MG INSPIRES YOUNGSTERS
LEAGUE STAR INSPIRES KIDS
My report card would have read, ’Mark has a concentration problem but is very smart and is always thinking about sport’.
– MARK GEYER
RUGBY league legend Mark Geyer helped inspire our future leaders during a visit to Bidwill Public School on Wednesday.
Having grown up in Whalan, Geyer holds a great affection for the Mt Druitt area and said he was excited to be invited to chat to students.
“It was great to be invited to talk at the assembly. I think the last time I visited the school was in 1992 with a coaching clinic,” Geyer said.
“I just spoke about growing up in the area, how it was for me and the opportunities I had.
“The questions the students asked were things like how much money I make, how did I get to be big and strong — it was really cute.
“There were some great questions from the Year 6 students about advice for the future.
“I just said there are plenty of opportunities here and in other places but it is at school where they will get prepared for the big, bad world.
“I wish I’d paid more attention in school.”
Geyer laughed as he recalled what he was like as a primary school student.
“My report card would have read, ‘Mark has a concentration problem but is very smart and is always thinking about sport’,” he said. “English and PE were my favourite subjects.”
Assistant principal and school rugby league coach Jacqui Cox said about 30 children asked Geyer questions. “He spoke to every child that he walked past,” she said.
“He spoke to the whole assembly for 15 minutes and the kids asked him questions for the next 15 minutes. “He was fantastic, the kids loved him. He showed real interest, he was very passionate.”
Mrs Cox said the theme for Public Education Week was Local Heroes and she had the idea to invite Geyer after watching him on The Footy Show. “He spoke to the kids about being positive and the things that you need to achieve,” she said.
Mark Geyer with Bidwill Public School students Keiara Correia, Apii Manu, Jacob John and Ainzlee Omeli.