Special visit from an AFL Premiership Legend!
Well over fifty Queanbeyan Tigers coaches, players and volunteers spent Friday the 4th of May with Gold Coast Development Manager, and 275 game AFL Player Shaun Hart. Hart, the 2001 Norm Smith Medalist from the Brisbane Lions, was described by legendary coach Leigh Matthews as the most selfless player in the AFL; and was lauded for his courage, discipline and values.
Hart spoke to the group about the standards expected at an elite club, and the lessons learned as an AFL player, and as an Academy coach at the Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide. He also spoke to the group about the #Culture Matters initiative at the club, and the importance of being solid football community members.
Hart is the 4th leadership mentor to present to the Queanbeyan Tigers, following decorated Special Forces officer Brigadier Dan Fortune, Australian Sporting Hall of Fame member & eight time world kickboxing champion Stan ‘The Man’ Longinidis and multiple Olympian Elka Whalan.
Hart spoke to the group about the importance of selflessness and sacrifice, and the way that team acts inspire others. He also highlighted the culture and values at the Queanbeyan Tigers, and challenged the club to maintain that through commitment to the team, and to values such as selflessness, sacrifice and individual discipline to support team goals. He emphasised the professionalism of the club, and the efforts that the club has made to make a positive environment for al stakeholders.
Players asked a range of questions, and were able to see Harts 2003 Premiership medallion – from the first three-peat in the AFL er
The leadership development program that has been implemented at the Queanbeyan Tigers is unique in AFL Canberra, and allows our players and staff to access mentoring from high achieving community and sporting individuals.
A huge thanks to Club Chaplin Scott Minchin who continues to provide guidance, leadership and drive so that our players and volunteers continue to strive to become better people within the footy club and wider community.