and the George Gregan Foundation.”
NUSHIP Canberra plays an annual charity rugby match against the ACT Veterans rugby team to raise funds for the foundation.
The inaugural match took place in 2005, the year that HMAS Canberra II was being decommissioned. It was such a success that the ACT Veterans investigated making it an annual event only to find that Canberra II was decommissioning that same year.
HMAS Darwin stepped in to carry on the tradition until NUSHIP Canberra’s crew was formed last year.
Captain Sadleir said NUSHIP Canberra was proud to be associated with UC Brumbies Rugby and carry on the affiliation forged by Canberra II.
“We look forward to a long and positive association with the Brumbies based on leadership and teamwork development and sporting opportunities,” he said.