League great on the mend
RUGBY League great, Elwyn Walters, is on the road to recovery following a series of strokes which hospitalised him on February 24.
Regarded as one of the greatest hooker-forwards of all time - when hookers did require skills in that department - Mr Walters is now showing that tremendous will to win and courage in getting himself, both literally and figuratively, back on his feet.
The multi-strokes left him immobilised for several weeks but the old "Rabbitoh" is doing his utmost to regain full fitness.
His speech wasn't affected by the strokes but his mobility was impaired.
He is completing two sessions daily in the gymnasium and is now able to walk on his own, although steps are still a problem for him at this stage of his recuperation.
Mr Walters' wife, Denise, said her husband is expected to spend several more weeks in hospital before returning to their Tweed Heads home.
"He's in good spirits and happy that he is making good progress in his recovery," Mrs Walters said.
Mrs Walters said Elwyn is fit enough to host any visitors, especially any Men of League members.
Mr Walters played his junior and early senior football on the Tweed, played two seasons with Brisbane Norths and then headed to Sydney in 1967 to link with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
He won five premierships, three with Souths (1967, 1968 and 1970) and two with Eastern Suburbs (1974 and 1975).
Walters played 129 games for South Sydney, 58 matches for Eastern Suburbs and five games for Manly.
During the centenary of rugby league celebrations in 2008, Mr Walters was named as hooker in the South Sydney Team of the Century.
Whilst playing for the Rabbitohs, he was a member of two Kangaroo tours of Great Britain and France (1968 and 1973) and for two World Cup tournaments (1970 and 1972).
He represented NSW in 11 matches and played in 12 test matches for Australia.