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Patrice Balauze comes from Dax in the southwest of France, an emblematic region of french rugby from where several champions have emerged. It was therefore obvious he became passionate about rugby, which he has played from an early age.
After studying hotel management, Patrice travelled on several continents as a barman. As often as possible, he continued to play rugby with the people he met along the way…until he moved to Norway in 1999. He quickly realized that the quality of life here let him practice sport regularly despite the constraints of his profession. By chance he found Oslo Rugbyklubb (ORK) in 2006! Indeed, this club composed of several expatriates allowed him to facilitate his integration around the passion of the oval ball.
A converted try! From then on, Patrice played for more than 12 years in the Norwegian championship and in several tournaments abroad. He got selected 3 times for the national squad and later on, got the position as logistic manager for the national side. In parallel and until today, Patrice carries out various missions of rugby development for the Norwegian federation and his favorite club Sagene If.
Enthusiastic and as passionate as ever, Patrice devotes himself 100% to a unique project integrating the practice and values of rugby for different audiences.
Why not Norway!!?
Why « Rugby Conversion » ?
This is the change, the progression, the transformation. It means getting the best out of oneself and others. And it´s also starting from the raw material – a team. But above all, in rugby, « Conversion » means getting two more points after scoring a try. So, to sum up the origin and meaning of Conversion, it is to refine a collective effort.
After having acquired international experience in the fields of logistics, organization and training of teams on major tournaments such as the HSBC 7 Seven Series, but also in soccer with UEFA in 2016 in France, Patrice then accumulated other formative experiences in several rugby academies as well as rugby solidarity projects.
Patrice points out an obvious insight. Rugby is an unknown sport in Norway, and he is convinced that it can develop and that there are many ways to promote it. An Olympic Game since 2016 under the format of rugby 7s, also known as formula 1 rugby, it is increasingly present in the media. Emerging countries such as Olympic champions Fiji, Kenya, or Brazil, which were not predestined to rub shoulders with the world elite are now very successful.
In our so-called modern societies, based more and more on individualism accentuated by the digitalization of our communication tools, Rugby Conversion, beyond sport, has the ambition to be a social vector, to transmit values and to reflect on living well together…
Thus, the goal of Rugby Conversion is to make rugby known under different aspects and services. And you don’t have to be an « athlete » to benefit.