Footy stars send a mes­sage to our school lead­ers

Broncos pay a visit to Dalby kids

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

LEAD­ER­SHIP FO­RUM: Broncos play­ers Sam Thai­day, Corey Parker and Mitchell Dodds with Dalby school lead­ers Sam Laffy, Matthew Wise and Matilda Sal­ter.

DALBY stu­dents took a break from the books on Thurs­day, with school lead­ers from Dalby Chris­tian Col­lege, Dalby South and Dalby State School en­joy­ing a visit from their sport­ing he­roes.

Schools around the Su­rat Basin were treated to a visit from team mem­bers and am­bas­sadors from the Bris­bane Broncos, who paid a visit to 14 schools across the re­gion, de­liv­er­ing im­por­tant mes­sages to their young fans.

The two-day tour in­cluded clin­ics at an im­pres­sive 14 schools, with the Broncos de­liv­er­ing read­ing tips and ad­vice on leav­ing healthy and ac­tive lives.

Af­ter trav­el­ling to a num­ber of small schools around the re­gion, the team then vis­ited Dalby for a lead­er­ship fo­rum with stu­dents dis­cussing what it means to be a leader, both in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and in fu­ture ca­reers.

Sam Thai­day said the work­shops had been en­joyed by both stu­dents and the play­ers.

“The kids have all been good; they’ve been re­ally re­spect­ful and grate­ful and I hope they’ve en­joyed it and take some­thing away from it,” he said.

“When I was grow­ing up in Townsville the Cow­boys did stuff like this a bit, and I cer­tainly learned a few lessons go­ing for­ward into my rugby league ca­reer.

“The work­shops have all been good... it’s been very hot, so it’s lucky the ma­jor­ity have been in­side in the air-con!”

The squad was also joined by 12 Broncos sup­port staff, Ar­row En­ergy staff, and Broncos am­bas­sadors Corey Parker and Jharal Yow Yeh.

“It’s great to take on an am­bas­sador role with the club and still take part in com­mu­nity tours like this,” Mr Parker said.

“I’ve gone on the Su­rat Basin school tour with Ar­row for a num­ber of years now and it’s great to come out to re­gional schools and de­liver pos­i­tive mes­sages PHOTO: JES­SICA BAHR about liv­ing healthy and ac­tive life­styles.

“Many kids in re­gional ar­eas never get the chance to meet their sport­ing he­roes, so to have four or five of us walk into the class­room and chat to them for a few hours is a pretty big deal for them.”

The tour con­cluded with a free ju­nior rugby league clinic at the Univer­sity of South­ern Queens­land in Toowoomba.

I hope they’ve en­joyed it and take some­thing away from it. — Sam Thai­day

PHOTO: JES­SICA BAHR

LEAD­ERS: Lacey O’Brien, Katie Sten­zel, Sam Thai­day, Corey Parker, Mitchell Sternes and Mitchell Dodds.

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