MG INSPIRES YOUNG­STERS

LEAGUE STAR INSPIRES KIDS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Ali­son Bald­ing

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.

Pic­ture: DAVID SWIFT

Mark Geyer with Bid­will Public School stu­dents Keiara Cor­reia, Apii Manu, Ja­cob John and Ain­zlee Omeli.

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