Let’s look back at the opening ceremony of the Championship together, and focus on one of the most important traditions associated with it. From year to year, more and more teams participate in the Battle of the Nations, the parade of participants becomes ever brighter. The main lists of the Championship line up beautiful, strong and fearless men and women in bright and unique surcoats, shining armor and with the flags of their country in hands. On their faces all solemnity and a sense of responsibility can be seen.
Bryce Lightbody, the captain of the Australian National team claims that this oath is not simply a tradition. We hope that all HMB athletes have the same opinion:
“The Captain’s oath at the opening of Battle of the Nations is a good reminder of why we are all there. HMB is a very violent sport but also full of compassion. Every individual there is expected to hold themselves to the highest standard of competition and sportsmanship, to give their all on the field and be an honourable fighter. Whilst the Captains are the ones taking the oath, we are doing so on behalf of all our men and women about to take to the list”.