League greats in Rocky
MARC Nelson and Branden Alberts never thought they would be discussing inter-school rugby league tactics with legendary footballer Alfie Langer.
But that was exactly what the Glenmore State High School students were doing yesterday at the Former Origin Greats Indigenous Employment Careers Expo.
Held at Rockhampton Showground, guests of honour included former Broncos and Origin captain Alfie Langer, Arthur Beetson, the first Queensland Origin captain and the first indigenous player to captain Australia, former Origin and Warriors player Steve Price and Australian and Broncos great Sam Thaiday.
The expo featured 50 employers, including government bodies, universities and businesses, which advised indigenous students and school leavers about career opportunities.
Alfie said the expo was about giving back to the community and ensuring kids were aware of the jobs available to them.
“Kids should enjoy life and have a great time but also do the right thing and look for the positives,” he said.
Marc and Branden’s dreams to play representative football were boosted even further after chatting with one of their heroes.
And Branden was excited to see his rugby league role model in the flesh – Sam Thaiday.
“I play second-row or lock,” he said.
“I went to last year’s expo and it was really good, too.”
The pair and their school group were accompanied by their deputy principal, Steve Conner. He said he was impressed by the hands-on approach at the expo.
“I think it’s great. It helps them in their future pathways,” he said.
CQUniversity enrolment and promotions officer Ashley Jamieson said about 600 students had shown interest in attending the university.
“A lot of them are choosing senior classes and they all said they’ll be applying for uni next year,” she said.
Ashley said many students had asked about sports courses, photography and veterinary science.
“We’ve got an open day this Sunday so the kids can bring their parents along,” she said.