Fletcher backs Rhys Wesser as ideal carnival ambassador
RHYS Wesser "Dream, Believe, Achieve" Super Nines Carnival organiser Michael Fletcher says he'd be hard-pressed to find a better ambassador for the carnival, which starts today.
A former Penrith Panthers and South Sydney Rabbitohs fullback, Wesser now works with the Rabbitohs' Souths Cares, a program set up to engage the community and affect positive social change.
Wesser grew up in Rockhampton and played for Brothers as a junior before moving to Sydney as a teen to join the Panthers.
After his retirement from the NRL, Fletcher said the former Queensland State of Origin winger was eager to get involved with the sport at the grassroots level, and would return to his home town today.
"I was actually talking to (development officer) Dominic Draper and Rhys mentioned to him on a visit that he'd love to get involved in something locally and give back to the community where he came from," Fletcher said.
"I said 'no' initially at the time. I was actually trying to organise a development tour, but that fell through so we went with this carnival and I approached him and he jumped at the opportunity to get involved."
Twelve teams from across Central Queensland will take part in the third annual carnival from noon today.
Five teams from Mackay, one from Tannum Sands and six Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast teams will contest the under-14 carnival.
Run over today and tomorrow at Victoria Park and Browne Park in Rockhampton, all 12 teams will get the opportunity to play in a final at Browne Park tomorrow in the lead-up to the CQ Capras v Norths Devils ISC match.