Cowboys visit school kids
NORTH Queensland Cowboys players Aaron Payne and Ben Jones took time out of their pre-season schedule to visit schools in the region last week.
The players came to the schools as part of the NRL and One Community's 10th annual Community Carnival which started last Monday.
Queensland Rugby League development officer for the Mackay-Whitsunday region Brad Henry said having the players come to local schools as part of the program proved to be very inspirational.
“The NRL One Community program does wonderful stuff for kids,” he said.
“For those people in those areas to get the opportunity to meet their idols and stars just means everything to them.
“Young people watching players on TV, they think that's all they do, but talking to them about the sacrifices they've made is a real eye opener for them.
“It changes their lives.”
Whitsunday Christian College sports co-ordinator John Eakin agreed.
“A lot of the kids these days see the glamorous sides of things, not the effort that goes into making it to where they are,” he said.
“The kids definitely learned a lot from the questions they asked.”
The carnival saw more than 500 NRL and Toyota Cup players visit more than 70,000 children across Australia and New Zealand and the Whitsunday bunch were among them.
The idea of the carnival was to inspire children to lead healthy and active lives and to embrace Australians of all cultural backgrounds, as well as providing a focus for the tens of thousands of hours that NRL clubs and players dedicate each year to helping those in need.
This year's focus was on the concept ‘Dream, Believe, Achieve'.