After 12 months away, the NRL star visits school and his family
RUGBY LEAGUE: Going back to primary school for a day, Cronulla Sharks utility Kurt Capewell received a warm welcome from St Mary’s, where he joined his fellow players in running footy clinics alongside the QRL development squad.
The Drought Relief Goodwill Tour group had started the trip the day before in Longreach, and had visited Augathella that morning before arriving in Charleville.
Even though the Charleville whistle stop was early in the trip, Capewell said the spirit of the goodwill tour was tangible.
❝the Down at RSL later that night with the locals, we could just see the pride in them for the young boy from Charleville that’s made it all the way to the NRL. — Glen Ottaway, QRL Regional Manager
“Since we started in Longreach, every school we’ve been to has had such a ball when we pulled up.
“They don’t get to see too many tours here, so it’s been great for them and it’s been pretty rewarding for ourselves as well.
“It was a great feeling driving into town and it’s so good to be home, because I haven’t come back for a bit over a year now,” he said.
Colleague and QRL Regional Manager Glen Ottaway said seeing Kurt at home was a touching moment.
“It was a brilliant experience to see him in front of the kids at his old school, and they responded so well.
“Down at the RSL later that night with the locals, we could just see the pride in them for the young boy from Charleville that’s made it all the way to the NRL.
“He said to me that he absolutely loved coming home after being away for so long.
“On Wednesday night there was a whole table of just his family members.”
HOMECOMING: Kurt Capewell on a visit to his old primary school, St Mary’s.