Australian Children from the Class of 2022 Have Virtual Brekkie with their Football Heroes
As the official IT network partner for Australia’s bid to hold the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Cisco collaborated with the Football Federation Australia to host ‘Breakfast with the Class of 2022,’ where six lucky children were chosen to have breakfast with their heroes – football superstars Mark Schwarzer, Mark Bosnich and Melissa Barbieri.
Mark Shwarzer, born and raised in Sydney, is the goal keeper for the Qantas Socceroos, and when not on home soil plays for English Premier League club Fulham. Based in Melbourne, Melissa Barbieri is captain of the Australian Women’s football team the Westfield Matildas which recently won the 2010 AFC Women’s Asia Cup. The kids were also joined in Sydney by Australian football legend Mark Bosnich, a retired Australian football player who represented Australia 17 times.
The six kids met and chatted with Mark Shwarzer, who is currently in London, and Melissa Barbieri, who was in Melbourne, over Cisco TelePresence. The TelePresence room allowed the group to get together for breakfast virtually across three cities and 17,000 kilometers. The technology combines high-definition video, interactive technologies and a specially designed environment to create the feeling of being in the same room despite the participants being in three separate locations.
The lucky kids chosen are all aspiring football players and if Australia is successful in its bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, they may well be part of the team that will represent Australia! The breakfast gave the kids an opportunity to ask their heroes questions around training, nutrition, team work, football skills and everything it would take to get them to the big time!