The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

RUGBY league has a new face of the game — in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion chair­man Peter Beat­tie.

For­get Johnathan Thurston, Greg Inglis or Cameron Smith, the for­mer Queens­land pre­mier is now the most pho­tographed fig­ure in the code. Dur­ing the Com­mon­wealth Games, Beat­tie tweeted 139 pho­tos of him­self. Cor­rect. One­hun­dred-and-thirty-nine.

There is a gen­uine con­cern around the game that Beat­tie has be­come an over­ex­posed me­dia tart.

Some days he’d start on so­cial me­dia at 5am and sign off close to mid­night. Com­pare this to AFL com­mis­sion chair­man Richard Goy­der who has tweeted twice this year.

Beat­tie was a self­de­scribed me­dia tart dur­ing his life in Queens­land pol­i­tics, in­fa­mously fea­tur­ing on the front page of the Courier Mail un­der the head­line “Send in the Clown” in 2013.

Beat­tie’s pre­de­ces­sor, John Grant, was a no­to­ri­ous lime­light lover.

It was hoped the for­mer politi­cian would keep a lower pro­file, es­pe­cially as he’s slipped up twice al­ready in not know­ing Cronulla were the Sharks, or the dif­fer­ence be­tween a Barcelona soc­cer jersey and that of the New­cas­tle Knights. Not that he sounds that con­cerned.

“My job was to pro­mote the Games — I make no apol­ogy for that,” Beat­tie said. “I didn’t present any medals … my fo­cus was on pro­mot­ing the Games and staff and so­cial me­dia is a great ve­hi­cle for do­ing that.

“Be­ing shy is not one of the qual­i­ties I pos­sess, but I sus­pect there will be less of me on so­cial me­dia now that the Games are over.”

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