BY DONNA PARKIN — Hosts at Castaway Island, Fiji, were inspired by one of the legends of international rugby union when addressed recently by the former coach of the New Zealand All Blacks, Sir Graham Henry. Sir Graham was holidaying on the island and was invited to speak to the hosts’ general meeting.
A giant in rugby circles, Sir Graham coached the All Blacks to 88 wins out of 103 test matches and shared the secret behind the All Blacks’ success. “When you reach the top, be humble and always remember to stay on the top with a consistent performance.” He said he felt that Castaway Island, Fiji, was a special place with excellent service and challenged the hosts to remain on top at all times and not be “big headed” about their achievements.
“We are known as a rugby-crazy nation, and Sir Graham’s presence created an exciting atmosphere,” said Steven Andrews, resort general manager. “This was a memorable occasion. Most hosts follow the All Blacks team and to meet the most successful All Blacks coach of all time was an honor.”