July 12, 2020 2 min read

Hub life continues on as we awoke today to a cloudless WA morning. Most players and staff are up early as a result of the two-hour time difference between Victoria and Western Australia.

The gym is busy with staff getting their day started with a cardio workout. I have committed over this quarantine period to some morning yoga to clear the mind and bend the body into shape for the day’s activities.

A big breakfast ensures we begin the day in a good mood, the food so far has been outstanding. Our dietician has done an amazing job in detailing what we require from a nutritional point of view and the chefs at Crown are
preparing a great spread.

Because of the restrictions on group numbers in a given space we remain in small groups for most of today’s proceedings. Team meeting, craft session and
then weights all done in our allocated bunches. We complete our craft session, where we have a kick and get moving on an oval just outside of Optus Stadium. I remember playing golf on these surroundings, the old Burswood Golf Course a few times back in my University days in Perth. You could cut out a token from the newspaper and get a round of golf, with a
cart, a pie and a coke for $47.

It was a pretty good deal back then. The afternoon is filled with a weight’s session and some free time to chill, chat and consider. We have a green zone not far from the hotel which we can use to get some fresh air. I head there with a few
boys to stretch the legs and gets some use out of those golf clubs that I packed. I knew they would come in handy. The opportunity to spend time with teammates is one of the great benefits of hub life. Over the past few months of isolation we could only train in pairs, connecting with your mates only done through a device.

Now we are able to have more face to face conversations albeit at the required distance apart. We can watch vison with younger players, chat to staff over a coffee or retell old stories with teammates. These moments help knit the fabric of your culture together, storytelling and time spent with one another key ingredients to building a successful organisation. Making the most of opportunities continues to be a common theme.

Harry T
Harry T

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