Souths Cares Mentor and former Rabbitohs fullback, Rhys Wesser, today (Thursday) visited the Yarrabah Indigenous Community and State School as part of the Club’s activities in Cairns this week.
As part of the Northern Pride’s education and football program, the small community welcomed the former Origin player, who spent the morning with a group of 10 students to talk about their aspirations of becoming professional footballers.
Wesser spoke at length to students about the psychology of being a professional athlete, sharing his experiences surrounding dieting, nutrition and discipline.
For Wesser, the experience was an extension of the role he plays in the South Sydney community as an Indigenous mentor.
“In the South Sydney area, we generally deal with students as a result of socio-economic issues,” said Wesser.
“Up here, more than anything, it’s about how remote it is and the problems that go along with that. It’s a community that has one shop and one school – that’s something most people couldn’t really relate to, but here, it’s reality.
“To be able to come up here and speak to students that are driven to succeed thanks to initiatives like this is just awesome.”
With a handful of students set to watch the Rabbitohs take on the Knights this Sunday at Barlow Park as a reward for their consistent attendance, the Souths Cares mentor is certain that the students will be inspired by the match.
“There’s plenty of Rabbitohs support among this group,” said Wesser.
“Hopefully they’ll be inspired by what they see on Sunday as they move toward achieving their own goals – I’m sure they’ll get plenty out of it because it’s not every day that the NRL comes to town.
“It’s such a simple thing that we take for granted (going to the footy). For these boys, it’s going to be a great experience.”
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