Happy home­com­ing

Af­ter 12 months away, the NRL star vis­its school and his fam­ily

Western Times - - SPORT - Jorja McDon­nell jorja.mcdon­nell@west­ern­starnews.com

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.”

PHOTO: QUEENS­LAND RUGBY LEAGUE

HOME­COM­ING: Kurt Capewell on a visit to his old pri­mary school, St Mary’s.

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