The St George Illawarra Dragons have proudly completed a two-day visit meeting locals and teaching students about the importance of wellbeing across the South Coast.
A contingent of Dragons players and staff visited the areas Nowra, Moruya, Narooma, Batemans Bay and Shoalhaven to help deliver wellbeing messages to local communities, with a particular focus on proper hydration and sleep and encouraging a strong sense of belonging.
Local Culburra Dolphins juniors Adam Quinlan and Dylan Farrell as well as teammates Drew Hutchison, Siliva Havili, Russell Packer and Leeson Ah Mau were joined by National Youth Competition team duo Blake Lawrie and Ryan Fletcher and Players were joined by NRL Game Development Officers in delivering wellbeing programs to locals, which included interactive activities, together with educational resources.
Quinlan said he had been looking forward to the trip back to his local area and managed to relay some of the healthy tips that he follows as part of training on a day-to-day basis at his former school at Culburra Public School.
“As a player and as a person, it is really important that I keep my mind and my body healthy so that I am performing at my best,” said Quinlan.
“This was one of the key messages I looked forward to spreading when I hit the road and it was great to be able to do that in the area where I grew up.
"All the students were very attentive and took in the really simple tips shared about staying happy, healthy and active.”
The programs provided to all students were curriculum linked and endorsed by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), responsible for the national curriculum, assessment and reporting of students from Kindergarten to Year 12.
NRL Wellbeing: delivered to primary school students, focussing on empowering students to value health and wellbeing in their own lives.
Dream Believe Achieve: delivered to high school students, focussing on the important link between having hope and aspirations for the future and maintaining a positive wellbeing.