Hong Kong Sevens

Kids are what it's all about - Campo

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 March, 2008, 12:00am


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Life has changed for David Campese since he was last in Hong Kong for the Sevens in 2003. He has now embraced fatherhood and discovered that life is another world on Planet Parent.

'You know what life is about when you have children,' he says. 'Sport's great, travelling the world is great. But you find out what sort of person you are when you are a parent.' Campese, who is assistant coach to the Australian team, is raising his children in Durban, with his South African wife Lara.

He believes all children should have the opportunity to play sport.

'Sport is vital. Sport teaches discipline, it teaches children to make the most of opportunities. I won't necessarily push them into rugby. My children can play whatever sport they like. Mini rugby is a few years off for my family, but I believe it's a great training ground for life.

'I've always thought one of the greatest things about the Hong Kong Sevens is the curtain-raiser games. It's always been good for Hong Kong to have the children marching and then competing for the world to see. The Sevens should never lose this. It's important to keep growth and opportunities happening in Hong Kong to grow the game at grass-roots level here.'

'The inaugural Sevens was more than half my life ago. I was only 20 at the time. It was a different game back then. The Sevens was seen as a junket. You did your best not only for your country and your team, but so that you'd get to come back again next year. Everyone vied for a spot on the team. It was not just about the game. It was Monday night out on the town. Tuesday, training, shopping. Wednesday, training, shopping. Every other day up until the tournament was pretty much the same.'