JCU Townsville Fire import Amy Kame may well be the perfect foot soldier to have in the trenches.
During a gruelling boot camp at Lavarack Barracks yesterday, the former University of San Diego star thrived in the military environment, navigating leeches and cane toads as the two-time reigning WNBL champions were taken out of their comfort zone by 3rd Brigade.
“I think it was a great experience for us because most of the tasks couldn’t be completed unless we worked together, and it showed if we didn’t work together things were much, much harder,” Kame said.
“I also think it showed how everyone has a role no matter your leadership style or personality.
“I personally loved every part of it, I just felt like we all got a lot closer from this experience, and we will have a lot of great memories from it.”
With the Fire required on base for a 7am start, a brutal obstacle course greeted them to commence the day as the mercury reached 30 degrees in full fatigues.
Problem solving skills were examined as the day went on, with a raft of military-style exercises aimed at fostering greater teamwork away from the court.
Head coach Claudia Brassard said she was ecstatic with the way the day panned out.
“I was really, really pleased with the way the day went,” Brassard said.
“Our main objective was to use it for team bonding purposes – and integrating the new players – and we certainly achieved that objective.
“We wanted to take on the army values of trust, respect, mateship – everything that is synonymous with the ANZAC spirit – and that was certainly on display as they were navigating the obstacle course and working through the problem-solving activities.
“It’s important for the players, who live in a proud Garrison city, to understand the sacrifices that our servicemen and women make for us every day.
I think that by spending time on base – spending time in the mess and seeing them in their daily environment – provided some real insight and it will continue to build closer ties to one of the community’s major partners.”
The Fire commence their title defence against Perth on Sunday, October 9 at Townsville Stadium.
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