Olympic gold medallist Mark Hunter joins England Men and Women 7’s at RPA Sports Business Breakfast


As the inclusion of rugby 7’s at the 2016 Rio Olympics draws ever near, members of the England Men’s and Women’s 7’s joined GB Olympic gold and silver medallist, Mark Hunter MBE, at a recent RPA Sports Business Breakfast held at the prestige Gaucho Restaurant in Richmond.

The two time Olympic rower who won gold for Great Britain in the lightweight double skulls at the 2008 Beijing Games and silver at London 2012, headlined an impressive array of guests, with over 60 people in attendance, including current and former players, and RPA corporate partners.

The breakfast set in the divine Gaucho dining room on the banks of the River Thames, and organised as part of the RPA’s Personal Development Programme (PDP), featured a fascinating presentation from Mark who spoke about his experience of competing at the Olympics, and his advice to the 7’s players hoping to represent Team GB at the Rio games in just over eight months’ time.

The 37-year-old who retired from rowing in 2013 said:

“It’s been a pleasure to attend the breakfast and I thoroughly enjoyed speaking to all the players in the room and lending any advice that I might have.

“It’s important for all athletes to create links with different networks and prepare for their future after sport and I think today’s breakfast has definitely created an environment for them to do that.

“The Olympics will be a unique experience for all the players and I’m sure they will grab the opportunity with both hands and I’m looking forward to watching their progress and seeing what the sport of rugby 7’s adds to the event.”

Speaking at the breakfast RPA Player Representative for England Women, Michaela Staniford, said:

“The morning has been a brilliant success, listening to Mark and understanding what he achieved on the Olympic stage was truly inspirational. He also spoke about going from high level sport into the reality of life after sport which I found incredibly insightful.

“I also met a whole of range of people from different backgrounds which has really highlighted how transferable our rugby skills actually are and how we can use them to our advantage when planning our lives after rugby.”

RPA Personal Development Manager (PDM) for England Women, Kim Johnson, who played a significant role alongside colleague, Caroline Guthrie (PDM for England Sevens) in staging the event said:

“The opportunity to host a bespoke RPA Sports Business Breakfast at the outstanding Gaucho Richmond was something we strongly believed would generate a strong interest and allow the players to network within a high calibre environment.

“As it turned out the morning was a tremendous success with all expected guests, both players and corporate partners in attendance and a high level of conversation and networking all around the room.

“On behalf the RPA, we would like to thank our special guest Mark Hunter for an intriguing insight, Gaucho Richmond for their fine hospitality and RPA Business Partner Michael Page for hosting a breakout CV session.”

If you are interested in supporting the players through the RPA Personal Development Programme please contact Richard Bryan on 020 3053 6670 or rbryan@theRPA.co.uk

For more information on Gaucho Restaurant please visit: http://www.gauchorestaurants.co.uk/restaurants/richmond/ or contact Elli Sallis elli.sallis@gauchorestaurants.com