Thursday, 10th December, 2015
By Patrick Reincke
A former National Rugby League champion visited Alma Public School yesterday morning to meet the kids.
Recently-retired star Beau Champion played more than 100 games and scored 50 tries with teams like the South Sydney Rabbitohs (he played in their 2014 premiership win), the Parramatta Eels, the Melbourne Storm and the Gold Coast Titans.
the Indigenous All-Star said it was fantastic to visit the school and give the students some insight into his life and advice for their future.
“It’s good to come here and get the chance to mingle with the kids and give them some advice on what it takes to either be successful or even just what it took for me to make it in the NRL,” he said.
“Hopefully, the kids took a lot out of it and hopefully they had a great experience.”
Champion also visited Wilcannia yesterday.
“It’s all about spreading the message to the young kids that it doesn’t matter where you come from, or what situation you’re in; if you’ve got a dream and you want to create something with your life, you can do it.”
Alma’s Assistant principal, Sharon DeGoumois, said she was very pleased with how the kids responded to Champion’s visit.
“It’s been great,” she said. “Something like this can always jolt kids to think ‘that’s what I need to do’ and I think the really important thing he said was that he had to make sure that he did his school work so he could play sport. That’s a big thing with a lot of activities at our school.
“You’ve got to balance both of them and the kids need to see the rewards for doing their school work.”