Capras squad members Casey Bromilow, John Clayton, Jared Hoare, Sam Granville, Lionel Harbin (front) Paul Oram and Johnathon Tavinor show their support for the community by working with kids.
Capras squad members Casey Bromilow, John Clayton, Jared Hoare, Sam Granville, Lionel Harbin (front) Paul Oram and Johnathon Tavinor show their support for the community by working with kids. Sharyn O'Neill

Players promote healthy lifestyle

IT IS not all rugby league for current members of the Capras squad.

Coach John Harbin is proud of what his playing group puts back into the community and the impact their work has locally.

Currently a group from the club, who work through various outside organisations, are promoting "A Healthy Lifestyle for the young".

Harbin said the players and the campaign has the total support of the Capras.

"These guys all work through organisations or the schools," he said.

There are a number of organisations involved and they include indigenous groups and the Red Cross.

"We are fortunate to have quite a number of players working closely with these organisations," Harbin said.

While not all of the players are well known, at least at the present time, Harbin said many working in this area are respected sports people.

"As a sporting club we accept many of our players are seen as role models," the coach said, "it is important we offer support to the community through these organisations."

Harbin talks from first-hand experience due to the work he has done through Carpe Diem, a program devised by Harbin to get troubled youngsters back on track.

"I have seen at close quarters the work done by players like George Jarrett, Willie Munns and James Waterman and have been very impressed with what they do," he said, "it is often work that goes unnoticed."

Harbin said the support of the Capras was not just a fleeting gesture by the club.

"The community has the assurance of the club we will continue with similar work throughout the year," Harbin said.

Last night a group of the players, who are involved with the program, took time out from a tough training session to show their support for their work.

The Capras training session was attended by 48 players who ignored oppressive conditions to train with the squad.



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