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Leo Owade's Story

Life's not about wishing, hoping and expecting; it's about doing, being and becoming.

Meet Leo, a true competitor on the field and with great focus off the field.

After suffering a season ending injury almost 3 years ago, Leo knew he had to dig deep if he had any chance of playing at a higher level. He reset his goals and joined Mana with a great work ethic.

He played in the champion Harlequins Rugby Union Premiers squad in 2015 then made the Victorian 7 aside squad afterwards. He has now been selected in the wider training squad for the Melbourne Rising for the NRC 2016. With ambitions to play overseas Leo is heading in the right direction.

Here is a short interview with the man himself:


Hey Leo, do you have a special hidden talent?

Cooking good soul food.

What's one thing that would surprise us to find out about you?

I can swim, but I can't float.

What's your exercise history?

I've been training in gyms for over 10 years, as part of sports programs.

Have you always been sporty?

Yes, started playing soccer in high school before I got into rugby.

Who or what motivates you?

My family and my partner, Millz.

What is your favourite exercise or type of workout?

Front squat and power cleans.

What sort of music do you like to workout to and why?

Hip hop. Pumps me up like pre-workout haha.

What do you love about your chosen sport?

I love everything about rugby!

What do you love about training at Mana?

The hard work and friendship that everyone brings to the gym makes it amazing. And seeing those around me develop is also motivating.

And finally please give us your 3 top tips on how to stay competitive as an athlete!

1. Patience

2. Perseverance

3. Persistence.

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