The Australian rowing team visited the Raiders, a professional rugby league team based in Canberra, Australia, and faced off against the “very, very big strong boys” in a skills challenge on the pitch and in the gym.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic champion Alex Purnell was particularly pleased to visit the rugby team. As a big Raiders fan Purnell even drew on them during the Tokyo 2020 M4- final. “In the Olympics it got pretty close at the end… And I yelled out, ‘Do it for the Raiders!’ We managed to hold on and win the gold medal. It’s a good little story. I don’t know why I said that, but it came to mind under pressure and fatigue.”