League legend guest stars at Sports Expo
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