League leg­end guest stars at Sports Expo

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

VISI­TORS to the Dou­glas Shire’s in­au­gu­ral Sport and Re­cre­ation Expo on Satur­day will be able to meet and greet rugby leg­end Shane We­bcke, who will be in Port Dou­glas to talk about what he knows best: sport.

“I would im­plore peo­ple to come down,” said Mr We­bcke.

“I prom­ise you, even the peo­ple who have lived and worked in the re­gion will be as­tounded with the range of sports that are played in that com­mu­nity.

“It might en­cour­age you to try some­thing new and some­thing dif­fer­ent that you prob­a­bly might not have known was avail­able.”

Mr We­bcke said that com­mu­nity sports teach valu­able life skills, and helps forge life­long friend­ships.

“The great­est thing you get is the friend­ships, the ca­ma­raderie, the life­long things that go with sport par­tic­u­larly when you’re young.

“The best mem­o­ries I have of sport were my days as a ju­nior rugby league player and the friends that I kept, that I have now.

“That's what sports re­ally about, and from a par­ents point of view, of which I am one now, it teaches you that its not all about you, and some­times you have to put team first and oth­ers first.

“And if you want to play in­di­vid­ual sport then it teaches you about sac­ri­fice to achieve,” he said.

He also stressed the im­por­tance of com­mu­nity.

“That's the other side of all of this — and there will be plenty of peo­ple at­tend­ing the expo who are the organisers and the con­trib­u­tors to sport but not the com­peti­tors.

“It goes to the very fab­ric of com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly in re­gional places like Port Dou­glas and the places that I grew up in.

“It re­ally is in­ter­wo­ven into the fab­ric of what makes those places so spe­cial.” ONCE more the drums are beat­ing with tales tall and true of life in the balmy trop­ics . . .

Shane We­bcke talk­ing sport to kids: he’s the spe­cial guest at the Sports Expo this Satur­day in Port Dou­glas

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