Having a go was the winning path for Willie
TRAINING: Willie Tonga helping students from Annandale State School prepare for the upcoming TRYathon JUST having a go is what turned Willie Tonga into the NRL superstar he is today.
As a child, if there was a sport to be played the Cowboys representative centre had a crack and it’s what he hopes to inspire hundreds of other kids to do when the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon rolls into Townsville. From May 22, he wants them to put down their computer games, turn off the television and get physical.
‘‘ That was all I did when I was younger, I was never inside watching TV, I was always out with my mates playing sport, whether it be basketball or cricket or anything, just to stay active,’’ T o n g a s a i d . T o n g a , a Queensland and Australia player, led by example yesterday morning when he trained with children at Annandale State School, t a k i n g t h e m t h r o u g h stretches, games and some health advice.
T h e W e e t - B i x K i d s TRYathlon is for children aged between seven and 15 years old, featuring swimming, cycling and running legs of varying distance depending on age.
While a race, the emphasis is on fun and participation, with all competitors receiving a medal and a certificate.
go could be the path to something great.
‘‘ I never imagined when I was younger I would be in this position . . . it was all fun and games up until I turned 16 or 17 . . . and ( then it) got serious,’’ he said.
Online registrations are at www. weet-bix. com. au.